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Archive for March, 2010

Ard Bia at Nimmos

A post by aoifemc at I Can Has Cook?

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I wrote about Christophe leaving a little while ago, and he’s been busy selling many of his possesions in preparation for heading off to the South Pacific.
One item he hasn’t sold yet is his caravan, which is in Cuan Pier, Ventry. I thought it just might be of interest for some of my readers, so if you want to get in touch with Christophe about buying it, here’s his email. He’s asking €2,000 for the mobile home and the caravan site rental is €1,100 a year.  Continue reading »

Ode to Olympus

A post by sheila kiely at Gimmetherecipe

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Growing up in Ireland two things I always remember that go hand in hand are Easter and Lamb. My Mum would always cook a delicious leg of lamb with fresh rosemary from our garden, garlic & olive oil on Easter Sunday with all the usual sides of potatoes, parsnips, veg, gravy  and mint sauce. Man, I can taste it now!  Continue reading »

Growing up in Ireland two things I always remember that go hand in hand are Easter and Lamb. My Mum would always cook a delicious leg of lamb with fresh rosemary from our garden, garlic & olive oil on Easter Sunday with all the usual sides of potatoes, parsnips, veg, gravy  and mint sauce. Man, I can taste it now!  Continue reading »

Winter’s back! It was getting nice for a few days there but we knew it wouldn’t last. Wrap up warm and  banish any residual winter blues with this delicious veggie dish!

Potatoes and butternut squash gently roasted in garlic and herbs is a great accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish. The veg can be left chunky or alternatively can be mashed with a little low fat milk and butter for a creamier consistency.

The following recipe makes 2 portions.  Continue reading »

Bits and Pizzas was a childhood favourite. I wrote about it last week, but for the first time since I started this blog, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with what I said. I have such fond memories of this place, and still think it’s a great little restaurant. I have no personal connection to the owners or staff, and the only response to the original review came from the first three commenters.  Continue reading »

Cafe Phillippe have just opened on Aungier Street in Dublin city, and to mark the occasion, they’re giving away free hot drinks all day. Thanks to Snackbox for the tip.
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Get Free Organic Seeds, Win a Month’s Free Yogurt
Free muffins in Centra
Free Tea.  Continue reading »

Lately at the Recipe4Living office, we have been getting serious cases of the munchies.  A while back, we received an Emerilware Bread Machine by T-fal.  We used it a couple times, but lately, it has been sitting around and gathering dust.  “Let’s bust out that bread maker and bake some bread!” we decided one day.  After leafing through the Emerilware Bread Maker recipe book, we decided to bake a loaf of the delicious-sounding Pecan & Dried Cranberry Whole Wheat Bread. 
First we assembled the ingredients, shown here.  Continue reading »

Skipping dessert

A post by peter at CheapEats.ie

These look nice but…

Why spend a fortune on dessert? They’re rarely spectacular, especially in some Chinese, Indian, and Italian restaurants, where they’re often pre-bought and formulaic. One regular offender is cheesecake, which can and should be one of the most delectable of sweets – but mostly isn’t.
I used to feel a meal out wasn’t complete without dessert, but an accumulation of disappointment made me think twice.  Continue reading »

Spring Greens

A post by Sharon Hearne Smith at Sharon Hearne-Smith

Lets just ignore the snow on the daffoldils today shall we? Here’s a recipe by Hugo Arnold for Food & Wine Magazine. Shot by Cliona O’Flaherty and styled by yours truely x


2 tbsp olive oil
1 kg spinach
2 lemons
2 tbsp salted capers, well soaked
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saute pan or wok.
Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper and toss in the hot oil until just wilted.  Continue reading »

Easter Sunday use to be a big deal in our family with a Christmas-style feast and plenty of chocolate eggs being scoffed.
The occasion was ceremoniously marked because we all would have reluctantly given up something for lent and so when Easter Sunday came around we felt we all deserved a pig-out.
I haven’t eaten an Easter egg in years. I’m not a big fan  because I think the chocolate often tastes of cheap fat but seeing as they are so inexpensive at the moment, I might be tempted.  Continue reading »

a plate full of grilled Falafel

250g of dried chickpeas (Soaked overnight in water)
1 red onion cut into chunks
3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 slice of bread
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Large handful of fresh coriander
Large handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground coriander seeds
1 chilli, diced
Zest of a lemon
Salt and pepper

I’d never tasted Falafel before I made this recipe but lots of people had told me I should and thanks to a recipe being e-mailed to me by (Friend of Not Junk Food) Will Knott I decided to give them a try.  Continue reading »

I’ve hated ghost stories, horror movies and all things even remotely scary since I was nine years old and read a book of ghost stories from my school library, so I’m at a loss to explain why I thought it was a good idea to start swapping first– and second-hand ghost stories when I was having lunch with a friend a week ago.  Continue reading »

The success of Dignité has firmly fixated the spotlight onto winemaker Eric Monnin. His robust Languedoc Syrah, and complex white partner of Viognier, have really impressed since joining the Curious range. This is a man meticulous about blends, tasting and re-tasting until he is completely satisfied with what the wine offers. Originally focussed on the Rhône, Eric’s extensive experience also covers the Loire and Burgundy.  Continue reading »

Easter Brunch The Easy Way

A post by NancyRadler at Chew On That

Easter is less than a week away and if you’re like me you still haven’t decided what to serve on that big day.  Continue reading »

I know, I know, Valentine’s Day was over on February 14th, 11:59 pm,  a month and a half ago.  But for me, my celebration ended this weekend.  On Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend surprised with me tickets to see Beauty and the Beast on stage.  As a die-hard Disney fan, I could not have been more excited! Unfortunately, the tickets were not until the end of March! 
It seemed like I had to wait an eternity, but the day finally came.  Continue reading »

Kofta Kebabs

A post by Supper Satisfaction at Supper Satisfaction

Kofta kebabs are a traditional Persian dish made with minced meat, delicately spiced and served in warmed pitta bread. They are usually made using a mix of minced beef and lamb, this recipe uses turkey mince to keep the calories down.

The kebabs are served with whole meal pitta breads and can be topped with low fat mayo, fat free yoghurt, sweet chili sauce or even a little ketchup.  Continue reading »

At last, someone has taken the initiative to do this. Nigel Bourke, a fellow student friend at the Organic College saw a window and went for it with his new business venture VegOut. I ordered my veggie box from Nigel at Christmas, it arrived full of all the good things you need to make great veggies for lots of meals, and it's all organic. Organic and grown locally.  Continue reading »

Last week at Lidl, I noticed two almost identical packets of fish fingers sitting side by side in the freezer. One was priced around €2.15, the other closer to €3.
Identical in taste, the main difference lay in the origins of the fish.  Continue reading »