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Archive for May, 2011

Hark the Herold lager thing

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

My recent review of Krombacher Dark was the second time I realised I’ve never put up a review of Herold Dark, despite having been drinking it in The Czech Inn and Pifko since before Christmas. Upon realising this, I found an idle moment to drop by The Czech Inn and take my time over a pint to figure out how it works. With a few lines of notes taken I went on my way. And then completely forgot about it again.  Continue reading »

Sometimes I love being on the “mommy track” but recently juggling kids and a career seems like the craziest idea I ever had. The last few months have been terribly stressful at work. I’ve barely had time or energy to cook. You might have noticed this downward culinary slide due to my lack of recent posts (sorry, Kristin). Luckily, I have a handful of make ahead recipes to help me through these rough patches. This is my newest–and favorite.  Continue reading »

Risi e Bisi Soup

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

This sounds very posh and Italian but it’s actually a Venetian pea and rice soup.  I suppose it’s a take on a very liquid risotto as it uses the exact same ingredients : onion, arborio rice, stock & butter but it’s ramped up with lots of pancetta, peas & parmesan.  It’s light but substantial all at the same time and would make a perfect Summer lunch with some good bread to mop up the last of the soup in the bowl.  Continue reading »

Yuk Sung

A post by TheGlutton at Gluttony for Beginners

In my last post I mentioned how similar I thought Donal Skehan’s Asian Pork Lettuce Cups were to one of our favourite Chinese restaurant starters, Yuk Sung.  My husband would happily ‘eat a bucket’ of this stuff (his words!) and I believe him.  I once tried a recipe that I found online that required boiling the pork mince first and it was a bit long winded, the results weren’t anything like the Yuk Sung I was used to and my fried rice noodles were too greasy, so when I tried Donal’s Asian Pork Lettuce Cups I decided this would be the ideal starting point to making Yuk Sung and with just a few little tweaks the results tasted exactly like the restaurant version.  After trying Donal’s Pork Lettuce Cups I prefer this type of dish without the fried rice noodles – it is so much lighter.  Continue reading »

If winning a case of wine and/or scoring tickets to Taste of Dublin are of interest to you, then you’ll want to stick around until (or just skip straight to) the end of this post. That’s all I’m sayin’…

Yes, we have gotten to that time of year where I think my calendar might actually burst. There are a multitude of things going on in June, each one tastier than the next.  Continue reading »

Ice cream buns

A post by Sio at Cake Creations

I seen these in a magazine and had to give them a try. They were so easy, barely more tricky than standard buns with a buttercream swirl and look great! I took them to a barbecue which seemed the perfect venue.

I used my usual bun recipe with a slight twist. It made 10 cones.  Continue reading »

Lemon & Poppyseed Cake

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

This cake has been on my mind for the last week because the uber-talented Sharon Hearne-Smith (food stylist, home economist, new mama to Pearly Pie & diva singer) has been looking for poppy seeds in vain.  As usual, I fell over a packet of them in Marks the other day so I bought a packet and decided to make the cake.  Continue reading »


A post by Sio at Cake Creations

Sometimes the easiest things are just what you need. Fifteens aren’t even baking, simply mixing and chilling but everyone seems to love them. I suppose it’s the nostalgia from school dinners!  Continue reading »

Foodie Roundup #26

IT’S A wet-ish, or at least looks like it’s going to rain, Sunday morning in Kilkenny and after a few weekends of evening reading, it’s time for some Sunday morning reading with this week’s foodie round. There’s talk of coffee, cooking and more to set you up for the day, plus it gives you a chance to read some Irish food blogs that you may have missed in the past.  Continue reading »

Here is the clip with me cooking live on Ireland AM. I will tell you all about it tomorrow.  Continue reading »

Ken's Tuna Egg Noodles (Serves 4)

In an effort to a) cook more at home this week to cut down the lunch and dinner spends and b) use up whatever food I had in the press before looking to attack them with cleaning gusto at the weekend, I’ve come up with a noodle dish that turns out to be rather tasty.  Continue reading »

A Ladies Lunch at Saba

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

I have a group of long-distance friends who I first met on the iconic website Beaut.ie – we come from near & far and we meet up every few months for a very leisurely ladies lunch where we eat lovely food, drink far too much and natter away about everything and nothing.  This is, of course, in addition to our daily emails where some of them act as shopping enablers, offering encouragement to others contemplating buying “stuff”.  Continue reading »

Fontanario de Pegoes Palmela DO Reserva 2007 (Portugal), 14%, €16.99 stockists

Three grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and local Tourigan Nacional, and mainly Castelao are used to produce this full bodied smooth red from the Palmela region of Portugal. It spends 12 months in French and American oak barrels, followed by 2 years in bottle before release.

