I’m Randy Lewis

randyHi I’m Randy Lewis, a native of Canada. So, how the heck did I end up in Lahinch? The answer to this is quite simple, I love to travel! My favourite thing about travelling is finding flavoursome foods and ingredients from around the world that I can bring back to Randaddy’s and use in my recipes. I guess that is what makes Randaddy’s an awesome eating experience.

In my blog I want to share with you my stories both old and new and hopefully give YOU a taste for adventure!

The Tricks to Bread Making

breadmaking_292x219I have had a lot of questions regarding yeast breads. Well I am no expert on this but I do use a few basic techniques that are my rules of thumb on yeast breads.

Rule 1 – use good quality flour, as low quality does not have the same gluten content.
Rule 2 – the window test: stretch the dough between two fingers (as shown in the picture above). You are looking for a stretch like texture – as thin as it well go.
Rule 3 – double proof it before it goes in the oven. This is very important. After you have double proofed it, leave it somewhere warm for at least 1 hour before it goes in the oven.

Ok, so they were my rules. Now here is a recipe for a simple white loaf:

• 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
• 2tsp salt
• 7g sachet fast-action yeast
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Quick Calamari With Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce

calamari_254x173This Thai version of fried calamari is crisp and delicious, and simple to make too! This dish makes a great appetizer or party food recipe, or serve it with a Thai salad and you have a complete meal. As this recipe will demonstrate, fried calamari needn’t be as difficult as it sounds – simply cut the squid into rings, dip into a simple flour and spice mixture, and fry.

Mmmm…. easy and delicious!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Keeping Summer Sides Simple!

Summer-Sides_252x168You know the saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” well none of us want to slave over a hot stove this time of year, especially as we have this special sunshine!

Summer means a vast array of tasty fresh vegetables available, and most can be eaten raw. Add them shaved thin onto your salads, eat them alone dipped in any dressing of your choice or whip up some hummus to make a light meal out of them.

Alternatively, I’ll throw my vegetables, tossed in olive oil and seasoned first, onto the grill right along with my meat. For variety, try seasoning along with various spices and herbs to compliment your meal.
Pesto vegetables
Servings: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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