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Archive for November, 2010

Ah, the north of Ireland. The island of Ireland, but the UK. All the benefits of UK shopping, but with a populace that’s entitled to dual citizenship. I was up in Derry a few weekends ago, visiting the in-laws. I do love catching up with my extended family. They’re good craic and nice people to boot (lucky me!). The only unfortunate thing is the accomodation and eateries available to gluten-free.  Continue reading »

I really don’t know where this woman finds her energy. I just can’t keep up. While I’m thinking of what my wine accompaniment will be for hours of Playstation time this Christmas, Natalie MacLean is continuing to taste her way around the worlds best and worst wines, and that’s between writing books, developing new apps and continuously updating her website with rich new content.  Continue reading »

If you’re in Cork this Wednesday (December 1st) with a bit of free time, head down to the Cork School of Music on Union Quay. Blake Creedon, the Irish Examiner’s wine man, will be hosting a tasting with Wine Australia, where you’ll be able to try a range of reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and dessert wines from a list of stockists across Ireland, including yours truly.  Continue reading »

Turkey all eaten, apart from the best bit: the leftovers to be had on toast, with plenty of stuffing, Cranberry Relish and some Cooleeney camembert (from the Tipp Producers night) melted on top.
That’s all I’m going to say – watch out for my final turkey article in the Irish Examiner on Saturday 18 September!  Continue reading »

A Taste of Wexford

A post by Babaduck at Babaduck Babbles

The weekend before last, I was away with my lovely girlfriends for our annual pre-Christmas night away in Wexford.  This year, I decided we’d break with tradition & go to somewhere new for dinner – a restaurant in the  town called Taste had been highly recommended to me by a few people, so the website was investigated, menus were perused and a phone call was made… I had arranged the meal for the 8 of us, just like that!.  Continue reading »

Meeting up with old friends

A post by irishwinecontemplations@gmail.com (Will) at Irish Wine Contemplations

After a good few weeks of hard work and attempts to avoid listening to any news updates on the state of the economy it was time to kick back and relax. Two good buddies were flying in from London for the night and I took the opportunity to open a few decent bottles and cook a nice meal. Heavy snowfall on Friday evening almost scuppered our plans but fortunately the lads made it to Dublin on Saturday afternoon, only a couple of hour late.  Continue reading »

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I love pink peppercorns. They have an amazing flavour – peppery, fruity, complex, and we thought they’d make a great ice cream. Interestingly, pink peppercorns are not actually peppercorns, but rather dried berries from the Baies rose plant. They come from Madagascar, where many great things are grown.
This ice cream is spicy, and frankly it’s a bit confusing on the palate.  Continue reading »

Name the Mascot contest
Frenchman Jan Blanchard has been in touch about Mitchelstown’s International Wine and Food Festival: “The event is unusual; held on a live farm with exceptional wine makers from Hungary meeting local artisan food (venison, wildboar, iron age pigs, cheeses, apples and more).” 
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND ARTISAN FOOD FESTIVALBALLINWILLIN HOUSE, MITCHELSTOWN, CO CORKHUNGARIAN.  Continue reading »

A good friend of ours in England is starting to experiment with food a little. Never a big fan of hot and spicy food, she is starting to try a few mildly spiced dishes to appreciate the flavour without being put off by too much heat. I’ve always felt that spices should be used to make food taste good, not to prove how macho you are, and that flavour should always come first. With that in mind, here’s a simple, tasty stir-fry dish that won’t blow your head off.  Continue reading »

White Yeast Bread

A post by Nessa Robins at Nessa's Family Kitchen

The recipe below is a basic recipe and once you master this method there are so many different variations you can try. It takes time and patience but once you taste a buttery slice of fresh homemade bread you will agree that it is worth the wait..  Continue reading »

SNOW DAYS!!!

A post by Nessa Robins at Nessa's Family Kitchen

What a wonderful sight upon opening the curtains this morning. Snow as far as the eye could see and more continuing to fall on the already thick blanket. I do love the idea of snow but from a practical point of view it really is most disruptive to daily life. Of course if there was a viable option of curling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and an early viewing of ‘What a Wonderful Life’, I have to admit it would be a tempting way to spend a few hours.  Continue reading »

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread!

A post by KathrynSteed at Chew On That

A while back, I saw a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bread at http://twopeasandtheirpod.com.  The second I saw it, I knew I had to make it!  There’s nothing better than pumpkin and there’s definitely nothing better than chocolate, so putting them together can only end in bliss! Keep reading for more photos and the full recipe!  Continue reading »

Salon des Saveurs

A post by aoifemc at I Can Has Cook?

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Dublin is currently laying beneath a blanket of glistening snow (which is rapidly turning into slush, but I digress…) so spare a thought for those who have organised gig events this week. One which I am hoping to make is on this Thursday at the fantastic Exchange venue in Temple Bar.  Continue reading »

Thanksgiving dinner was jam-packed, so rather than stuff in my dessert photos, I wanted to give them their own post. They deserve it! My personal favorite this year was my aunt’s cheesecake with cherry sauce. Absolutely divine! Oh, and by the way, all the desserts posted are homemade by either one of my aunts, grandmothers, sister or mother!  Continue reading »

So incredibly simple, wonderfully cheap, enormously comforting, and bursting with curative powers, this soup is the perfect antidote to both the snowy weather and any lurking colds or flus. No sweating, no reducing -  this is a Chinese style soup so just cover it with water and boil away. It will take about three minutes to prepare and an hour/ hour and a half to cook.  Continue reading »

So I’m kinda working backwards a little here, but last week was a busy one so there was a LOT to digest (no pun intended!).  After Paris I was back in Dublin before I had time to blink, and just in time to help launch the Stop Food Waste campaign on Tuesday with the lovely Rachel Allen and the incredibly talented Kevin Thornton. The campaign highlights the fact that by using our leftovers we can save money and reduce waste.  Continue reading »

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