Aw Go On….

You may have noticed that The Glutton’s Kitchen has a new fancy header – a brilliant paper cut artwork made by the very lovely and super talented Jane Steger-Lewis of  In addition to amazing paintings of her roosters, Jane produces a  Love Ireland range of gorgeous contemporary prints inspired by Irish blessings and culture which I am huge fan of.  I particularly love this big bright quirky print, which looks fab in a white frame and is guaranteed to bring out the Mrs Doyle in anyone. To celebrate my brilliant new blog header I am giving one of Jane’s Aw Go On prints to one of you lovely readers. To enter simply leave a comment below. Post to Irish or UK addresses only. Closing date Friday 27th January 2012. Winner will be selected by random number generator thingy.

UPDATE!!!!!  So sorry for the delay in finalising this comp.  Using the winner is 3!!  

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This is the best I could do with cutting and pasting number generator – by my reckoning the winner is Sharon Ni Chonchuir :) congrats – email me your address to and I’ll pop it in the post to you.

Barbecued Pork Fillet with Vietnamese Caramel Sauce

From Bill’s Everyday Asian

For my second experiment with Everyday Asian I had to try this recipe – I couldn’t resist the promise of barbecue, caramel and chilli so I apologise for posting another pork recipe so soon but I think you will forgive me if you try this out – it is really delicious!

Similarly to the last recipe this has few ingredients and is a really quick and easy dish to prepare. I was curious to know how the caramel sauce would work – I wasn’t sure if it would be too much but it works perfectly thanks to a little sourness from the lime juice and heat from the chilli.  I also admit to being a bit sceptical when I removed the pork from its marinade – the fish sauce was quite strong but once cooked it gives the meat the most amazing savouriness – I imagine this is similar to the umami effect of pairing anchovies with lamb.  My husband and son wanted to eat the pork straight from the griddle pan.  Don’t be put off by the ‘barbecue’ in the title – although I am sure it would be great cooked outside on a char-grill it can also be done on a griddle or frying pan.  I didn’t quite reduce the sauce enough – it was still delicious but next time I will give it a little more time on the hob which will make it that little bit thicker and stickier. The recipe says that the pork should be cut in to two pieces however I did 4 which made it that bit quicker to cook. [Read more…]

Stir-fried Chilli Pork

From Bill’s Everyday Asian by Bill Granger

Last year I made a conscious decision to cut down on the amount of cookbooks I was buying – not only was I running out of space but I just didn’t have enough time to try out all of the recipes that I wanted to.  This means that I am a little more select now in the books that I do buy and that’s no bad thing really.  I had my eye on this book ever since it was released last year – I am fast becoming a big fan of Mr Granger since receiving my first book of his, Bill’s Basics.  I always find around New Year that I start craving simple but spicier food after all the rich indulgences of Christmas so Bill’s Everyday Asian made perfect sense as the first book purchase of the year. And this book really didn’t disappoint – there are so many inspiring, simple, fresh and no doubt delicious dishes in here – I love that in the introduction Bill states that his one rule is “that nothing should require a list of a hundred hard-to-find ingredients”.  This is my type of cooking. [Read more…]

Make Bake Love by Lilly Higgins

Image courtesy of Gill & Macmillan

Make Bake Love is a book I have been meaning to blog about for some time now and I can’t think of a better subject for my first proper post of the year.

Many of us Irish food bloggers were waiting excitedly for Lilly Higgin’s first foray in to the cookbook world thanks to her beautiful blog entitled Stuff I Make, Bake and Love.  I have also heard fantastic reports from those lucky enough to attend the supper clubs run by Lilly and her sisters, Loaves and Fishes, which seem to book up fairly rapidly.  For me the book certainly did not disappoint, it is full to the brim of fabulous treats, both sweet and savoury, and would make a great addition to anyones collection. [Read more…]

A New Start

Well first of all I must apologise sincerely for the lack of posts around here for a while – my absence has made me realise that I really value this little blog quite dearly and I will endeavour to try harder this year.

I really appreciate all of you who continue to check in and comment despite the lack of recent updates – much thanks to you all for the continued support and encouragement, it means a lot.

As you can see I have freshened things up a bit – as well as changing my blog name to my own domain The Glutton’s Kitchen, I have given the place a little facelift.  I hope you like it and welcome any comments, feedback or suggestions you might have.

I wish you all a very peaceful 2012 x