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Archive for March, 2008

We’re just back from a fortnight in France. I had great notions that this time I would post a diary of the time there and, with this end in mind, I wrote the piece below the day after we arrived.
Typically, that was that, my entire diary entries for the two weeks.
Anyway for what it’s worth here is the good intention.
Wednesday March 19th 2008

Thezan les Beziers
We arrived here at 8.00 exactly on Sunday evening having driven the 1100 miles from Roscoff in just 12 hours.  Continue reading »

We’re just back from a fortnight in France. I had great notions that this time I would post a diary of the time there and, with this end in mind, I wrote the piece below the day after we arrived.
Typically, that was that, my entire diary entries for the two weeks.
Anyway for what it’s worth here is the good intention.
Wednesday March 19th 2008

Thezan les Beziers
We arrived here at 8.00 exactly on Sunday evening having driven the 1100 miles from Roscoff in just 12 hours.  Continue reading »

Pea and Pesto Soup

A post by Kate at Pink Whisk

While flicking through my copy of Nigella’s Express The Doc exclaimed “Oh, that looks good”. ‘That’ was her pea and pesto soup and with the weather being the way it is what is better for a Sunday lunch than a nice warming bowl of soup? She advises using deli-bought pesto here, I used rocket pesto as my local deli had sold out of the standard basil variety and my basil at home is looking very sad at the moment.  Continue reading »

Honest Food

A post by Roger at Gastro Narrative

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first i was cooking for two sisters, then one and finally it ended up just being me! so instead of cooking something extremely delicious, amazing and complicated as planned, i relied on my storecupboard carbonara….tasty, quick and healthyish!
I cheat and usually ad milk, cream or creme fraiche…helps the eggs not to scramble and makes life much easier!!  Continue reading »

Petit Fours

A post by Sio at Cake Creations

So this week I decided to make petit fours. I’ve only made them once before, but they were so nice i thought I’d give them another go.
The recipe is from my cake bible: Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book:

They turned out great, though I may not have been gentle enough when folding as they didn’t completely keep their piped shape.

Luckily they were as nice as I remember them. The only problem is that they’re so tiny you have to eat 4.  Continue reading »

OK I have been going on a bit about the elusive view of the Pyrenees from the terrace of our house in France.
It is strange, the villagers say that if you can see the mountains, (they are nearly 150 klms away!) it is a sign of rain.

Just last week Sile’s brother Colm called me to the terrace in some excitement.
Not only were the mountains amazing clear to the naked eys, they were also covered in snow and beautifully lit by the morning sun.  Continue reading »

 Maybe it’s the lack of any kind of Spring this year (here in Southwest Ireland). Maybe it’s that the daffodils are dying among hail showers and North winds. Maybe it’s that it’s colder than it should be. Maybe it’s that every time the sun comes out, an astonishingly heavy shower is soon to follow.  Continue reading »

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Matzo Mayhem – Manischewitz, the largest producer of matzo for Passover won’t be ready in time for Passover due to trouble with new machinery. Get excited for grocery store fights!
Shoestring budget = gourmet?? – Renowned chefs demonstrate that $40 in ingredients can go a long way!
Reality of food reality – Is it the food or the competition factor that drives us to watch countless cooking competitions?  Continue reading »

here’s an article on innovation – the word, the preconceptions, and an alternative vision of it from a farming perspectiveInnovation is a funny word. It conjures up images of science and technology, of the business ‘community’, of skyscrapers, microchips and power-suits, and perhaps most of all, of ‘going forward’.
Innovation can be seen as coming up with something new and useful, as a response to a specific set of circumstances.  Continue reading »

TREACY’S of Ballincollig
First impressions on a recent visit to Treacy’s Bar/Restaurant in Ballincollig were good: busy and lively and it definitely has a buzz. It is well laid out and spacious, though you would want to watch out that you don’t end up sitting on a stool at your table (they will get you a chair, but if you are sitting down for a reserved meal you would expect to have a chair there in the first place).
They do a decent range of dishes with a matching range of prices.  Continue reading »

Gordon Ramsay has made a huge name for himself in the world of food over the past few years but another Ramsay who has been quietly beavering away in the background is his lovely wife Tana. Unfortunately, Chorus doesn’t give me access to UKTV Food but I’m pretty sure she hosts a show on that Channel and she has also written a very useful cookbook.  Continue reading »

I finally made the trip to Victoria Square last night. I’d been avoiding it, due to my wife’s spending habits and my lack of bank balance. But I finally caved in and made the trip. And, after spending a very large amount of money on a dress (for the missus, not me), I was exhausted. So, off we went in search of the food mall. I’m not sure if we got off on the wrong floor as there was only a McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and a Spur Steak Ranch.  Continue reading »

This week’s episode was all about “the neighborhood” and Chicago is full of neighborhoods. Challenged by reinventing a Mexican staple into fine dining, and catering a block party by stealing ingredients from the neighbors, these chefs discover that good camaraderie and teamwork doesn’t always pay off, unfortunately.
Find out what we think about the judge’s decisions. Warning: Spoilers after the jump!  Continue reading »

 A reader of this blog passed on the following tidbit – there is actually a company that makes frozen treats for dogs. Yes, indeed, Polar Pups in Chicago makes soy-based doggie ice cream.
Ivan, the ice cream dog (shown above), has been known to enjoy an ice cream. In fact, he loves to hover outside our shops in the hope of distracted children and dropped cones, so maybe there is something to it.  Continue reading »

Not only is Chicago known for its deep dish pizza, but the city is also big on its Chicago style hot dogs!
But what’s so special about a Chicago hot dog? Watch the video below to find out!
Thank you to Brian, owner of Cooker’s Red Hots for showing us how to make a Chicago Hot Dog!
Cooker’s Red Hots
469 Lake Cook Rd.  Continue reading »

Weekend in Kerry

A post by Irish Wine Contemplations at Irish Wine Contemplations

Last weekend was the second of a hectic set of back to back bank holiday weekends. The result of which was copious amounts of fine wine drunk and fine food consumed. The highlight (gastronomic & vinous) of both weekends, which was alluded to in the blog on Friday, occurred in Killarney on Sunday afternoon/evening/night. It was decided that we should pull out all the stops and open a couple of.  Continue reading »

Without being a follower of The Assimilated Negro, I would probably not have had occasion to share this with you. His timing was rather more judicious than mine, but a happy un-Saint Patrick’s day to you all anyway.
I am slaving away over a hot word press to bring you some of the serious wine-related stuff in short order.
In the meantime, the Marks and Spencer Rioja made solely from the Graciano grape isn’t half bad (sorry no details, I think the bottle’s been recycled.  Continue reading »

There is a bread recipe that I put together when I found out that my girlfriend was pregnant. I try to make sure that this brown bread contains all the nutrients that are required for a good development of the baby: essential amino-acids, omega-3, iron, folic acid, and calcium.  Continue reading »