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Black Forest Brownie Trifle

A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

This recipe might look a little complicated but in fact it’s incredibly easy. If you’re very short of time use shop-bought brownies, a carton of ready made custard that you stir the melted chocolate into and a couple of posh jars of cherries in kirsch. Whatever way you decide to do it always use the best quality dark chocolate you can afford. It’s best to leave the final part of the assembly to the last minute for the most spectacular impact…
Serves a lot!!!  Continue reading »

For an easier to carve option this Christmas day, try this rolled turkey breast, which is stuffed with a sweet and aromatic stuffing. I love the combination of maple, orange, smoked bacon and apple spiked with the cranberries, but you can easily adapt this with your own favourite flavours.  Continue reading »

Alcohol Free Wines From Torres
Full Flavour Maintained

Torres Natureo Free, Muscat 2013 (Spain), 0.5% abv, €7.99 widely available

Was thinking of designated drivers over Christmas and the New Year when I took an interest in this alcohol free “beverage” from Torres. Having tasted it, I think it could also have a lot of appeal on warm summer days and, at any time, would be a good base for a kir.  Continue reading »

Pack hunting

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

This bottle of Electric India arrived from BrewDog after I visited the brewery last August. Thanks guys! It’s a 6.5% ABV saison, hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo. First appearances are innocent enough: a pale and perfectly clear pilsnerish yellow and a modest topping of white foam. The aroma is where the magic starts to happen: that very slightly funky saison fruitiness backed by pineapple and passionfruit.  Continue reading »

I get very excited when I come across new Irish food producers and I love experimenting with their ingredients.  So when the brilliant and talented Nathalie Marquez-Courtney who edits Image Interiors & Living asked me to come up with a selection of Irish inspired festive treats for their bumper Christmas issue, of course I jumped at the chance!  Never has there been a more exciting time for food in our country, with great emphasis being put on fresh, local and high quality produce.  Continue reading »

This Panna Cotta is a result of a lot of experimentation and I am delighted with it – I was looking for a traditional thick and creamy panna cotta but I didn’t want to use gelatine.  Continue reading »

Cocktail bars are springing into existence everywhere at the moment. If you listen carefully, you can hear the gentle shakey-shakey* sound of a new bar being born, complete with waistcoated bartenders and artistically arranged gin bottles. One of the latest bars to pop into being is Bar Rustic (by Dylan McGrath), located directly above his popular Rustic Stone restaurant. The decor is an extension of the restaurant downstairs and is immediately comfortable.  Continue reading »

via Instagram http://ift.tt/13r2EVk.  Continue reading »

Ever have one of those moments in the supermarket where you just decide… Hey, I deserve a steak! I’ll be damned if I know what the heck I think I did to deserve it, but it was on special so you can be sure I bought it.
Steak and chips holds a special place close to my heart. Namely my stomach. It’s the kind of thing that just naturally feels like you’re celebrating something. Like the.  Continue reading »

This delicious zingy, spicy festive cake comes courtesy of the very talented Kate Packwood of The Wildflour Bakery in Dublin’s Stoneybatter.  It takes a little time to prepare, but tastes all the better when made with love.  Continue reading »

This is a lovely alternative to mulled cider as a welcome drink and is a perfect way to spice up your Christmas party!  All that and getting to shake up a storm will make you like a complete cocktail whizz!
Serves one
1 part Dingle gin
1 part Wild About ginger syrup
2 parts cloudy apple juice
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well for 10 seconds.
Serve in chilled glasses over ice.  Continue reading »

Nollaig faoi shéan agus faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
This is an Irish saying which loosely translates as a blessing of hope and happiness at Christmas and it’s something I’d like to wish everyone who takes the time to visit my little corner of the internet.  Continue reading »

The traditional Christmas meal was obviously designed by someone who had a lot of time on his or her hands. With giant birds, meat, vegetables and fruits being baked, braised, roasted and boiled it’s a meal which can be quite daunting even for the most experienced cook. When it comes down to the big day, though, we all want the same thing, good food enjoyed with family and friends, preferably stress free (though I can only help with the food!).  Continue reading »

Indulgent Hot Chocolate

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

It’s the time of year for hot drinks and indulgent treats. If I am pushed for time, some Cadburys cocoa powder and hot milk will suffice. But, if I have a little more time to spare hot chocolate, made with real chocolate and a little whiskey is a real treat. I like to use bitter dark chocolate and full fat creamy milk for my perfect hot chocolate.  Continue reading »

Nash 19. Special at Christmas, and All Year Round


Mentioned some time back that Nash19 pay attention to detail, to the small things on and off the plate. Was reminded of that last Friday when in for lunch. Two of those small things stood out: their delicious crunchy brown bread and the scrumptious roast potatoes. Roast potatoes? Yes indeed. Some establishments around town serve up roast pops that you could use for a score of bowls.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche


For this Thanksgiving, Mom had stuffed turkey with cornbread dressing. There was baked squash and Yorkshire pudding. There was home-made cranberry relish, steaming dirty rice and mashed potatoes and rolls made from scratch. She’d decorated the house and used an ironed sheet as a linen tablecloth. She’d been playing old jazz albums on the stereo, the same music she and Pop would listen to years earlier – Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and Buddy Rich.

From Townie, a memoir by Andre Dubus III.  Continue reading »

The Year in Wine
Paris a Personal Highlight

All aboard with the judges on the Seine: Chef Chris Carpentier (Santiago),Jo Mansell (UK), CL, Adolfo Hurtado (Cono Sur) and Yours Truly

Without a doubt the wine highlight for me in 2014 was the trip to Paris for the final of the Cono Sur Bloggers Competition.  Continue reading »

Last shopping weekend before Christmas and if you’re looking for an Irish cookbook for someone special, here are a few ideas. Also check out my….  Continue reading »

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be thinking about getting around to buying Christmas presents one of these days. If the intended recipients of those presents are anything like me, you won’t need to stray much further than the Makers & Brothers pop-up shop on Dame Lane in Dublin.
I visited the shop recently and several items caught my eye that would delight the spirits drinker.
Select Reserve Whiskey Tumbler
This was the initial draw that lured me to the shop.  Continue reading »

Still Launch December 2014 (c) Keith Bohanna

Rod and Julie Calder-Potts of Highbank organic farm have just launched a range of spirits, made on their own farm in Kilkenny.

Oliver Moore: Unusually Rod, you grow organic apples in Ireland. Is that the main crop on site?

Rod Calder-Potts: Well we have 55 acres, 20 acres are in apples. On the rest we grow tillage – porridge oats for flahavans  - and we have some horses. There are 14 beehives in the centre of the farm too.  Continue reading »