Dehli O’Deli, Dux & Co and The Weekly Shop.

So it is Sunday evening and I am stuck to the couch. The sad fact of eating is that exercise is generally a necessary compliment. But with the blustery days and early nights, all I want to do is hibernate!

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The Weekly Shop – 12 euro.

Seasonal, Irish, Organic, GF, DF

 O.k. Now. The veg and cheese was bought in the Dublin Food Coop. The irish lamb burger was F.X. Buckley butcher on Moore St. and the apples were from the Temple Bar Food Market. Everything is irish (except the garlic which is from spain), seasonal, organic, Gluten and Dairy (Cow) Free and cost a total of 12 euro. The idea is this should last me the week, coupled with the lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and rice I already have in the cupboard.

Spinach is a weekly purchase, as is parsley and leeks. The purple kale caught my eye. Against what I had hoped, it tastes like regular kale, although it does turn water an interesting blue after boiling. I’ve never cooked swede before and have fairly nasty memories of school turnip mash so I felt I should try and overcome this aversion by buying one. It is a tough one to peel, I discovered tonight. The first attempt at edible swede was to slice it into small chunks and cook as I cook most veg – steam-fried in a deep-based pan with rapeseed oil, garlic, cumin and turmeric and water to avoid charring. End result: soft root veg chunks with predominant turnip/swede taste. More work needed.

The cheese is a Ballinroan goat’s brie. Not as gooey as the cow variety but still tasty, expecially when mixed through brown rice. I ask the server for the smallest size possible and then smaller again so that I have cheese for the week but no excess. This also helps to keep the price down.

I will keep you updated on how I survive on this purchase.

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To inject some colour into our wintry lives, we ventured out for an Indian Sunday Lunch. Found by thehappycow.com recommendation, we dined like queenly queens for under 6 euro at Dehli O’Deli on Moore St.

My favourite thusfar is the delicious gluten-free onion bahji for an equally appetizing price of 2.99. The restaurant seems like your regular fast food take away but is run by guys who know what authentic curry is. Unlike most Indian restaurants in Dublin which are actually Bangladeshi, Delhi O’Deli is a mixture of northern and southern Indian cuisine with an emphasis on street food and is a regular haunt of families in the know. There is a daily 5.99e one-plate all-you-can-eat buffet which offers 5 curries and 2 rice options. The plates are large and the food is fragrant.

Delhi O’Deli, 12 Moore St., Dublin 1. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Cheap Cheap Cheap, TASTY.

Dehli O’Deli

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Dux & Co

Dux & Co is a new restaurant open at 51 Wellington Quay, beside the Ha’Penny Bridge. Originally a vendor of high-quality festival foods, they’ve grown up a little and now have chairs and a roof. The food was always too good for festival-goers who were used to cereal bars and beer breakfasts so it was only a matter of time for Dux & Co to appear in restaurant form. What makes it all the more appealing is its high-class fair can be bought for a tenner at dinner or a fiver for lunch. Expensive at a drizzly festival, bargain bite a minute from Temple Bar.

A very obliging group of people, in substitute for a wheat bun they provided a salad with my chickpea burger. Quite a few GF DF options.

Another fun fact, it’s BYOB with 3e corkage. What’s not to like.

Open Wednesday to Saturday and in demand, so I would advise booking ahead of time. Probably not necessary for lunch.

Food Fun never ends. Today I went to a Spuds Festival in the Fumbally Cafe. Potato tasting, potato drawing, potato story telling; all with the intention of raising awareness about GM potatos and the fact that there is no need for them in Ireland. To counter potato blight, we should plant blight-resistant potatos such as the Hungarian Sarpo instead of altering the potato at a molecular level. It makes sense.

Peruvian Shpuds. Funny-looking fellows. Selective breeding can work wonders.

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