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Archive for May, 2008

 I joked in my last post from rainy Barcelona about having to come back to Ireland for the sun, but I was right! People lucky enough to have come down to Kerry for the June Bank Holiday weekend have found a good deal of sunshine and summer weather, and tomorrow is supposed to bring more of the same.
It’s really busy in town, so I don’t have time to write much. I have to get back to the shop to scoop ice cream!  Continue reading »

LAMB RAGOUT IN A WOK

A post by Gavan Murphy aka The Healthy Irishman at THE HEALTHY IRISHMAN™

What’s a wok? …………Something you throw at a wabbit. Get it? The missus just read this and by the blank look I got I might have to explain it. I always liked that joke. Anyway moving on. My clients love lamb so I’m always trying to do it differently. The wok? The biggest pot I have at work is, you guessed it, a wok. I’m not sure if this could be called Italian Asian cooking but either way it’s my lamb ragout in a wok. Here goes.
Recipe:
4 lbs.  Continue reading »

MIA for a bit

A post by noreply@blogger.com (John Ferris) at Food and Drink

I’m off to sorrento in the morning for a week so there won’t be any posts for a few days…but no doubt there’ll be some great reviews from my favourite Italian city when i’m back
Log on to our news sites: irelandclick.com, irelandclick.com and irelandclick.com.  Continue reading »

Seeing Red

A post by The Beer Revolution at The Beer Revolution

Occasionally, The Beer Revolution will drift off the topic of beer and into social and political areas of drinking in Ireland (but not too often – it’s not much fun!).
Having previously lambasted the much loved pint, what is my target this time as the cause of ‘binge drinking’ and the alcohol fuelled breakdown of society? It is the monster that is Red Bull mixed with alcohol.  Continue reading »

You may recall the difficulties that the French are having when it comes to allowing alcoholic drinks to appear on the otherwise entirely temptation-free interweb. I’ve put a post or two up about this already. The French government has just revealed a five-year plan for its wine industry.  Continue reading »

When the Irish Times started its new Curiosities piece in Saturdays Magazine I knew I had just the piece for it.
I sent it in, and today it is there in print!
My very first piece of non-food journalism!

Yey Hey!!
(For those of you who are too mean (or too abroad) to buy the paper I reprint it here.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.  Continue reading »

Over the next two postings the two recent organic plans, those of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) and Teagasc, will be assessed here. These plans represent important signposts for how organic farming and growing in Ireland may develop over the next few years, so they deserve detailed scrutiny.
The Teagasc plan’s introduction gives an interesting background to the state of the organic sector, which highlights where some of the opportunities are.  Continue reading »

Tastebud trickery – If you ever want to trick your tastebuds into thinking all foods are sweet, eat a red berry called “the miracle fruit.” For the next half hour, you’ll think everything is full of sugar…good? bad? I’m not sure how I feel about this.
Rose on the rise – Seriously, what did we tell you? ‘Tis the Season to Drink Pink!
Chicago hot dog gets a makeover – Five renowned Chicago chefs put their own spin on the Chicago hot dog.  Continue reading »

We ran a spinach contest on Recipe4Living that ended today and wound up with tons of delicious recipes that incorporated the deliciously healthy spring ingredient.
One of my favorites was this Spinach Pasta Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing (that just happened to be the winner, go figure!) Made with whole wheat penne pasta, the recipe’s author was careful about making healthy choices for all the ingredients, not just the spinach! Not to mention, it just sounds delicious.  Continue reading »

FRIDAY’S FUNNY

A post by Gavan Murphy aka The Healthy Irishman at THE HEALTHY IRISHMAN™

Being as funny as I’ve been told I am (no pressure), I was thinking who doesn’t need a good dose of humor at the end of a long week? And then I came across this on a blog from a new food network I joined, www.iFoods.tv. Excellent way to kick off Friday’s Funny don’t you tink? Leave it up to the Irish. Thanks Niall!  .  Continue reading »

Break from the Norm

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Private Chef) at iFoods

Normally I try to share something funny or give you some interesting news on iFoods.tv but today there is a break from the norm and I am just going to share a link. You must click here to see the best food pictures I have ever seen! 100% the best food pics I have ever seen!  Continue reading »

My new camera!!!

A post by Valerie O'Connor at Vals Kitchen

I got me a new camera, a Canon G9 and it is sweet and yummy and it thinks you know what you’re doing so you can change all the settings just like on a real camera.

So of course I went out with my new baby camera to my little yard to take a few photos of all the baby plants, all growing and waiting to be eaten, but for now they can be models.  Continue reading »

New Videos on iFoods

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Private Chef) at iFoods

We are always looking for ways to improve iFoods.tv and we are happy to announce today that we have just added a series of new videos to the site from our content partner CHOW. You’ll find some great little tips from around the kitchen like How to cut an Onion without crying and How to make an easy cappuccino and these videos will hopefully help to turn you into the most proficient and talented chef you could possibly be!  Continue reading »

Banana Bread

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Yann_Chef) at Food Lorists

Remembering my time working in hotels, I was thinking about how I was irritated by the banana bread recipes that I was using. They gave a pretty good result, it was tasty and moist but they had nothing to do with bread. They were cake recipes along the same lines than carrot cake ones: butter, brown sugar, eggs, baking powder…

A bread dough is basically water/milk, flour, yeast. So, following that precept I came up with this recipe:

Recipe for a 1lb tin mold:

250g Spelt flour.  Continue reading »

Oh man! This episode was probably the most exciting for me so far because it was filmed RIGHT down the street from my house at Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood! But unfortunately I’ve never been to the restaurant. Because even though it’s very close, it’s also very expensive Either way, it was still awesome to know exactly where they were.
The results of this episode, however, were a little less thrilling
Warning: spoilers after the jump!  Continue reading »

Six people showed for the start (joined later by guys wearing identical exceptional tshirts) of the open wine tasting night in Fallon & Byrne last night and theme was Riesling.
Very much an old versus new world show-down, with the following wines opened:

Meyer-Fonné 2004 from Alsace (well balanced)
Dr.  Continue reading »

Mid summer sizzler

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Private Chef) at iFoods

This post may not be totally relevant to all of you people who are living around the world but for those of you in Ireland the great news is that iFoods.tv is putting on a summer party on the 6th June along with The Digital Hub that will involve a huge BBQ, booze, great music and Wii competitions on massive screens with spot prizes, what more could you want from a summer’s day?  Continue reading »

IBW: Jenny Bristow

A post by Deborah at Tast.ie

Image via Wikipedia

From the IBW:
Jenny Bristow is one of Ireland’s leading personalities and is well known internationally for her regular networked TV cookery programme appearances.
Jenny’s Ambassador program has evolved from her success and experience in the Food and Media industry.  Continue reading »

My birthday falls right at the beginning of strawberry season. I have very fond memories of the first punnets arriving, my Granny and Mum carefully preparing them and then stuffing myself silly with them for the whole day. Strawberries meant Summer to me and the fact that they coincided with my birthday made them even more special.

We also used to go strawberry picking quite regularly at one of the many pick your own farms close to our home.  Continue reading »

My birthday falls right at the beginning of strawberry season. I have very fond memories of the first punnets arriving, my Granny and Mum carefully preparing them and then stuffing myself silly with them for the whole day. Strawberries meant Summer to me and the fact that they coincided with my birthday made them even more special.

We also used to go strawberry picking quite regularly at one of the many pick your own farms close to our home.  Continue reading »