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Archive for February, 2009

Birthday cakes are, almost inevitably, chocolate-based in my family. It is undoubtedly the default option, beloved by everybody, not least by the birthday celebrants. This year, however, we were to celebrate the mother’s (January) birthday on an unseasonably bright February day and – unusually – I wasn’t in the mood for chocolate baking.  Continue reading »

Sinead Gleeson has a piece in the Herald HQ supplement today about blogs, and Irish bloggers who’ve parlayed their blogs into book deals.  And CheapEats gets a nod as one of the ‘Five Dublin Blogs you must read’, along with the Irish Sentinel, The AntiRoom, Maman Poulet and Fat Mammy Cat.
CheapEats.ie
A recession-friendly foodie site full…  Continue reading »

So many many things have been happening over the last while and I have been absolutely crap at updating as a result. I wouldnt mind but just this weekend I made banoffee, the most amazingly easy and tasty chocolate cupcakes ever and a lemon meringue pie. I’m also back cooking Indian food as if I never had to go on antibiotics after my adventures over there. Time to update has been scarce though.  Continue reading »

The Dinner for Two for €12.50 is on again today in M&S, and apparently it runs till Sunday this time.  There’s a selection of the items listed below – this is not comprehensive, please don’t freak out if you don’t see your favourite thing!
Mains
Whole chicken
Gammon
Meatballs
Cod gratin
Salmon
Chicken with Cheddar
Sides include roast potatoes, salad bowls and parmentier…  Continue reading »

Some special offers running at Tesco until this Sunday, March 1 include:
Yoplait 8×125g Pack Yogurt Range – half price – reduced from €5.29 to €2.64
Half-price Jaffa Oranges – reduced from €2.99 to €1.49
€5 for meats including 800g  minced steak, 600g boneless loin pork chops, and a whole, 1.4kg Irish chicken
You’ll find more details here.
Tesco…  Continue reading »

I’ve been a customer at Spiceland for years and always pick up a bargain. The store offers a wide range of canned goods and condiments, but the real savings are in their bags of spices and herbs.
Situated beside Shabnam Foods on South Richmond street, Dublin 1, Spiceland trades in Indian, African and Asian foods, but…  Continue reading »

Readers? Questions

A post by jean at CheapEats.ie

Two of our readers got in touch to ask for a recipe and for help in finding an ingredient in Dublin. We’re throwing it open to you, our other readers, to see what you have up your sleeves.
Fiona wants to know where she can buy tins of chilli in adobe sauce in Dublin. Adobe (or…  Continue reading »

Chocolate isn’t the most obvious accompaniment for savoury foods. However, it adds the most wonderful richness and depth to chilli-tomato sauces, and can also work well with meat and red wine sauces.
This Chocolate Chilli Bean Stew, with a Cajun twist, is much cheaper than a choco-meat dish but it’s equally as impressive. Most of the…  Continue reading »

Fat Duck exclusive

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

It’s a rarity when Food and Drink Ireland has an exclusive story. Well, when I say rarity, this is my 272nd post and I’ve never had one. Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, the Fat Duck, has been forced to close its doors until Tuesday after some sort of power problem (such precise details, I’m the Heston of the journalism world).  Continue reading »

Famous British reserve

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Is Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve supposed to be about 30% cheaper than the Vintage Ale? I was surprised. Though there’s probably something seriously wrong when I pay over €6 for 500ml of beer then make off into the night giggling at my crafty steal.
Anyhoo, this is a new one from the iconic Chiswick brewer, and is presumably the first in a series of limited edition ales they’re planning to produce. As I mentioned not so long ago, barrels are in.  Continue reading »

From time to time I work a day in our shop in Cork’s English Market, and for a long time the number one question from the shoppers was “Do you stock Marsala?” At the time the answer was no, we didn’t, but we were working on it, and that gave rise to some very interesting conversations – ice cream supremo Kieran Murphy was one of the people I met on the Marsala trail. Next time you’re in Dingle, ask for a slurp of the Marsala ice cream!
What is Marsala?  Continue reading »

From time to time I work a day in our shop in Cork’s English Market, and for a long time the number one question from the shoppers was “Do you stock Marsala?” At the time the answer was no, we didn’t, but we were working on it, and that gave rise to some very interesting conversations – ice cream supremo Kieran Murphy was one of the people I met on the Marsala trail. Next time you’re in Dingle, ask for a slurp of the Marsala ice cream!
What is Marsala?  Continue reading »

For me, dessert wines remain the wine world’s best kept secret. For many people however, I suspect sweet wine brings back bad memories of Concorde and Blue Nun. (For those born after 1980, no I’m not referring to supersonic aircraft or Mother Theresa telling dirty jokes, but the cheap and sickly sweet wines that attracted, then quickly repelled, so many novice wine drinkers in the 80s).  Continue reading »

Thursdays with Aldi

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

It’s Thursday and, once again, many of us will be heading to Aldi to check out their weekly special buys.
Today’s offers include Choceur Foil Bunnies at €1.69 (feedback on the chocolate’s quality much appreciated), woven boxers at €6.49 per pack, and a Traveler 9MP Digital camera for €59.99.
On Sunday, meanwhile, Aldi shoppers can choose from…  Continue reading »

Spring is in the air and Bubble Brothers are having a sale…..what could be more exciting????
Pop into the shop in the English Market or in to the depot in the Marina to stock up on great wine. You can grab Eric Banti wines for €10, Bodega Tamaral (buy 1 get 2nd half price) etc etc….
Have a guess where I will be tomorrow……
Happy shopping.  Continue reading »

Of Carrots, Mainly

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

So today KD let me have a taste of what she suspects may have been her best soup ever. She reckoned it had something to do with the carrots involved, which were, it seems, a bunch of organic specimens at the top of their game. I can certainly vouch for the tastiness of the results.
Thing is, soup made mainly from carrots is, not unsurprisingly, going to taste mainly of them there carrots.  Continue reading »

Though I grew up eating root veg and I thoroughly enjoy winter crops, I must be ready for spring because I found myself craving some spring/summer fruit at the farmers market the other day. This got me thinking about how I could satisfy my craving without having the in-season fruit at hand. Like mint and lamb, apple and pork, I love the combination of apricots and roast chicken.  Continue reading »

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

A post by Hillary at Chew On That

Ah, the Irish car bomb: a mixture of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson Whiskey dropped into a pint of Guinness stout, it’s essentially a celebration of all the delicious alcoholic beverages that hail from the country of Ireland. Irish car bombs are something I discovered, learned to love and learned to hate  in my college days but haven’t experienced since. Or at least, not until Smitten Kitchen introduced me to her car bomb cupcakes!  Continue reading »

Soda Bread Video!!!

A post by Valerie O'Connor at Vals Kitchen

Irish Soda Bread from O Connorz on Vimeo.

Ok here goes, my head on your screen, hello!
I figured if I can do TV then I can do video blogging. I know it's full fo holes, I have spikes sticking out of my head for a start, or maybe that's my halo??
My son Saoirse, who is 9, did the filming, not bad for a 9 year old and cheaper than an unemployed freelance cameraman. I did have to help him with his geography as payment, but I do that anyway and we had a laugh.  Continue reading »

Grab and Go

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

Passing through the Ilac Centre with the lovely photographer Sue Jefferson, I was horrified to see this:
I’m that weirdo who used to stand outside the Grab and Go on Dame St. loudly protesting about hot food from vending machines. I thought I’d seen them off, but clearly not.
This is very very very cheap fast food….  Continue reading »