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Archive for August, 2011

Cake Kismet

A post by Sharon at Gunternation

Hanging out with foodies is a good thing. You get to bask in a camaraderie of cuisine and take pictures of your plate with impunity. And sometimes you get free cake. On our recent foodie field trip to Eastern Seaboard we met Caryna of Caryna’s Cakes. In the chitchat over our calamari and pig’s cheek,…  Continue reading »

Zucchini Cake

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Years ago, an American friend of my parents used to make this exotic creation and I absolutely loved it.  It was long before zucchinis (or courgettes as we know them on this side of the pond) were freely available so it was a rare and treasured treat.  If you told somebody you were going to make a cake with courgettes, they’d give you a very strange look, shake their head and wander off wondering.  Continue reading »

Feudo Montoni Catarratto Sicily 2009, IGT, 13%, €15.50 (Bubble

Catarratto is one of the most
heavily planted grape varieties in Italy and yet is found only in Sicily but
you’ll be hard pressed to find anything good written about it.

One of the most “positive”
sentences I’ve seen on it comes in Hugh Johnson’s 2011 Pocket Wine Book:
“Sicilian white grape with as yet unrealised potential”.  Continue reading »

It’s Apple Season!

A post by Jennifer at Chew On That

Tomorrow marks the first day of September. This coming weekend is Labor Day weekend, and the weather is beginning to change for fall. Celebrate by making an apple themed dish or dessert, and feel the glorious changes nature has brought us! Keep reading for the recipes!
There are great meal entrees that you can make with apples.  Continue reading »

There are several types of vessels in which the fermentation process can take place. Anything from a small plastic bucket in someones home, to old oak barrels or massive temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. It’s all being done. Here is some more wine-speak around turning juice into wine. (Click here to view part one)
Stainless steel tanks
Most modern wines are today fermented in stainless steel tanks. They certainly have their advantages.  Continue reading »

Look south

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

My summer hols took me to Argentina for most of August. The main things on the agenda were the Iguazu Falls (spectacular), beef (spectacular) and Malbec (surprisingly unspectacular, at least at the price bracket I was drinking). Of course I managed to squeeze in a beer or two as well: I know you’d have been disappointed if I didn’t have a post for you about South American suds. Turns out I have about five of them. You lucky people.  Continue reading »

Last week I went to visit a local cheesemaker, Peter Thomas, who makes the award-winning Bellingham Blue cheese. He also has a big garden and the beginnings of a small orchard, and after admiring all the fruit, he promptly pulled up more rhubarb than I could carry and sent his daughter out to pick a big bowlful of plums and apples to send home with me. With such unexpected bounty (not to mention half of wheel of cheese!), I pulled out this old favorite for dinner.  Continue reading »

Last week the American wine entrepreneur and one of the pioneers of video blogging, Gary Vaynerchuk, announced his retirement from regular wine video content after an amazing run which spanned more than half a decade. He explains in the attached video why he’s made the decision he has.

Vaynerchuk has been described as the first wine guru of the YouTube era, and is considered the most influential wine critic in the United States after Robert Parker.  Continue reading »

My neighbour, Dave (Cheers man) has been dropping off some lovely tomatoes grown with his very own green thumbs in his very own garden recently. As much as I love these puppies I just couldn’t eat them fast enough before they might take a turn so being the Irishman I am I made pasta sauce…obviously. The beauty about making a sauce like this with in season tomatoes is I can freeze the sauce and have lovely fresh tasting tomato sauce later in the year. Beautious.  Continue reading »

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We were due to depart from the USA on Sunday, but our flights were cancelled due to Hurricane Irene so we are now scheduled to leave on this coming Sunday the 4th. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share some cherry-licious photos from our tour of Door County last week.
Even though it’s late in the season, the trees at Hyland Orchard still had pretty + tart Montgomery cherries ready to be picked by curious little hands.  Continue reading »

Chef Factor is
back for 2011!

L-R: Sully, last year’s winner Christine Crowley, Rachel Allen and Cully.

Colum O’Sullivan, of Cully & Sully, has been in touch with the news that the Chef Factor is to return this autumn.  Continue reading »

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It’s that time of the year again’ the Blue Fin Tuna are passing by our shores again a little earlier than last year, I got a phone call late last night saying there was a boat landing early in the morning in Castletownshend with a large Tuna on board so of course I said yes as it is great to welcome them back and as we only have them for a few weeks each year it is a great treat, and an honour to have fish like this on our shores.  Continue reading »

de la Dame La Stèle Blanc 2010, Vin de Pays des Alpilles, 13.5%, €9.20 at
the vineyard.

“One day, the sea will recover the land and will
stop at the Stèle (stone marker) of Mas de la Dame. So spoke Nostradamus.

The sea could well one day sweep up the flatlands
of the Camargue and head for the historic farmhouse (mas) of la Dame. So I
thought I’d help myself to some of their organic wine this summer during my
hols in Provence.  Continue reading »

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Read all about the products we’ve tested so that you don’t have to! There is a variety of snacks that are good for the on-the-go woman or that can even be used for a quick breakfast. Some of these products will be included in upcoming giveaways!
Wheat Thins Stix are a new product that is easy to pack for a snack and also incredibly tasty! The Chipotle Pepper variety had a big kick that kept me going in the afternoon.  Continue reading »

Megan is a professional photographer who lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband James.  You can check out her beautifully illustrated blog Veggies and Me for lots of delicious vegetarian ideas…  Megan has a fresh and delicious little vegetarian menu which she has kindly shared here!

My name is Megan… I have been cooking since I can remember and a vegetarian almost as long. One side of my family is into photography and the other side is into food.  Continue reading »

Tom Cannavan of online magazine Wine-Pages just beat me to a report on Croatian wines but here is mine anyway, a day late but hopefully not a dollar short.  Continue reading »

The Method

Cook the quinoa as per the packet instructions. Set the cooked quinoa aside and allow to cool. Blanch the green beans and refresh them in cold water to keep the bright green colour.

Add the flesh from the mangos, balsamic vinegar, basil leaves and olive oil to a large jug and blend with a hand blender briefly.

Add the cold quinoa, beans and salad leaves to a large bowl. Pour a generous amount of the mango dressing onto the salad and toss.  Continue reading »