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L to R: Joan Collins (Sage Cafe), Jenny Rose Clarke (The Sandwich Stall) & Kay Harte (Farmgate) 
Redmond O’Donoghue,  Santina Doherty and Peter Malone get to grips with an Arbutus loaf.
Caroline Curtin & Hazel Allen (Ballymaloe) and Alan Kingston (Glenilen )
Good Food Ireland On The Road
Last Wednesday, Chairman Redmond O’Donoghue welcomed the audience as The Good Food Ireland.  Continue reading »

Piemonte in north west Italy has bags to offer the curious wine drinker. It is probably the most developed wine producing region in Italy, largely thanks to its influence from neighbouring France.
The winemakers of Piemonte use the proper fermentation and ageing techniques that are required to make commercially sound wines, and a great choice of grape varieties at their disposal allows them to plant whatever works best on specific plots of land.  Continue reading »

Mmmmm. Fresh yogurt. Crunchy granola. Boo Berries.
BUT, before I go into all of that crazy goodness, I’d like to express my GINORMOUS thanks to all that voted for this blog in the Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Awards. Voting is closed and the winners will be announced on May 3rd. If you voted, it was very generous and kind of you, if you didn’t, I get that too; signing up to vote in a contest is not everyone’s cup-o-tea.  Continue reading »

I’ve had a bag of dried carrageen moss, in the press, for the past year. A friend of my late aunts, from Donegal, gifted me with it, as I had mentioned that I had never used it before. Then last summer, while holidaying in Cork, Diarmuid and I had the most glorious dinner at Ballymaloe House and there, on the dessert trolley, was a large crystal bowl filled with carrageen moss pudding.  Continue reading »

Come on 1,000 viewers

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Becky Bissell) at Patisserie Challenge!

We are 103 views off 1,000 today, so maybe we could just have a little push and could just topple over that 1,000 mark, that i thought would take forever to reach.
However i do not expect you to just tot up the viewing count without reward to celebrate the 1,000 view i will think of something very very nice, maybe even try another out of date dessert, to reward you all with.
But to keep you coming here is a few more piccies for you to see.  Continue reading »

Over the years, several strange gifts have appeared on my doorstep. Once, just after moving into a new home, the doorstep vanished under a stunning 12ft Christmas tree … I took an educated guess and reciprocated with homemade mince pies.
Less delightfully… on a stormy Hallowe’en, I went to answer a loud knock at the door. There, glowing eerily in the darkness, was a large, elaborately carved Jack-O-Lantern, complete with flickering candle.  Continue reading »

This was another Pinterest-inspired recipe, and yes, I know I need to get some help to wean myself off that thing.  It’s just so full of ideas I’d like to have had, uber-cool people I’d like to know, and glamourous, stylish lives I’d like to lead. It’s Walter Mitty for the tech age and I’m thoroughly addicted.  Continue reading »

Welcome to another Free Food Friday, readers! Today we have misters that make cooking simple; best of all, these lovely cooking sprays are low in calories and can be used for everything from topping a salad of veggies to prepping a stir fry creation!  Continue reading »

Crispy Slices

A post by Wholesome Ireland at wholesomeireland.com

If like me you’ve picked up a bar made by a well known cereal company, eaten it and then thought afterwards it wasn’t that great then this is the slice for you. Personally I find….  Continue reading »

Following three new studies, it has emerged that imidacloprid, one of the world’s most widely used pesticides, is the most likely cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), where bees abandon their hives en masse. But does it happen in Ireland?
Imidacloprid is a nerve agent, a systemic neonicotinoid, which was first introduced in the early 1990s. It is widely available in Ireland.  Continue reading »

I have a secret

A post by WiseMóna at Wise Words


Me. A sitting duck on some big news.

I have such a big secret it is killing me.
I want, desperately, to tell you my secret, but I can’t.
I am also the worlds worst secret-keepr so you should know that THIS IS KILLING ME.

I am being watched … so must stay quiet

And before you all start wondering and and asking if I have been signed with some huge publishing company – that is not what is going on.  Continue reading »

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Star Anise  
If you want an assured continental touch when eating out in Cork, then head for Star Anise in Bridge Street, celebrating ten years in the business this year.
Dropped in there during a showery Friday lunchtime and spent a couple of bright hours with Virginie and company. Started off with a Tomato soup, though not Tomato and Basil as you might expect.  Continue reading »

Right. I’m off to Japan to sample all the delicious cuisine.
Actually, I’m going on a bit of a world trip, taking in three weeks in Japan, a month in Borneo, a few days in Singapore, a month in Australia, six or so weeks in New Zealand, and ten days in Fiji to cap it all off. I’m looking forward to some solo travelling and visiting friends in these scattered places. Any cheap food recommendations are very welcome.  Continue reading »

The Ancient Greeks knew it as Oenotria, or ‘land of the trained vines’. It was in fact the Ancient Greeks who brought wine to Italy, but it was the agricultural and engineering brilliance of the Romans who brought it so many steps further. Not only are they responsible for bringing vines to far off lands, but they harnessed technology to produce the kind of wine we enjoy today.
As far as we know the first mutter of vines in Italy came around the 3rd century B.C.  Continue reading »

It’s true! It’s true. Nash 19 are back in business on Saturdays.
And the city centre favourite has come up with very enticing menus indeed, menus that could keep the dedicated Saturday eater (and his or her child) going for months. Take the Breakfast menu (9 to 12). How about the Big Corker and the Little Corker? The Lordan sausage, new to Nash customers, features here as does old.  Continue reading »

Kale, having a moment

A post by Valerie O'Connor at Val's Kitchen

Uncle John's Kale from No.1 Hotel and Spa kitchen garden
Every now and again a vegetable becomes strangely, well fashionable. For some strange reason right now, it seems to be kale. It's on TV, it's in trendy new recipes, it either sells like hot, well, kale, or it's left behind at market stalls by folk who just don't know what to do with it.  Continue reading »

Apple and Almond Tart

A post by sheila kiely at Gimmetherecipe

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We are delighted to announce we have Emma from Solgar instore on Friday the 27th of April to offer free consultations on Sports Nutrition. Emma is a Technical Adviser at Solgar UK and specialises in Sports Nutrition. All questions welcome! Call 027 51391 to book your consultation.  Continue reading »

Fresh Fennel Recipes

A post by Organico at Organico Bantry

How do you like to eat fennel? Do you make a gratin? Or add if to the potatoes before you cook them to make mashed potatoes? Or do you juice it? Here are a few suggestions…
Fennel is lovely eaten raw if you slice it super fine and dress with lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Chill for 10 minutes before serving to give it extra crunch. Delicious with fish, chicken, or baked potatoes. See recipe below.  Continue reading »