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Archive for July, 2012

I got an email, nay two emails, about a supermarket’s latest wine offer. It came via their PR company who shall also rename nameless.
Why two emails? Well, both were the same, but the first addressed me as Myles (and it’s not for the first time).
I’m actually not really pissed off, I know how these things work. Mistakes can be made in whatever CRM tool or email software you use.  Continue reading »

I got an email, nay two emails, about Tesco’s latest wine offer. It came via their PR company who shall rename nameless.
Why two emails? Well, both were the same, but the first addressed me as Myles (and it’s not for the first time).
I’m actually not that pissed off, I know how these things work. Mistakes can be made in whatever CRM tool or email software you use.  Continue reading »

Celeriac slow roasted (150°C) for about 4 or 5  hours is a marvellous curiosity. By slow roasting you create a slightly chewy textured rind with a smooth creamy centre that rests at a juncture between sweet and savoury, but totally unique. It reminded me of a baked cheese, without the oozy quality when the rind is pierced.  Continue reading »

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If you like strong women with attitude then this exhibition is a must. Carla Raadsveld’s work is visually stunning and every piece tells a story. Carla is a Dutch artist who moved to West Cork in 2001 to concentrate on painting. Her work is very well known on the continent but less so here, and this exhibition represents a chance for Irish art enthusiasts to acquire one of her newest works at very reasonable prices.  Continue reading »

Kelly’s Greenway Pudding
Pictured at the launch of Kelly’s Greenway Pudding yesterday (Monday 30th July) at Mulranny Park Hotel were Anna Connor (Walking Development Officer, Mayo County Council), Sean Kelly (Kelly’s Butchers, Newport) and Dermot Madigan (Manager, Mulranny Park Hotel).
Here’s a clever response to the highly successful Greenway walking and cycling trail. Kelly’s Butchers,.  Continue reading »

The 6th annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival will take place over the October Bank Holiday weekend, the biggest festival to date.

The Savour Kilkenny Food Festival committee is delighted to confirm that the 6th annual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival takes place in the City from October 25th to 29th 2012.
Food lovers will be invited to taste “50 Shades of Flavour at Savour” at the festival, which will feature a saucy line-up of food experts, chefs, cooks and artisan producers!  Continue reading »

There will be brownies. And beer. And a whole Theatre of Food.

If you’re around West Cork over the August Bank Holiday weekend, you might just want to take yourself along to Liss Ard 2012, a festival of music, literature, drama and (very importantly!) food.
I’ll be there, talking about Irish craft beer, matching some Eight Degrees beer with the food available at the festival and baking up a full oven’s worth of Chocolate Brownies with Knockmealdown Porter.  Continue reading »

Custard Tart

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

Simple, quick mini custard tarts ideal for lunchboxes, afternoon tea or just a plain treat. I’m writing this blogpost on the fly so to speak.  This week I’m curating the @Ireland twitter account, not from a food point of view but to chat about volunteerism, community and most importantly give people a flavour of what…  Continue reading »

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Trenel, Creme de Cassis de Bourgogne 2011, 15%. 
Well, well, well. I’ve tasted a few of these over the years,
but this is surely one of the best. In fairness, most of the others would have
been tasted as part of a Kir, where it is mixed with white wine and the blend
then drunk as an aperitif.
Cassis, as most of you know, is blackcurrant and the liquor
is most definitely from that fruit.  Continue reading »

Diets of Olympic Athletes

A post by AllisonSickert at Chew On That

It should be no surprise that Olympic athletes eat a lot of food. When you’re pushing your body to the limits, you have to give it the proper fuel it needs to perform at the highest level. Here’s what several athletes eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Gymnast Johnathan Horton eats a protein packed breakfast of eggs whites and toast, a grilled chicken sandwich for lunch and lean red meat for dinner.  Continue reading »

As promised, the spooky mystery of the internet allows me to appear as if I’m still paying attention to this blog. Actually I wrote this in April, before I left, but let’s all pretend I’m still here, not in Borneo being attacked by giant leeches, okay?
Anyway, before I left on my Pacific tour, I spent a few solo afternoons in Dublin pubs with travel guides and pints. You can’t beat nestling in for the day and making yourself comfortable, so I wanted decent pub grub.  Continue reading »

Osteria Agostiniana da Pippo

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

Restaurant Review

Sicily, say the word and those lilty string tunes play instantly in your head. Summer breezes flow in your mind and, naturally images of Pacino and Brando will infiltrate your thoughts. Sicily is more than you can imagine, a food lovers paradise, a relaxed and easy going place full of love for their country.  Continue reading »

It’s something that probably never comes into your mind when buying a bottle of wine, at least not consciously anyway, but it is something I notice every week in the shop when I’m helping customers make a choice that’s going to have them come back to us again.
Wine Intelligence’s new packaging report the familiar 750ml bottle is still by far the most popular choice for consumers, as opposed to bag-in-box, Tetra Pak, plastic bottles and smaller sized glass bottles.  Continue reading »

Seasonal dish, simply prepared perfect as a starter or light lunch**. There’s little cooking here, just taking the best of this weeks ingredients and putting it on a plate – messing around a little – but relying on the seasonality to shine.
(1) Earthy beetroot and their stalks boiled in milk and butter till softened. Furiously puréed in a blender, whipping in air until fluffy and light and swiped across the plate.  Continue reading »

An exceptionally lazy (and tasty) tart

If I get reincarnated as a mouse, I am in big, big trouble because – quite apart from grey not being my best colour – in general (gasp!) I don’t like cheese very much. This is a major failing which I try to correct. When I find myself faced with a cheeseboard, I will taste a molecule of everything just to make sure I still don’t like it. Mostly, I still don’t.  Continue reading »

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve given you enough time to watch the Olympic events over the weekend, so here goes: U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte totally owned Michael Phelps in the 400 IM and goes for gold again today in the 200 free.  Continue reading »

Bantry Meets the Challenge
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The sun shone as the week long Atlantic Challenge
came to an end in Bantry on Sunday. Even though we arrived relatively early on
Sunday morning, we had the feeling that we had missed a great night on Saturday
and that was pretty much confirmed everywhere on Sunday!
It certainly accounted for a leisurely start to the
day. Not too.  Continue reading »

Now mini dinner party nibbles and cutesy Lunchboxes Of The Week are all well and good. But sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a great big juicy sandwich. Warning, bruschetta fans may want to look away. This one’s strictly for real sandwich lovers.  Continue reading »

Now mini dinner party nibbles and cutesy Lunchboxes Of The Week are all well and good. But sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a great big juicy sandwich. Warning, bruschetta fans may want to look away. This one’s strictly for real sandwich lovers.  Continue reading »