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Yes, I know the Fourth of July is coming up and I should be focusing on All-American desserts, but I can’t help myself!  Mexican desserts are so tasty!  They usually can be filed under one of three different categories: fried, cinnamon-y, or fruity (I prefer when they’re all three, though!)  Keep reading to read about my faves and get great recipes!
Chilly Treats
Cold desserts are always welcome on a hot summer’s day!  Continue reading »

February to April mark prime time for the annual grape harvest in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Chile, but those countries landing north of the equator in the northern hemisphere typically harvest August – October. This grants winemakers the opportunity to travel during their quiet time and acquire additional experience and share ideas. See The Flying Winemakers.
This is a snap shot of a year in the life of a French vigneron.  Continue reading »

When everyone is crowded around the grill this weekend celebrating Fourth of July, don’t just settle for the usual fatty foods like brats and burgers for your meal. With these tips, you’ll be suggesting extraordinarily tasty grilling options that put a new spin on summer and healthy dining that even the guys will enjoy.

Add some vegetables to the grill!
1. Cut fresh vegetables such as peppers, zucchini, and yellow squash into thick strips.  Continue reading »

Well why ever not! It closes today, so be quick about it. I’m off to see if I can snap one quickly and get my own entry in. Link is here: http://www.bestinseason.ie/home/strawberry-picture-competition/ You can win a weekend for two at … Continue reading →.  Continue reading »

The Trinket Box

A post by rosanne at

I’ve developed a new addiction over the past year.  While I used to spend all of my spare sheckles on clothes or make up or pretty sparkly things I now find I am increasingly spending them on props.  For those of you saying “what in the name of God are props?”, they are the pretty little dishes and various other accessories that appear in the photos on the blog.  You might call them homewares, but for the purposes of saving my poor husbands sanity when he sees another bag coming into the house that is going to take up space in our already cluttered little home I have taken to calling them props.  You see, if they are a necessity for the blog, technically I NEED them, and they are not just a frivolous purchase and another item to gather dust on a shelf.  More and more when I get that look from him I find myself trotting out the standard line, “What?  It’s for the blog”, the food bloggers equivalent of, “This, I have this ages, remember I wore it to that party”.  Continue reading »

LORGE AT LARGE
In a rural setting, between Kenmare and Glengarriff, in a Kerry village called Bonane, a French chef called Benoit Lorge makes exquisite chocolates that end up in all corners of the world.
This success story started back in 1995 and goes on and on. They ship worldwide via their website  while local stockists here in Cork are Nash 19 (Princes Street) and the Sugar Cafe (Washington Street).  Continue reading »

The Method

Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.

Place the sweet potato and halloumi slices on a large plate and then drizzle with olive oil and scatter with the garlic and chilli. Season with ground black pepper.

Toss each slice in oil so it’s coated and then place on a medium-high heat on the barbecue. Cook the halloumi until it has golden brown score marks, then turn to cook the other side.  Continue reading »

We do tend to throw the B-word around rather indiscriminately. It generally means a very full-bodied, estery, slightly yeasty kind of thing: cloudy, funky, and available in any colour from pale Duvel-yellow to dark Rochefort-brown. Hoppy it ain’t, despite even the new wave of American inspired hop-driven Belgian ales; and there’s certainly nothing you’d call “clean” in the profile.  Continue reading »

Crossogue Preserves

A post by Kristin at Edible Ireland

Strawberry and champagne. Blackcurrant and Irish stout. Gooseberry and elderflower. Connemara Irish whiskey heather marmalade. They might only be the names of jams, but to me it practically sounds like poetry. They’re also just some of the 80+ products made by hand by Crossogue Preserves.

Veronica Molloy came to making preserves in a roundabout way. Born and raised in Kenya, she then trained as a nurse in England.  Continue reading »

I love Japanese food. In fact, if I had to choose just one nation’s cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, I might choose to eat the food of Japan.
Sadly for me, Ireland isn’t home to very many Japanese people and as a result, we don’t have a huge amount of Japanese restaurants. This means that whenever I happen upon one, I simply have to sample the food.  Continue reading »

Coq au vin

A post by Keith at Eat me Drink me

Unfotunatley no pics for this unexpected return to form post, but we’ll plunge on regardless. Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes.The Gorgeous C and I cooked up a gnarly, mean, bitter and pugnacious old cockerel during the week, It’s quite a thing to cook a thing you’ve killed. I’m not going to come over all Hugh Firmly Whippngboy about the whole affair, but it is a difficult thing to do.We.  Continue reading »

“Pressures will come to bear on the organic sector too – resources will be less plentiful”. In the clearest signal yet that Departmental funding for the organic sector will be cut, Tony Burke, representing the Minister with responsibility for food, horticulture, forestry and organic food, Shane McEntee, uttered these words during his speech to the National Organic Conference in Limerick last week.  Continue reading »

Totally Tipperary ~ June 25

A post by Karen @ Follow the Food Link at Follow the Food Link

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That is my mother in law’s butter knife….isn’t it darling? She is originally from Cork and has various sets of  beautiful and very old Cork cutlery at the farm.
So, this week I learned how to make cheese! I have been wanted to attempt this for quite some time and it just so happened that right before my butter demo at Totally Tipperary, a lovely woman was teaching the crowd how to make easy ricotta and paneer cheeses.  Continue reading »

Gregans Castle

A post by caitrionaw at Caitrionaw's Blog

Gregans Castle Hotel

If you are in need of a treat you need look no further. Gregans Castle Hotel, in Ballyvaughan, is just the place for a perfect escape from the madness of city life. It is a boutique hotel situated in a prime location with vistas down to the Atlantic Ocean. There is an emphasis on quietness and there are no television sets or radios in the bedrooms or in the public areas.  Continue reading »

Totally Tipperary

A post by sheila kiely at Gimmetherecipe

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Waste not Want Not Summer Salads
50% of Lettuce we buy ends up in the bin! – FACT

With barbecues and salad days fast approaching Stop Food Waste reminds you that 50% of the lettuce we buy ends up in the bin. While a head of lettuce may seem cheap at around under €1 you can see how quickly this amount of waste can add up in euros over time. The STOP Food Waste programme is funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP).  Continue reading »

There was no Champagne served at the recent state banquet for President Obama’s visit to Britain. Instead, the world’s most powerful man was treated to a sparkling white from Sussex. Doesn’t sound terribly glamorous, does it? Well, the English would beg to differ.
Champagne is a cool climate region, which is what helps achieve that refreshing trademark acidity. Vineyards on the south coast of England are just a couple of hundred miles from the Champagne region.  Continue reading »

Soy Garlic Chicken

A post by rosanne at

I know this blog is all about the baking but I mentioned this recipe on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and some people have asked for it so I thought it would be easier to blog it than send it out to everyone.  Normal cakey blogging will resume on Friday.  Continue reading »

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and I’m extra excited to indulge in some All-American foods this weekend!  Because I’m not a super experienced chef, I’m always looking for easy recipes (even on the Fourth of July!) Here are 10 simple and patriotic recipes you should try this holiday weekend.  Continue reading »