Food is Life... With Astrid Tidey


What’s your favourite dish?

It’s got to be a tuna steak, preferably raw on the inside.

What’s your favourite cuisine?

Mexican food keeps me young.

Best place to grab breakfast in Ireland?

My fridge at home is usually empty and the cupboards usually stock value cornflakes and a can of beans. The Cookbook Cafe in Glasthule does the best poached egg and avocado with creme fraiche. The perfect hangover breakfast would have to be porridge in Avoca with a glass of fresh orange juice.

Best place to grab lunch in Ireland?

Sprout for when I'm on the go and it has to be the kale caesar salad. I religiously purchase this for my lunch. I’ve guiltily filled in around 4 stamp cards.

While driving home from Clare my boyfriend and took the wrong turn in the Burren and stumbled across the most AMAZING cafe in Ireland. The ‘Hazel Mountain Chocolate’ is one of 3 places in Ireland that makes its chocolate from scratch. They had the cutest cafe and everything was vegan. The best part was... all of the dishes were infused with cocoa nibs. Chocolate lunch? Died and gone to heaven. RIP.

Best place to have dinner in Ireland?

This award hands down goes to That’s Amore in Monkstown. The fresh pizza and fluffy spaghetti adds to the vibrancy of the family run Italian restaurant. It’s only able to sit about 5 or 6 groups so prebooking is essential.

Best place to get coffee in Ireland?

Kaph or Lemon.

Best shop/ supermarket to grab bits for a home-cooked dinner?

Any of the Fresh stores, they boast convenience and good value.

What’s your favourite meal to make at home?

Home-made pizza. Everyone can get involved and muck around. My younger brother loves it.

Who’s your favourite cook/ chef?

My grandad or my boyfriend’s Mom, Orla, make the some of the best dishes I have ever come across.

Do you have a favourite recipe book?

I would happily spend the rest of my life only cooking dishes from the book “Nopi” by Ramael Scully and Yotam Ottolenghi. I love the golden lining of the pages. Reading it is a meal in itself.

Favourite restaurant you’ve ever been to & why…

Angelina’s on Percy Place just off Baggot Street. I first went there when it originally opened and immediately fell in love with the outside balcony type seating area, suspended over the Grand Canal. The food is exquisite and it’s very intimate and romantic.

What city, from your travels, has the best food?

It’s not a city but a region, Tuscany in Italy. The steak tar tar, beef carpaccio and fried zucchini flowers are just some of the to-die-for dishes. If your tastebuds are ever in need of a holiday, look no further than Tuscany.

What’s your favourite ingredient to use in cooking?

Bacon lardons...on anything. *drools*

Favourite dessert?

The nutella cheesecake in San Lorenzo’s is  h e a v e n.

What six people would make up your dream dinner party?

Graham Norton

Michelle Obama

Christy Moore

Jared Leto (Dessert)

J.K Rowling

Will Smith (Also Dessert)

What food/ ingredient do you detest?

I honestly can’t stand curry. The only exception would be a Chicken Korma.


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