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Archive for November, 2009

This is the second article that I wrote for last Thursday’s Irish Times Christmas Gift Supplement. Read the first here.
Delicious goodies are always a joy to receive, especially when you know that they’ve been made specially for you. With a little ingenuity and time you can put together all manner of homemade gifts with a minimal financial outlay.  Continue reading »

My cookery demonstration career continues this week on Wednesday 2 December in the Knockcarron, Co Limerick (map here). Knockcarron/Knocklong ICA have invited me along and I’ll be giving a demonstration called Spice Up Your Life in the Community Centre at 8pm. I’ll be making my favourite Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, a lovely rich Beef and Prune Tagine, finishing with Banana and Cardamom Cake.
This time round – although it may ruin the evening’s suspense!  Continue reading »

I gather Cork’s Kino couldn’t be saved from closure.
Small, then, the chances of seeing this on the big screen. It’s got wine, intrigue, passion, bodices that rip, and an angel. Dead handy, angels, you might say, when there’s a creativity deficit to plug, but I don’t mind them: I remember being genuinely startled in Gide’s Les Faux-Monnayeurs where suddenly POW!  Continue reading »

The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair 2009 took place at the beginning of November and delivered yet another message indicating the potential the of the wine industry in Asia. With more than 520 exhibitors (more than double compared with last year) from 34 countries, around 12,000 people attended the three day fair.  Continue reading »

Specials at Dunnes

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

Special offers this week at Dunnes include:

Frozen turkeys from €5.99
Brennan’s White Sliced Family Pan – €1
Green Isle Garden Peas – €1

Offers valid until Saturday December 5. Click here to see them all.
Dunnes’ offers are much more alluring than other supermarket’s specials.  Continue reading »

Special offers this week at Tesco include:

Radox Handwash (300ml) or Imperial Leather Shower Gel (250ml) – 4 for €4
Denny Thick Cut Rashers (10 pack) – €3
Selection of half-price wines

A resounding meh for these offers: no really good money savers here. Offers valid until Sunday December 6. Click here to see them all.
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New special offers at Superquinn, valid until Sunday December 13 include:

33% off salmon fillets, boneless pork loin chops, eye of round roast joint, Silian Or chicken fillets, and free range chickens
All Christmas puddings reduced by 33%
Irish crab claws and crab meat (weights vary) – reduced from €9.99 t0 €4.99
Fox’s Wonders (400g) – reduced from €9.99 to €6

There’s nothing spectacular enough in these offers to lure me into Superquinn, no stand-out fantastic deal.  Continue reading »

I Hate Carrots

A post by Kieran at Ice Cream Ireland

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It’s amazing how babies know what tastes good to them from such an early age. Róisín likes banana, apple, pear, avocado, broccoli, and of course the cereals we’ve been feeding her. This was a surprise though – she hates carrot!

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Oxfam Ireland have generously provided us with two of their Fair Trade Luxury Christmas Hampers to give away. Each hamper contains a Fair Trade Christmas Cake, luxury chocolate, nuts, biscuits, tea, coffee and much more. One of these hampers will sort you out for all your Christmas treats, or you can pass it on as a really impressive gift!  Continue reading »

White geese

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The beers of Goose Island are usually fairly recognisable, with their distinct logo and the name of the brewery in big letters. I’m not sure whether the white label Belgian-style ales are simply reflective of creativity, or if they’re trying to pass these off as something other than your friendly neighbourhood goose.  Continue reading »

I’ve been known to judge Thai restaurants by the quality of their pad thai and I don’t think I’m alone. Of all the Thai dishes we Westerners enjoy, pad thai is probably the best known (i.e., most ordered). Variations run the gamut, from peanut butter-based sauces to super spicy chili-flecked noodles. I’ve tried making pad thai in the past with disappointing results. It seemed almost too hard to wade through all the variations to find a good recipe.  Continue reading »

Spud Sunday: Stinky Spud

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

So what’s a bit of garlic breath between friends?
Notwithstanding the fact that I’m sure I reeked of garlic after lunch yesterday, nobody seemed to mind. Or, if they did, at least they didn’t let on. They’re a generally polite and friendly crowd, food bloggers. And, of course, they had been eating lovely garlic-laden food too.

Psst, there be garlic in that there hummus

The venue was Levant, a Lebanese restaurant in London and the occasion was Food Blogger Connect.  Continue reading »

Polpette, with tomato sauce

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Keith) at Eat me Drink me

Polpette – meatballs. Such a staple of American Italian food, and one which, for a variety of reasons, I am almost entirely unaccustomed to cooking.At it’s best, a succulent dish, with a deep and subtle umami tinted tomato sauce, sweetly boisterous, sloppy, back slapping….It’s the kind of food that welcomes you into the heart of things. A big, motherly, tomatoey hug of a thing. It’s what memory.  Continue reading »

This pie is perfect for those cold, rainy winter days. All it needs on the side is some steamed broccoli or carrots. Curl up in front of the fire and tuck in.
Beef and Chorizo Pieadapted from ‘Favourite Recipes from Books for Cooks 4, 5 & 6′serves 6-8This recipe makes either six 350ml (or eight 250ml) individual pies or else one large one.  Continue reading »

Useless as I am at getting anything done in time, it comes as no surprise that I’m a couple of days late for the challenge again. What can I say, work is busy and I’m tired! 
This month’s challenge was the beautiful Italian dessert, filled Cannoli.  Continue reading »

You would expect a grand event that turned out a roaring success like the Good Wine Show to get a blog post to match, all-singing and all-dancing.  Sorry folks.  I’ve just been too, too busy with all the – agreeable – work that the Show created to trim a quill and write about it.  Continue reading »

Big congrats to Gerardine O’Driscoll who has won herself one of Clodagh’s lovely red aprons! If you weren’t lucky enought to win, you can purchase the aprons online via www.clodaghmckenna.com or in selected shops across Ireland!
Stay tuned next apron competition coming up!  Continue reading »

Today we have one of the aprons from Clodagh’s fantastic evening range of aprons, and probably my favourite of all the aprons in her range, up for grabs!
Clodagh’s aprons are stocked in selected Irish shops, a list of which can be found at www.clodaghmckenna.com, where you can also purchase aprons online, they would make a really great Christmas pressie for the favourite foodie in your life!  Continue reading »

SALLYMILLSCalled to one (at least one) of the food stalls at the Grand Parade Christmas Market, occupied by Sallymills, cake makers from Limerick.Picked up a couple of their tartlets, one with berries, and another with apple. The standard is quite similar to Heaven’s Cakes. Cost 2 euro each and worth it.They do artisan cakes, desserts, wedding cakes etc and also deliver.
Check out my review of Sallymills – I am cork – on Qype.  Continue reading »

Well, the Thanksgiving feast has come and gone. A whole day of cooking over in 30 minutes of shoving food down our hungry gobs! I was lucky enough to have a few friends over (5 friends, so 7 adult mouths and one tiny mouth to feed total) to enjoy our American tradition. It’s not so hard to talk the Irish into showing up for some free delicious food! I feel strongly there is no point in spending the time and energy to cook up a feast with no one to share it with.  Continue reading »