A Perfect Start and a Perfect Starter

On Friday, I went to a lovely little cosy restaurant in Dublin. The restaurant is called La Maison, you won’t be surprise if I say its a French restaurant! Very quirky! In a very hip area of Dublin 2, a glance over customers tells you its a place for fairly young and quite hip crowd. As you enter its hard to say whether its an expensive restaurant or a reasonable one. Here is what confused me:

– Small restaurant, casual wooden chairs and tables= reasonable price

– Waiters dressed in proper black vest and white shirt= expensive

– Big frames of retro pictures, old vintage ads all over the restaurant= reasonable

– A very small set menu without any mention of price-=expensive

– A waiter with wine menu and totally ready to talk about wine = expensive

But at the end to my surprise it was in fact very reasonable. It happened that 3 courses were 28 Euro! not bad really.

We ordered our 3 course meals and the starters ( selection of home made pate with pickles, goats cheese and walnut) were just perfection. The mains ( Seafood in white wine sauce  and duck breast, ginger and carrot puree with potato fondant) were al right! Not the best. The desert of chocolate fondant was outrageous! Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and home made custard! So good! Chocolate oozing out and ahh! You know what I mean!

In this post I have remade their goats cheese and walnut starter. I say it is a good copy indeed. If anything I would put rocket instead of spinach, as La Maison had. Peppery-ness  of rocket is essential. But never the less its a good copy and makes a perfect starter for when you have guests. It takes no time to make ready and it is surprisingly more tasty than it looks.

Ingredients: Soft goats cheese, Spring onion (better if you have chives), walnuts ,honey and a perfect bread ( I have chosen honey and nut loaf!)

Lovely Loaf!

Grill or toast your bread, mix spring onion or chives with cheese, scatter some walnuts and grill to warm up the cheese

Drizzle honey (which is refreshing change for sticky balsamic vinegar) , add rocket or spinach. Be ready, its surprisingly better than you think it is!

The next thing: I am counting down to my holiday in Sardinia! Aiming to look good  not too bad in my summer clothes. So I have been eating fairly healthy lately. This morning, as many mornings, I had a smoothie. I love my smoothies so much that I think they deserve to be in my blog. So here are some pics from this morning breakfast:

1 green/yellow apple, 1 satsuma ,1 frozen banana, a handful of frozen strawberries and a handful of grapes. No need for sugar or fruit juice!


Add a bit of cold water, and now ready! By the way this is my kitchen hero- my VITAMIX blender. Its an investment. Buy it!

3 seconds later


Oh and the tune for this page 😉

Thanks for looking and come back soon!

This entry was published on July 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm. It’s filed under All the Recipes jumbled up!, VEGETARIAN and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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