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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Romanesco with Gruyère Cheese

I came up with this after a battle of wills with himself. He detests cauliflower and one of my guilty pleasures is cauliflower cheese. So I tried force feeding him with it to no avail...he still hated cauliflower. And there's no point making cauliflower cheese for one.
I tried all the frozen versions and I may as well have been just eating watery cheese. So my love of cauliflower cheese was put on the back burner. Then Romanesco came to my rescue. I found this luminous green spiky veg in Avoca Monkstown and had to try it. So I came up with this recipe and low and behold it solved our problems, he loved it and so did I. So why not give it a go!

1 head of Romanesco
250ml of cream    
200g of Grated Gruyère                       


  • Chop the romanesco as you would a cauliflower or broccoli and add to a pot of boiling water.
  • Allow to boil for 2-3 minutes until the romanesco is nearly tender but still has some bite.
  • Strain the romanesco and place in an oven proof dish.
  • Cover with 3/4 of the cheese and then add the cream. Sprinkle the last 1/4 on the top.

  • Place in preheated oven (180C) for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Competition Time!!

So as most of ye know (mainly because I won't shut up about it) myself and Jeni Pim (@JeniPim) are competing in a cook off in Fenn's Quay for Chef Du Jour on Sunday the 29th of April.

On the night both myself and Jeni will cook two separate 4 course menu's along with the help of Kate Lawlor (@FQchefess) and her team. At the end of the night the judges Margaret Smith (@UmNumNumm), Evin O'Keeffe (@FreckledPast) and Billy Lyons (@CorkBilly) will give us our stars out of 5 and a winner will be chosen!

So to mark this and also my blog reaching 1000 views (nearly) I'm doing a little competition.

If you would like to win a seat at this fantastic foodie event just comment with Fenn's Quay's phone number below to be in with chance. (Added as some people are having problems, if you follow the blog, top right hand corner, you will also be entered!)

Winner will be chosen on the 11th of April.