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Happy thanksgiving from Chew on That Blog!  We hope you have a fantastic holiday full of friends, family, and (of course) food!!
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New Zealand’s not all about Sauvignon Blanc, and it’s certainly not all about Marlborough. With the Marlborough region getting all the limelight in our Christmas sale, we thought it only fair that we give Waipara and Nelson a chance to show off. After all, this is where the true wine drinkers go.  Continue reading »

Is time moving extra-quickly because the end of days are upon us?  It doesn’t seem like a full two weeks since M&S last ran this offer.  It’s a good thing though.  I’d say we could all use a bottle of reasonably priced wine and some comfort food this weekend.
Dine in for Two for €12.50 starts today and runs till Tuesday.  The full menu is available, as ever, on the M&S website.  Continue reading »

The lucky winner of a pair Taste of Christmas tickets, courtesy of Marks & Spencer, as chosen by the random number generator is:

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Timestamp: 2010-11-24 23:13:40 UTC

So congratulations John Murphy! You and a friend have won free entry to the Dublin Convention Centre for this festive event. We hope it brings some holiday cheer at the end of this particularly grim week.  Continue reading »

Vibrant hybrid weizen

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

More off-kilter wheat beer today. Herr Unertl of the eponymous brewery in eastern Bavaria visited Ireland a few weeks ago and scattered bottles of Unertl Ursud wherever he went. This one was left in The Bull & Castle and given to me by Geoff the manager.
It’s a strong dunkelweiss at 5.8% ABV and really quite interesting. It shows lots of the fruity yeast character you’d expect from a weiss, plus an added layer of caramel from the dark malts.  Continue reading »

A guest post by Blake Creedon……..
Blake’s Favourite Fifty AustraliansMy blog and my column in the Irish Examiner can never provide what they set out to inspire — namely, the pleasure of a glass of fine wine in good company.So I was delighted to accept an opportunity offered to me by John McDonnell of Wine Australia Ireland earlier this summer.  They’ve given me free rein to pick a few dozen.  Continue reading »

This month was my first time taking part in the Irish Foodies Cookalong and the theme was ‘winter warmers’. Hmm, I thought when presented with the challenge, what’s my idea of a winter warmer?
I very rarely eat meat so the obvious option of stews, boeuf bourguinon and such were off my menu.  Continue reading »

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Christmas music is playing on the radio, Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I’m getting pumped for this holiday season! I love browsing through all the holiday food articles on the web, and I found one that really sparked my interest. Boston.com came up with their very own A to Z Guide to Sides. They’re all perfect for Thanksgiving, and it got me thinking about delicious turkey day desserts, so I decided to put my own spin on this idea and create an A-Z Guide to Thanksgiving Desserts.  Continue reading »

A few months back, Adam Baker of Roma supplied quite a lot of food bloggers with Roma Pizza and Pasta Flour.
Unfortunately it got side-lined here until relatively recently. But we were delighted when we tackled it. Not just us. There are a few pizza eating twenty somethings around the house and they instantly spotted the difference. This homemade one (mozzarella and salami) was.  Continue reading »

(photo courtesy of the Food Network)
New Yorker Marc Forgione has been named an Iron Chef and he’s here to dish! Read our interview with Marc to find out about the most difficult challenge, which Iron Chefs he’d like to battle, and an embarrassing moment that you didn’t see!

Marc will begin his reign as Iron Chef with an Iron Chef America battle on Sunday, November 28th at 10 pm ET/PT on Food Network. Click here to learn more about the show!  Continue reading »

Pecan Pie!

A post by Arlene at The Fuzzy Times

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This dish is great for Sunday lunch, you have to try it. I use a full litre of stout and gently simmer on the hob for around two and a half hours. The sauce reduces and meat becomes really tender. No stock cubes needed here! Eat with plenty of floury spuds, a cut of bread, or a pint of the black stuff.  Continue reading »

Ah, Edinburgh…what a city! 

Last August, I spent five days there for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – which I wrote about here – and last week I spent another five days in what is swift becoming one of my favourite cities. This time around, I went on a budget trip with my boyfriend Cormac and we stayed at my sister Laura’s house.  Continue reading »

