Saturday, May 4, 2013
Part-Time Chef Wanted
We are looking for someone who is entusiastic, hardworking and passionate about food to join the team at Bibi's.
You must be fairly flexible and available to work weekends.
Experience in the food industry is a bonus but not necessary.
Please drop in your CV or email it to email@example.com.
Posted by Maisha on 4/05 at 9.51am
Sunday, April 28, 2013
We are looking for a part-time waiter / waitress and a part-time kitchen porter / commis chef. Must be available to work weekends.
If interested please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the cafe on 01-4547421.
Posted by Maisha on 28/04 at 9.08am
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Nuts about apples!
Finally Irish apples are in season! I was wondering whether we were going to get any this year at all. I had a splurge and nearly bought out the shop's supply the other day!
I use apples a lot day to day when they are in season. Stewed apple is a wonderfully easy and versatile dish to have in your fridge or even to keep in your freezer. We serve stewed apple in the cafe with our homemade granola and natural yoghurt and it is one of my favourite ways to eat it. It is sharp, sweet and utterly comforting to eat at any time of the day. I keep a container of it in my fridge and it is great for my little man, Ben, as there is no need to add any sugar as the apples in season have the right balance of sweetness.
To make the stewed apple, I peel, core and roughly chop 12 apples, throw them into a saucepan with about ½ pint of water. Put it on a medium heat and allow the apples to soften, stirring occasionally to prevent the apples from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Add more water if necessary. When the apples are soft enough, mush them up with a wooden spoon, whisk them with a wire whisk or throw it into the blender (which is what I do).
You can then use this to make up a nice breakfast crumble for a treat at the weekend. Use whatever other fruit you can get, blackberries, peaches, plums.
6 tbsp caster sugar
2 apples, peeled and cored and cut into quarters
2 peaches or plums and/or a good handful of berries
zest of 1 lemon
If using the stone fruit, take the stone out and cut into quarters. Heat a small saucepan and add the sugar. Allow to caramelise slightly and add the chopped fruit. Cook for a couple of minutes.
Mix in a buttered ovenproof dish with about a quarter of the stewed apple and the berries, if using. This will give the crumble lots of different textures. Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg if desired.
For the crumble topping:
110g / 4oz plain flour
2 tbsp soft light brown sugar
50g / 2oz chilled butter
110g / 4oz nutty granola (Bibi's granola is the best!!)
Mix the flour and the sugar in a bowl. Grate in the butter and add the granola.
Scatter the crumble topping over the fruit and bake in a preheated moderate oven, 180º, for 18-20 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is lovely and golden.
If you are feeling virtuous, serve with natural yoghurt or if not, with mounds of softly whipped cream!! If you're going to be naughty, you may as well do it in style!
Posted by Maisha on 24/10 at 1.57pm
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Back in Business!
Bibi's blog page has been well and truly neglected for the last year and is looking a bit sad! I now have two babies to look after...the cafe and my 6 month old son, Ben, who has terrorised me at night for the last 6 months! Hence, certain areas in my life have taken a back seat. However I am back in the land of the living with lots of new ideas for my blog.
We are posting the menu on our website as it changes every few days so I thought no better place to start than to introduce you to some of our suppliers. We endeavour to use local Irish suppliers as we have some top notch producers in this country. Anthony Creswell, of Ummera Smoked Products in West Cork, supplies us with wonderful Irish organically reared smoked salmon, smoked chicken and smoked dry cured back and streaky bacon. The bacon is a joy to cook with as there is no shrinkage or milky residue left in the pan. The smoked salmon is soft, silky, slightly salty and truly delicious to eat. The smoked chicken is lightly smoked and moist and is great in salads and sandwiches, which is how we serve it in the cafe. One of our more popular salads is with smoked chicken, avocado, mango, roasted peanuts and a maple and chilli dressing. Ummera products are available to buy in most independant food shops or, stock levels allowing, you could pick them up in the cafe.
The cheese used in our much loved pantoasted sandwich is from Gubbeen Farmhouse in Schull, West Cork. The Ferguson family run this business and it is truly inspirational to any food lover. They have their own piggery where a variety of pigs are allowed to run free. We use their cheese, bacon and wonderful chorizo in our dishes.
I am going to leave you with a recipe from the cafe for a smoked salmon bruschetta. This recipe serves 4 people for lunch or 6-8 as a starter for dinner.
Smoked salmon bruschetta with cucumber pickle:
For the horseradish creme fraiche:
1/2 cup creme fraiche
50g creamed horseradish or 1 tbsp fresh horseradish
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
pinch black pepper and salt
Mix all ingredients together.
For the cucumber pickle:
900g / 2lb very thinly sliced unpeeled cucumber
3 red onions, very thinly sliced
350g / 12oz sugar
2 tsp salt
225ml / 8floz white wine vinegar
Whisk the sugar, salt and vinegar together and mix in the cucumber and red onion. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for 3-4 hours. This recipe will make more than you need but it is great served with cold meats or as an accompaniment a burger or a toasted cheese sandwich.
