These mini banana bread loaves are deliciously moist and are extremely easy to throw together. I’ve added some chocolate chips to this recipe but you could use some toasted chopped nuts instead if you prefer. This recipe will also fill a 900ml loaf tin and will take about 50 minutes to cook in the oven. Continue reading »
This is a great way to jazz up a traditional Sunday roast where the chicken is marinated in yoghurt and spices making it meltingly tender. The flavours here are really fantastic and really penetrate the flesh of the chicken. Try to by a free-range or organic chicken, as the flavour is always so much better. Continue reading »
This quiche uses a soft curd goat’s cheese, which is wonderfully smooth and light with clean lemony flavours with hints of flowers and sweetness that develop when pared with the caramelised red onions. Continue reading »
Some Sundays are made for roast dinners and some Sundays are made for snacking. As we strolled up Ranelagh, heading northwards, we were definitely in the mood for grazing and a cleverly positioned blackboard advertising an outdoors heated terrace at La Bodega proved the snare.
We’ve been to La Bodega several times and while I like the comfortably darkened interior with its mismatched seating, a summer Sunday evening felt more suitable to eating al fresco. Continue reading »
Irish Fish – Two Ways
Hederman and Goatsbridge
Enjoyed an Irish fish dinner at the weekend, starting with smoked mackerel from Hederman’s and then a main course of fresh trout from Goatsbridge in Kilkenny.
If you want to buy Irish, you have to keep your eyes open and read the labels. That, surprisingly enough, applies to fish as well, not that too many of them will have labels!
Take Sea-bass as an example, a species that is protected here. Continue reading »
Midsummer … the woodland theatre at Kilruddery House’s 17th Century gardens. Could there be a more perfect setting for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream? A light drizzle filtered through the woodland canopy and midges snacked on our ears as Titania and Oberon squabbled and Puck ran amok with a magic potion. Continue reading »
This was intended to be a general round-up of some recently-released Irish beers, but as I’ve put the notes together I’ve noticed an unfortunate theme linking them. Folks, we need to talk about yeast bite.
The first offender was the much-anticipated new one from N17, Summer Ale, brewed at Reel Deel in Mayo. Oddly, the dark-amber beer was perfectly clear but the yeast twang was unmistakeable: a big savoury earthy thing spreading itself indecently over everything else. Continue reading »
Summertime Fête at Franciscan Well
Launch of new Farmhouse Ale
Name this new beer – details below
I took a sip of the new and as yet un-named beer in yesterday’s sunshine. And as it made its way on to my palate, my first reaction was to thank the lord, well to thank the lords and ladies of the Irish craft beer movement for bringing this and so many other beer beauties to our bars and homes. Continue reading »
Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo is a plush, uber luxurious Irish castle, dating back to 1228 and it provides a truly five star experience. Afternoon tea in this idyllic spot is something quite special and memorable indeed.
I visited with two friends for a girly catch up on a summery June afternoon. We parked in the beautiful nearby village of Cong, Co. Mayo and strolled through woodlands, past the river, where swans and cygnets could be seen, before the majestic castle came into sight. Continue reading »
“More apples, dammit!”
The Director of Product Strategy paused to chomp deeply on a Cox’s Orange Pippin.
“We’ve made whiskey that smells of apple. We’ve served it up with apple juice. We’re really close on this, people. We just need a touch more apple.”
That is how I imagine the challenge was laid out for the boffins at Tullamore Dew HQ last summer. The solution they came up with: the cider cask. Continue reading »
It’s been awhile.
Lately I feel like my blog is taking a backseat to the easiness of Instagram where I have been documenting much of where our crazy country life circuitously takes us. Continue reading »
After she and Zeke got back from the market, Lula mixed them each a mojito, a splash of alcohol in Zeke’s, a healthy splash in her own, heavy on the sugar and the mint. Zeke sat on a kitchen stool and watched Lula make dinner. Most nights they ate pizza with frozen crust, tomato sauce from a jar, and mozzarella that, refrigerated, would outlive them both. Continue reading »
MARK MORIARTY FROM IRELAND IS THE S.PELLEGRINO YOUNG CHEF 2015
He took the glory, emerging at the end of a thrilling competition among 20 of the most talented chefs from all over the world.
The combo Maria José Jordan-Paula Cadematori, representing Latin America, won the two best Best Chef-Designer couple by the votes on Vogue.it.
Xiao Li, from China, was awarded by Vogue Italia as Best Designer. Continue reading »
With this wonderful weather upon us and the whole of Ireland pulling out their BBQs to take advantage of the sunny afternoons, I thought that I’d give you a tip that will help turn your Barbecue into something really special!
The first thing to note is that you should not coat your meat (any type) with your Barbecue sauce until it is almost finished cooking. Continue reading »
It was as cold a May as I can recall – except, perhaps, for that time during my college days when, on a day early in May, the theory of lolling around on warm grass was replaced by the practice of scurrying to avoid a brief, freak snow flurry. And though this year’s May might not have been snow-cold, it was, for most of its length, nippy nonetheless. Continue reading »
Veggie burgers get such a bad rap because 9 times out of 10, they are pretty underwhelming. I love a burger as much as the next guy but every now and again I like to mix things up and these healthy chickpea burgers are my go to recipe when it comes to meat-free burgers. Continue reading »
As today is the last day of primary school for 9 whole weeks, classes are allowed to take treats into school. Sweets and chocolate are, as a rule, not allowed in school due to a healthy eating policy. For today though, as it’s a half day, the 6 year old was allowed to choose what treats he wanted to bring in. When I asked him what he’d like for his treat I expected that he’d ask to go to the local shop to pick up some goodies. I was wrong.
Yesterday I got my instructions. Continue reading »
It’s three and half hours on the train from Dublin to Killarney. For the journey I brought some beers that had been sitting neglected in my fridge, to combine leisurely train-drinking with putting a dent in my review backlog. Win-win. All three are from the range Marston’s produces for Tesco.
First up, Revisionist Pacific Hop Red Ale, 4.2% ABV and promising Waimea and Pacific Gem hops. It’s more copper than gold. Maybe rose gold if you’re feeling charitable. Continue reading »