Most of life’s great decisions come from having absolutely no prior knowledge as to how something is going to turn out.  That was most certainly the case over the weekend.  You might remember earlier this year I got roped into cooking for 800 hungry Parisians for an event on a small island in the west of the city with Le Fooding magazine sponsored by our very own Bord Bia.  Well after the huge success at Chalet Des Illes, the delightful Noreen Lanigan, decided she wanted more abuse from me and decided, being a blogger I would be the right person to demonstrate at the third annual Salon Du Blog Culinaire, an event organized by a cookery school north of Paris in the little town of Soissons, in November.  The event is quite unique and very timely with the amount of food blogs continually on the increase.  It invites lots of France’s finest food bloggers to demonstrate their favorite dishes and kitchen techniques in a fairly manic two day period watched on by fellow bloggers eager for culinary inspiration.  During the summer I had the opportunity to meet a group of France’s top food bloggers who were on a visit to Ireland to discover the fantastic conditions our lovely animals enjoy before they head off the little farm in the sky and onto our supermarket shelves.  To put things in perspective here, unlike our own Irish food blogging community which, while thriving and very rapidly increasing in numbers, this group of French food bloggers were 10 of over a thousand.  These guys were the cream of crop and are well and truly established with tens of thousands of visitors a day, numerous cookbooks and iPhone and iPad Apps.  Not surprising really from a nation who takes so much pride and passion in their cooking that they would be willing to fall out with each other over a bad Boeuf Bourginon! 
After our visit to the farm, I demonstrated some of our traditional Irish dishes, including Irish stew, brown bread and roast lamb, and was gently reminded again that Noreen had plans for me in November…

Clare Clinton who is interning at Bord Bia’s Paris office got the ball rolling earlier this month with emails back and forth to decide the best recipes to show off our finest meat and fish products.  Despite me dragging my feet, we eventually decided upon 6 dishes to cook and impress the French food bloggers, including mussels in Irish cider, crab claws with chilli, garlic and lemon, roast shoulder of lamb with rosemary and garlic, a good auld Irish stew and to mix things up a little an oriental steak salad and spicy Beef fahitas. 

Myself and Maeve Desmond, who I’m sure many of your may have met at Bloom or the Irish Food blogger event in May, flew to Paris on Friday evening just in time for a late dinner in a beautiful restaurant very close to La Bon Marché.  The restaurant proudly serves Irish beef alongside some French classics and the quite adventurous dishes I chose including Carpaccio of veal tongue served with a salsa and for mains Pieds et Pacque d’agneau which on the English menu I was reading from was translated as feet and packets of lamb.  I’m  big believer in always trying something different in another country rather than something familiar but unfortunately sometimes it doesn’t always work out the way I had planned.  The veal tongue had a very interesting texture and flavor and was complimented quite nicely by the salsa it was served and was definitely worth the chance of trying, however the Lamb feet and packets, left a little to be desired… The packets turned out to be a strange little dumplings of finely minced pork wrapped in what looked very much like tripe and actually tasted quite nice, but the feet had about as much meat on them as my little finger.  Maeve and Noreen played it safe and benefited from doing so with Maeve going for an amazing long wooden platter of beautifully sliced ham and of the Irish beef and Noreen choosing a lentil salad to start followed by the most amazing French black pudding which was really rich and velvety, a stark contrast to what we are used to with a fry!  Dessert was a financier de poivre, an individual little flat cake with pear and île flottante a big dollop of fluffy egg white and sugar which was served floating in a dish of vanilla cream and topped with a caramel sauce.  After all that we rolled our way back to our hotel ahead of the six o’clock start on Saturday morning. 

There is one thing I don’t do and that is early mornings, sure I can be full of energy first thing but I fade fairly rapidly during the day!  Noreen runs a tight ship let me tell you (This woman has a tractor license!), so at 7.06 with toothbrush still in mouth, I answered to phone to a bright and sparky Noreen who wanted to know were I was!  Rushing out the door and out onto the streets of Paris, I stumbled on Noreen and Clare (and a sleepy Maeve!) negotiating the boot of the car with Irish posters, recipe booklets and of course the suitcases.  We were all bundled into the car and then the real fun started- our departure from Paris was fairly comical not helped of course by the GPS which took us on the wrong road at least twice.  Continue reading »

Vol au Vents a la Ken (or Marks and Spencer)

When it comes to cooking at home, I do a lot of it. It’s something I love doing, something I very much enjoy and something I’ve got absolutely no problem with. Most weekend mornings I’ll be the one asking “what would you like for breakfast” or “fancy some pancakes” or “have you can any onions left, I’ve got a great idea for your lunch”… that kind of thing.  Continue reading »

To celebrate the launch of our Christmas party six bottle mixed case, we are giving away a €49 voucher on our Facebook page everyday for the month of November. This voucher can be used on our 6 bottle case, or how you like on curiouswines.ie. To play, simply “Like” our Facebook page and answer our ridiculously easy questions to be in the draw to win.

Questions 15-22
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You only have two more days to figure out what to make for your Thanksgiving feast, but don’t panic yet! We have 2 awesome menus right here waiting for you. Now the planning is over, you just need to start cooking!  Continue reading »