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Strawberry French Toast with soft frozen yoghurt

Hello fellow food lovers,
Here is the longer and unedited version of our weekly column with The Sunday Times (June 24th 2012).
Enjoy the read and recipes,

The Sunday Times weekly column. June 24th 2012.

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More than 6 months after opening, we finally managed to make it to San Lorenzo’s for lunch. Way back in December, I had the option of choosing lunch in either Yamamori’s Oriental Cafe or San Lorenzo’s. The Oriental Cafe won the vote that day, a decision that I still regret. Since then, all the positive press and Twitter plaudits have rubbed salt into my wounds.  Continue reading »

Call back the search parties, I’m still alive and kicking! The blog has been fairly neglected over the past few weeks due to personal issues. The main one being the Leaving Cert. 4 exams down, 3 left which resume for me on Monday. Currently gagging for a certain cocktail party next week to relieve all the stress from the past two weeks!  Continue reading »

Irish strawberries only appear on supermarket shelves during the summer months, and thus should be celebrated in an extremely over the top fashion. The old strawberries and cream really doesn’t cut it in my books, so why not jazz things up by bringing a cake into the equation. It goes down an absolute treat when eaten outside on a warm summers day.

Heat oven to 180C. Butter two 8″ (20cm) sandwich tins and line with non stick baking paper.  Continue reading »

Those of you who follow me on twitter will know that this recipe features on the first of my recipe card series which will soon be available in Irish supermarkets. This recipe features Franks Hot Sauce, which I could eat with nearly anything. It’s a recipe anyone could do, and the results rival what you would expect in a restaurant.

Preheat the oven to 200C.  Continue reading »

Babaduck on the Radio

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

I have a lovely friend called Fiona (who I've mentioned before) who has a fantastic home business in Carlow called Hunters Lodge Living where she teaches townies the art of sustainability and GIY.  She has happy hens, delightful ducks and now even buzzy bees and also has found the time to do a Certificate in PR & Media Communications.  Frankly, she juggles so many things, she should be the ringmaster in a circus!.  Continue reading »

Sail Away with a Galway Hooker
Galway Hooker, Irish Pale Ale, 4.3% abv, Hooker Brewery, Roscommon.
Thanks to a recent Twitter competition win, I’m getting the chance to sample some of the craft beers being distributed by Galvin Wines
First on the agenda was the Galway Hooker. This nicely judged balance of malted barley and malted wheat, with the other usual natural ingredients, gives a good.  Continue reading »

The western slopes of the Devils’ Bit mountain in North Tipperary is where Sean O’ Farrell farms. “ I am farming 60 acres of semi upland to organic standards for the past eight years. The suckler cow herd is mainly Limousin X Shorthorn. These are being sired with an Angus bull and I am moving from a weanling to beef finishing system.”
Chatting with Sean, it is clear that he sees his farm as much as a biodiverse entity as a business. Nature is not incidental to him.  Continue reading »

Something we just had to share. Sam Brannigan, who runs Blake’s Fine Wines in Derrylin, Northern Ireland, has allowed us to republish his hilarious, even insightful, take on the world’s most popular grape varieties. In the first of two posts, we’ll start with three whites and two reds. We’ll save the best to last, so keep your eyes peeled next week for part two.  Continue reading »

As of tomorrow primary schools will close their doors at the end of another year.  Boys and girls will start a well-earned holiday following months of colouring in, reciting times tables, learning the mountains and rivers of Ireland and writing in enough copy books to fell a small forest.  I remember the summer holidays of my youth very fondly.  The weather seemed so much nicer then than now.  Continue reading »

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I don’t know about you, but nothing says “Summer!” to me more than a party outdoors. Enjoying the outdoors is easier when it’s pleasant outside (it’s currently 100 in Chicago!), and these are some fantastic Summer pasta salad recipes that will last you through the day. Pull up a lawn chair and a beer and DIG IN!
Here are some of my favorite Summer pasta recipes: they make awesome side dishes and they are quick and easy, too!  Continue reading »


A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to get hold of some Russian River Supplication: a pinot-noir-barrel-aged cherry ale. This post is about about another in that series: Consecration, a cabernet-sauvignon-barrel-aged blackcurrant ale.
It’s a red-brown colour and while fizzy fails to maintain a head. Like its predecessor, the wild yeast and bacteria are firmly in charge of the flavour while both fruit and wood get a bit lost amongst the sourness.  Continue reading »

The first time I met Shelia Kiely at a food blogging event in Ireland and she let it slip that she has six kids, I’m sure I had the same reaction she gets from just about everyone: “Six kids?” What’s more, that number includes not one, but two sets of twins. And as if being a mother to six children and running her own food safety management consultancy wasn’t enough, she somehow found the time to write a cookbook, Gimme the Recipe, in addition to writing her blog of the same name.  Continue reading »

Those lazy hazy days of summer..

A post by Cake in the country at Cake in the country

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Are you ever struggling to put together a quick dinner, or even a quick lunch for work? Keep reading to see the tasty sandwich recipes that we’re thinking up for this beautiful summer season.
Cafe Sandwich – This cold sandwich features prosciutto and plenty of veggies on a fresh baguette.
Hot Tuna Sandwiches – Not your typical, boring tuna salad sandwich.
Cucumber Sandwich – This sandwich is stuffed with cucumbers, sprouts, tomatoes, and avocadoes.  Continue reading »

Protein Bites

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

I have a range of eaters in this house. From the “dustbin” who will hoover up everything in their path and who will try any new flavour at least once, to the “bird” who will eat small amounts of power foods and what they can hold in their hand. If you’re a person who loves…  Continue reading »

Catherine Fulvio. Picture from www.ballyknocken.com

When it comes to cooking I’m a bit like Jedward. I’ll throw myself into it enthusiastically and ignore anyone who turns up their noses or says I’ll never make it in America. So when a friend won a weekend in Wicklow’s Ballyknocken House (including morning cookery class) I accepted the invite, thinking I’d enjoy the accommodation and eating part but would give the Stork demo a miss. Because I don’t need it and I love lie-ins.  Continue reading »

Marion Roeleveld from Killeen Farmhouse Cheese, winner of the 2011 Supreme Cheese award, pictured with Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers. The awards are organised by Sheridans and will be awarded at SHOP (25-27 September) this year.

The Irish Cheese Awards are now open for entry.  Continue reading »