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Archive for November, 2009

Congratulations to Flahavans for winning the Exporter of the Year Award 2009 last night; their organic porridge gets me going these dark and damp mornings!
Ummera Smokehouse was one of the Nominees for the Seafood Exporter of the Year Award along with Burren Smokehouse in Co. Clare and Glenmar Shellfish in Co. Cork. The winner was Burren Smokehouse for its success in exporting 60% of its products. Congratulations!  Continue reading »

Special buys this Sunday at Aldi include:

Toy super trucks – €9.99
Wooden train set – €24.99
In the Night Garden plush toy – €9.99

Click here to see all the cheap kid’s toys. Poor old recession hit Santa will be delighted.
Also at Aldi, check out the Super6: a selection of fruit and vegetables from 39-99c.
Related posts:

Aldi: Super6 and Special Buys
Special Buys at Aldi
Specials at Aldi.  Continue reading »

Leftover Turkey Soup

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

Ah, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. By now you’re all probably completely and utterly over turkey. I wouldn’t blame you. With the size of turkeys nowadays there’s enough meat on there to feed a whole African village! We began our gorging with the actual turkey which lead into turkey sandwiches the next day and the next.  Continue reading »

The splendiferous Food & Wine Magazine Christmas Show takes place this weekend, and Food & Wine generously gave us three pairs of tickets to give away.  Random.org picked the following lucky winners:
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48   9   24
Timestamp: 2009-11-27 11:10:19 UTC

So congratulations to Mike, AshlingHayes and Aidan!
Tickets for this event cost €20, and are available at ticketmaster.ie. Click here for more information.  Continue reading »

For anyone interested, I’ll be at the Food and Wine Christmas Fair at the RDS in Dublin, giving an ice cream master class tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:45pm.
I’ll go over the following recipes:

Mulled wine sorbet
Aztec hot chocolate
Cocao del Ticino

I’ll also try to answer any ice cream questions. Hope to see you there!

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Hazel and her husband Neil

This great recipe comes from Hazel McFadden, cookery tutor at The Kitchen in the Castle in Howth. A couple of years ago, Hazel taught me on a month-long professional cookery course, and she is a brilliant teacher – patient, precise, caring and fantastic at cooking.  Continue reading »

I got talking to Ian Dolan from Ireland’s newest at home tasting service, Chez Toi.
Wine tastings can often happen in hotel meeting rooms with fluorescent lighting, stiff chairs. Either that or you’re on your feet. They can be tough work. With Chez Toi, Ian Dolan has a different approach, bringing the wine to you in the comfort of your own home.
1. Hi Ian, you’ve an interesting concept in Chez Toi, what’s it all about?  Continue reading »

On Wednesday morning’s episode of Ireland AM, presenter Alan Hughes was joined by web strategist and on-line communications expert Maeve Kneafsey, for Ireland’s top 5 websites to browse or buy on in the run up to Christmas. Mike nearly choked on his cornflakes and I nearly choked on my weetabix when we realised Curious Wines was one of those 5.
Click here to view the clip. Curious Wines is the second featured website.  Continue reading »

In the US, it’s the day after Thanksgiving today — which means it’s also now officially Christmastime! So I won’t waste any time giving you this cookie recipe, an adaptation of my favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but this time with a festive twist to them with the brandied cranberries. For any Black Friday shoppers, a couple of these cookies and a cup of coffee would keep you going through the afternoon sales.  Continue reading »

The article that I wrote for today’s Irish Times Gift Christmas Supplement is not online so I thought that I would reproduce the entire piece here – before it was edited for space and clarity – complete with links.
Buying for someone who loves food might seem like the easiest thing in the world but sometimes gourmet foodies can also be the pickiest of recipients. Gift vouchers give them what they love – the opportunity to choose for themselves.  Continue reading »

I should have had this up before today, but tonight Thursday, November 26th there’s a wine producer’s dinner in the IFSC’s newly refurbished La Cuvée (above Enowine), if you’re looking for an excuse to pamper yourself.
What’s on?
Max has created a wonderful menu to compliment the extraordinary wines chosen by Richard McMahon. The wines chosen are from Château Fontarèche, in the rural district of Corbières, France.  Continue reading »

La Cuvée Wine Producer Dinner with the wines Of Chateau Fontareche
La Cuvee [Restaurant on top of Eno Wine] are hosting a wine producer dinner on Thursday, November 26th. Max has created a wonderful menu to compliment the extraordinary wines chosen by Richard McMahon. The wines chosen are from Chateau Fontareche, in the rural district of Corbieres, France.
Chateau Fontareche, located on the southern most coast of France, lies just south of Narbonne and Languedoc.  Continue reading »

Special Buys at Lidl

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

Fruit and veg offers at Lidl from Thursday November 26 – Sunday Nov 29 include:

Pears – half price – now 99c
Round lettuce – half price – now 39c
Vine tomatoes – reduced by 33% – now €1.99

You’ll also find Finish All in One dishwasher tablets (30 pack) reduced from €8.49 to €6.49, two boxes of Ferrero Rocher (love ‘em or hate ‘em) for €6, and back bacon reduced from €2.99 to €1.99.  Continue reading »

:: Hungarian Goulash

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Donal) at The Good Mood Food Blog- Donal Skehan

I just booked tickets to Sweden for Christmas!  Myself and Sof will be spending the big day with her family after she did Ireland last year.  It’s going to be my very first Christmas away from home so it should be quite different!  I am looking forward to taking loads of shots of the food from over there and hopefully give you guys a different look at Christmas from another country!  Continue reading »

Oh yes, you heard right. Herb encrusted lamb chops. If I wasn’t so conscious about little lambs getting the chop (excuse the pun), my own diet or my wallet (and in that order), I’d be sitting down to lamb chops every night of the week. But no, this is a lovely little treat for the weekend that needs to be appreciated and savoured with a nice bottle of red.  Continue reading »

Christmas dinner is a very meat focused affair and although I do enjoy turkey, I think that turkey and ham are weird together. The sprouts are little green spheres of pure deliciousness but in general vegetables are a tad boring at Christmas and I think vegetarians get a bum deal on the day.  Continue reading »

The old boys

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Back here I mentioned that I’d set aside a box of beers for a year or so, just to see what happened to them with a bit of aging. In fact, the box has spent two years in my oubliette, though hasn’t survived completely intact. The strong Belgian ale that Barry and Kieron brewed didn’t survive last winter (and was delicious); likewise the 2007 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, so I’ve started that process again by cellaring the 2008 and 2009 editions.  Continue reading »

The first Thanksgiving I spent in Ireland, in 1999, I was very blasé about it beforehand; I still remember that I’d planned to make enchiladas that night. But at the last minute, I got a little weepy and ran out to the grocery store to see what I could find that might be more fitting, and bought some turkey escalopes and a jar of Ballymaloe cranberry sauce instead.  Continue reading »

A Tale Of Two Tastings

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

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“It’s nearly midnight”.
Myself and KD were skirting close to that cinderella time of night, when it was best to leave before turning into something less than beautiful.  Continue reading »

Here are some pictures to cheer you up. They are of the market in Tashket, Uzbekistan taken by my dad while he was on a work trip. The variety and colours of the produce is simply amazing.  Continue reading »