Barbecue Gingered Chicken

It is BBQ season after all isn’t it??

I am a fan of marinades and I’ve used this one a good few times – there is chicken currently bathing in it in my fridge as I write.

This is from Barbecues and Grilling by Anthony Worral Thompson – a great book that I’ve had for a while but I really want to start making a few more things from it in the coming weeks, so if they work I’ll stick them up here!


  • 4 chicken breasts with skin on, if preferred
  • 5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed with a little salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade mixture.
  2. Set aside the chicken breasts in a shallow dish and spread the mixture over them.  Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferable overnight.
  3. Remove from the fridge up to 30 minutes before cooking
  4. Cook the chicken on the barbecue grill, skin-side down first, over high heat for 7-8 minutes.  Then turn and cook on the other side for a further 7-8 minutes, basting occasionally with the marinade juices, until lightly charred and firm to the touch.

I actually cut the chicken breast into strips…. voila!



Running to Stand Still: Toasted quinoa, lentil and poached salmon salad

My first reblog (aka steal)… made this last night, delish. My favourite part was when the quinoa popped! Thanks Sylvia!


In his book, Notes on a Small Island, Bill Bryson, who I revere and adore, laid claim to the title “Lord Lather of Indecision”. If you haven’t read it yet, sort that out. I’d loan you mine, but it is precious because SIGNED COPY:


Anyway, my point is that if I had a title, it would be something along the lines of Princess Procrastinate of Dither. Decisions do not come easily to me and I will avoid making them in as many ways possible (for example). However, the big birthday of the year is just around the corner and I need to put down the book and start making decisions. What to do, where to go, what to say, what to think. Ideally, I would have a very bossy opinionated Personal Assistant to say “Do this”, “Apply for that”, “Go there”, “Talk to him”, “Stop doing that”, “Wear this”…

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A Tour of a Cemetery

I was back in my home city of Dublin last weekend and for once was blessed with some good weather! Mide – she of the ‘Discover Dublin’ mini-tours (only available on request) suggested a visit to Glasnevin Cemetery, followed by a pint and a toasted sandwich in the Gravedigger’s pub (AKA Kavanagh’s).

For anyone visiting Dublin, I would highly recommend it.

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The girl who gave us the tour, which lasted around 1h30mins, was really helpful, clear and interesting, it goes without saying that a bit of knowledge of Irish history is helpful but even if you know nothing about it the tour is still great. She had plenty of interesting nuggets of information – thinks I didn’t know for example:

  • Charlie Chaplin visited James Larkin when he was imprisoned in America – in my google search to find more information on this I discovered this blog: which I’m now going to spend hours browsing through!
  • Maud Gonne’s son Sean MacBride co-founded Amnesty International
  • At the exact moment Charles Stewart Parnell’s body was being lowered into the grave a white light passed through the sky and was seen by a large part of the 200,000 people who attended.  Only in recent years did research show that a meteor passed through the sky over Dublin at that exact moment..
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We headed to Kavanagh’s, aka the Gravedigger’s Pub which is at one of the gates of the Cemetery – this is a fascinating place, it has been in the same family for 7 generations (we learned this on the tour – it’s so famous it’s in the tour!) The toasted sandwich did not happen, instead we indulged in some tapas – how terribly continental and not at all Irish! BUT it was delicious, and the staff were so friendly.  Not only that, but a mere week later and this was published – as Mide said we capture the zeitgeist!

Here are a few snaps of what we saw on the day …

The Women

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Kitty Kiernan



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Elizabeth O’Farrell



The Men

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Daniel O’Connell’s Coffin – I touched it for good luck as is tradition

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Michael Collins

De Valera

De Valera