Miso making in the house! by Kevin Powell

We're really lucky to have the amazing Junko Hamilton back in Ireland for a few week this March. We just got informed yesterday that Junko has a free day on Wednesday the 25th for a very limited number of people to come over and make some miso with Junko in the apartment here in Temple Bar. We've worked with Junko on a few projects and events and she is easily one of the most knowledgable people in Ireland on Japanese food. We're delighted to have here about for a little while longer and she'll be sorely missed when she returns to Kyoto in a few weeks!

Arrival is 5pm, you can either hold a space with ourselves by emailing: or through Junko if you have any questions on the finer points of the evening by emailing her:


Here's what you need to do! Come along with 60€, an apron, a small towel and a glass/ceramic/enamel jar over 3 litres (preferably widemouthed) and we'll even knock together a light meal for after the workshop.


eurotaco | the 1€ taco project by Kevin


It's cheap, it's quick, it's eurotaco.

Myself and Pete Williams got chatting one night about dollar tacos. A straight forward idea, go up order your tacos 1,2 or 10 receive the bare bones of the taco [shell and meat] then go garnish. Done. Simple. Return.

So we decided we'd give it ago. For the next 6 months or so we'll be up for turning up at your events/nights/art opening/pool party with cheap tacos in hand.

The tacos on each night might be different, there's no choice you get what you get. But it's all prepared from scratch, it's all fresh and as always it's all irish were possible (can't find irish limes atm)

But yeah, you want ourselves along, you know a few hundred people who'll eat tacos pop us an email:

One of us will arrive. We might also have a taco   maiden in toe (Susie)




We love to share, to sit around a big table and dig into what is in front of us. We love to talk and laugh, all while in the company of others. So when the wonderful ladies of Hunt & Gather came to ourselves with the idea of a sharing banquet celebrating summer and spring we had to jump at it, so we made a menu, a menu to share.

The idea on the night is the food just keeps rolling out, not exactly courses but things come in time, you don't have to worry about finishing what's in front of you just take your time and see what comes next, so here's the plan from start to finish.

When you plop yourself down be ready to expect a bit plater of dips and salads with some beautiful fresh flatbreads on the side, then comes some barbecued corn on the cob with wonderfully mustardy nasturtium butter. Then the centre piece every group will get a whole pork shoulder slow cooked for 12hours to pull around, you can mop it all up with some honey cornbread and top it with a selection of slaws. Finally after digging into all that for a while we'll nick you plates. First dessert out is a little refreshing pitcher of iced tea and some big bowls of red fruit salad, then comes out special treat, bottle of bubbly elderflower lemonade with lavender icecream, I personally recommend making floats but it's up to yourself.

So that's the food, I hear there'll be a few tunes and a birra dancing. Hunt & Gather will have it looking splendid as always and everyone should be stuffed and ready for a summery stroll home.

So on the theme of sharing we thought we'd share some recipes with ya:

Nasturtium butter:

250g unsalted butter 10 nasturtium petals 1 tsp salt Grease proof paper
In a stand mixer blend flowers,butter and salt.
Place on grease proof and roll into a sausage, chill for a few hours and then use.nasturtium

Slow cooked pork shoulder: (This is actually a quicker recipe than the one we are using on the night.)

2kg pork shoulder, bone in, skin on 20gr salt 20gr sugar 20gr smoked paprika
Let the pork come to room temputure, preheat over to 240°. mix all dry ingredients together. Rub half the mixture all over the pork and place in a dish, pop it in the oven for 40min then take it out, knock the oven to 125° and wrap pork up in foil, back in for 6 to 7 hours. Once it's done take it out and leave it for 30min then unwrap and take skin off, bone out and pull it apart with some forks, sprinkle the remaining salt/sugar/paprika mix and let it soak up all the liquid, leave it for a while, or not and lay into it.

So that's all my sharing for tonight, we hope to see you there!

Tickets are available HERE

And some more details HERE

MANATSU|真夏 by gruelguerilla

Photo by Susie Kealy. Last weekend was our Japanese pop-up in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. It went very well thanks to all our wonderful collaborators and helpers.

