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When life hands you apples, it’s time to make stewed apples, and apple-glazed pork ribs, and – most importantly – apple sponge. The girls and I went for a walk down the fields on...
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When life hands you apples, it’s time to make stewed apples, and apple-glazed pork ribs, and – most importantly – apple sponge. The girls and I went for a walk down the fields on...

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The first hands-on experience I had at Ballymaloe Cookery School was in the garden. Day 1 of the 12-week course, fresh from nervously juggling cups of coffee and introductions, we were ushered into the orchard...
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The first hands-on experience I had at Ballymaloe Cookery School was in the garden. Day 1 of the 12-week course, fresh from nervously juggling cups of coffee and introductions, we were ushered into the orchard...

The post Grow, Cook, Nourish by Darina Allen + Plum and Almond Puddings appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged at this time of the year that children will a) demand that you buy barm brack and b) poke through it to find the ring, then leave it, eviscerated...
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When I did a drop off in Kilfinane on Thursday, I met Mike who had flown from Sydney to pick up a Hearsay Audio award for his A Nightmare before Christmas. Friday evening, at...
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Staker, Staker, you can’t catch me, Staker, Staker, you can’t catch me, Staker, Staker, you can’t catch me… Staker Wallace was the bogeyman of Kilfinane. Hung, drawn and quartered in the revolutionary year of...

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I’m keeping an eagle eye on some trees at the moment. Hidden in the hedgerows of the fields that surround the cottage, there is a store of purplish-black gold for those who know where...
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Bordeaux. On the Double
St Emilion and Côtes de Bourg

Chateau Moulin de Grenet Lussac St Emilion (AOC) 2012, 13%, €19.75 Karwig Wines
Lussac is the most northerly of the St Emilion satellites. Here in the former Cistercian abbey of Faize, La Famille Roskan-Brunot have their vineyards. The Cistercians were noted for the austerity of their abbeys but this wine is rich and harmonious. So much so that noted wine writer James Suckling gave the 2015 vintage 91 points.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Bó Rua Mature Cheese

During the recent FEAST in East Cork, I enjoyed a multi-course dinner at Sage and one of the highlights of the evening was the delicious mature cheese from nearby Bó Rua Farm, so much so that people, pretty full after the amazing meal, were taking some home with them. This is our current Taste of the Week.

The Dineens, Norma and Tom, have been making cheese from the milk of their Montbéliarde cows for just a couple of years.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

via Wikipedia commons

….he had experienced far more global diversity than the average college junior.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

We found a table..when the gored man was taken past us on the street on a stretcher…
“Toro, toro!”, someone in the cafe yelled drunkenly and the man sat up. Everyone cheered, and then a young boy ran over with a glass of whiskey, which the man drank and then threw back empty to the boy….
“It’s a hell of a way to live, isn’t it?” Duff said.
“I can think of worse,” Ernest said.
….  Continue reading »

Beer, cheese, sherry, chocolate, coffee: for the last three years I’ve taken the ABV Fest (and every other opportunity!) as a chance to immerse myself in the food side of Belfast. I love the...
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Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

By mid-afternoon, I can’t hold out anymore. I tear off a piece of bread and top it with the garlic. I take a tiny bite. The intensity of the taste catches my throat. Then there’s a tingle on my tongue, which gives way to a flavour I’d totally forgotten. It spreads through me… Good God! It’s so great, I feel dizzy.
Unable to fall asleep, I run through all the escape scenarios I can think of.  None of them hold up.  Continue reading »

This summer I’ve been working with Holy Smoke Cork on a series of beer and food nights, events where we showcase the best of Cork food and beer, with an occasional tot of local...
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It’s been a summer of gatherings; cousins for brunch pancakes and the Aussie’s parents for dinner, relatives from England for Sunday lunch and visitors who came for morning cake and stayed for omelettes. It’s...
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Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

I prefer cognac

Ringo offset his notorious dislike of onions and spicy foods – he was the Beatle who brought baked beans with him to Rishikesh in 1968 – with an everyman diet. “I’m easy to please,” he said of his palate. “Fish, meat, nothin’ fancy. I don’t need your curries and chop sueys. Garlic and onions kill me. I prefer cognac.”

But his history of intestinal troubles caught up to him in April 1979 while he was in Monaco….  Continue reading »

I have two sisters. (And two brothers, but we’re focusing on the girls here.) The Little Sister is five years younger than me; I’m 16 years older than the Small Sister. They would probably...
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Taste of the Week
Glendalough Beech Leaf Gin

You may have to hurry if you want to get your hands on our latest Taste of the Week, the Beech Leaf Gin from Glendalough Distilleries. They haven’t made much of the latest addition to the award-winning range! It is a limited edition with a “beautiful colour”.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Still, when he beheld his breakfast on its sunny yellow plate, his resolve began to decay. He couldn’t help but think of properly fried bacon, of hash browns, and fluffy free-rangers, of a coffee upon whose bronzed crema a spoonful of sugar might wallow, like a cherub upon a cloud. As he struggled with some aberrant species of ham-and-cheese croissant that clung to his gums like denture glue, he began to wonder if he might just man up after all and make a dash for Bub’s.  Continue reading »