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Archive for May, 2012

Dinner at The Bar+Grill, Belfast

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

It's easier to win the Lotto than to get a table at The Bar+Grill at James Street South on a Saturday night.  This was our third attempt – I booked a few weeks in advance and all I could get was 7pm.  I wasn't arguing because I was dying to eat there.  It's in on a very quiet street but two minutes walk from everywhere so you can totter back to your hotel without feeling as if you've run the marathon.  The building itself is very handsome with lots of exposed brick.  Continue reading »

Monday 28th May 2012
Hendaye beach, with the “Twins”, the rocks in background
Walk by the Bidasoa River in Hendaye
Hondarabbia, in Spain, just across the river
Pouring the rose
Jambon with melon, 1st course
Mixed salad,
1st course   
Chicken, 2nd course
Ommelete, 2nd course
Blackcurrant Ice-cream, dessert course
Above, all at the Ipar Haizea, this three course.  Continue reading »

Buttermilk Scones

A post by TheGlutton at The Glutton's Kitchen

There’s nothing like a fresh home baked scone – crumbly, soft and light, served with fresh cream and a good dollop of jam or still oven warm with a generous spread of butter.
I’ve tried a few scone recipes in my time but our favourite is from the lovely Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Family Cookbook.  It’s really simple and produces lovely light scones.  Continue reading »

Buttermilk Scones

A post by TheGlutton at The Glutton's Kitchen

There’s nothing like a fresh home baked scone – crumbly, soft and light, served with fresh cream and a good dollop of jam or still oven warm with a generous spread of butter.
I’ve tried a few scone recipes in my time but our favourite is from the lovely Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Family Cookbook.  It’s really simple and produces lovely light scones.  Continue reading »

‘Uno di questo, uno di quello’ – Karena Graham and Nadia Forde mark the third annual ITICA National Fish & Chips Day, Wednesday 30th May. In joint celebration, over 200 Irish Traditional Italian Chippers Association (ITICA) members throughout Ireland will offer their customers half price fish & chips to reflect the 127 year old tradition of a ‘one and one’. Log on to www.itica.ie to find your local ITICA chipper.  Continue reading »

I am also afraid that I have yet to upload my 2,500 (yes, between my tablet, phone and camera…) photos, so this blog will be dedicated to some food of the American party variety. Keep reading for our new video about how you can create your own awesome veggie platter, just in time for a picnic or outdoor shindig!
We know you all love your fruit and veggie platters, and we have a new video you are going to find helpful and useful this Summer season!

See how easy it is?  Continue reading »

It has been a glorious few days in Dublin (let’s just pretend we can’t see the clouds outside the window today) and we are hurtling towards the Bank Holiday weekend.  If you’re anything like me you probably find yourself at a bit of a loose end on long weekends, not quite sure what to do with yourself.  I have a plan for this weekend though, on Friday I will be attending Bloom, in the Phoenix Park, for the second year in a row.  I managed to drag Mr.  Continue reading »

White Wines from Galicia
Thanks to the people
at the winery of Terras Gauda in the Galicia, I’ve becoming better acquainted
with the wines of Rías Baixas and with its sub zone in the valley of O Rosal in
particular. It has been a very happy introduction.
Terras
Gauda, O Rosal, Rias Baixas 2011, 12.5% abv.
 
They call this “the
flagship wine of the winery”, in the sense that they make.  Continue reading »

Cheese is getting cheesed off. And I’m not surprised. If you’re a supporter of Irish cheese or hate the fact that cheese could soon be banned in advertisements shown during children’s television, you have just a few more days to submit your views to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on the proposed ban.
What the BAI want to do is ban ads for foods which can contribute to obesity in children.  Continue reading »

Cheat’s Point Break Pizza
I write Movie Bites for The Ticket in Friday’s Irish Times, sharing recipes inspired by classic films. Oisin Davis writes Booking The Cooks, where he interviews bands and artists about their favourite foods. Le Galaxie are electro-bop future-space party-enablers.
We love food, we’re very fond of a great movie, and we all adore Keanu Reeves.
And so, this Thursday the 31st of May The Big Blue Bus in The Bernard Shaw will host the first Ticket Mash-Up.  Continue reading »

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BBQ Sauce & Basting Sauce!

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Zack Gallagher) at The Irish Food Guide Blog

With this wonderful weather upon us and the whole of Ireland pulling out their BBQs to take advantage of the sunny afternoons, I thought that I’d give you a tip that will help turn your Barbecue into something really special!

The first thing to note is that you should not coat your meat (any type) with your Barbecue sauce until it is almost finished cooking.  Continue reading »

The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012

Nominations for The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012 are now open!
The annual awards celebrate the very best in British food and produce, from grassroots producers right up to the most renowned celebrity chefs.
Your votes will determine who appears on a shortlist from which the panel of judges – including Jay Rayner, Tom Kitchin, Nigel Slater, Angela Hartnett and Sat Bains – will decide the winners at the awards ceremony in October 2012.  Continue reading »

The Taste Diaries from Michael Devlin

The deadline for entries to win a signed copy of Michael Devlin’s The Taste Diaries has come and gone, and we’ve just drawn the names of our 5 winners out of the hat.
We asked you to tell us the nickname that Michael’s kitchen-shy friends have given to him – the answer was “Delia”.
Our five lucky winners are:

Steve L. from Cookstown
Mark A. from Lisburn
Sarah H. from Belfast
Audrey M. from Dublin
James M.  Continue reading »

It’s back!! National Fish and Chip Day 2012 is happening across the country today, with half price ‘one & one’s’ (not entirely sure what that is, but bet fish and chips are involved!) on offer in every ITICA member chippy.
This year they’re also offering generous prizes, including 2 trips to the European Championships (flights, accommodation and tickets to 2 matches) all in aid of the Cappagh Hospital Trust.  Continue reading »

Special offers at Aldi
Special offers at Centra
Special offers at Dunnes
Special offers at Lidl
Special offers at Londis
Special offers at Mace
Special offers at Spar
Special offers at Superquinn
Special offers at SuperValu
Special offers at Tesco
Related posts:

Special offers in supermarkets, 5 Jan 2012
Special offers in supermarkets, May 15
Special offers in supermarkets, February 27.  Continue reading »

Just started our Basque adventure last weekend with a lovely voyage with Brittany Ferries from Ringaskiddy to Roscoff. Enjoyed a terrific meal at the Le Flora onboard restaurant with my nephew and his wife who were returning to Paris with their gorgeous Golden Retriever Marley (he wasn’t invited to the meal but got the best of care).
The journey to Hendaye on the French-Spanish border proved.  Continue reading »

(Pic copyright Oliver Moore: taken on my recent trip to India, where I encountered an outdoor mart in Andhra Pradesh, India. I was travelling to the farmer members of the Chetna Organic’s Fair Trade and Organic Co-op)
Hell’s Kettle: hardly the most soft and fluffy of names for an organic farm. But that’s the name of the river that runs through Gavin Lynch’s organic beef and agroforestry farm in Donard, near the Glen-of-Imaal, Wicklow.  Continue reading »

Got an email the other day from the folks over at GoIreland.com linking me to this really cool infographic. It shows a number of Food Festivals around the country in a handy little map / summary / long image. Handy if you’re looking for something to do this year!  Continue reading »

Got an email the other day from the folks over at GoIreland.com linking me to this really cool infographic. It shows a number of Food Festivals around the country in a handy little map / summary / long image. Handy if you’re looking for something to do this year!  Continue reading »