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Archive for June, 2012

Take a fairly savvy shopper who has a taste for expensive cider, give him €80 and what’s the outcome? A homebrew project!
Hence the ‘brewporium’ section of the website was born! Over the next two months I’ll be having a go at brewing Raspberry and Lime cider from a kit, and come August will be trying to brew beer, make a drinkable wine from grapes and a cider from Irish apples for Christmas drinking.  Continue reading »

Take a fairly savvy shopper who has a taste for expensive cider, give him €80 and what’s the outcome? A homebrew project!
Hence the ‘brewporium’ section of the website was born! Over the next two months I’ll be having a go at brewing Raspberry and Lime cider from a kit, and come August will be trying to brew beer, make a drinkable wine from grapes and a cider from Irish apples for Christmas drinking.  Continue reading »

One of my favorite dinners as a kid was a taco in a bag – it was quick, easy, and it just felt like a special occasion whenever we made them. Now I look back and realize we made them because we didn’t have tortillas, or my parents were just swamped with other things, but I still think of them fondly. Keep reading to learn how to make my favorite Mexican-American (emphasis on American…) meal!
Here’s what you’ll need for Tacos in Bags:
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The stir-fry is underrated these days, but add this to your quick mid-week meals and you’ll certainly go back to it again. With the right ingredients they can pack really fresh and vibrant, mouthwatering flavours, just like this one.  Continue reading »

In general, if you want to thrill food lovers, invite them into your kitchen and cook for them. Tell them stories of your mother Aruna in Bangladesh, preparing meals for her ten children. Entice them with aroma of onions meeting garlic and ginger and cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric. Pass around bowls of your secret spice…  Continue reading »

It’s summer time (allegedly) and I know the weather is going to improve dramatically – hey, it couldn’t get much worse…  So what do we like to do when the sun is shining?  Well men love to fire up the grill and have a big BBQ.  But they tend to stick to the same cuts – chops, burgers, steaks… all the stuff they’re used to.  But there’s so much more variety available, and it tastes amazing.  Continue reading »

Live cookery demonstrations by local chefs and restaurants will be on the menu in Derry City, Northern Ireland, this weekend for the “Flavours of the Foyle Festival” which takes place from Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July. 
The Food Festival ties in with the Derry Leg of the Clipper Round the World Race 2012

This fabulous seafood festival celebrates the best that Derry City has to offer, with live cookery demonstrations, food stalls hosted by local chefs and restaurants offering authentic seafood dishes to try and buy. Check out the blackboard specials at the cooking stands priced from £2.00 – £6.00

LOCAL SUPPLIERS & RESTAURANTS THAT WILL BE SELLING THEIR FOODSTUFFS

Flavours of the Foyle offers entertainment for the young and young at heart with ice sculpture, street theatre, storytelling with ‘fishy tales’, puppetry and other fund activities. 

Local & Celebrity chefs will be Demonstrating the best of local produce all afternoon beside the Festival Marquee on both Saturday & Sunday on Queen’s Quay.  Continue reading »

I approach cooking from two very different angles:

The instinctive approach: Most of the time I am driven by a not-too-distant hunger/sugar craving and by what is currently available in the fridge/cupboard. In this instance, I think with my tastebuds – a la Accidental Paella – and it usually works out.

The theoretical approach: Sometimes, however, I think the flavours through consciously and carefully before going near the kitchen. I give consideration to the textures.  Continue reading »

Ruby Red Stars of Northern Spain
Three gems
Pittacum, Bierzo DO Spain, Mencía 2007, 14.5% abv, Importers: Classic Drinks.
This Pittacum, bottled in the spring of 2008, is the money-maker as some 180,000 bottles are filled. It is 100% Estate grown Mencía and is worth looking out for.
The fruit comes from 50 to 80 year old vines and it has a ruby red colour with a gorgeous aroma, plums and.  Continue reading »

This Friday, we are happy to tell you that this week’s awesome prize came straight from the collection of chef Todd English. Keep reading to learn more about the GreenPan and how it can change your experience in the kitchen! Happy Friday, readers!
This week’s prize is the Todd English GreenPan with Thermolon Copenhagen-Style 8’’ Open Frypan

Make your dinner preparations a pleasure courtesy of GreenPan’s excellent Thermolon non-stick performance. Culinary adventures await!  Continue reading »

The Lobsters & Lettuce Festival Bundoran celebrates the Atlantic Ocean and all its bounty. 

