Plancha Book & Recipes

Cooking, frying,

or whatever you may call the composition, the trial and error, the ever-new creative moments at the plancha: you’ll run out of words before you run out of possibilities!

March 2014 – A la Plancha - in Donegal
Soon to be published: the first compehensive book on plancha cooking.


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Mamma’s little gem

(serves 3-5 persons)


1 Aubergine cut into ¼ inch slices

French bread, sliced thickly


For the marinade:

100 ml olive oil or a good rapeseed oil



50 ml balsamic vinegar, dark colour

1 clove of garlic, pressed

Fresh basil as much as you like, chopped


Mix all ingredients thoroughly.


Brown the aubergine slices slightly on the Plancha (or a frying pan). Turn them after one or two minutes and sprinkle with marinade, turning the slices once again. After a short while add marinade again and turn. You might want to marinade for a third time before placing the now cooked aubergine slices on the toasted French bread slices. See if you can manage without salt, but if you use any, add a pinch of a good salt from the sea or mountains. Serve immediately and even more important: eat immediately! I hope you enjoy my Italian mamma's little gems just as much as I do!


And there you have it, a great little savoury dish and is it delicious...?


So happy cooking 



Plancha in Donegal
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