The weather in Dublin has finally picked up and I am getting to do what I have always loved for years: outside entertaining and bbq dinners :) It reminds me of living in Sydney and the warm, sunny weather is always so welcome here in Dublin as we only get to see it, if lucky, for a few weeks in the summer months.
A few months ago one of my WKA workshop attendees was a super girl called Sarah Hughes.
Ballymaloe trained, Sarah spent her early cooking years working in an organic restaurant in Co. Wicklow and as a private chef for both well known personalities and embassies alike. Another four years at No. 10 Ormonde Quay, a private house and venue in Dublin gave her great bespoke catering experience and insight. Sarah has also cooked and taught at other city centre venues & rustic style café /brunch eateries around town, rounding out her experience of both top end cooking and the more informal approach to food.
Sarah is renowned in Ireland for her professional yet relaxed approach to food. Having grown up by the sea, her inherent love of seafood and natural affinity for teaching, makes her a strong part of the team at Howth Castle where Sarah regularly hosts cooking school classes.
Myself and Sarah hit if off really well, had a scream and genuinely had a super day at the workshop. Her culinary knowledge was outstanding, so much so I asked Sarah if she might like to work with me and the new WKA blog to come up with a monthly selection of recipes for you, the readers of WKA, to make and enjoy. This was also based around the fact Sarah and I share similar tastes when it comes to food and recipe writing. Going forward Sarah will be working with me on the Dollard & Co sponsored posts to produce 4 recipes per month which will be uploaded here on average every 3-4 weeks.
I’m delighted to have her on board to work with me moving the blog forward to represent all things great Irish food and Irish produce. It’s nice to building up a little team of experts to help better the variety on the blog (and share some of the work of running a food blog). BTW note: I will still be doing my own recipe posts too.
Given the BBQ weather, below is a selection of recipes Sarah wrote for me and I styled and shot last week.
Thanks again to Dollard & Co for supplying me with the fantastic ingredients. #kudos.
The recipes are super for a weeknight or weekend BBQ. The lamb recipe really is amazing. I chilled the meat overnight in the marinade and not only did it taste incredible, but there was a gorgeous smell in my fridge for a day or two later from all the spices. I made it twice using different cuts and can attest both rump and gigot chop work just as well. Obvs the former will need longer cooking on the BBQ.
The chicken dish is very easy to make and good to prep the night before, then throw the meat on a BBQ in the eve and serve with the chunky Romesco sauce and Basmati rice or a good sourdough. It’s a great one for kids.
I will dare you to try not to eat all the haloumi when removing it from the pan. I found virtually impossible not to do so. The sesame and honey work superbly with the salty cheese. I find haloumi (squeaky cheese) is a great substitute for meat due to its ‘meaty’ texture. I am vowing to use it more often now as a good meat substitute.
The light and summery rice salad also pairs great with the chicken and can be made solo and served with any meat of your choice which you might be throwing on the ‘barbie’. Pork would pair especially well with this salad due to the inclusion of fennel and apple. You could even throw in a few peanuts as they too work great with pork and offer a nice extra crunch.
I hope you enjoy!
Please leave your comments below if you make the recipes. We’d both love to hear your feedback.
Katie and Sarah XX
(P.S. Next post will be all things Italian)