Carnaval – Bread in disguise and a curse


Carnaval_bread

As a country of Catholic heritage, Spain has a thorough approach to the religious calendar, paying special attention to any festivities that invite food. Late February and early March bring Carnaval, Fat Thursday (Jueves lardero) and the Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la Sardina) in a quick succession. Afterwards, party and merriment should be …




Love Dublin: a map for Valentine’s Day.


Favourite places. From the chatty Chef with love.

Here you have a map with 14 places the Chatty Chef loves in Dublin, mostly food related, just click on the link. There are 6 restaurants and cafes: Octopussy, Peperina Garden Bistro, Boojum, The Cake Cafe, Roasted Brown and Herbstreet. There are 4 shops: Morton’s, Asian Food Company, Polonez and Il Valentino. There are 4 …




Tapas demonstration at Kitchen Complements


Spanish flair, Irish ingredients.

Would you like to see Cook and Chat in action? Kitchen Complements will be hosting the Chatty Chef twice in February: come by and get a taste! On Saturday February 1st, starting at 2.30 pm, I will be demonstrating some free-from desserts and treats . From lactose-free hot chocolate to egg-free sponge, there will be …




Roscón de Reyes


Tradition Epiphany cake

In one of my Spanish lessons we were discussing the Reyes tradition: how Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing presents, and how in Spain most towns will do a Cabalgata de Reyes on January 5th, some of them quite spectacular. The whole family goes out and children are delighted to catch the sweets …