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Archive for February, 2011

Get your pancake fix in tomorrow at IHOP! To celebrate National Pancake Day, the breakfast chain is offering a free short stack of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at participating stores all over the country. IHOP is also asking its customers to consider donating to its favorite charity, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. More after the jump!  Continue reading »

Make Your Own Veggie Samosas!

A post by KathrynSteed at Chew On That

While plenty of Indian dishes are very nutritious and diet-friendly, Indian cuisine also has its share of fried foods.  Onion bhajis, for example, are tasty little nuggets made of fried, shredded onions.  My all-time favorite fried Indian food, however, is vegetable samosas.  Who can resist these tiny triangles filled with potatoes and veggies?  I certainly can’t, which is why I’d like to share my favorite recipe for these fun appetizers.  Continue reading »

Elys ‘Big Tasting’

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

I went along to ‘The Big Tasting’ in Ely (IFSC) last Friday (18th Feb) night with a few friends and had a great time. We went to the ‘late session’ tasting from 7.30 til 9.30 and then stayed on for dinner afterwards. The tasting itself was really well organized. For €15, we got to taste through an eclectic, high quality, selection from across the world. Erik Robson also opened a few crackers from the Ely vaults.  Continue reading »

Italian Lemon Trifle

A post by likemamusedtobake at like mam used to bake

So it has been FREEZING here in Dublin since time began.  Well maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it feels like that at this stage following the freezing temperatures of winter that seem to be dragging on into spring.  Over the last week, while the temperatures have remained more than chilly, the sky has turned the most beautiful shade of blue and a strange light has flooded the earth.  That light my dear friends is the sun.  I know, I had almost forgotten what it looked like too.  But it’s back, and it is more than welcome.  I hope it is settling in for a bright and warm year ahead and doesn’t plan on hiding behind the clouds too much. 
With sunny skies warming my skin I had a longing for some fresh tastes.  The cold and grey winter days called for heavy, warming, comforting foods but this change in the weather has brought a longing for lighter flavours to refresh both palate and mind.  Mr.  Continue reading »

Sorry, I’ve been a wee bit busy- to say the least – the past few weeks, so I neglected to inform you of Superquinn’s amazing Seafood Festival.
It’s mostly just half price hake, cod, and tiger prawns, but you’ll also find sea bass and sea bream fillets for the bargain price of just €2. But Superquinn’s fish is very, very easily the best in any supermarket; indeed it beats that of many fishmongers. I’ll be stocking the freezer.  Continue reading »

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Some good €1 specials in SuperValu at the moment, valid until Saturday March 5. Click here for details.
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That’s my blog, so it is…

No, I’m not talking about boxing… I’ve just found out that my little blog has made the shortlist in the Food/Drink category of the Irish Blog Awards 2011 organised by the wonderful Mr.  Continue reading »

That’s my blog, so it is…

No, I’m not talking about boxing… I’ve just found out that my little blog has made the shortlist in the Food/Drink category of the Irish Blog Awards 2011 organised by the wonderful Mr.  Continue reading »

The death toll is continuing to rise from last weeks devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. The official number is over 100 confirmed dead, with more than 200 people still missing.
Joyce Austin, our New Zealand wine woman on the ground, has been keeping us informed of the latest and the pictures on the news don’t even seem to do the situation justice any more. It’s a real tragedy words can’t sum up.  Continue reading »

Superb herbs!

I’ve done some stewpid things in my life. Here are a few:
·          I tried to pin a balloon to something – I was only 5, but still… doh!  Continue reading »

I know that some people have misgivings about our soon-to-be Taoiseach, but I can set minds at rest regarding his stance on ice cream, since we have photographic proof that he’s supportive of this particular confection. Upwards and onwards…

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Monster of rock

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

It’s all been a bit grim on the British beer front on this blog of late: crap from such luminaries as Sheps, I&G and some bunch in Yorkshire who don’t understand lager. Perusing the shelves of the offy (yes, I’m back on that topic again), there’s not much by way of exciting British beer. Nothing from Thornbridge, or Otley, or The Kernel. Not even anything interesting from the MolsonCoors family, and they’re running an office over here. Cuh!  Continue reading »

CAFÉ ANRAITH

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD IN CORK

CAFÉ ANRAITH 
Fresh, handmade and local. That is the motto for Café Anraith  in Cork’s English Market.
The Market itself was buzzing this Saturday morning, particularly busy at On the Pig’s Back and also upstairs in the Farmgate Cafe.
Needing a coffee boost, we headed for this comfortable little spot that uses the Irish language a good deal, at least in its literature. Anraith by the way means.  Continue reading »

Every family has its own set of favorite meals and often its owns way of labeling them. Case in point, when my husband asks for “Thomas Jefferson’s chicken” what he really wants is gratin de volaille pavillon, a fancy name for the best chicken and noodles you’ll ever eat.  Continue reading »

This soup came from our garden. Em, from two leeks the size of pencils to be precise. Both have been looking guiltily at me in their rain-soaked winter soil so I threw them into a soup with some (intake of breath) – shop bought leeks and potato.

Being a food and gardening fan I can’t help feeling guilty when I load up in the local vegetable shop, and even moreso in the supermarket.  Continue reading »

This soup came from our garden. Em, from two leeks the size of pencils to be precise. Both have been looking guiltily at me in their rain-soaked winter soil so I threw them into a soup with some (intake of breath) – shop bought leeks and potato.

Being a food and gardening fan I can’t help feeling guilty when I load up in the local vegetable shop, and even moreso in the supermarket.  Continue reading »

Part 2 on Peak Phosphorus. (Again, the North African element makes this all the more pertinent than it was when I wrote this piece, due to the uprisings going on in that part of the world. Appears here exclusively.

For part one see here

Farming supplies of phosphorus come mostly from one part of the world – Morocco. They are also finite. A new Soil Association report suggests a peak in availability by 2033, as well as significant environmental concerns with current use in agriculture.  Continue reading »

As I’m writing, Joe Ryan and his team are busy tending to their vineyards, mowing and trimming, before they cover their vines with nets. If they don’t net the entire vineyard, starlings will devour their entire crop before harvest. Such is the ebb and flow between man and nature.
Joe Ryan’s family are fourth generation New Zealanders now. His great great grandfather arrived in New Zealand in 1874.  Continue reading »

Magical Marinara Sauce

A post by Babaduck at Babaduck

We do love pizza a lot at Maison Baba, and next week when I get my new swanky Bosch oven, I’m sure to love it even more (because the current one has a nasty habit of burning anything unlucky enough to be in the corner).  One of my lovely work colleagues who I shall call Mrs. M, very kindly gave me a recipe for marinara sauce which she thinks is sheer perfection, so I decided to give it a whirl yesterday.  Continue reading »