Artisan and local producers and chefs from our restaurants, hotels and bars will come together to demonstrate the good food available in this area of the North West of Ireland. 

Food, Surfing, Angling, Swimming, Flora, Fauna, Birdlife and Much More! Celebrity Chefs, Artisan producers, local groups and experts will all join in the fun with demonstrations, cook-offs, treasure hunts and loads more. 

Here is some of the Line-Up for the Lobster & Lettuce Festival which runs, in Bundoran, Co Donegal from the 6th – 8th July 2012.  Continue reading »

My favorite thing about the 4th of July, besides the fireworks, is the food! You can’t beat classic American food like burgers and hot dogs cooked on the grill. If you ask me, no Independence Day meal is complete without something red, white and blue.
To get into the full spirit of the day, try whipping up a few of these patriotic recipes. I’ve got my eye on those rice krispie treats.  Continue reading »

I have a small confession to make, I’m fairly jealous of those living in America. I’m a slight tv addict, and have a love for most things discounted. So yes, I do enjoy watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing! I find it fascinating that Americans can manage to buy thousands of dollars worth of food without spending over $10, and in some cases can get paid to take their shopping from the store. It’s mad and no doubt highly addictive for those who do it.  Continue reading »

I have a small confession to make, I’m fairly jealous of those living in America. I’m a slight tv addict, and have a love for most things discounted. So yes, I do enjoy watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing! I find it fascinating that Americans can manage to buy thousands of dollars worth of food without spending over $10, and in some cases can get paid to take their shopping from the store. It’s mad and no doubt highly addictive for those who do it.  Continue reading »

Bread Sticks

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

The baby has reached the stage where he can grab food and put it into his mouth. It has resulted in many messes and an unforgettable evening where Daddy gave him a piece of banana while I snook out to a meeting for 1 hour. A packet of wipes, dunk in the bathtub and a…  Continue reading »

The M&S Dine in for Two is on again this weekend, bargain fans. Get thee to the M&S website and check out the menu. I was really impressed with the healthy choices on offer last time I went in – I got beautiful salmon fillets, tenderstem broccoli and blueberries and raspberries.  Yum.  Continue reading »

When asparagus is in season, I think it’s so delicious that it deserves its own course. I hate to see asparagus sidelined to the edge of the plate. It has such a delicate but distinctive flavour. This salad is the perfect summer starter with a chilled glass of white wine. It’s so bright and colourful, it just draws you in. A nice fresh vivid salad is so much more enticing than a drab collection of limp leaves and droopy tomatoes.  Continue reading »

I’ve been hearing loads of buzz about Brother Hubbard on Capel St in the papers and on social media; and when I droppped by to check it out for lunch recently, it was clear I wasn’t the only one – every table was full and there was a ten minute wait for a seat.
The menu is quite short, just a few sandwiches, soup and salads.  Continue reading »

Elderflower Gin

A post by Kristin at Edible Ireland

My elder trees were slow to bloom this year, and when they finally did, I think they were wise to me. I’d been eying up the flowers impatiently for weeks, yet the only decent ones were way up high, out of my reach even with a ladder. I had plans for them — elderflower gin.

The musky elderflower is a beautiful complement to gin, marrying nicely with its herbal notes. After steeping for a week, the flowers also impart a woodiness that you don’t taste in the usual cordial.  Continue reading »

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