To assemble the bruschetta:
4 large slices bread
8 slices smoked salmon
4 dsp capers
Brush the bread on both sides with olive oil and chargrill or fry on a pan until golden.
Spread each slice of bread generously with the horseradish creme fraiche and top with 2 slices of smoked salmon.
Sprinkle each with a dsp of capers, a good spoon of the cucumber pickle and top with a handful of rocket leaves. Finish with a drizzle of lemon oil, if you have it in your store cupboard.
Hope you enjoy it!
Posted by Maisha on 11/10 at 9.34am
Saturday, October 6, 2012
We are looking for a part-time chef available to work weekends. For further information, please contact Maisha or Ricarda in the cafe on 01-4547421 or email your CV to email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Posted by Maisha on 6/10 at 10.23am
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Posted by Maisha on 27/06 at 12.56pm
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Check out our Facebook Page…
Check out the Bibi's page on Facebook.
Posted by Maisha on 11/04 at 10.55am
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Gift Vouchers for Christmas
There is nothing better than a Bibi's Voucher in your Christmas Stocking!!
Posted by Maisha on 7/12 at 12.25pm
Monday, March 14, 2011
New Spring Arrivals!
With the arrival of Spring, comes the arrival of lots of exciting ingredients. I love this time of year...there is a stretch in the evenings, the weather is getting (a little!) warmer and as a cook, there are lots of exciting things happening.
One of my favourite ingredients, not just for it's lovely flavour but also for the delicate and beautiful colour it brings to a dish, is Rhubarb. This week, we are expecting a delivery of Champagne Rhubarb from one of our suppliers, Vanilla Venture.
Champagne rhubarb differs from others mainly in its colour and its flavour. It is a lighter, paler pink colour and it is less tart in flavour than normal rhubarb. Champagne rhubarb is available to us slightly earlier in the year. It is grown using a special technique, where it is 'forced' to grow in what are known as 'forcing sheds'. These sheds provide warmth to encourage the early growth of this plant. Light is also restricted, and it is this that causes the rhubarb to be paler in colour, less tart and also less fibrous.
Champagne rhubarb is very easy to work with. There is no need to peel it as it is less fibrous. It needs very light, gentle cooking and as it is still slightly tart, requires some sweetening. Make sure you discard the leaves as they are poisonous!
One of the ways we will use the rhubarb is in a compote with some strawberries. It will be served with our homemade granola and vanilla flavoured yoghurt. I first made this compote when I was learning how to cook in Ballymaloe. It has been a firm favourite in our house (and many others!) since. It is such a simple recipe to follow and a great accompaniment to cakes and tarts. It is also delicious with homemade vanilla ice-cream.
Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote:
450g / 1lb rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces
450ml / 16floz stock syrup
225g / 8oz strawberries, hulled and sliced
Put the stock syrup into a saucepan and add the rhubarb. Cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute (any longer and the rhubarb will turn to mush). Take off the heat and allow to cool. Add the strawberries.
A stock syrup is made up of equal quantities of sugar and water. Put 1lb / 450g sugar into a saucepan with 1 pint water. Bring this to the boil and allow to simmer until the sugar has dissolved. This should take 5 minutes. Cool and keep in the fridge. It is very useful to have a container of stock syrup at hand. It can be used for compotes, infused with rosemary, for example, and served with a cake or used to make lemonade. Here is a quick and easy recipe for homemade lemonade.
juice of 4 lemons
juice of 2 oranges
450ml / 1 pint stock syrup
2 1/2 pints water, to taste
Mix all ingredients together. Add more water if necessary. Serve chilled.
I hope you enjoy trying these recipes!
Posted by Maisha on 14/03 at 10.57am
Saturday, March 12, 2011
We will be Closed on St. Patricks Day 2011
The Cafe will close for St. Patricks Day, Thursday 17th March. We will re-open Friday 18th March, serving a brunch menu from 10-4p.m.
Happy St. Patricks Day Everyone!
Posted by Maisha on 12/03 at 1.30pm
We are looking for a part-time chef, available to work weekends. Please enquire about this vacancy with our Cafe Manager, Call 01 - 4547421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. We look forward to hearing from you!
Posted by Maisha on 12/03 at 1.22pm
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
We would like to know….....
which one of our Chocolate Brownies is your favourite??
The Pure Chocolate Brownie
The Peanut Butter Brownie or
The Cheesecake topped Brownie.........
Posted by Amy on 16/02 at 12.36pm
The Peoples Supermarket
The Peoples Supermarket - A new documentary series on Channel 4 - check it out at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-peoples-supermarket
Posted by Maisha on 16/02 at 11.30am
Meet some of our suppliers!
Andrew calls to us every morning with fresh fruit and vegetables from Caterway!
Posted by Maisha on 16/02 at 10.55am
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Poached Pear Salad
We have been busy poaching pears this afternoon for our delicious Poached Pear Salad which will feature on tomorrows menu!
Poached Pears,Pancetta, Chilli Walnuts, Rocket, Star Anise, White Wine Syrup and Lemon Oil! €12.95
come and try it with a glass of wine!
Posted by Maisha on 26/01 at 3.38pm
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