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Archive for November, 2008


A post by noreply@blogger.com (Donal) at The Good Mood Food Blog

What is it with caterers who seem to think the only solution to feeding a large amount of people means sticking everything in a deep fat fryer?  Recently I have been to more than 3 events which have resorted to battered chicken nuggets, onion rings, and cocktail sausages!  Now I’m not going to completely condemn them as I did have a quick nibble, as most people do, but I would far rather some simple, fresh finger food with healthy ingredients which don’t rely on a vat of boiling fat to make them look pretty!  Continue reading »

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Another example of the fun the Spanish are having with their wine labels. This one is from Toro, in the high plains on the north west of Spain with the horns playing on the Spanish for bull.
More on Tinta Tinto de Toro
The grape is Tinta de Toro – a synonym for Tempranillo. Tempranillo is most famous in Rioja, but it’s also known as Tinto del Pias and Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero along with Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepeñas.  Continue reading »

Don’t panic, but there are only 25 days until Christmas. While we can’t cook for you, or wrap the presents under your tree, we can help you out with some suggestions for wine accompaniments to the all important Christmas dinner.

Perfect aperitif is a New Zealand Riesling – preferably just off-dry, i.e. just a hint of sweetness.  Continue reading »

Sunday Business Post – Tomas Clancy
In a change to the usual weekly article Tomas Clancy focuses on great wines for the Christmas period and pressies for the wine geek in your life !  Continue reading »

I was very lucky last Thursday to be invited to a restaurant in UK called L’Ortolan located in Reading.
Peter Newman and Alan Murchison co-founded the restaurant as is in 2001, Peter as the Owner and financier Alan as the head chef.  Continue reading »

Not that I’ve had many, but wheat beer and especially darker ones appeal to me. I spotted this in the supermarket so I decided that it should be a good one. Or at least that’s what I thought.
This turned out to be quite mild tasting. An unassuming dunkel if there is such a thing!
The best I can describe is that it tasted of a slightly burnt, watery, instant coffee. The fact that it went flat quickly added to the idea.  Continue reading »

Carlow Brewing Company are situated just a few minutes from where I live. Indeed, they are sited right beside my old secondary school in the old goods store by the train station.
In a previous existence I have used them for corporate events where we needed to demonstrate some of the delights of Carlow to visitors. We would hire equipment and get a few kegs from them and dished out their offerings to people from all over the world on one occasion. It always went down well.  Continue reading »

 This was on special for two for €5 in Tesco so I grabbed it with Spitfire with my weekly shopping. I had put off trying this for no good reason really except, I guess, that it was everywhere I looked so I always tended to look for something different.
I was heading to a party that night so I brought it along. Hence the picture.
I have to say that once again this is a Shephern Neame that just doesn’t do it for me. I know that others find it above average but I found it only ok at best.  Continue reading »

The H.I. on Dancing Spoon

A post by Gavan Murphy aka the H.I. at The Healthy Irishman

So apparently all those years I spent writing poetry on those cold Irish winters’ evenings are finally getting me noticed. Ireland has bred many famous authors and playwrights, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and now Gavan Murphy. I’ve been asked to write my own column for Dancing Spoon’s online magazine!
So what is Dancing Spoon all…  Continue reading »

 I’m delighted to announce that we now have a mini Lorge chocolate shop in our Killarney Dessert House. 
For those of you lucky enough to have visited Benoit Lorge’s shop on the road from Kenmare to Bantry or found his chocolates elsewhere, you’ll know how happy I am. 
We’ve had Lorge Chocolates in our shops in a small way, but over the Christmas season we will have a much wider range as well as a delicious selection of loose truffles for mixing and matching or devouring with a coffee.  Continue reading »

Irish Times – John Wilson
This week John Wilson focuses on wines for the Party Season.
Tesco Finest Cremant d’Alsace NV, Tesco , €12.99
“Made from the Riesling grape, this is a deliciously fruity wine with a touch of real class. There are lively lemons and apples, and a nicely rounded finish. Perfect by itself or with canapés.  Continue reading »

Last Thursday saw the first public tasting drawn from the portfolio of new Bandon-based wine merchants, Curious Wines, whose assiduous preparations have recently given Bandon a wine warehouse, and Ireland a(nother) first-class online wine shop.  It was a privilege to be invited along, and a pleasure to meet the friendly and energetic Kane brothers, bright new nails in the coffin of incurious wine consumption.  Continue reading »

The Simply Better range always makes me wonder what they are meant to be simply better than. In this case there were cheaper mince pies (by a whole Euro for six) so Im guessing those are what you would call worse mince pies.
In comparison with the last one this was definitely more of the traditional mince pie in that it came in a pie shape in a little tinfoil pie case and was made of real pastry (real all butter pastry according to the packaging, more on this later).  Continue reading »

I’m on time this month!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaay! OK enough celebrating, on with the post…..
The Daring Bakers challenge this month has gone back to being a sweet baking challenge after the more savoury challenges we’ve had the last 2 months. Dolores, Alex and Jenny were the hosts this month and brought us the challenge of making Caramel Cake with Caramel Butter Frosting, with the optional extra of making Golden Vanilla Bean Caramels.  Continue reading »

Merry Christmas to one lucky blog reader

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

So, after a long time of promising to get my arse in gear and deliver a competition, I have finally done just that.Should I pat myself on the back? Probably not. Should I thank Chris from Love PR for getting a three course meal for two at me:nu, a new restaurant in Belfast for one lucky blogger? Most definitely. As you all know, I’m counting down to the 25th December with a run down on the best starters, mains, desserts and drinks for your xmas dinner.  Continue reading »

A night out in New York

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

Just back from a week in New York. Had a busy week, was working over there but regardless of how busy things get I always find that I have a good time in New York. Hopefully I will have the motivation to post about a few of the meals I had. To kick things off here’s a few pictures from one night out in New York.Little Italy
Random bar in Chinatown
Yummy! Great Vietnamese place. Love.  Continue reading »

This morning I checked into Microsoft Outlook to see what delights had landed in my inbox and was not disappointed to spot the Offaly CEB December Ezine. My attendance of events organised by this group is unfortunately infrequent; due to previous commitments clashing. I keep an eye on things though; just in case…
In the wake of a whole swathe of award ceremonies it was a natural progression to publish some of the Offaly success stories; many of which had to do with food.  Continue reading »


Rachel Allen recently proclaimed on TV that Isaacs (McCurtain Street) is her favourite bistro. She has many who’ll agree with her, even if the place was less than half full last night.

We had a smashing meal there. I must admit I was particularly pleased with the “Wine of the Month”, so pleased in fact that I didn’t even notice that they charged me €25.00 instead of the €24.00 on the menu.  Continue reading »