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Christmas Day Survival Kit
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O’Donovan’s 14th Cork Wine and Craft Beer Fair
Some Superb Spirits too
I must say I really enjoyed the variety around the room at the 14th Cork Wine Fair, mounted by O’Donovan Off Licences, in the Clarion last weekend. There were more than a few excellent wines, as you might expect. No shortage of good craft beer and some delightful Irish spirits. Not to mention the local food stalls. Continue reading »
Try saying that with a few drinks on board. “Tongue Numbingly Wonderful Sichuan Pepper Prawns” is a bit of a mouthful, in more ways than one. This is a really easy dish to prepare. There are very few ingredients and it is an absolute delight. I can only encourage you to try it. Continue reading »
A Hat Trick of Quality Reds
Iniza 4 Cepas 2009, Vino de la Tierra Laujar-Alpujarra, 14%, €18.30 Le Caveau
Here’s a pleasant surprise for me, for you. Made organically by Bodega el Cortijo in the Almeria region of Spain, where summer days are hot and the nights cool, this was an unexpected beauty, an Almerian ambush of the most pleasant kind. It is a blend as you’ve probably guessed from the name and the four grapes are Tempranillo (30%), Syrah (40), Merlot (20) and Petit Verdot (10). Continue reading »
Franciscan Well’s Shane Long: Now, we can!
Shane Long at the launch
No shortage of craic in the Franciscan Well pub on the North Mall last week when the local brewer officially launched their new can range in Cork. Continue reading »
Wexford’s YellowBelly brewery descended on 57 The Headline for a tap takeover in early November, bringing as broad a selection as I’ve seen from one brewery at one of these events. And all, of course, with their distinctive badge artwork from in-house designer Paul.
Naturally I started at the low end, with Harvest Lager, brewed using their own supply of Tipperary-grown Hersbrucker. The ABV is a concerning 3.9% and it’s an extremely pale white-gold colour. Continue reading »
Tasting The Middle East
With Tang and Glenisk
Carrot, Parsnip, and brilliant Beetroot! All ready for roasting.
Back in the 90s, on a holiday in the South West of France, we came across a brilliant traiteur but he wouldn’t let us have the harissa for his couscous until he was sure we understood it was “très fort” and he got his embarrassed teenage son out-front to reinforce the point with his school English. Continue reading »
September had its miserable strictness of school’s restart and freedom’s loss, its watery, mocking sun, and its big anti-climaxes above in Croke Park, but it also had tarts and crumbles made with the finest of Mothers’s own apples that were still ripening an hour before, and that nearly made up for everything.
from The Thing About December by Donal Ryan (2013). Recommended. Continue reading »
There’s much to catch up with as regards new Irish beer in recent months. Going all the way back to early October, St. Mel’s were in town, occupying some of the taps in The Beerhouse for an evening. The new kid was St. Mel’s IPA, which came with the warning that it’s made to be sold in Longford. Which is fine: Longford people need IPA same as the rest of us. It’s 5.2% ABV and a dark red colour. Continue reading »
The trick to making your chicken dippers taste like dynamite is to use a very small amount of salt and pepper at each stage of the process. Once you master the breadcrumbs there’s very little else to do and serving up this homemade takeaway is a doddle. Continue reading »