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Archive for June, 2008

During the summer, the Killavullen Farmers’ Market moves to Friday nights for a time, which is useful for me going home from work, and I was delighted to pick up a couple of just-picked globe artichokes there last week from the Nano Nagle stall. The first time I ever encountered them in real life – having pored over how-to-eat pictures in my mother’s cordon bleu cookbook as a child – was when I was (briefly) an au pair in Chamonix and they are a rare treat
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I spotted this recipe in July’s Good Food magazine and knew that I had to try it. I love salmon and I could happily sit and eat a tin of anchovies on their own so it was definitely a recipe for me. The nice people at Good Food magazine have made my life very simple and put the recipe on their website for you to have a look at if you fancy. Give it a go, especially if it’s a nice day and you can get the BBQ on and pour yourself a glass or three or chilled white wine or beer.  Continue reading »

The Weekend’s Line Up

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Paul) at Irish Wine Contemplations

This weekend was a rather heavy affair down in Waterville, Co. Kerry. Some fantastic wine and some great food was had. An Opal Astra had a rather hard time on Saturday as one of our party decided that a rental shouldn’t be treated in a gentle fashion.
Some fishermen got a little bit of a fright that very evening as another of our party practiced his golf swing. Thin Lizzy’s “Don’t Believe a Word.  Continue reading »

Although clouds threatened, the sun shone continued to shine all day on Sunday at the inaugural Taste of Cork as crowds gathered to eat and drink in the atmospheric surroundings of the Cork City Gaol.  Continue reading »

Oh I know what you must be thinking. Soup? in the summer? But why?
And to that, dear readers, all I can say is things don’t always happen as planned…
For example, I was planning on sharing a birthday cake with you today. No, scratch that, I wanted to make birthday creme brulee (my specialty).  Continue reading »

 To try to make our coffees more consistently delicious, we’ve taken the plunge and bought a pair of “grind on-demand” coffee grinders for our shops. What a difference already! Not only do they drop a perfect dose of gound espresso beans into the group head each time (over-packing is a huge cause of burning and bitterness in coffees), but they are much more silent and seem to grind up an incredibly tasty shot.
It should also cut down greatly on waste.  Continue reading »

I’ve always thought that Mao was a strange name for a café/bar. Imagine a pub called Hitler or a restaurant named after Pol Pot. Or don’t. But, if you would like to enter a competition to win a meal for two, courtesy of Bubble Brothers and the introduction of their lip-smackingly good iki beer to Café Mao, wander over to their blog and put your thinking cap on!  Continue reading »

Leftovers

A post by Sio at Cake Creations

I’ve been thinking about this recently; what to do with both recipe and finished product leftovers? Personally I hate throwing food out (or to be honest throwing anything out), so I like to have uses for that little bit it would be a waste to bin. I kept baking in mind, as I don’t do much cooking myself.
Egg whitesMeringues are the obvious solution and there’s a world of recipes out there. However did you know that egg whites can be frozen?  Continue reading »

Buffet Lunch for $2.1 million? Hope its all you can eat!

A post by noreply@blogger.com (www.ifoods.tv) at iFoods

We’ve heard it all before, though after reading this there’s surely no question. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Zhao Danyang, a Chinese businessman is forking out $2.11 million after placing the winning bid for lunch with the iconic business man, and now richest man in the world Warren Buffet.  Continue reading »

Mileeven are an Irish company based in county Kilkenny. I already stock some of their jams in my hampers but hadn’t tried the Strawberry one before. When I found it on the shelf of my local supermarket I couldn’t resist giving it a go.

It is quite a smooth jam, lacking the big chunks of strawberry that you may find in some products. I was slightly disappointed when I discovered this as I always love getting that surprise giant strawberry in the middle of my toast.  Continue reading »

Mileeven are an Irish company based in county Kilkenny. I already stock some of their jams in my hampers but hadn’t tried the Strawberry one before. When I found it on the shelf of my local supermarket I couldn’t resist giving it a go.

It is quite a smooth jam, lacking the big chunks of strawberry that you may find in some products. I was slightly disappointed when I discovered this as I always love getting that surprise giant strawberry in the middle of my toast.  Continue reading »

One can’t help but take it personally. I thought the newly subscription-free Irish Times would give me the chance to link to the “I Wish I Were” article from Saturday 21st’s magazine section, which it swelled my head to be asked to write.
But no: Royal correspondent Jennie Bond wishing she were on the 14th, yes; actress & restaurateur Eva Longoria doing ditto on the 28th, for sure. But yours truly, the burger in the bun, nope. In vino vanitas: a lesson for me.  Continue reading »

Going to the Temple… and we’re gonna get married

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

I had a great day’s craic on Saturday at my cousin Francine Ferris’ wedding out at La Mon. And, after drinking into the small hours, the inevitable hangover needed fed on Sunday afternoon.We called into Temple on the Andersonstown Road and I was surprised to see it so empty for a Sunday lunchtime. There’s a two-course Sunday lunch for £10.95 or three courses for £13.95 if memory serves me.I started with the chicken goujons with sweet chili sauce.  Continue reading »

Just a reminder that Bookmarked Recipes is being hosted by Dell at Cooking and the City this week so head over and check out the round up that will be posted there today.  Continue reading »

Jam Roll

A post by Sio at Cake Creations

This is my first attempt at a jam roll, but worked out quite well. I used the recipe from my Australian Women’s Weekly cake book, which can be found on their website here:
http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/ARTICLE.aspx?id=40913
As I thought, the trickiest bit was rolling it. I took the book’s advice and rolled along the longest layer, meaning less ‘rolls’ but that it didn’t fall apart.  Continue reading »

To start the working week, here’s a little design for you. I’ll just slip into something distinctly uncomfortable and open a bottle of wine, dear.
Hope you all had a good Taste of Cork.  Continue reading »

Gosh, what a weekend. I might need a vacation after this one. As I told you already, I went to Augustine’s on Friday which was fantastic. When I came home, I had to marinate the ox cheeks in port and red wine. The recipe stated 700ml port and 3 litres of red wine. I really prefer drinking the wine so I reduced the quantity and it covered the cheeks perfectly. I then chopped celery, carrots and onions.  Continue reading »

Barcelona

A post by Kate at Pink Whisk

Introducing my first guest blogger, Little Sis, on the gastronomic pleasures to be found in Barcelona.

“Recently, I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Barcelona. Aside from the opportunity to watch some fantastic football, enjoy the sun and see some of Gaudì’s fascinating – and mad – buildings, my dad and I also got to sample some of the gastronomic delights of the Catalan capital.
We arrived hungry and disorientated after a 4 a.m.  Continue reading »

About “Bourgogne Pinot Noir”
It’s labelled as “Bourgogne AOC” which means essentially Pinot Noir grapes from anywhere within Burgundy (”Bourgogne”) as opposed to from a specific vineyard or plot within a vineyard.
Despite a few exceptions, this normally translates into a decent and drinkable, yet mostly unremarkable wine.
Brilliant QPR
This is also one of those exceptions and probably the best QPR (Quality-to-Price Ratio) wine I have ever had.  Continue reading »

Queen of Sheba Gateau

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

There is the very 1st recipe that I can remember doing when I was a Kid. On rainy days, I could not go play soccer or roam around the close country side with my friends I would take my mum’s cooking book and ask her to read me the recipe. I was barely able to decipher the words that made it yet. So, this very simple chocolate cake recipe became my childhood favourite and a treat for my birthday.  Continue reading »