Return to Miyazaki
Umami by the spoonful
Grabbed my opportunity to return to Miyazaki, Cork’s amazing Japanese Take Away, when in the Barrack Street area during the week. Open since March, it is located at the junction of Evergreen Street and Barrack Street. Continue reading »
I left you last time in Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels’s ticker heaven. The other beer I had there before moving on to the cask Cantillon lambic, was L’Amer des Moeders, brewed for the house by Jandrain-Jandrenouille. It’s a golden ale of an approachable 5% ABV, pale and slightly hazy with a sugary perfumed nose. This resolves on tasting into a weighty Belgian blonde with spicy jasmine up front and quite a dry finish. Continue reading »
On Sunday afternoon, we joined Grandad on an adventure down to the wood to check on the honeybees. We had very little honey this harvest, so he is keeping a very close eye on the little buzzers. When we arrived, I was surprised by all the holly berries already on the trees, although the last few years when I’ve gone down in December to harvest bits for our annual girly DIY foraged wreath party, the berries had all been eaten by the birds. I suppose the wood is their home after all. Continue reading »
Star Reds: Predator and Rhiannon
Rutherford Wines Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2013, 14%, €25.99 (Stockists: independents including D6 Wines, Donnybrook Fair, Clontarf Wines, Matsons Cork & Bandon, Ardkeen Waterford.)
The cup that cheers comes from the California, not quite from the West Coast but from inland Lodi, known locally as the Capital of Zinfandel mainly because there are some two thousand acres of Zinfandel old vine planted here. Continue reading »
Taste of the Week
St Gall Cheese
Fermoy Natural Cheese Company is a small family farm run by Frank and Gudrun Shinnick. The farm uses raw milk from their Friesian cows to produce several varieties of cheeses, yogurt, kefir, labneh, and raw milk. Gudrun learned her cheesemaking skills in her native Germany and later in Switzerland.
St Gall, it is said, was an Irish monk who brought cheese-making skills to Appenzell in Switzerland. Continue reading »
While we don’t necessarily celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland, a day that is filled with delicious food and gratitude for all that you have in life is definitely something I can get on board with! I have pulled together some of my favourite Thanksgiving friendly recipes below which are perfect for sharing with friends and family whether you’ll be celebrating on the 26th or not. Continue reading »
Twinkle was my choice; my brother went for The Beano. Our weekly comics were on order at McCarthy’s Hardware, situated right in the middle of Main Street, Kilfinane. It…. Continue reading »
A Christmas Collection
Whiskey and Wine
Have yourself a very whiskey Christmas!
Have yourself a very whiskey Christmas this festive season with some cracking gifts for the whiskey lover in your life.
From Single Malt to Small Batch to mini gift packs and distillery tours, Teeling Whiskey has a gift to suit all tastes and budgets. Continue reading »
One of the questions I get asked most often is how to cook the perfect steak. This is a tricky one to answer because everyone has their own preferences when it comes to steak perfection. Some people like it well done and some like it so rare it barely touches the pan!
This is how I like to cook my steak and served up with a decadent bearnasie sauce and homemade chips it’s hard to beat! If you haven’t made bearnaise sauce before, don’t be put off. Continue reading »
In Brussels for the Autumn 2015 EBCU meeting, I didn’t mean to visit every operating brewery in the city. It just kinda turned out that way. I trod a path similar to the one Steve did here during the summer, though with more of the breweries actually in action. It’s interesting to observe just how fast the brewing scene in Brussels is currently moving. Continue reading »
L’Atitude Hosts The Menu at Pieta House Fundraiser
Joe’s very happy with help from Derek (left) and Yoann (L’Atitude)
It was a good night in L’Atitude 51, with Joe McNamee (The Menu) and Leslie Williams (Examiner Wine Correspondent) in command, Joe in the kitchen, Leslie pouring a selection of wines. And all present, customers, L’Atitude owners and staff, joining together in supporting Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide. Continue reading »
It’s been far too long since I last put together one of these sassy Sunday Bits. But, between farming, mothering, cooking, writing, homework and every possible other thing I can commit to (mad woman), having a free moment to blog is becoming as scarce as hen’s teeth. Continue reading »
For Café Europe - a cultural initiative held as part of Austria’s EU presidency in 2006 – Ireland offered scones, and France offered the Madeleine. While very different products, scones and Madeleines have some things in common – flour, sugar, butter, and social ambition. Continue reading »
The New World basil will be sweet and tart and plentiful… it will brighten my sauces and sing in my salads and if we’re ever sad I’ll pass a spring under our noses, we’ll be cured. Listen, Leda, there are bound to be demons…. if they ever arrive at your house, use basil. Eat it. Smell it. Cover bad things with it. Dip a sprig in water and sprinkle it in every corner, and sing a song, any song, the happier the better, so the evil eye will go away. Continue reading »
It’s that time of year when our thoughts, well mine anyway, turn to what we’re going to whip up in the kitchen over the festive season. Last year I put together some of my favourite festive recipes, and my wonderfully clever son, Jack, brought them together to create a mini Christmas eBook. Continue reading »
This classic recipe is one of my absolute favourites when I want to treat myself. If you ask me, this is the perfect way to cook a steak but everyone has their own preference when it comes to how they like it done. Choose the best steaks you can afford and try and make sure that they have been aged. It makes all the difference. Continue reading »
Trish Deseine, an Irishwoman living in France, has come home. After many years writing about food in French including her sublime book “Je Veux du Chocolat”, having children and immersing herself in all things French, it was time for a change. Trish has written a tribute to the often unappreciated and underrated food of Ireland. Continue reading »
Lustau Dinner at BallymaloeSherry with every course. Of Course!
Paco, Scott and Manolo
Jerez came to Ballymaloe on Wednesday night and Lustau oenologist, Manolo Lozano, who has been named “Best Fortified Winemaker of the Year seven years in a row by the International Wine Challenge of London” brought some delicious wines with him and they were well matched by Ballymaloe chef Scott Walsh. Continue reading »