You can see more on City Guide here, promise I'll be back soon with a post on my Southern states trip!
I've been pretty quiet as of late but its for good reason - I've been working hard on City Guide for Groupon. City Guide is an online magazine featuring articles written by local bloggers. I work mainly on Manchester, Glasgow and London. It's great because I get to edit and post food and drink articles so I still get to indulge my foodie obsession! One of my favourite articles lately is this one on brunch in Manchester written by a local blogger - how good does this French toast look!!
I love Howth at the best of times and its natural charisma is only enhanced with the prawn festival. It attracts many different cultures and demographics (mainly Spanish from what I could see). The buggy brigade was out in force, also dog walkers, hikers, tourists and Sunday drinkers (us!).
To the prawns, oh the prawns! I had them in a quesadilla, in batter, in a paella, in a curry, in a taco, naked in the shell, in a salad and in fishcakes! Note I didn't munch all these myself, I had a little help (not a lot, but still..)
The only negative aspect of this amazing festival is the way you have to use prawns punts to buy a drink. I think the prawn punts are a good idea for the food although for a fiver, some of the portions were a little small, but for the drinks I think this is too much. Five quid for a pint of beer might be the norm for matches in stadiums and concerts but for a little community festival in Howth, I think this is too inflated. Why not just have a regular cash bar and reserve the prawn punts for the food, after all they aren't called 'pint' punts.
That being said, have a look below at all the delicious prawny products and I defy you not to start planing your trip to the festival next year.
|Fish n Chips|
|Dublin Bay Prawns|
|Fishcakes and Prawn Taco|
If you follow me on Twitter you will have heard me going on and on and on about it but I don't care, IT'S JUST THAT GOOD.
Ok, lets put things into perspective, its not as good as an amazing proper noodle sensation or a really good spaghetti carbonara, but when wheat products are of the table, this really is the next best thing.
|In all its glory|
I have been spiralizing the shit out of stuff for a week now it just gets better and better. I found this blog that is dedicated to the art of spiralizing. It has some great recipes and ideas - sandwiches and pizza out of spirals? WHO KNEW!
I am only at the start of my spiralizing journey, its great especially if you are trying to stick to a paleo (ish) lifestyle but miss the comfort of a bowl of noodles/spaghetti. Here are some pictures of my spiralizing fun so far.
|Naked cucumber noodles|
|Cucumber noodles with prawns in a peanut sauce|
|Minestrone soup with courgette noodles|
This isn't really a recipe but rather a new creation. I'm not going to patronise you by telling you how to make mashed potato - you surely kno, right? If not, this Nigel Slater recipe is the best I've found. I wanted to jazz up spuds for a Sunday roast and seeing as it was St Patricks weekend, chucked black pudding and sautéed savoy cabbage into my mash. The result? You've guessed it a complete fecking taste explosion! This is not the prettiest thing you will make but the taste is worth it. Tip - the more butter the better!
- Grill some (depends on taste) black pudding slices, let cool slightly then crumble with fingers into freshly mashed potatoes.
- Add finely shredded sautéed savoy cabbage, salt and pepper.
- Combine well and sever with an extra dollop of butter.
These Brownies Will Surprise You!
I've been eating Paleo for a while now - not massively strictly or anything, mainly during the week actually (life is way to short for that many restrictions #yolo!). But, eating grain free does make me feel better and I actually don't miss sugar most of the time. Saying that there are times when I crave some dark chocolate with a cup of coffee. These brownies are the answer to those times - they aren't that sweet so you won't overeat and they are grain and sugar free so you can still feel virtuous and look down on sugar-eaters!
The strangest thing about these brownies is that one of the main ingredients is beetroot! Hear me out with this one - you can't actually taste the beetroot and it actually gives a lovely richness to the brownies without the calories. Sure you're practically eating vegetables!
120g honey (the good stuff)
50g butter (use coconut oil if you are doing really strict paleo)
1oz cocoa powder
4oz ground almonds
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8oz dark chocolate (again, the good stuff - 70-85% cocoa)
2 cooked beetroots - puréed
2 tablespoons coconut flour
11/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Melt the butter, 5oz of the chocolate, honey and vanilla extract in a pyrex bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
Chop the nuts and the remaining chocolate roughly. Add them to all the dry ingredients (make sure to sieve the cocoa powder and the baking soda)
When the chocolate has cooled a little, add the beaten eggs to the mixture.
Add the puréed beetroot to the chocolate mix, then add all ingredients together and stir well to combine.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes then remove and leave to cool in the tray for another 30 mins.
Makes about 25 small brownies.