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Archive for January, 2009

We asked the great oracle (Microsoft Excel) to pick us a random number, and yea verily, it told us that the winning comment was….dum dum dum…comment number 4!
So congratulations Babs, you are the lucky winner of a delicious box of Divine Fairtrade Truffles.   I’ve just sent you an email for your details and your choice.
Don’t…  Continue reading »

Despite its title, this is not the kind of book that you’ll pick up if you’re really wanting to learn how to cook. Cooking Lessons could as easily be titled Life Lessons, the kind of things that you learn as you experience – in journalist Daisy Garnett’s case – a few years spent working in New York, a series of disastrous boyfriends and thinking time sailing across the Atlantic en route to resuming life back in England.  Continue reading »

Just three months after opening the doors to the Curious Wines Warehouse, we’re already expanding the range. January 2009 has seen the addition of 18 new wines to the Curious portfolio, all of them now available on the website with, as ever, free delivery anywhere in Ireland.

After amazing feedback from customers on the Lunar Organic Domaine du Chateau d’Eau range, we’ve added Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to bring the range to eight varietals.  Continue reading »

It’s time for the Super Bowl and even Top Chef knows it! A clever “football squares”-themed quickfire and a head-to-head chef showdown  against past season contestants really brought out the sports in cooking. But I have a confession to make: I think I’m getting sucked into the drama of this show and not completely focusing on the food.  Continue reading »

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.
I’m a little last minute in getting this posted – I completely forgot about it until this morning and have rushed doing it today so they aren’t as good as they could be.  Continue reading »

Ok folks, our chocolate giveaway is now closed and no more entries will be accepted. Check back here tomorrow to find out if you are our lucky winner, and find out all about our great new giveaway.  Continue reading »

I am currently in tears at my desk at work because a friend had linked to this letter on facebook. I have only got as far as the following lines:

Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat their with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about.Only you open the present and it’s not in there.  Continue reading »

Learning how to cook, Step One: Find a cook book with easy recipes and pick something, the ingredients for which you recognise and can locate. This cold cold week, easing into things, I thought I’d give Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Foods a go, given that it’s meant for people like me and the…  Continue reading »

Our chocolate giveaway closes today at 5pm, so make sure you get your comment in before then. We’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow, along with a new and frankly incredible giveaway.  Continue reading »

I left it shamefully late to book that Irish Times lunch offer, and it looks like it’s pretty much booked out.  I just called Town Bar & Grill, Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and The Cellar and they’re all booked out for the remainder of the offer.  I couldn’t get through to Bentley’s Oyster Bar, and China…  Continue reading »

There are exchange rate advantages in the North beyond supermarket booze and tins of Celebrations: eating well in high-end restaurants. 
Paolo Tullio writes in the Independent today about The Mitre – the house restaurant of the Culloden Hotel, Holywood, Co Down. He loved their three-course menu for only £40, and it also sounds like he…  Continue reading »

OnePerySquare, a new hotel, restaurant and spa in Limerick City, has just opened its doors. According to Valerie O’Connor over at Val’s Kitchen, the building is a lovingly restored old Georgian house, while the food is outstanding.  Continue reading »

We’ve been getting loads of great restaurant tips from Dublin readers, here’s a few for you to mull over, try out and comment on.
Clairey says:
We went to Fallon and Byrne last week, got a plate of hot food at the deli counter on ground floor, paid €6.95 for a big huge delicious plate of beef…  Continue reading »

I recently overheard someone talking about the Lipstick Effect – people buying small affordable luxuries to treat themselves when times are tough.  A new lipstick can make you feel a little more glamourous at the fraction of the cost of a new dress.
Food is definitely one of those things that allows you to spoil yourself…  Continue reading »

SuperValu have some good offers in store over the next few weeks. We do love bargains and, of course, the supermarkets hope they’ll be enough to lure us in so we’ll buy the more expensive items – and so they can offload their excess stock.
But unless you’re like my Dad, who is willing to traipse…  Continue reading »

Zappa’s Law

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

You’ve all seen it, I’m sure, on a beer menu or a list of beer quotations:

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline — it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
Liechtenstein, a thin glacial valley sandwiched between the Swiss and Austrian alps, doesn’t have an airline.  Continue reading »

I’ve gone all Italian of late. Not in the belligerent, brooding, erratic-driving kind of way (that’s me normally), rather in my love of the wines and cuisine of my favourite holiday destination. There’s something in the food that reflects the sunshine, the rolling hills and terraces, the simmering passion of the natives. And the wine, by evolution, is in perfect harmony with the rich, full-flavoured dishes, their fresh-off-the-vine ingredients and lashings of olive oil.  Continue reading »

Super Bowl Shuffle

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

Mini Beef Sliders, Asparagus Skewered Shrimp, and Tandoori Chicken Skewers

Super Bowl Sunday is THE biggest sports day of the year here in the States. Though this is a relatively new ritual for me, I know that the game is only half the excitement. Yes there are there commercials, which have become wildly popular, but I’d bet that food on this day is just as important as the game itself. You can’t have a Super Bowl party without food, can you?  Continue reading »

Puy lentils are good friends with so many other ingredients, including white fish. Back before Delia Smith starting bunging powdered mash in the microwave, she published a beautiful recipe for Sea Bass with Puy Lentil Salsa.
This is fast, easy, and healthy dish, using cheap and readily available ingredients. If sea bass is a bit pricey,…  Continue reading »

Puy lentils are good friends with so many other ingredients, including white fish. Back before Delia Smith starting bunging powdered mash in the microwave, she published a beautiful recipe for Sea Bass with Puy Lentil Salsa.
This is fast, easy, and healthy dish, using cheap and readily available ingredients. If sea bass is a bit pricey,…  Continue reading »