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Archive for November, 2011

I love sweet potatoes. Baked, roasted as wedges, souffled and topped pecan praline, simmered in a soup–it’s all good. And if you haven’t topped roast sweet potato wedges with chili, well, you haven’t lived. So when I saw this dead simple recipe for baked sweet potatoes with brown sugar and black pepper in the November 2011…  Continue reading »

BARRY’S
TEA FOR YOU – THIS CHRISTMAS
There was a lot of interest in our recent post on the special Santa pack from Barry’s Tea. Briefly, Barry’s Tea created the limited edition Santa’s Tea box which is for sale exclusively on barrysteashop.ie for tea fans at home and abroad. The box is only €3.25 which is a winner for stocking fillers and sending to family and friends across the world via The.  Continue reading »

I have mentioned on this blog before that one of our favourite desserts is Crème Brûlée and when I saw Avonmore’s competition over on the Irish Food Bloggers website seeking recipes for 12 Days of Christmas I immediately thought a Christmas Crème Brûlée would be perfect. It’s very easy to make and needs just a few ingredients and if you haven’t made your own then simply buy a jar of good quality mincemeat.  Continue reading »

I have mentioned on this blog before that one of our favourite desserts is Crème Brûlée and when I saw Avonmore’s competition over on the Irish Food Bloggers website seeking recipes for 12 Days of Christmas I immediately thought a Christmas Crème Brûlée would be perfect. It’s very easy to make and needs just a few ingredients and if you haven’t made your own then simply buy a jar of good quality mincemeat.  Continue reading »

November 30 is National Mousse Day, and we thought we’d give you some great holiday dessert ideas that feature this lovely food! Keep reading to learn more about mousse, and how you can incorporate it into your dessert festivities.
Mousse gets its light texture from all of the air that is mixed into it during preparation. This dessert comes in many flavors, including the ever popular chocolate mousse.  Continue reading »

A view in the kitchen of San Lorenzo's, South Great George's Street in Dublin, which has just opened. Photo via the San Lorenzo's Facebook page (see link below)

Restaurant. Italian. New York Style. Ticks a lot of boxes for me. Which is good news really as all boxes can be found ticked at San Lorenzo’s in Dublin, opened just in the last few days on South Great George’s Street, bringing with it 20 new jobs to the area.  Continue reading »

The one thing that I always make sure of at Christmas is to have lots of cream. It’s the perfect time to treat myself and indulge in some delicious Avonmore Irish cream. I have it with mince pies, add it to soups, use it in sauces….cream and Christmas go hand in hand. Panna cotta is one of my favourite desserts so I decided to practice a nice festive version that I can make for Christmas day.  Continue reading »

As I was flicking through a magazine recently I spotted an Odlums Christmas Cake Kit and wondered if it would produce a good quality homemade cake.  As I didn’t see it in my local supermarket I forgot all about until the door bell rang last week and the post man handed me one to try out.  The kit contains all of the dry ingredients (flour & spices, sugar, dried fruit, candied peel & glacé cherries, ground almonds, chopped almonds) that you will need to make an 8″ cake.  Continue reading »

Growing up, we always had apple tress. I would eat so many apples that I would end up covered in hives. I never cared at all though as I loved coming home from school and going up to pick apples. My Mum used to make great use of the big Bramleys. They were used for tarts, apple sauces, apple snow – the list goes on. We never had any need to buy apples at home in the autumn, they were so versatile and tasty.  Continue reading »

Have Your Cake And Tax It

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

To be fair, it’s not the first time that brioche has been called cake.
That famous quip attributed to the ill-fated Marie Antoinette, “qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” is most often translated to great dramatic effect as “let them eat cake.”

Brioche – is it bread or is it cake?  Continue reading »

The Prawn Cocktail of Christmas past

A post by Valerie O'Connor at Vals Kitchen

I think it's been about thirty years now that I've had the self-assigned task of making prawn cocktail for the family starter on Christmas day. We tried to move away from it, but nothing comes close, and as we only have it once a year, it's hard to break with tradition. This is easy, it's fresh and lively although it can be quite rich. As the sauce is so yummy I'm always asked to make an extra bowl that just seems to get eaten with a spoon, mysteriously!  Continue reading »

Ummm… okay then

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

“We have no Herold Dark, only the Semi-Dark” said the lady behind the bar in Pifko. I was extremely flattered that she said it first in Czech (I don’t think I look particularly slavic at all, more’s the pity) and then I paused. The Budvar tap started doing a pick-me dance, but I was there for Herold so Herold Granat is what I got. An experience at once interesting and slightly disturbing too.  Continue reading »

“So how do you like your steak done?” I asked the group watching my demo two weeks ago at Salon du Blog in France as I made my first dish of steak sandwiches with a Cashel Blue butter. “They like it rare,” said Bernadette, our translator, driver, sous chef and all-round helper for the weekend from the Bord Bia Paris office.  Continue reading »

Every cook we know loves their iPad (or lusts after one) for clipping, reading and cooking from online recipes right in the kitchen. Well, Clickcase.ie has what may be the ultimate kitchen gadget for iPad lovers: the Speck Handyshell slots around your iPad 2 so it can be hung from any rack, drawer or cabinet knob, keeping your iPad at eye level and safe from spills and mess. Genius!

Clickcase and Foodfight

Clickcase, Irish retailer of brilliant iPad and iPhone accessories, is giving one crimble red Handyshell away to a FoodFight.ie reader just in time for Christmas. To enter, all you have to do is head over to the Clickcase Facebook page before December 8th and tell us why you love your iPad or iPhone in the kitchen!

I love cooking for big family occasions and when better to do this than during the Christmas season. The house is constantly busy and good humour is guaranteed when family and friends all come together. Often a lot of planning and shopping is needed to organise a successful family get together, but with the fridge packed with lots of lovely leftovers I normally try to include some of these ingredients when planning what to cook.  Continue reading »

Last year, I was approached by a Dublin production company that wanted to pitch a show to Irish television network, RTE, about my life as an American married to an Irish farmer and the ins-and-outs of day to day life on our farm. A girlfriend back home wondered in jest if it would be called ‘The Real Farmwives of Ireland’ complete with an MTV-style logo featuring a pair of mucky pink wellies with a shimmering gold dusted title animated across the front of them.  Continue reading »

I love cooking for big family occasions and when better to do this than during the Christmas season. The house is constantly busy and good humour is guaranteed when family and friends all come together. Often a lot of planning and shopping is needed to organise a successful family get together, but with the fridge packed with lots of lovely leftovers I normally try to include some of these ingredients when planning what to cook.  Continue reading »

…it’s time to think healthy! Keep reading for menu planners and recipes that will help keep you trim as we inch closer to New Year’s Eve (remember that amazing dress you bought one size too small?) and the resolutions that come with every new year!
Now that you’ve eaten your weight in turkey, it’s time to turn the tables on your diet and incorporate some healthy options into your meal plans!
Who doesn’t love a tasty lasagna?  Continue reading »

Roasted Cauliflower

A post by aoifemc at I Can Has Cook?

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Irish coffee truffles

A post by David Havelin at Irish Whiskey Notes

It’s about that time of year when we carefully select our Christmas whiskey, to be enjoyed after sundown on the big day itself. But we shouldn’t forget those who seem reluctant to embrace the unalloyed joy of the amber liquid in its pure form. For some, the good stuff must be smuggled past their defences, cloaked in other flavours and textures, in discreetly named packages that gloss over the alcoholic contribution.  Continue reading »