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I could go on and on about the health benefits of juices and smoothies. Quick, easy and jam packed with vitamins, smoothies are the ultimate healthy fast food! The best thing about smoothies is you can adapt them depending on what’s in season (or what fruit you have hanging around in your fridge) which means you can enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast all year long!

I love trying out different flavour combos but I find it’s my Top Three Smoothie Recipes that I make all the time.  Continue reading »

Roughty Foodie

Generation to Generation

Garett, on duty.

“I believe the survival of the English Market over the last hundred years is down to the families who have ran the stalls from generation to generation. They have kept it going.” So said Garrett Murphy, as we chatted over a cuppa in the Farmgate Cafe. Garrett, a current stallholder, knows what he is talking about!  Continue reading »

Up Andorra

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Drinking in a micronation: is there any sweeter feeling? My New Year trip to Barcelona incorporated a day in Andorra, a grey little country perched high in the Pyrenees, three hours by bus from the Catalan capital. This particular Shangri-La charges no duty or VAT on anything so tends to be thronged by the neighbours filling up on cheap booze and fags. It’s weird going to a place which is plainly designed with the wealthy in mind, but where the prices of things are comically low.  Continue reading »

I could go on and on about the health benefits of smoothies. Quick, easy and jam packed with vitamins, they are the ultimate healthy fast food! The best thing about smoothies is you can adapt them depending on what’s in season which means you can enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast all year long!  Continue reading »

Good Stuff From The Garonne Gravel

A Duo of Excellent Graves Reds

Chateau des Fougeres Clos Montesquieu, Graves rouge 2011, 13%, €14.80 at Maison Des Vins in Podensac

This is a fairly small estate and much of the work is done by hand. This is a classic blend, half Merlot, half Cabernet Sauvignon. It is pleasant and supple on the palate, has excellent flavours and some spice. Tannins too but just about. And this superb dry wine finishes so well. Very Highly Recommended.  Continue reading »

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At this time of the year I crave salads – light and fresh, with lots of crunchy textures. The colder it gets, the more I….  Continue reading »

[turkey harvests.]
new Years.
New beginnings.
[old friends.]
[Family time.]
farming time.
Flax Dreams.
linen Fairs.
[Milk Jam.]
beach walks.
[Cookbook Edits.]
Paris [Through the Excited Eyes of a Little Farmer.]
More life, less blogging. 
Rather than banter on about all the reasons it’s been awhile since my last blogpost in 5000+ words, I thought it might be nicer to sum it up e.e. cummings-style. Bit more poetic, right?  Continue reading »

Visiting dignitaries

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The same smallish set of foreign breweries tended to show up on the blackboards of Barcelona’s craft beer bars when I visited, though all obviously chosen for their geek-drawing power. The Brits seem to be doing particularly well out of the inbound keg trade. Take BierCaB, for instance. The high-tech, high-concept, high-stool, eye of the Barcelona craft beer storm counted Siren and Weird Beard among its tap offerings when I was there.  Continue reading »

Aromas give the game away!

Del Duque Amontillado, Jerez (aged 30 years), 21.5%, €22.99 Bradley’s, North Main Street.
The minute she walked in the room, I lost all chance of keeping the precious 37.5cl bottle of Del Duque Amontillado for myself.

“What is that aroma?”, she asked, enthusiastically. “Toastie? Caramel? So sharp. So clear. Where is is coming from?” I just had to offer her a glass. Knowing full well it wouldn’t stop at that.  Continue reading »

A gentle aroma of buttyer frying hung in the air as I walked into OX. Or at least, I think it was buttery and pan-related. Irrespective of the source of the aroma, it was the perfect welcoming touch at this very hot and very popular restaurant in Belfast. The bleak exterior gives nothing away, but inside the ceiling high windows flood the room with light, caressing the golden wooden furniture and surprisingly warm blue woodwork.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Ballybrado’s Superior Spelt Muesli

Superior Spelt Muesli from Tipperary’s Ballybrado Farm is our Taste of the Week, a terrific balance of tastes and flavours and organic to boot. Look at the ingredients: Raisins, Spelt flakes, Green raisins, Raspberries, puffed spelt, almonds, sunflower seeds, golden linseeds, oat flakes, spelt crunchy, roasted hazelnuts, all enough to get your day off to a cracking start.  Continue reading »

Darina Allen opens food conference, a 1st for Ireland

Weston A. Price Foundation International
 Food Conference for Limerick 

Darina Allen

February 7th and 8th 2015 at Thomond Park in Limerick will see the first Food Conference of its kind take place on our island. Named the Wise Traditions Ireland Conference the focus is on Food, Farming and the Healing Arts and will no doubt appeal to foodies and non foodies alike.  Continue reading »

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Amarone and Ripasso
Not Quite Brothers. But Related.

Amarone is a rich Italian dry red wine, from the Valpolicella zone centred around Verona in the Veneto region. It is much sought after and made from partially dried grapes.  Grapes are allowed to dry, traditionally on straw mats but much Amarone is nowadays produced in special drying chambers. The practice is known as appassimento.  Continue reading »

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This year, as part of the internationally renowned TradFest, why not savour some world class cuisine as well as world class music with the TradFest Taste Trail. This gastronomic event will wind its way through Temple Bar, stopping at 10 food outlets offering a wide range of cuisine delights. 

Temple Bar offers all categories of food and hospitality from fast food to award-winning restaurants, gastropubs, bakeries, breweries and an outdoor food market.  Continue reading »

Shopping Tips – 26 January 2015

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

I know that these shopping tips are helping thousands of people around the country so firstly, thank you all so much for sharing the posts.
We are near the end of the month. Payday is in sight for those who get paid on a monthly basis. Yikes, 7-8 weeks is a long time to wait to be paid. I hope that the tips over the past few weeks have helped and the good news is that the Money-Saving-Monday is here to stay!  Continue reading »

Fish Dippers

A post by Adam. at Cook It Yourself

The post Fish Dippers appeared on Cook It Yourself.  Continue reading »