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While I normally steer clear of straightforward politics here, I think this is especially worthy of note:
From Irish Times Friday 30th October:
QUOTE BEGINS
MINISTER FOR Finance Brian Lenihan is to amend the legislation covering the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) to give him powers to direct the banks to provide a flow of credit.
QUOTE ENDS

This is, basically, what the entire country has been shouting about for the last eon. Finally. Why wasn’t it like this in the first place?  Continue reading »

The commitments in the new programme for government to organic farming will be warmly welcomed by the organic sector.

With such a difficult budgetary situation, and the image organic food has, rightly or wrongly, as being somewhat elitist, the re-emphasis of the commitment to 5% Utilisable Land Area as organic was a significant achievement.

The context naturally worked well for the Greens who obviously felt they deserved some compensation after the local elections.  Continue reading »

Better late than never!

A post by Sarah at Blog

Ok so I haven’t got my daring baker post done on time but I’ve been a busy little bee recently. I’ve been making cakes, damson gin, working and doing wedding preparation etc!  Continue reading »

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip & Banana Muffins

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

I get asked quite often if I have any healthy dessert or snack ideas. I don’t have a sweet tooth myself (unless there’s mucho beers involved and I have been known to delve into the odd apple tart on occasion) but I know that for those peeps who are watching their waistlines, it can be hard to ditch the old favourite dessert. This recipe is a fabulous healthy low fat option and is perfect for a special breakfast or even dessert.  Continue reading »

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This video shows Róisín taking her first bit of solid food – Biodynamic cereal made by Holle. Perhaps for non-parents, it will be of little interest, but for me this first taste reminded me once again of the immense value and joy of food.  Continue reading »

I hope you had a great breakfast full of oatmeal goodness. If not, there’s always tomorrow because National Oatmeal Day is really just a reminder to eat our oats! They’re good for us! To celebrate, I put together a collection of oatmeal recipes for straight up oatmeal, oatmeal cookies, oatmeal bread and even beauty products we can all make from oatmeal! Enjoy!  Continue reading »

So there I was browsing through the Look and Taste videos at midnight last night and I stumbled across one of Niall’s most recent cookery master strokes. This video had me salivating severely, and a bowl of cornflakes just didn’t satisfy the craving. It’s definitely one I’ll be trying out myself very soon. A must watch video.

I’m sticking with Burgundy on this one, where Pinot Noir is the grape of choice for reds.  Continue reading »

This week’s Pricewatch column has an interesting piece about the health claims made for processed foods, and how the European Food Safety Authority monitors those claims. We’re probably all familiar with how some foods will trumpet their lack of fat, while conveniently forgetting to mention that they are extremely high in salt and sugar.  Continue reading »

Don't worry, it's FAKE blood

The fake blood, that you can buy in shops, is usually unconvincing and leaves a heavy mark that requires such a serious cleaning job that you end up drawing actual blood when attempting to remove it.
Well, this non-toxic blood recipe will save you money and is so realistic that your friends will think you require medical attention.
Ingredients:

Honey syrup

Red food colouring

Flour

Instructions:

Combine 1 part water with 3 parts honey syrup.  Continue reading »

Autumn veggies

A post by Valerie O'Connor at Vals Kitchen

I've been inspired to draw some pretty vegetables since my time at organic college. This first one is of a pak choi from Springfield Walled garden. 
 
This is one of a tiny courgette or pumpkin that I grew on the roof over the summer.

And this is a little aubergine from the polytunnels at college.  Continue reading »

1. Some great traditional Halloween fare at Lidl this week, including:

“Half price” pumpkins – 49c per kilo
Irwin’s Barm Brack -  99c
Roasted Peanuts (500g) – 99c

The pumpkins are cheap, and that’s to be applauded, so I mean this as a very mild criticism: how can something that’s only in the store for half a week be half-price? Click here to see all the weekly food offers, also including cheap booze and toilet roll.  Continue reading »

Show us your dimples

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Murray’s is what you might call a boutique superpub. It’s right at the, ehm, unfashionable end of O’Connell Street and has had a succession of names over the years. The current incarnation is perhaps a little bit more pleasant than some earlier versions, and on my visit the food seemed decent and some of the punters actually looked like they were gainfully employed.
What had me in there in the first place was news that they had a house beer now on tap.  Continue reading »

Special Buys at Aldi

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

Special buys at Aldi this Thursday October 29 include:

Steam Iron – €19.99
Chocolate Shortbread Assortment – €4.99
Bath Seat – €14.99

Good to see equipment for people with disabilities and those who need who need home help at low prices; hopefully this will come in handy for some carers.
Meanwhile, I’d be keen to try Aldi’s chocolate shortbread assortment: most of what I’ve tried in their Specially Selected range has been really top-quality.  Continue reading »

The three gents pictured below are (right to left) Joe Karwig of Karwig Wines, Billy Forrester of Bubble Brothers, and our very own plonker… ahem, I mean chief taster, Michael Kane, owner and founder of Curious Wines.

The shoot was done at Cork Bonded Warehouse on Tuesday morning. The Irish Examiners Blake Creedon has already managed to get hold of a cool photo, which he has included in this blog post.  Continue reading »

I have a friend who used to work in the famous Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street in Dublin. She told me once about about the letters they got around this time of year, usually from tourists who had bought a loaf of barm brack in the store to take back home with them.  Continue reading »

The Baking Powder Plot

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

The ladies of Laois are up in arms. Well, one lady at any rate.
My brother (and Laois resident), Tom, is responsible. Him and his scones, that is.

The scones in question

My brother is quite the baker, you see. He makes a mean apple tart and scones that are remarked upon by all who partake. And partake they do. While not strictly part of his job description as manager of a local heritage centre, he regularly whips up batches of said scones for the patrons of the centre’s coffee shop.  Continue reading »

Sweet Mandy B’s

A post by Hillary at Chew On That

As a Chicago resident, I’ve been hearing a lot about Sweet Mandy B’s cupcakes for years.  The name Sweet Mandy B’s dominated just about every Chicago cupcake conversation I’ve ever had. People would tell me:  “You’ve got to try them! They’re the best!” Well I finally made it out there (thanks to a friend who lives RIGHT next door!) and everyone is completely right.  Continue reading »

Donal Skehan is giving away a signed copy of his lovely Good Mood Food Cookbook on his blog. Get over there and get your name in the hat!  Continue reading »

Thanks to everyone who entered our 1,000th post/M&S Competition, and for all your kind compliments about CheapEats!  And thanks also for the helpful suggestions on how the site can be improved.
The two lucky commenters who will get €50 vouchers to spend in Marks and Spencer are:

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70 189
Timestamp: 2009-10-28 13:26:16 UTC

Congratulations Matthew King and Lesley!  Continue reading »

The beauty of the homemade burger is that you can throw in all manner of healthy greenery

Making your own burgers is the only way, and if done properly: delicious, delicious. You can sit at home and imagine you are at Gourmet Burger but gloat that you made it yourself.
Use mince of course, but my special slant is: Turkey Mince.  Continue reading »