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Archive for December, 2007

Christmas Fare

A post by The Fruity Cook at The Fruity Cook

The Spiceman Cometh
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Dublin, Ireland, Europe.  Continue reading »

The following are some of the wine blogs I think are definitely worth a look.
Have a look at each one by one, or download and import my wine OPML file (all the above) into whatever RSS reader you have (Google Reader or Bloglines are two examples of RSS readers).

Bubble Brothers Blog
Dr. Vino’s wine blog
Drinks Are On Me
Good Grape
Irish Wine Comtemplations
Italian Wine Blog: Wine 90
Spittoon – wine drink and food.  Continue reading »

The Lovely P (my wife) makes an amazing mulled wine, and has been very kind to share it with the world wide t’internet. So, without further ado, here’s the recipe.
Step 1: make the mulled wine syrup

9 ounces of golden caster sugar (about 255 grams)
3 cinammon sticks
15 juniper berries
10 whole cloves
Teaspoon of ground whole nutmeg
2 tablespoons Grand Marinier

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan with around 1.5 pints of water and slowly bring to the boil.  Continue reading »

Well, that was a busy few days. Naturally the picture below was staged by our team of marketing stylists, vehicle dep’t, to illustrate this point, and does not depict anything that happened in reality.

We are open Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Marina and in the English Market, and also present at the Blackrock Pier Christmas market on Sunday to give away mulled wine.  Continue reading »

I have finally finished the Christmas cake that I have toiled over in class for the last few months. We had yet another buffet lunch at work last week, so I thought I would bring my cake in, partly because I can’t be bothered making anything else and also it means that I won’t eat the entire thing by myself.
It was a little heartbreaking to eat it after spending all that time on it, but the waft of Whiskey from the cake when it sliced into it reminded me why I wanted to try it.  Continue reading »

Online Inspiration 2: The Pros

A post by Irish Wine Contemplations at Irish Wine Contemplations

The online wine resources that are most peoples entry points to the world of online wine are probably the professional wine related websites. These sites are usually offshoots from existing popular print based wine publications and they offer a glut of wine related information ranging from tasting notes, vintage charts, critics blogs, food pairings, and all kinds of other wine articles.  Continue reading »

Christmas Plans

A post by Deborah at The Humble Housewife

I apologise for my lack of posts of late – some medical issues in the family. It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, what with an era ending as I watched Paul lug the baby crib (cot) mattress up to the attic, to the drama of doctor and hospital visits to just long hours all around. But thankfully all is resolved and over with for now so it’s time to get ready for Christmas!
This will be my first time hosting Christmas and I am super excited.  Continue reading »


A post by Laura Boland at EAT DRINK LIVE

I did I did taw a putty tat. But if you’re a Daring Baker looking for a festive Yule Log I’m afraid the cat ate my homework. Many a baked-good intention has been made and quickly put aside this year and our challenge this month is the latest to fall. I’m at 1000 muffins/brownies/cupcakes and counting this week with two of the busiest days of the year still to come.  Continue reading »

Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways To Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking by Heidi Swanson (Ten Speed Press)
Blogger, photographer, graphic designer and passionate cook Heidi Swanson demystifies unfamiliar health shop ingredients in Super Natural Cooking, a cookbook that drags the world of whole foods very firmly into the 21st century. Nothing is complicated, all is creative and original and Heidi is an encouraging teacher.  Continue reading »

 There seems to be some disagreement as to whether the Irish or the Scots invented whiskey, although the first written account (in 1405) is Irish – a monk happily distilling away. It’s very likely that whiskey pre-dates this record, and there are even some who say that none other than St. Patrick brought the method of distilling when he arrived on this island.
We’re happy to claim it, and there are few better uses than with chocolate.  Continue reading »

Greece is the word

A post by Valerie O'Connor at Vals Kitchen

Before it becomes an archive, and before we all get consumed by the consumption of Christmas, I want to do a post on Pyrgos in Greece, where the Film Festival was on. Pyrgos was generously described in the Lonely Plant as "having nothing of interest to the visitor". Coming from Limerick, which was also described in the Lonely Planet as "best seen through the back window of a bus", I’d like to take the chance to shove their too powerful criticisms up their arses.  Continue reading »

On my way to Amsterdam

A post by Hillary at Chew On That

In a glorious turn of events, I’m taking a trip to Amsterdam this weekend. I’ve never been to Europe so I’m SUPER excited.
Naturally, I did some research on what foods I musttt try. Hopefully I’ll come back having tried it all but here’s what’s on my list (not that I enjoy all of these things but I’m still forcing myself to try them):
1. The Herring. That’s all people talk about on the forums.  Continue reading »

Are you all set???? As usual we aren’t, a last minute shopping trip into town on Sunday should finish everything off and then it’s EAT, DRINK AND RELAX!!!!!:) My 2 sisters arrive from the UK today with the other princess in tow so it should be a fun filled house this Christmas with 2 minxes tearing around the place!!  Continue reading »

I’m very excited about Christmas this year as I’ll finally be getting my hands on my very own copy of Larousse Gastronomique – it’s basically an encyclopaedia of French cookery and I’ve been ogling it for many years now without plucking up the courage to actually buy it (it’s very expensive you see).  Continue reading »

Gary Vaynerchuk was probably THE inspiration for starting this wine blog. He publishes a wine episode 5 days a week.But I’m going to stop writing now. You just need to check out Gary’s Winelibrary TV. Below, two videos (click on the image to o to the video).

The first, his latest episode, where Gary talks wine with  Jeffrey Davies
the second Gary’s appearance on Conan O’Brien.

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Holiday Gluttony

A post by Hillary at Chew On That

There’s nothing like the holidays! I swear, we don’t hold anything back. It isn’t enough to have caramel popcorn. No of course not…we need to add crushed up peppermints to our caramel popcorn…and then! THEN! We need to drizzle it with dark chocolate.
Thank youuu Trader Joe’s!

I’m serious, thank you. It was delicious.  Continue reading »

The beauty of blogging

A post by Private Chef at .

I came in for a bit of criticism this week for the post on the 5 worst TV chefs ever receiving a couple of emails from influential people asking for some of the information to be removed. Even people within our own company questioned my sanity about writing about fellow chefs in such a derogatory manner. What if the opportunity arose to collaborate with them in the future? What if they took offense?  Continue reading »

I’ve always been a fan of Blue Moon. Nine times out of ten, it’s my beer of choice when I’m out at a restaurant with the standard domestic and import selections.
But, until recently, I never knew that my favorite hefeweizen had its very own, for lack of a better term, seasonal counterparts.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s one for each!  Continue reading »

2005 Burgundies, well almost…

A post by Irish Wine Contemplations at Irish Wine Contemplations

Just a quick post regarding a few burgundies tasted this week, 3 2005s and 1 2004.Firstly 2004 Domaine Dujac Chambolle Musigny, bought in O’Briens (http://www.wine.ie/) wines a few weeks ago. Initially lovely raspberry ganache on the nose and then a little raspberry and chocolate on the palate before the wine closed up completely. After about 30 minutes the wine went completely dumb, green and astringent. Left open for the past couple of days but this never really came around.  Continue reading »

Although I’ve been immersed in study, there is (somehow!) always time for reading cookbooks. Here are a few recommendations for Christmas.
Cook Simple by Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley)
I’m a fan of Diana’s Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons and last year’s Roast Figs, Sugar Snow so I was looking forward to reading Cook Simple and it’s remained on top of the pile ever since.  Continue reading »