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Amuse Bouche


‘I wish to announce that the strike is over,’ Kilroy said simply. I waited on in Kilroy’s cell to write an announcement of the end of the strike for our Press outside, and I was still there when a nurse came in with the first egg-flips and brandy. You have missed one of life’s great moments if you haven’t tasted a brandy egg-flip after a forty one day’s fast.

from The Gates Flew Open by Peadar O’Donnell.  Continue reading »

Romantic Chocolate Raspberry Sponges

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

I'm a total sucker for anything heart shaped and when I came across some heart shaped foil tins in Tiger, I was sold.  And as Valentines Day is just s few days away, why not create a romantic little cake for the one you love?  The dark chocolately sponge with ruby juicy raspberries are always a match made in heaven.  You could adorn it with a chocolate ganache icing or perhaps some whipped cream spiked with Creme de Framboise liqueur for a very decadent treat.

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Chill out

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

“Snowed in” is the topic Jon Abernathy has chosen for this month’s Session, raising the perennial controversy over when winter ends and spring begins. Ireland persists with the daftly optimistic notion that 1st February is the beginning of spring, which is, of course, nonsense. Look outside if you don’t believe me. Does that look like spring to you?
Anyway, to 57 The Headline again, on a chilly, damp January evening.  Continue reading »

Up and Running!

Munster Wine & Dine Launch.
Up and Running!

Anthony (right) and Daniel (3rd right) at the launch.

The Munster Wine & Dine Circle is up and rolling. A full house at Jacques saw the 2016 launch in midweek. Lots of chat and information for the year ahead while Ummera Smoked and Stonewell Cider were the opening night stars. And of course, the kitchen at Jacques also played a blinder.  Continue reading »

California Wines – Less is MoreThe Golden State at Ballymaloe

Grainstore at Ballymaloe

California Wines will be visiting East Cork on Wednesday, 9th March for a
tasting of California Wines. Liam Campbell, wine editor of The Irish
Independent, will conduct the seminar. Ballymaloe House will host the
tasting in The Grainstore at Ballymaloe.  Continue reading »

Kelly’s Patch Wines
Victoria to Magherafelt

Jonny Callan (left) and Matt Herde in Dublin

From way down in South-Eastern Australia comes the collection of very drinkable Kelly’s Patch wines. I came across them a year or so ago in Karwig’s and came across the team behind them at the recent Australia Day Tasting in the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin where Wine Australia showed over 200 wines to illustrate the diversity of wine in the vast country.  Continue reading »


A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I’m aware of the risk that this blog may turn into What I Drank At 57 The Headline but, for better or worse, that’s where I encounter a lot of new beers these days, and often ones that aren’t even on the pub’s stock list.
For example, I spent an enjoyable afternoon recently, chatting beer with fellow enthusiasts Dorothy, Simon and Andrew for a radio documentary Andrew’s missus Laura is making.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Gubbeen Salami

In a 2014 article in the Guardian newspaper, Fingal Ferguson credited his Spanish maternal grandmother with a big role in his love of producing chorizo and salami (and much more) on the family farm in West Cork.

Fingal spent many a summer holidays with his grandmother’s family in Andalucia and obviously learned much, not that he has ever stopped learning the techniques, never discarding the traditions.  Continue reading »

Grapefruit Avocado and Feta Salad

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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First published on Irish Country Living. When my mother did domestic science, as it was called in the 1960s, she used the Irish version of a….  Continue reading »

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Before I start this week’s shopping tips I want to draw your attention to the advisory notice for imported frozen berries issued by the FSAI in September 2014. This is really important. I had wrongly assumed (as had many, many people) that because the notices were gone from supermarket shelves, that the frozen berries were safe to eat once again.  Continue reading »

Dublin’s Australian Day Tasting. 
Part 2. The Red Wines. Shiraz Stars.

Shiraz. Wine Australia photo from 2016 vintage.

To see Part 1 (on the white wines, mainly), please click here
The diversity of Australian wines wasn’t perhaps the most demanding of themes for the recent Australia Day Tasting in Dublin! There are some great choices already in Ireland and more coming our way, at all price levels.  Continue reading »

Dis und dat

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I got these Distelhäuser beers from Barry a shamefully long time ago and they were at the front of the queue when I began an overdue clear-out of my beer fridge recently.
Starting with Distel Blond, a 5.1%-er with the unusual distinction of being a top-fermented German ale. Unkonventionell, as the label helpfully puts it. It’s a very pale gold in the glass, topped by a happy and bright blanket of froth.  Continue reading »

Crispy Cheesy Baked Omelette

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Do you know what the best thing is about potatoes?  Leftovers.  Whether it's mash to make colcannon or potato cakes, roast for dousing in gravy or my favourite, steamed for practically everything else.  I always cook more than I need because next day's lunch or dinner is just as delicious.  Take my Crispy Cheesy Baked Omelette.  With leftover potatoes, it's ready in 20 minutes.  Starting from scratch, add an extra 15 minutes – I promise you that it's worth it.  Continue reading »

Australia’s Wine Diversity
On Show in a Dublin Gallery(Part 1)

Diversity was the theme for last week’s Australia Day Wine Tasting in the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, a theme that was well illustrated indeed with over 200 wines to be tasted.*

Everything from a high quality Tasmanian sparkling wine, Jansz Premium Cuvee NV, to a d’Arenberg Rare Tawny (had that lined up for my very last sip but, stupidly, forgot about it – next time!).  Continue reading »

Tuco’s Taqueria
6 Abbeygate Street upper
Open: Monday – Sunday from 12 noon – 9pm

Having spent more than 15 yrs living and working in the US, it goes without saying that we all love Mexican food here at Chez Wise. So much so, that due to the lack of any decent Mexican food eateries in Galway over the last 8 years, we have just had our own little weekly fiesta at home.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche


It is summer in Sydney. Cherries, pawpaws, mangoes and watermelon render apples, bananas and oranges the most banal-tasting objects to set foot in a human mouth; waves foreclose on children’s sandcastles; shopping-centre Christmas decorations hang tackily over swarthy Santas with heat exhaustion; bushfires rage out of control and everywhere is ash, and a burning red moon of a bushfire hangs over the city, over the ocean, over Aldo ripening like garbage on his dreary rock.  Continue reading »

Forest to Sea Odyssey

A post by imen at Farmette

I am delighted to present Mimi and Oddur Thorisson of A Kitchen in France and the blog Manger as the hosts of our next Lens & Larder workshop in the wilds of Connemara at the stunning Ballynahinch Castle Hotel & Estate, February 23-26th, 2016.  Continue reading »

Quinlan’s Have Landed
Fresh Fish and Friendly Folks

Pan-fried Brill with potato chips and garden salad. This was one of our main courses, fresh and gorgeous. It was on the specials board (€16.95)

As many of you know, Quinlans Seafood has landed in Cork, in Princes Street, right in the middle of the city. From what I’d heard, the reaction has been good. Decided it to try it for myself and, yes indeed, it’s a thumbs up!  Continue reading »