Friday, April 24, 2009

THE Bill Granger

I was back at The Afternoon Show again today, this time setting up for THE Bill Granger...what a lovely man! He was very sweet and so smiley, you could just take him home! Bill was over to promote his gorgeous new cookbook (full of his trademark simple but tasty recipes), feed me now!...

I didn't manage to get a snap with Bill but I truely was lucky enough to meet and work with him - he did sign his cookbook for me though...

Bill cooked two recipes, a spicy prawn stir fry and a delicious coconut slice (which needless to say, didn't last long with the crew around!) here to check out demo recordings. Here's the stir fry recipe...

Spicy Prawn Stir Fry

. 2 tablespoons mild flavoured oil, such as sunflower
. 20 large prawns, shelled and deveined, with tails intact
. 2 tablespoons red curry paste
. 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
. 400g asparagus, trimmed and cut into 4cm lengths on the diagonal
. 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and cut into thin strips
. 200ml coconut milk
. 2 tablespoons lime juice
. 1 tablespoons fish sauce
. 1 teaspoon sugar

. Coriander leaves
. Steamed rice

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the prawns and stirfry for 2 minutes or until they turn pink and are just cooked. Remove and set aside.
2. Return the wok to a high heat, add the remaining oil, followed by the curry paste, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the onion and asparagus and stir fry for 2 minutes, then add the red pepper and cook for a further 1 minute.
3. Add the coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce and sugar, and stir to combine. Return the prawns to the wok and cook for a further minute or until they are heated through.
4. Scatter over some coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

neven's new cookbook

I'm just back from piling on the pounds in Cavan - I've been busy testing the 130 recipes from Neven Maguire's next new cookbook. People always ask me what I mean by isn't just taste testing (although not fitting into my desk chair now makes me wonder!), I also make sure timings, sizes and dimensions, temperatures, quantities and descriptions are correct and make sense so that the recipe 'works' when people follow it.....I have the disasters, not you!

Anyhow, I have now officially cooked more in Neven's home kitchen than he has (although I'm not surprised as he's always in the restaurant kitchen).....this new book is a great collection of Neven's signature recipes that he cooks in the restaurant...although still easy enough for the home cook to make - that's why it's been given the catcy title, homechef. watch out for it at the end of this year.

me and my other husband (with a mock-up front cover)!

Thanks to Neven's wife Amelda for not batting an eyelid at me taking over her lovely home once again for weeks on end. Huge thanks also to Neven's chefs Vicky, Zara and Carina for helping me test and for all that shopping! and of course to Amelda's mum Eileen for all her help. not only in work but also with eating all that food and drinking all those cocktails!! cocktail o'clock...amelda, carina and eileen...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Eggs

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! Continuing the theme here is a pic which I prop & food styled for Food & Wine Mag a couple of Easters ago...

(c) Cliona O'Flaherty

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Annabel Karmel on The Afternoon Show

The Afternoon Show presenter Blaithnaid, with Annabel

This week I worked with Annabel Karmel on RTE'S, The Afternoon Show. She is of course the fantastic children's cookery book writer from the UK - friends with children are always raving about how they couldn't have fed the kids properly without her! The show had lots of calls with questions since they announced Annabel's arrival last week so she is hugely populer here.

I set up the two cookery slots for Annabel and had the tough job of keeping the crew hands off her yummy food until we went off air (and of course there was a stampede of big kids ater that!). Annabel was over to promote her gorgeous new book, Top 100 Finger Foods. Check it out for the recipes for her delicious rice crispy coated chicken nuggets (good for grown ups parties too!) and her really quick and easy no-cook flapjacks.

Annabel & I

Get Well Soon

The photographer on yesterdays shoot told me his granny, Maisey had just gone into hospital as she fell over and broke her hip. I saw a really cute photo of her waving and smiling from her hospital bed. She must be a really strong woman as she is 92! We are always looking for takers for the leftover food from shoots so we packed up a little get well soon goodie bag for Maisey. Hope it cheered her up!

Align Centersome Easter chocolate cupcakes, leftover mini eggs,
fruit smoothie and some prop daff's!