If you've never griddled Baby Gem Lettuce before then you have no idea what you are missing... and this is the time to try it! It's so simple to do, almost fool proof as long as you don't walk away to watch the World Cup (I'm supporting France in our family sweepstakes by the way). Cooking baby gem transforms it from a little crunchy salad package to a softer almost vegetable like comfort food and literally takes minutes to do.Read More
The sun has been shining here in Northern Ireland for weeks now and this incredible weather has meant long evenings (it's bright until 11 in these Northern parts), eating outdoors and sitting to the small hours chatting and drinking. Being able to eat alfresco in Derry is a rare occurrence and when I do it always feels like I'm on holiday.Read More
This is definitely an in-a-rush-to-eat-midweek sort of salad. Boiling and peeling the eggs is the most labour intensive part! For speed I buy the ham hock pre-cooked and shredded from Marks & Spencer, and although I prefer home-made croutons, you can always buy them instead - or just toast a slice of sourdough.
The dressing uses buttermilk, instead of mayo or sour cream, and it's big bold flavour finishes the salad off perfectly. I've used a local blue cheese called "Sperrin Blue", a Dart Mountain Cheese which is a semi soft, creamy, pasteurised blue cheese which is only lightly veined. I don't like it too funky!Read More