Archives for June 2015

A trip to the 2015 Taste of Dublin

2015 Taste of Dublin - Pikalily Food Blog

Last Sunday we made the long(ish) trip from Newcastle to Dublin for the 2015 Taste of Dublin event which took place in the heart of Dublin City Centre at Iveagh Gardens.  Now in its tenth year, the Taste of Dublin is a four day food and drink event showcasing the very best in Dublin restaurants as well as Irish food and drinks producers.  With a variety of top chefs on hand to give cooking demo’s throughout the festival, we were certainly intrigued as to what it would all have in store for us.  Needless to say, we weren’t disappointed.
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Barbecue Glazed Sticky Chicken Thighs

BBQ glaze chicken thighs - Pikalily food vblog

We recently came across this recipe online at M&S and tried it out at the weekend, one word; delicious!! It’s really easy to make and can be made in around 40 minutes. The glaze creates a lovely sticky coating for the chicken and although the recipe uses chicken thighs, it would work equally well with breasts, wings or drumsticks. You may wish to experiment with other meats as well. The thighs we used were from M&S and were boneless and skinless, making them hassle free.

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Homemade tagliatelle and tomato meatballs

Homemade tagliatelle pasta and meatballs - Pikalily food blog

We both enjoy tucking into the odd bowl of pasta during the week and while the Dolmio pepperoni stir in sauce was a firm favourite of Nial’s in his uni days, these days we like to make our own sauces from scratch.  All the ingredients you need to make a great pasta sauce are readily available in supermarkets with tinned tomatoes being a favourite of ours and a great base for any tomato based pasta sauce – you can never have too many in your cupboard.  While looking for sauce ideas online, we recently came across a company called UFUUD, an Italian based company who produce a range of great traditional Italian food and drink.  We ordered some Italian products online and got to work creating our own meatball and tagliatelle dinner from scratch – here’s how we did it.

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Natvia lime and passion fruit drizzle cake

Natvia lime and passion fruit drizzle cake - Pikalily food blog

We recently shared our lemon drizzle cake recipe with you and as it’s a pretty easy recipe to follow and make, we decided to make another drizzle cake, this time using lime and passion fruit curd.  In this cake we used a new product we’ve come across called Natvia; it’s a sweetener alternative to sugar.  Here is how we did it.

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