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Archive for July, 2009

If summer isn’t reason enough to celebrate the taste of tomatoes, this recipe is.  I’ve always liked tomatoes – served raw in salads, cooked up in sauces, even tomato ketchup! If it’s made from a tomato, I like it. But rarely do I eat a dish that focuses on the tomato. That’s why when I saw this post on Serious Eat, I knew this slow roasted tomato spaghetti recipe was for me.  Continue reading »

Rate My Kitchen Fail

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

The truth is, folks, that not everything that pops into the what-shall-I-make-now compartment in my brain turns into kitchen gold.
A case in point is last Sunday’s baked alaska-like effort. It was no more than a ginger-nut biscuit base plus frozen berries plus vanilla ice cream plus meringue, but (a) it revealed that my meringue technique needs work and (b) as a whole, it was just awfully sweet (and I mean awful in the tragic sense).  Continue reading »

Since we’ve introduced waffles into our shops, we’ve been offering cake less often. However, in the days when we were selling lots of cake, Wiebke’s Fudge Cake was our best selling chocolate cake, and we still have it from time to time.
Its appeal is broad enough that you can serve it to grown-ups at any special occasion and be sure that it will go down a storm. For events with lots of smaller kids you could serve it cut in to little finger size pieces.  Continue reading »

I’m still horsing my way through the bag full of goodies I picked up at the Bloom Festival last month, and I’ve just come to the end of my jars of Olvi oils.
What a gem. Father and daughter team Sam and Miriam have been in business for well over a decade, and it’s easy to…  Continue reading »

Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and the Rhône’s very own Cinsault. It is a black grape variety that was developed specially for the hot South African conditions and comes in a range of styles, but it typically results in wines with medium tannins that show upfront red berry fruit characters, and from mature vines it can produce full-bodied, rich, spiced, berry fruit.  Continue reading »

One Sunday last year, I swung by a Centra for chicken breasts to throw in a Patak’s curry. It was definitely the vilest chicken I’ve ever eaten. Bleurgh.
It’s half-price there at the moment. Don’t. However, they’ve a few bargains and special offers worth keeping an eye out for, most notably six free-range eggs for €1.
Yesterday,…  Continue reading »

Florine De Feussal Fleurie 2007

So following on the Pinot Noir from New Zealand yesterday, todays offering is a Gamay Red from Burgundy. For those of you who have not tried a Beaujolais yet – WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. The wines are fun, light, summery reds that offer a lot of the characteristics we are so found of in Pinot Noir.
The Florine was a light cherry red coloured wine we very light colour intensity.  Continue reading »

Food Bloggers

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

I liked this recipe from The Messy Chef blog for using up leftover potatoes in an omelette. Perfect for… well, just about anytime.
For afters, I’m finding some great cooking tips over on Lookandtaste.com: how to melt chocolate, making a sponge base, tips on a good cheese board, and much more. These are all in the…  Continue reading »

Summer Fest 2009

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

As I did my morning check on Twitter I spotted Jaden from Steamy Kitchen talking about Summer Fest 2009. I wasn’t sure if she was talking  about a music festival or a tomato festival but as it turns out I was on the right track thinking tomatoes–
“Summer Fest is a cross-blog event every Tuesday for the next four weeks, which will be a celebration of fresh-from-the-garden food: recipes, growing tips, even tricks for storing and preserving summer’s best.”
Count me in.  Continue reading »

Just to let you know that I am still alive despite the somewhat dubious diet I’ve been eating recently. Unfortunately my source of fresh organic fruit and vegetables have dried up. This is due to the fact that my distributor, the local Nissan garage here in Tullamore are no longer able to do the honours – this is due to new ownership and a different management style.
In recent weeks/months I have noticed that the quality of my skin has not been what it could be.  Continue reading »

British dark beer is a bit hit and miss to my mind. I rarely get to visit England, but when I do the lack of stouts and porters on cask in the pubs I visit is quite plain to see. The GBBF is the best opportunity to try British stout and porter and I plan to take full advantage next month at the trade day. When dark beer does turn up I usually find it lacking in character. Many times dark ales have let me down on bottle and cask.  Continue reading »

Did you know today is National Milk Chocolate Day? You can pull out that Hershey’s chocolate bar and chow down or you can treat yourself to special milk chocolate recipes like M-m-m Milk Chocolate Brownies or Heavenly Chocolate Cheesecake! Where do you find them? On Recipe4Living’s Twitter account!
Follow @Recipe4Living on Twitter for Milk Chocolate Recipes!
Not sure how to use Twitter? Instructions after the jump!  Continue reading »

Earlier this year we were delighted to announce that we were adding to our list a selection of Californian wines from Cycles Gladiator, which wines you can see here if you’ve a mind to.  Continue reading »

Ireland’s first Climate Camp is scheduled to take place near Shannon Bridge in County Offaly between the 15th and 23rd of August.

The week long camp is packed with workshops and seminars which tackle everything from bicycle maintenance to building your own wind turbine. The aims of the camp range from building a movement calling on direct action against polluters and carbon trading profiteers to proposing an alternative model which embraces sustainable living.  Continue reading »

Table Manners

A post by jean at CheapEats.ie

It’s all of about five minutes since we had our last comment scrap, so I thought I’d try and get another one started.  Tom Doorley recently wrote about table manners in his Megabites blog, and lists some of the table manner faux-pas that send him mental.  Some of his worst offenders: holding the knife like…  Continue reading »

Ignoring last weeks indulgence of dining out and continuing with ‘waste not, want not’ theme new potatoes are in season at the moment. Rather than throw the left-overs away they are great to make a really tasty omelette with. Really quick and easy, perfect for a lunchtime snack.
Ingredients
One onion, halved and sliced.
Half a clove of garlic, finely sliced.
Your leftover potatoes, cubed.
Olive oil.
200g grated mature Irish cheddar.
3 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste.  Continue reading »

Ignoring last weeks indulgence of dining out and continuing with ‘waste not, want not’ theme new potatoes are in season at the moment. Rather than throw the left-overs away they are great to make a really tasty omlette with. Really quick and easy, perfect for a lunchtime snack.
Ingredients
One onion, halved and sliced.
Half a clove of garlic, finely sliced.
Your leftover potatoes, cubed.
Olive oil.
200g grated mature Irish cheddar.
3 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste.  Continue reading »

Remember this? It would seem that investors are still putting their money into wine as a safe haven, as opposed to stock, and it’s also great to hear that Australia is starting to be taken seriously when it comes to ultra-fine wine.
Last week, fine wine auctioneers, Langton’s, reported that Australia’s ultra-fine wines increased in value by 64% during the past two years, defying the slump in the international fine wine market.  Continue reading »

Rose Creek Martinborough Pinot Noir 2007

I was very interested to taste this wine as I am massive fan of the Martinborough region of New Zealand. Along with Nelson they are two of my favourite New Zealand Wine regions – Martinborough doesn’t get all of the hype or attention that Marlborough gets but it produces some fantastic Pinots and Sauvignon blancs.  Continue reading »

You may remember that we gave away an amazing trip to Temple Spa back in June. Our lucky winner Sineady went along with her friend Patches, and sent us this great review of her experience there:
I’m writing to say a big thank you for the wonderful prize of the weekend break in Temple Spa, which…  Continue reading »