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Archive for October, 2011

Well because Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve really got way too much stuff to give away between now and Christmas I’m going to start these random book competitions I’ve got loads more planned, some of them have nothing to do with food, but they all link into Christmas.
I’ve gotten my hands on Weber’s Complete Barbecue Book, one that I have renamed the barbecue bible.  Continue reading »

The first time I made this cake, it was an unqualified success, both at home and in work.  Indeed, one of my now ex-colleagues told me last week that she missed this so much, she was thinking about making it herself!
Because Halloween is fast approaching, I decided to spook the cake up by adding a touch of orange for taste and colour, and used some of the orange sparkle gel icing I bought on.  Continue reading »

Organiser Barrie Tyner (with the large bottle) at the Beer/Cheese event at the Midleton Farmers Market today Saturday.  Continue reading »

Well because Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve really got way too much stuff to give away between now and Christmas I’m going to start these random book competitions I’ve got loads more planned, some of them have nothing to do with food, but they all link into Christmas.
I’ve gotten my hands on Weber’s Complete Barbecue Book, one that I have renamed the barbecue bible.  Continue reading »

A traditional Irish Halloween description, complete with Irish Barmbrack recipe. Continue reading →.  Continue reading »

It’s the only time of the year I find myself buying crappy sweets and boxes of cheap chocolates to give away – feeling under pressure to play the game. But our kids don’t need more sugar – so I’m going to try amd make a workable list of alternatives…

Why not give out other little gifts? Pens, pencils, balloons, fake tattoos, stickers – or even tooth brushes!!!  Continue reading »

Marisco Vineyard’s The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2010 has scooped a trio of gold medals at three leading international wine shows this month, on the back of picking up gold at the Sydney Top 100 in November 2010. The multi award-winning wine won gold medals at the prestigious Mundus Vini competition in Germany, International Wine & Spirits Challenge in the UK, and Austrian Wine Challenge.  Continue reading »

 
The night of ghosts and ghouls is almost upon us.  Shops are chocca block full of monkey nuts, pumpkins and toffee apples.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of monkey nuts as a kid, I’m still not, but I did like an aul toffee apple at Halloween.  They don’t make them the way they used to though, they’re not quite the tooth breakers of my youth.  I decided to try a little twist on the humble toffee apple this year to turn it into a dessert.  Continue reading »

 1000s of SOUPS!
Soups to cosy up to
That cool autumn air makes a mug of warming
soup all the more inviting, and we’ve over 1000 Soup recipes to try!
Share your favourite
soup.  Continue reading »

Listing intently at Foodcamp, courtesy of Babaduck

This time last year myself and Kristin of Edible Ireland/Dinner du Jour were just after launching the Irish Food Bloggers Association. We had spent months planning and designing and coding the website, with the help of Súil Design, and it was ready for its grand unveiling at the Savour Kilkenny Foodcamp.  Continue reading »

Snowballs

A post by Sio at Cake Creations

I have a feeling these are called something else everywhere else as finding a recipe online came up with lots of interesting but completely different recipes. This is a family one and produces quite a similar result to the shop bought ones. If you’ve never had them they’re light, drier sponge, sandwiched with jam and with an icing and coconut covering. Sounds weird but is lovely. A drink (tea being perfect) is reccommended due to the dryness and coconut.  Continue reading »

Hello all, yes I know it is still October and normally I refuse all mention of the C-word until at least 1st December but some things just have to be done in advance.
In the past few years I’ve made an 6 or 8in cake which I’ve shared out between family once I could bear cutting it. That said there’s always enough that people get a bit fed up so this year I have made 3 small 8oz cakes from Mary Berry’s book.  Continue reading »

Oh dear, I have been neglectful! Unfortunately trying to eat healthily and baking son’t always go hand in hand. I have been in the kitchen though so will try and back date my posts over the next week.

First off to put us in the Halloween mood: Toffee apple cupcakes. I got the recipe from the book ‘Eat Me’ by Xanthe Milton, also where the ice cream cones came from.  Continue reading »

Kerli Estnurm , Mike Ryan and Kate O’Donovan at THE CORNSTORE CORK
Cornstore Restaurant - 
awards finalist twice in one week
It’s been an exciting week for the Cornstore Restaurant Group with the Cornstore Cork restaurant selected as a finalist for one of the Irish hospitality industry’s highest honours; the prestigious Hotel & Catering Review ‘Gold Medal Award for Casual Dining’. On top.  Continue reading »

If your yet to make something with pumpkin then now is your chance. Now is really the only time you’ll see pumpkins available in stores, so why not make the most of it. You’ll pick one up for €2-3, just add a few more ingredients to the pot and you’ve got an amazing autumn soup! If like most people you fear the pumpkin, you can of course use butternut squash instead.
Method

Preheat the oven to 200˚C.  Continue reading »

Samuel Guibert was in Ireland last week for wine tastings in Tipperary and Cork. He’s the head winemaker of  legend of the Languedoc, or the “Grand Cru of the Midi”, Mas de Daumas Gassac. Started by his father and mother in 1971, he has since joined the business with two of his brothers, Roman and Gaël. When he’s not making wine or flying around the globe talking about making wine he’s a busy father of two sons and a daughter.  Continue reading »

BEER AND CHEESE MATCH
at Midleton Farmers Market
Barry Tyner has been busy organising:
“This Saturday we are having a celebration of Irish Farmhouse Cheeses and Craft Beers at the Midleton Farmers Market. That means a big tasting table set up and everyone gets to sample for free.We are also having a Costume Competition in aid of Bernardos. All stall holders will be in costume and prizes for.  Continue reading »

When I was but a youngster, my aunt used to take me into Dublin city centre on Saturdays. We’d trawl the shops for a while then wander past the stalls in Henry Street and into Moore Street in search of bangles to add to my already extensive collection. A girl can never have too much jewellery. I loved the buzz of these streets, so packed, so noisy, so very much Dublin.  Continue reading »

Tree Top uses 100% USA apples in their terrific juices and ciders. Keep reading to learn how to win and for the terrific punch (for kids!) and hot apple recipes (for parents!) from Tree Top!
Tree Top has a lot of history! Their name was chosen after founder Bill Charbonneau held a contest among employees  at his apple processing plant. The company makes delicious juices and ciders but also makes fruit snacks and applesauce!  Continue reading »

Kinvara Organic Smoked Salmon on Potato Cakes
Autumn brings us Halloween and a desire for comfort food and potatoes definitely fall into that category.  Our Kinvara Organic Smoked Salmon is teamed up with creamy potato cakes this week for the perfect comfort food for the long weekend.  Enjoy!  Continue reading »