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Recipe – Earl Grey Tea Cured Salmon by Stephen McAllister

This elegant starter recipe is a signature dish in Stephen McAllister’s restaurant ‘The Pig’s Ear’ in Dublin. He has kindly shared the secret to getting the beautifully delicate balance of the tea infusion just right in this recipe. Stephen said: ‘This salmon recipe has been on The Pig’s Ear menu in some way, shape or form ever since we opened in 2008 and has always been a big hit with our guests. It’s also a great dinner party starter as all the work is done ahead of time leaving you free to mingle with your guests.’ Earl Grey Tea Cured Salmon, Apple, Cucumber, Yogurt & Dill Ingredients : (serves 4) 500g organic Irish salmon, skin off & pin boned Zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon 70g sea salt 90g sugar 30g dill or fennel Tea from 2 Earl Grey tea bags 100g yoghurt strained in a muslin cloth over night 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced into crescent shapes 1 cucumber, one half sliced thinly length ways, seasoned with salt to soften The other peeled and …

Memories of Paolo Tullio

My dear friend Paolo Tullio passed away in June this year. In the cruel chasm and heartache of death, the indescribable void he left for those who were lucky enough to know him grows every day. I miss him dearly. I met him as a young pup starting out in TV on ‘The Restaurant’ back in 2008. He offered wisdom, guidance and support throughout the years of our friendship. He was an oracle on food, and taught me the true meaning of kindness. It was an honour to hear all he had learned about food from him. He taught me how to pronounce bruschetta properly and that every chef, no matter how good, can have a bad day in the kitchen. But it was not just food, he taught me tolerance, in everything from relationships to my career. He had a fantastic way of knowing exactly what to say, even if it was a painful truth, but delivered in a sensitive and kind way. I will think of him every time I smell fresh Parmigiano …

Skincare for a snip – Beauty on a Budget

  This was originally published over on Help My Style Quality skincare products don’t have to cost the earth, here are some of my favourites: Pond’s Cold Cream – €5.99 This iconic product needs no introduction. It’s been around since the dawn of time, or at least since I discovered it on my Mom’s dressing table in the 80s, and has been selling millions of pots all over the world for over 100 years. You can’t argue with that. Its versatility makes it a great cleanser, toner and moisturiser, or pop on a thicker layer for five minutes as a moisturising face mask. Laura Whitmore and Kylie Minogue are just two of its many fans, but I think our mothers are a better endorsement than any celebrity. Silcock’s Base – €3.99 My Mom has always advocated Silcock’s Base and Aqueous cream (a similar product) as the best cleanser and moisturiser a girl could possibly wish for. And based on how great her skin is, I’m trying my best to follow suit. This is the least …