What do you like to do with your leftover mash? For me, there’s nothing nicer than making a crisp-on-the-outside; soft-on-the-inside, savoury potato pancake.
In some parts of Ireland, farl is the leftover potato dish of choice but it’s a recipe I never fully mastered. Instead, I think back to my time in Asia when I make potato pancakes - specifically, to South Korean gamjajeon, which are deliciously spicy and served with a salty, zingy dipping sauce made of rice wine vinegar and light soy sauce. To make these gamjajeon, just take some chopped or sliced green and red chilli, some freshly grated ginger and garlic and mix these into the leftover mash. Season with salt and pepper, then add an egg and 200g of plain flour. Using oiled hands, shape into pancakes and fry in hot oil until crisp on both sides. The perfect side dish.
By Paddy Egan
Restrictions lifted, no more lockdown,
Freedom to move, we can go to town.
Four months cocoon, it wasn’t nice,
We had no choice, but pay the price.
We look forward now our friends to meet
In shop, or church or on the street
We missed our friends when all alone
T’was not the same to use the phone
Free to call to the barber’s shop
To give the old head of hair a chop
For the ladies too, not a day too soon
Overdue a call their hair saloon
Doors open to each restaurant
We’ll enjoy a coffee in our favourite haunt
For thirsty folk who enjoy a jar
Can soon relax in their local bar
But we have been warned,
do take care
The virus bug is still out there
Keep your distance, the
And don’t forget to wear your mask
When you're chatting to a lad at the mart and he's trying to sound all casual as he makes small talk about the weather & farming, then he blurts out "so are you married yet or wha?" #smooth— Ashleigh (@ashleighfen) April 20, 2022
with Dr Catherine Keena, Teagasc countryside management specialist
Look out for Lady’s smock or Cuckoo-flower with pink or white flowers in damp fields or roadsides. The lady refers to the Virgin Mary, while clusters of flowers in a meadow resemble a smock laid out. It is often covered in foam known as ‘cuckoo-spit’, as it flowers when the cuckoo begins to call, giving its alternative name, Cuckoo-flower, despite the fact that the foam is caused by froghopper nymphs who live in its stems. The flowers are pollinated by bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies. This is a favourite food plant of Orange-tip and Green-veined white butterflies.
He was a very good walker. I love a good walker and I just said at the price, he was the same price as a cow.
– Shark Hanlon on what attracted him to buy Hewick as a young horse P13