We’re travelling the country but mostly staying in for this new Irish beer round-up. Galway Bay are, of course, an exception, with their Chinook Pale Ale arriving on keg in the tied pubs. From the swift half I had one idle half hour in Against the Grain, this – the second runnings from Of Foam and Fury – appears to be a bit of a rush job. It’s disturbingly opaque, for one thing, and lacks any kind of subtlety or finesse. Continue reading »
“If the new CAP round doesn’t do anything for organic farming, I’ll leave the Organic Farming Scheme. As will many others”
These are the stark words of Galway organic suckler farmer Padraig Finnegan. Finnegan is part of a new group based in the Galway and Roscommon region calling itself the Organic Farmers Representative Body. 150 farmers are represented by this group, they state.
“The IFA nor anyone else are doing anything for organic farmers. Continue reading »
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There’s been loads happening in the world of food this past week, so here’s ten stories you may have missed as part of this week’s Sunday Reads.
Japan ends 12-year-ban and reopens its market to Irish beefJapan have announced they’re going to start taking Irish beef again following a 12 year ban, a move that could be with between €12 and €15 million in exports. Continue reading »
Since April, I’ve always managed to leave the market with a few loaves of sourdough in the jeep of the car. Rather than letting it take over the two freezers in the house, I usually turn a loaf into a huge cheesy garlic loaf. You can use any type of bread for this, but try pick a loaf with a good crust. I tend to go a tad overboard on the garlic, but you can reduce it by a clove or two.
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I always wanted to cook for a crowd at Christmas. With just two children in our household, the day was sometimes on the quiet side and I would glance with envy across the road to where our neighbours had uproarious parties until the early hours – charades and karaoke – while we dozed in front […]. Continue reading »
I had been looking to try out the jar of sumac that I’d found recently. While I searched for divine inspiration, a ray of sunshine obligingly blazed through the window and lit up a butternut squash that had been lingering in the vegetable basket for the past few weeks. Good thinking, sunshine! This creamy, filling and surprisingly healthy soup is the result. It tastes even better the next day. Alchemy at work! Continue reading »
Given the time of the year, I’ve come over a little more reflective than normal. Yesterday I recorded a podcast titled “What Motivates Me”. Sometimes recording audio is a good way to explain myself.
The podcast seems to have struck a chord with a number of people and Audioboo (I use this site to record and host my audio) decided to feature it yesterday afternoon. Continue reading »
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Light and fresh pale ale with citrus. Not as hoppy as some.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/carlow-oharas-irish-pale-ale/126380/. Continue reading »
Nice beer. Malty. Deep Raisiny taste.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/whitewater-belfast-ale/31973/. Continue reading »
Bit strong and overpowering. Thought it was a bit aggressive.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brooklyn-black-chocolate-stout/531/. Continue reading »
Too strong. Overpowering Whiskey taste. Not very nice.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/innis-gunn-irish-whiskey-cask/163939/. Continue reading »
Just Ok. Nothing too deep or complex.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/youngs-special-london-ale/140/. Continue reading »
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I’m delighted to tell you that I’m running another Christmas give-away. This time it’s for a very stylish Hairy Baby Hamper. Hairy Baby is an Irish run company which specialist in great quality clothing that typically feature Irish sayings and humour. As well as tops and t-shirts they stock messenger bags, coffee cups and kids aprons. From Father Ted to Bosco there is something to appeal to everyone. Continue reading »
When Mutti filled a big mug with warm goat’s milk and honey and handed it to her, Christine pulled the sleeves of the blue sweater over her wrists and took the steaming cup with her left hand, keeping her tattooed arm in her lap.
Closing her eyes, she inhaled the warm vapours, surprised that she could smell the goat’s diet of sweet grass, and the flower pollen used by the honey bees. Continue reading »
Happy Gaggle of Wine Geese at BT
Last of 2013 Events
The last of the 2013 Winegeese events, celebrating Irish connections to the wine industry worldwide, was one of the best. Last night, at the Ballymaloe Pop-up Wine Shop in Brown Thomas, Limerick’s Dermot Sugrue of Wiston Wines in the South Downs and Wicklow winemaker Simon Tyrrell in the South Rhone were the stars of the evening, delightfully hosted by John Wilson of the Irish Times. Continue reading »
I’ve noticed that several restaurants are offering a little extra incentive to customers this Christmas. If you are looking to buy a nice gift for that food loving person in your life, here’s a roundup of the offers currently available.
If you buy a €100 gift voucher between now and December 31st, Bang will give you a free €20 gift voucher. Once purchased, just email the receipt number to Bang to claim your voucher. Continue reading »