I reckon it is well worth the wait. Colour is dark ruby with black berry fruits on the nose. On the palate, it is soft and velvety. Berries, plums and spice and more combining here to give a lovely mouthfeel and a very pleasant finish. Yet another well balanced wine -it has rich tannins- that underlines the quality and value now coming out of this Portuguese winery, under the direction of Jamie Quendarao.

Starting on Wednesday and running every  Wednesday and Saturday for the month of June, you can get a feel for how it’s done in Spain or Basque country with the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail.
What is the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail?
It’s about bringing a bit of the culinary experience, not just the food, of Spain to Ireland. In practical terms, this means having a few tasty bites in one spot, washed down with a small glass of wine, before moving on to the next restaurant.  Continue reading »

To the Darkside

A post by Thomas at Black Cat Brewery

It’s always nice to find a twist in the mundane. I long ago started overlooking Krombacher Pils when gazing into pub fridges or perusing shop shelves. Many other lagers do exactly what it does and some of them do it much better. It makes me an ingrate I know, because at one time it was a welcome beer and I was happy to have it as an alternative to the macro lagers that swamped the Irish beerscape.  Continue reading »

So I am not a massive fan of coffee (bad foodie, I know) but after Inishfood and our great tutorial I was intrigued. Well I know a lady who loves her coffee, and she recently acquired an aeropress and boy is she smitten. So she decided to write a review for me as I’m terrible…  Continue reading »

Bloom in the park

A post by Cake in the country at Cake in the country..

Well hello there. It’s been a bit quiet around here recently due to my four weeks of exams which are almost almost over. But I must alert you all to the fact that it’s that time of the year again- time for Bloom in the Park! It runs in the Phoenix Park from next Thursday…  Continue reading »


A post by caitrionaw at Caitrionaw's Blog


I was on the point of throwing away my copy of The Dubliner – 100 Best Restaurants because we’d had a few uninspired meals at restaurants named therein. However, we decided to have another go and, as we  were going to see a show at the Gaiety Theatre, we opted to book a pre-theatre meal at Peploes on Stephen’s Green.
We arrived punctually, well almost. We were three minutes late for a five thirty booking.  Continue reading »

On Wednesday 18th Bubble Brothers had a fabulous dinner planned in Les Gourmandises.   Unfortunately, and due to no fault of anybody involved, cancellations rolled in over six days and we had to make the regrettable decision not to proceed with the planned event.

Enrique just can’t stop talking about his wines!  Continue reading »

Butter Biscuits

A post by rosanne at

We are in full communion season at the moment.  I have attended a communion party for the past two Saturdays and driving around on weekends the streets are dotted with little girls in pristine white gúnas and little boys in three piece suits.  Communions have changed since my day (Jaysus I’m really starting to age spouting statements like that, wah?!).  Today it is customary for parents to throw a party at home complete with bouncy castle, caterers and marquees or hire a function room in a pub or hotel.  The favourite saying of aul wans in attendance is, “janey macks, the communions are like weddings these days, what will they be like when they are actually getting married?”.  They take it in turns to say this as they sit and sip their glass of wine or vodka and tonic so that it can be heard every five minutes or so, and it is usually accompanied by a tut to emphasise the frivolity of it all.  They didn’t have the money for such extravagance in their day, indeed my own husband (an ancient 32yr old) doesn’t miss an opportunity to regale me with stories of how on his communion day he got the bus to Fairview Park to have his picture taken in the ‘rose garden’ and he had to pay the bus fare home out of his communion money.  It would bring a tear to your eye, wouldn’t it?  Continue reading »