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Archive for July, 2009

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: panna cotta (noun). Please choose the most appropriate definition for a panna cotta. (No cheating!)
a.) A thin Italian pancake often topped with fruit and other sweet ingredients.
b.) a glazed earthenware cooking dish with vertical sides and a tightly fitting lid, generally rectangular or oval.  Continue reading »

I know I’ve already written about it, but recently our customers have given us so many rave reviews of Play at Height, Dingle’s climbing wall, that I thought I’d give them another plug. Given that the forecast for the weekend is not good, it’s a great option for active entertainment in Dingle on a wet day and a great way to let kids let off steam.
More info here.  Continue reading »

What do you make for a chocolate lover upon his return from a 3.5-week- work trip to a country with very limited amounts of chocolate? Why, the chocolatiest brownies you could fathom, of course! Ordinarily I would contest the amount of chocolate my boyfriend would ideally like in his brownies but this time I knew I had to go all out. He was chocolate-deprived and who was I to deny him?

The recipe starts with margarine. Cube up two sticks and let it melt.

Now, add your chocolate.  Continue reading »

Weekly Roundup

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

Fight, fight, fight! Regular readers will know that we love a good old fashioned scrap here on CheapEats, and this week delivered two: one on table manners and one on self-serving Tesco’s “Screw the Children’s Charity” campaign. 
I discovered that deli rolls can be very satisfying, and wrote about Amicus in Co. Cork, while our competition winner…  Continue reading »

In 1985, a new concept in Bordeaux wine-making was created to answer the question ‘How good can regional Bordeaux be if it is made with the same care and investment usually reserved for the top Châteaux?’.

Named after the brightest star in the universe, Sirius was an attempt to show that, through strict selection of grapes and the latest vinification techniques and ageing methods, it was possible to make a regional Bordeaux that punched way above its class.  Continue reading »

For me it was my first time being at a U2 concert, and it was in Croke park with "the spider", so was even more special. I've never been a fan, I never got their boyish rock and roll for the masses charm. Yes I liked Pop and Zooropa but that was it. The new album has some good stuff on it, mostly Crazy tonight. When they played this I went bananas as I love the old bit of techno and it was like a good, old-fashioned rave. Check it out.  Continue reading »

Myself and Snack Box stayed with our friends Rercy (she of CheapEats writing fame) and David on their farm in West Wicklow last week, and both gorged ourself on Dave’s amazing, all-purpose, good with everything sauce.
The recipe is so simple. Take about 250ml extra virgin olive oil, add 2-3 cloves of raw garlic (depending on…  Continue reading »

Review: Amicus, Cork

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

I’m always suspicious of places like this. Slap bang in the centre of Cork, Amicus is a giant, heaving restaurant serving food from China to Mexico. To make it worse, they have another branch in Douglas, a few miles outside the city.
But, for reasons I’ve long since forgotten, myself and Cat crossed its threshold. We…  Continue reading »

Cru De La Valee Du Rhone – Chateauneuf Du Pape 2007
In the last of current series of wine reviews from Lidl I am tasting a Chateauneuf du Pape. Every year there is a “Historic vintage” from some part of the wine world. 2005 was Bordeaux, 2004 was Tuscany and 2007 was the Rhone Valley and Port. So I was very interested to see how this wine got on.  Continue reading »

In today’s Irish Times, Conor Pope reports on The G Club, a new initiative from Georgina Campbell that offers reduced price meals to diners in fancy restaurants around the country. For a €75 sign-up fee, G Club members will get a membership card, entitling them to great rates in participating hotels and restaurants. Most of…  Continue reading »

I did a bit of radio today (4 and drivetime on RTE 1), about the new UK FSA research into the research on organics. You may have heard it, and, if not, I’ll be posting about it here and writing about it in the examiner presently.

In the meantime, I’d like to draw your attention to a referenced article I have on the current website of organic matters.

This notes the 100 anniversary of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer and the Haber-Bosch process.  Continue reading »

Away on holidays!

A post by 'NEEN at 9 BEAN ROW at 9 Bean Row

Back soon!  Continue reading »

I picked up some scallops last weekend from the fabulous Glenmar Fish Shop in Union Hall, West Cork, and reminded myself just how easy they are to cook and so utterly divine to taste. I hadn’t tried this wine in a while so I opened a bottle of Orballo Albarino and a match made in West Cork heaven was made.
Here, Niall shows how to cook scallops in just a little bit of oil and some salt, and I did something similar.  Continue reading »

Wine Australia is hosting another of their Bringing Australia to Ireland tastings, “An Evening in the Adelaide Hills” which takes place on Thursday 3rd September at the Royal College of Physicians at Number 6, Kildare Street.
Where are the Adelaide Hills?
Outside the city of Adelaide, funnily enough, and home to some gorgeous cooler climate wines.  Continue reading »

Bisinger & Co Rose Champagne Rose NV

Much more intensely coloured rose champagne, a mix of salmon and strawberry pink. This wine does not have the delicacy of some of the more high end Rose Champagnes in the marketplace today. The beading[bubbles] is a little bigger then I would have liked as well for Champagne. I would be looking much more for that delicate beading rather then larger coke sided bubbles.  Continue reading »

Het Steir et Château

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

More Belgian beer today, I’m afraid. In fact, our glass has been runnething over with draught Belgian loveliness in Dublin recently. Last weekend, on the tail of the Porterhouse’s 11-day Belge-a-thon, the Bull & Castle got in on the action with not only a bunch of draught Belgian beers, but a food menu to go with them. The mussels in lambic sauce was wonderful – full of the hot wheaty smell of brew day at Cantillon. Framboise duck was another winner.  Continue reading »

Specials at Lidl

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

There’s a fine wine sale on at Lidl, but I’m scared: my one experience of Lidl wine involved pouring most of it down the sink. Maybe it was just one bad brand? What’s your experience?
Once again, the special buys this Thursday July 30 are wonderfully random. It’s all diving gear and DIY, including:
1kg ABC Fire…  Continue reading »

Ruth Healy is the owner of Urru in Bandon and a force behind the food culture in West Cork.
She has organised an amazing event in August called West Cork from Farm to Fork Discovery Day. This is an event not to be missed.  Continue reading »

Special Buys at Aldi

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

Specials at Aldi this Thursday July 30 include:
Children’s Adventure Set – three toys in one – €19.99
Beach Shelter – €12.99
Marlin/ Mahi Mahi Game Fish Steaks (290g) – €2.99
Special buys on Sunday August 2 include:
Quality Cookware – from €18.99
3 Piece Kitchen Knife Set – €3.99
Extendable Sink Colander – €7.99
It’s good to see more food items make…  Continue reading »

Steamed Mussels with Star Anise and Fennel

A post by Gavan Murphy aka the H.I. at

Aw man, if you’re a regular follower you know that I steamed mussels is one of my favorite dishes. In fact, I’m becoming quite the worldly connoisseur of mussels. Most recently moules frittes in Paris, mussels in Ireland, and both the east & west coasts of the U.S. and it has all been heavenly. Come to think of it, I love any and all fresh seafood, probably due to my upbringing on Ireland’s west coast where everything was fresh off the boat.  Continue reading »