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We are friends who love making simple food look beautiful. We hope our recipes will inspire you to get into the kitchen this season. Aoife McElwain works in front of the camera writing the recipes and styling the food, while Mark Duggan works behind the camera to make sure it all looks as delicious as possible. We work with editors such as Killian Broderick and music supervisors like Nialler9 to make sure that our finished videos look and sound as smart as possible. We work with brands like Glenisk and Folláin to help them create delicious video content for their online platforms. When we're not making videos, we write a weekly column called Speedy Suppers on Thursdays in The Irish Independent. Aoife writes the recipes and styles the food while Mark takes the photographs.  
bbq chicken + slaw
_MG_5040 These recipes first appeared in Insider Magazine in The Irish Independent on July 3rd. We figure everyone should be armed with the blueprint for a great BBQ sauce and a recipe for a good, crunchy coleslaw that they can call upon at times of need. Whether it’s World Cup Fever or a touch of American patriotism that has you cooking for a crowd this weekend, our BBQ chicken drumsticks and apple and fennel coleslaw always go down a treat.
03 Jul
pickled radish + shredded beef
_MG_2996 These recipes first appeared in The Irish Independent's Insider Magazine on Thursday 26th June.  We’ve been following the progress of Katie Sanderson’s Dillisk food project, a pop-up restaurant on the edge of Connemara that while be serving all things local, foraged and pickled. It’s their opening night tonight and we believe pickled radishes will be on the menu. So we were inspired to create our own until we get a chance to visit Dillisk. They’re great in a sandwich or a salad but our favourite way to eat them is on top of shredded beef tacos.
20 Jun
roast tomatoes + tomato ketchup
_MG_1907The tomatoes that grew in Irish allotments last year will no doubt become the stuff of legend. They were enormous, flavoursome beasts (nostalgia may be encouraging slight exaggeration here) thanks to our prolonged spell of bursting sunshine. This year may not produce such a bounty but we're still looking forward to Irish tomato season which should reach its peak in the middle of the summer and stay with us until early autumn. We love growers like The McNally Family Farm whose stall in Dublin's Temple Bar Food Market on a Saturday is a treasure trove of Irish and organic ingredients, especially during the summer months. Keep an eye on their facebook page to find out when their tomatoes have landed.
13 Jun
strawberry toasts + strawberry meringues
_MG_1411 These recipes first appeared in The Irish Independent’s Insider magazine on Thursday 12th June. There are few things sweeter in life than a mouthful of beautifully ripe Irish strawberries. Now is the time to get your hands on a punnet or two with strawberry season in full swing from now straight through til September. Throughout the summer months, you’ll often find a box of Keelings' strawberries in the forkful fridge as we really like the fruit they produce on their family farms in Co Dublin and Co Louth. It’s easy to find Irish strawberries in the shops so make sure you make the best of the season.
09 Jun
rhubarb cordial + rhubarb on toast
_MG_1351 These recipes first appeared in The Irish Independent’s Insider magazine on Thursday 5th June. We’re making the most of the last of the rhubarb season in the forkful kitchen this week. There are two types of this tart vegetable; forced rhubarb grown in pots and maincrop rhubarb grown outdoors. Both love living in Irish soil, which means we can enjoy forced Irish rhubarb in our late winter crumbles or maincrop Irish rhubarb in our spring and summer spreads right through to the end of June.
04 Jun
beetroot tzatziki + pulled pork
_MG_0810 These recipes first appeared in The Irish Independent’s Insider magazine on Thursday 29th May. This week’s forkful recipes are our usual simple fare. Though neither require hard graft, both require a bit of cooking time. Spend some time on Saturday morning preparing our complimentary beetroot tzatziki and pulled pork recipes to serve up for lunch with friends or family without even breaking a sweat.
dough for forkful
04 Jun
flatbreads + koftas
dough for forkful These recipes first appeared in The Irish Independent’s Insider magazine on Thursday 22nd May. We’re all about BBQs at forkful but if the weather doesn’t permit we like to bring the flavours of grilled food indoors by dusting off our trusty griddle pan. We’ve put together a summer platter for you that works equally well when cooked on a BBQ or a stove, a griddle or a frying pan.
20 May
courgette fritters + raspberry muffins
These recipes first appeared in The Irish Independent's Insider magazine on Thursday 15th May._MG_0148 At forkful, we love when weekends provide us with the time to indulge in a bit of baking and battering. We became better bakers (and batterers) when we realised the key ingredient to an enjoyable cake is to take the pressure off the baker. So take your time and remember: you’re not on Masterchef. A leisurely slot of working with flour, milk and eggs on a Saturday morning can provide you with some luscious treats by lunchtime.
balsamic lamb
11 May
pomegranate granola + roast lamb
balsamic lamb These recipes originally appeared in INSIDER magazine in The Irish Independent on Thursday the 8th of May.  After feeling responsible for cursing the weather on our first of May column, this week our Insider recipes were specifically designed to be adaptable to our unpredictable spring/summer (sprummer?) weather. Our granola uses the jewels of pomegranate which help make dishes beautiful all year round and our lamb dish brings summer flavours to the comfort of a roast dinner.
Grapefruit and halloumi salad
02 May
ricotta toast + pink grapefruit salad
Banana Ricotta on Toast These recipes originally appeared in INSIDER magazine in The Irish Independent on Thursday the 1st of May.  The week leading up the 1st of May had been gloriously sunny. Hesitant whispers about the return of summer were heard throughout the country after a few consecutive weekends of sun. We thought we would celebrate that for our column on the 1st of May by embracing the sunshine with summer recipes. Only for the 1st of May, the day of publication of our recipes in INSIDER in The Irish Independent, to turn out to be the grossest and soggiest of days this year. So. We're sorry for cursing the summer.