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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...
The post Damson, Stout and Vanilla Jam appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

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...
The post Gathering food: Slow Cooker Black Beans appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

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 »

The Brussels Brewing Projects

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The missus is moving jobs, which seems likely to bring an end to the regular supply of odd beers from the off licences of Brussels. Today’s post concerns the final three, all from companies based within the city itself, where brewing is very gradually starting to become a local industry again.
¡Déu N’Hi Do! is a hell of a name for a beer, and I’ll leave it up to you to pronounce.  Continue reading »

Dine by the Water

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Dine by the Water
Superb food and superb views

Bunnyconnellan’s

I’ve been very lucky this past few years to have dined in some well placed restaurants and cafes, places from Cork to Donegal that have a dining room with a view over water. Sometimes over a river, maybe over an estuary, over a lake perhaps, and then sometimes over the ocean. I was lucky too to have brilliant weather in most of the places.  Continue reading »

A Grand Sparkler and a Little Scamp!

Meyer-Fonné Crémant d’Alsace (AOC) Brut Extra NV, 12%, €26.85, Le Caveau
Crémant is the term for any French sparkling wine produced by the méthode traditionnelle, outside of the Champagne region. Subject to similar rigid guidelines, Crémant d’Alsace is produced at the highest level of quality, but available at a fraction of the cost. The Alsace version scores well on quality and price and Crémant d’Alsace is a top-seller in France.  Continue reading »

Achill: sound?

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

A little background before I start in on today’s reviews. There has been a brewery on Achill Island in Co. Mayo since last year. Its beers don’t get very far from it so I hadn’t had a chance to try them when one showed up on The Fine Ale Countdown podcast recently. The guys didn’t log a formal review because the bottles they had were considerably less than fresh, but they were not fans of what they found, to say the least.  Continue reading »

My “North Cork” CollectionIncluding the Old Butter Roads Food Trail

Corrin Hill, one of many walks in North Cork area.

The Old Butter Roads Food Trail, launched earlier this year, is a cooperative effort between restaurants, producers and accommodation and activity providers in the North Cork area. North Cork is not an administrative area but then neither is West Cork. The boundaries are a bit flexible.  Continue reading »

I have a bit in common with apricots. I can be a bit dull and uninteresting, often outshone by others. However, like apricots, if I’m pickled in brandy for long enough, I too am transformed into a thing of glorious beauty and attractiveness. Perhaps I might abandon the analogy at this stage as this personal transformation only goes on in my head, the effects don’t last and the memory tends to make me shudder with guilt and remorse.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
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On the double: Crépinettes and Cider

Just west of the city, Mark Hennessy raises a few free range pigs.  Continue reading »