Calling all my Swedish friends- on Thursday I will be giving a book signing of my Swedish book at Leila Lindholm’s General Store in the MOOD shopping centre. Come down and say hello! See you there at 6pm!
Hej hej minna Svenska vanner! På torsdag kommer jag till Leila Lindholm‘s General Store i MOOD gallerian för att signera böcker, säga hej och kanske ta lite selfies! Hoppas vi ses där kl 18.00! Mumsfillibabba! Continue reading »
Kinsale, Co. Cork: Ireland’s foodie paradise. Fishy Fishy, Crackpots, The Bulman’s… There’s no shortage of renowned restaurants in this small fishing village, just 25 minutes from Cork City.
Starting Friday, there’s another great reason to visit Kinsale, with the 10th annual Kinsale Arts Festival kicking off. There’s a packed programme, including theatre, visual arts, music, comedy, various workshops, family events and food. Lots and lots of food. Continue reading »
Argentina Scores with Reds. And Whites.Mascota Malbec And Beef Wellington Hit The Spot At Cornstore Wine Event
Matias, introduced by Mags O’Connor (Cornstore)
The Cornstore is renowned for its aged steak, Argentina’s Mascota Vineyards for their Malbec. Put the two together and you are on a winner. That happened in Cork’s Cornstore last Monday night and it was the highlight of a lovely wine evening with El Esteco’s Matias Ferraro our knowledgeable and humorous host. Continue reading »
The tomatoes and courgettes in the garden are so bountiful this September. I spend most of the summer willing them to grow, and then they all fruit at once and I can barely keep up. They are perfect right now- bursting with the goodness of summer sunshine. I’m really going to miss all these home-grown veggies when they are gone. I am just about to sow some root veggies, so I can have a supply for the winter months. Continue reading »
Issue five of FEAST: A Dinner Journal has hit the shelves! This issue of FEAST is quite unique as I had the opportunity to shoot many of the features while filming for Donal’s Irish FEAST, a new television series which airs this autumn on Irish screens. The series saw us travel throughout Ireland stopping in Galway, Wexford, Dublin, Kerry and Kilkenny, in quick succession, staying in some of Ireland’s most historic homes. Continue reading »
Taste of the Week
Mariko Sparkling Green Tea
Back on the tea trail again today for our Taste of the Week. It comes all the way from Ballina (County Mayo) and the full title is Mariko Sparkling Sencha Green Tea. No calories or sweeteners in the 250 ml bottle (also available in 750 ml size). The “luxury” green tea leaves are “uniquely brewed” into a lovely thirst-quenching, healthy, refreshing and delicious cool drink. Continue reading »
Flight to the Top for Bee Sensations
Irish Quality Food Awards 2014.
Great to be at the table with Bee Sensations last Friday evening when one of their lovely jams won at the Irish Quality Food Awards 2014. On the Pig’s Back and Burren Salmon were also among the victors on a night which is mainly for the supermarkets and the larger producers (such as Dale Farm Dairies, ABP Cahir, Kepak, and O’Brien Fine Foods who were all on the podium). Continue reading »
#dammisdead squeals the label on the back of my dinky bottle of Revolution IPA, a product of Molta Birra in Girona, on the doorstep of the Catalan brewing giant. It’s a 6.5% ABV pale amber beer, one I poured very carefully having noticed the thick gobs of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, all the while worrying about the slightly sour aroma it was giving off. Nothing severe, just… worrying. The yeast hasn’t been too busy as it’s rather flat. Continue reading »
This is a story of great triumph over adversity. In work, we get a delivery of fruit every week to keep us all healthy and at the end of the week, there's usually a few apples or nectarines lying in the box. I hate waste, so I brought home some nectarines and plums to turn them into a cake for work. Continue reading »
My daily routine has changed since the 5-year-old went back to school. The arrangement that we had last year has altered and instead of me just whooshing him out the door by 8.30am, now all 3 of us (2 boys and myself) leave the house by this time. Thanks to one of my sisters we have a lift to the school and after we’ve dropped the eldest boy off, I walk home with the small boy. Continue reading »
“It’s true, when you think about it,” Colette said with a giggle. “There are frogs everywhere in the world but only the French eat them. Why is that so?”
“The French are the only ones who’ve found out how to eat them,” Luc Giraud said. “Another example of French in-ge-nu-it-y.”
“As far as food is concerned, the French are the champions of ingenuity!” Madame Valette laughed.
from On Leave by Daniel Anselme. Continue reading »
It must be at least six years since I first spoke with Bernard Walsh. Even then, long before Irish whiskey projects became fashionable, he was dreaming of one day distilling himself. An impossible aspiration, I thought, but on Thursday I was down at Royal Oak, Carlow, turning the sod on Walsh Whiskey Distillery.
I parked near the gate of the 40-acre estate and walked up the long drive towards Holloden House, a mid-18th century pile. Continue reading »
Back to school is tough going. Especially on the littlest of scholars. I’ve heard many tired and frustrated sobs emanating from little school uniform clad figures as they troop past the window each afternoon. So many new experiences, so many new faces and so many long hours away from home, well it can all be a bit much in the beginning. I need a little lie down just thinking about it. Continue reading »
I’ve loved books my whole life. When I was a kid I pestered my mother to take me to the library every week. I studied English in college and for the past 15 years I’ve worked in publishing as an editor. You could even say books are my life now. After reading and working with other people’s words for so many years, I’m still pinching myself that my own book – Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider – is out in the world now. Continue reading »