Photo by Susie Kealy

Thirteen courses of beautiful food in a venue without a kitchen is no mean feat. Junko and I worked solidly for two days beforehand on prep for the Saturday night; Pete and Kevin made four kilos of ramen on the Friday for Saturday brunch; the amazing ladies of Hunt & Gather had the room looking amazing, Orlaith sourced us some essential bits and pieces such as the bowls, cups and plates as well as organised the tables and made sure everything ran smoothly on the night; Yann was there brewing delicious Japanese teas; Rincy and Susie were on hand to take photographs. For us is was an incredibly intense event. It was one of those projects where the enormity of the challenge doesn't really hit you until you're right in the middle of it. We all certainly learned a lot.

In this project we able to try a lot of interesting things which will be incorporated in future pop-ups. Kevin and Pete had fun with the brunch, though we all agree that as tasty as ramen is, making and keeping large quantities of the stuff is a challenge all by itself. Photo by Rincy K Unfortunately the weather worked against us, especially for Sunday's brunch which was a pity because Sunday's food was a lot of fun and really tasty. Fear not though, a similar menu on the cards for another future event.

The atmosphere at the supper was great. Whoever thought a concrete space could be so cosy. The H&G girls opted for a bare, wabi-sabi aesthetic leaving the heavy wooden tables and the candle-light to warm the room and took zen gardens as inspiration for their hanging garden centre piece. I called the event 'Manatsu', which means 'midsummer' but the weather felt a bit more mid-October as guests filtered in to the gallery.

Photo by RIncy Koshy

It was easy to forget the weather though as one came in to the beautiful recital by musicans Philip Horan and Junshi Murakami. We were incredibly pleased to have them with us for the evening. If you have an opportunity to hear their performances around Dublin definitely do not pass it up!



As for the food, we were very proud to present the fantastic ingredients from our

Photo by Rincy Koshy

favourite suppliers in this way. It's difficult to pick favourites but we have to always praise Goatsbridge trout which arrived to us glossy and fresh and smelling of nothing. This we cured in kombu, a technique that originates from Junko's hometown of Kyoto, where fresh fish from the sea was slightly beyond their reach so the fish would be cured to transport it to the city through the mountains. This we paired with a lime jelly made with Agar or kanten as it's known in Japan. Originally I tried a vietnamese corriander jelly but the flavour wasn't quite what was needed so at the last moment we opted for the lime. Which to me was a pity because lime is a compromise already, standing in for the ubiquitous Japanese fruit Yuzu which is extremely tricky to get on this side of the world but is utterly fantastic. If we were to do this again I'd hope to find a more local alternative. It looked great on Orlaith's invisible plates though (and incidentely slightly heartbreaking to plate up in our dim corner)!

We were also very happy with our smoked eringi mushrooms, straight from Ballyhoura

Photo by Rincy Koshy

Mountain Mushrooms looking gorgeous, which were then smoked in hay and paired with a fresh pesto made with Irish-grown shiso. Another thing that was striking and unexpected was the tomato jelly. First of the season tomatoes chopped and strained for the juice which was then mixed

Photo by Susie Kealy

with kanten and a little sugar to and let set was amazing. It's unusal here in Dublin to play up the sweetness of a tomato to the point where it's a dessert. However, if there was ever a time to do it, it's now as the sweet new tomatoes arrive. The taste was fantastic. It was super refreshing and balanced by the sourness of the gooseberry sauce. This got us thinking about fabulous tomatoes and what we could do with them. If you too are a lover of tomatoes, check out our News of the Curd July supper but for now we will leave you this recipe to try:

Tomato Jelly (Japanese Style)

- 400ml of tomato juice from raw, fresh tomatoes.

- 1 tsp of agar-agar powder (or you can experiment with carragheen if you're feeling lucky, you won't get that sliceable texture though).

- 2 tsp of honey or to taste.

Chop tomatoes finely and strain through fine mesh such as a muslin cloth or clean tea towel to get near transparent rose-coloured liquid. You can squeeze it a bit but don't be too enthusiastic because you don't want the pulp to get through. Meanwhile, disolve your agar-agar in a little hot water and add honey. Finally combine both liquids and pour into a moulds of your choosing. Leave cool and then leave to set in fridge.

Serves: 2

Photo by Rincy Koshy

In all it was a fun event. The gallery was a great space to have and it was great to work with some of our favourite people again. Look out for more big events from us towards the end of the summer!

Photo by Susie Kealy

Full gallery available to view on our Facebook page.