Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Sunday Times 30 March 2014 Food files with Corinna Hardgrave

The Sunday Times 30 th March 2014.... Food Files with Corinna Hardgrave

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Here is the link for the above recipes as well as Wine matches to each.... Enjoy & Bon appetit .x

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

SHA Wellness&Spa,SHAMADI restaurant, ALTEA, Comunidad Valenciana, SPAIN

Bordering the coastline of the Costa Blanca, about 1 hour away from Alicante is Playa d'el Albir, and nestled snugly into the flank of the mountainside is the award winning SHA Wellness&Spa.
This is no ordinary hotel but rather a pioneering resort with its very own clinic dedicated to improving and preserving its guests health and well-being through an effective combination of the best natural therapies and macrobiotic diet. Without doubt it is an undisputed temple, where the most advanced techniques of Western medicine blend harmoniously with the ancient wisdom of the East.
Built on split levels, it is imposing rather like a ship, with breathtaking views over the Sierra Helada mountains on one side and overlooking  the bay of Altea on the other.
We were warmly greeted by Mr Bataller Pineda who  gave us a grand tour of his impressive establishment and immediately made us feel very welcome. The decor is modern and attention to detail is king.White marble, lots of glass and contemporary slick furnishing gives this place an air of tranquillity,elegance and well being. A place, where you instantly feel, that both your body and soul can relax.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Greenery Café -Restaurant. Donnybrook. Dublin 4

Nestled away in the southern end of Donnybrook village beside the Old Wesley Stadium is South county Dublin best kept secret. The Greenery, an all-day casual restaurant which is rapidly making it's mark on the local clientele.With Havana next door, the temple for stylish dressing, one is not surprised to see the place bustling with fashionistas.Cream leather upholstered chairs and banquettes provides a contemporary look that is smart yet very comfortable and unpretentious.
The menu is varied with reasonably priced dishes and there is plenty of choice to satisfy all budgets and tastes.
While the breakfast menu offers all the usual variations on eggs, from scrambled, baked or poached, you can also tuck in a Full Irish @€10.50 or just simply have French toast with bacon & maple syrup @€8.50. The lunch menu is rather more substantial yet light but still with plenty to choose from, a Warm chicken salad with avocado, sun blushed tomatoes, pesto and Parmesan shavings @€12.50 to a classic Steak sandwich combo with crisp onions, slow roasted plum tomato & baby gem on toasted ciabatta @€10.50 served with a choice of soup or fries.
I have eaten here a few times and on each visit, the food has been very good. It is simple food yet very tasty and not compromising on flavours and every thing was served with good humour by a very cheerful team.

Friday, 7 March 2014 March 2014

The Cookery School at Donnybrook Fair’s Spring Dinner Party Course

Why spend hours chained to the cooker when you could be having fun? While lesser mortals spend valuable dinner party time slaving in the kitchen, after this course you’ll be the cool, calm and collected host as you serve up a spring dinner party to keep friends talking well into summer.
Welcome the return of spring with it all its delicious flavours as chef, Robert Jacob takes you on a culinary adventure as part of The Cookery School at Donnybrook Fair’s Spring Dinner Party Course. Wonderful spring ingredients such as spring Lamb, chocolate for Easter, spring fruits such as Rhubarb, spring peas, aromas of fresh mint will all play a part in Roberts menu
What makes this different to other dinner party cooking courses, well apart from the genius of Robert Jacob, are the wonderful seasonal, ingredients, flavours and dishes that inspire Robert for the spring season. He will take you through the widely available seasonal produce and help you create a menu that reflects spring in all its wonderful culinary glory.
Robert will teach you the techniques needed to deliver a fantastic, three-course dinner party menu quickly and with the minimum of fuss.. With a focus on great ingredients together with outstanding presentation, you will be amazed at the quality of food that you can create.
Join The Cookery School @ Donnybrook Fair as it combines food and fun to celebrate the robust flavours of a restaurant-quality spring dinner party
“A good dinner party can leave guests with amazing memories of a wonderful night and this course will equip you with the skills to make it the most memorable dinner party they have ever experienced,” said Robert Jacob.
The course will run April 3rd from 7pm-9.30pm at a cost of €60 per person.
All classes take place in the purpose built, state-of-the-art cookery school, located above Donnybrook Fair fine food store. Gift vouchers available.
Dates: 3rd April 2014
Times: 7pm-9:30pm
Price: €60

Bookings for Spring Dinner Party Course at Donnybrook Fair, 84 Morehampton Rd, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 (1) 668 3556