Reaching K with storm names

Although I knew the first weekend’s weather probably wouldn’t last, I didn’t expect it to be quite as bad as it was. I think there were probably four good days out of five weeks, the rest I spent mostly sitting in the hut hoping it wouldn’t blow over. As you probably know, storm names start…

The first weekend of trading

I remember getting a call from the HSE three days before starting the market. Even though I had spent a huge amount of time running through everything with an EHO officer weeks prior, someone else was taking this on now. I had planned on using iced cooler boxes to keep the food cold which is pretty…

Egg muffins

Makes 6 muffins These guys are great to make for brekkie or to have as a snack and are really quick and easy. You can put whatever fillings you like in them, I’ve made two types – ham, cheddar and broccoli and smoked salmon, spring onion and cream cheese. Ingredients 6 large, free range egg…

Tuna Nicoise salad

My version of tuna nicoise. Another salad with a bit of a difference and so over easy to make 😉 Ingredients 1 large free range egg Mixed leaf lettuce handful sugar snap peas 1 radish handful cherry tomatoes 1 small can John west tuna – or a fresh fillet For the dressing – olive oil,…

Getting ready for my first market

The excitement of getting into the market is quickly overridden by the million things I had to do before it starts in a month. Staff. I need to get someone to help me at the stall. I put an add on DIT for graduates from the culinary course, put one in a MAST ezine (the insurance…

Location Location Location

I went along to an event as part of a startup gathering and there were a few speakers from the Food Academy, an initiative run by Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Board which helps small local businesses get their products onto shelves. It’s nice to hear people who have done it and come out…

Smashed avocado, roasted red peppers, chilli & feta omelette

A perfect omelette is light and thin only needs 2 eggs, using more is a common misconception. Take care not to overcook the omelette, there’s no harm with it being a little runny in the middle, eggs will continue to cook after they’ve left the heat. A 9-10 inch non-stick shallow frying pan/crepe pan is…

Crispy bacon, sweet potato, kale and feta frittata

This frittata is perfect for a light summer lunch or dinner with enough sustenance to keep you full. A 10 inch non-stick frying pan is the ideal pan to use. Ingredients 10 large free range eggs 3 pieces of unsmoked bacon (streaky if you have it) 2 sweet potatoes, peeled 2 cups kale, washed 1…

The Operational Octopus!

There are a lot of different avenues to cover when you actually start setting up like equipment, branding, food, electrics, insurance, plumbing etc, some things I haven’t a clue about like the latter! It’s also still constantly on my mind that I’m setting all this up without a location which doesn’t help when feeling a…