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Archive for August, 2012

Happy Labor Day everyone. We’re excited for a much needed long weekend and spending time with friends and family. If you’re going to be grilling out this weekend, don’t forget the side dishes to go along with your burgers and brats.
Cantaloupe Salad: This is a wonderful twist on a traditional summer fruit salad.
Tofu Salad: This vegetarian salad is a filling and delicious meal with smoked tofu, corn, broccoli, and pineapple.  Continue reading »

This is one man of a Manhattan with home-made brandied cherries. It looks and tastes deliciously sophisticated. I love cherries, but I hate those sickly sweet red ones, that they give you in cheap cocktails. They just taste of sugar and have a really weird texture. I sometimes wonder if they’re even cherries… So for this recipe, I decided to soak some fresh cherries in brandy, cinnamon, and orange zest to create the most fantastic cocktail cherry.  Continue reading »

Happy Friday, foodie readers! Keep reading to learn how you can win in our latest contest: 4 food vouchers from Tandoor Chef, a 2-week long contest!
 
Tandoor Chef provides nutrient-rich Indian food in such varieties such as the new Palak Paneer with Dal Makhani & Turmeric-Infused Basmati Rice. We love that their food is as tasty as it is good for you.
The Prize: One (1) lucky winner will win four (4) Tandoor Chef product vouchers!  Continue reading »

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Middle-class dilemma alert!  My pal Declan is looking for somewhere in Dublin that stocks his favourite Vietnamese coffee – Trung Nguyen. Anyone have any tips for speciality coffee shops that might have this, or any other Vietnamese coffees?  Or would you prefer to just share general abuse about fancy coffee snobs? Get it off your chest in the comment box below.  Continue reading »

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The Baltic to Bavaria

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Even though there was plenty of representation from the big international German beer brands at the Berlin Beer Festival, one of the headline sponsors was Störtebeker, a regional brand from Straslund on the Baltic coast due north of the capital. Having never heard of them I made a point of visiting their stand where two very jolly barmen were dishing out a pils and a schwarz.  
Störtebeker Pils is magnificent: a sharp bitter kick gets it going and the middle is smooth and creamy.  Continue reading »

Ard Bia Cookbook

A post by Kristin at Edible Ireland

A few years ago I was in Galway city for the first time, giving a talk with a typesetter friend about the freelance side of the publishing industry to the masters students at the university there. We got to Galway later than we’d expected and didn’t have time to go searching for lunch before our talk, so we just popped across the road from our hotel to Ard Bia — even though we had dinner reservations there too. “See you again in a few hours!” we laughed as we paid our bill.  Continue reading »

Ard Bia Cookbook

A post by Kristin at Edible Ireland

A few years ago I was in Galway city for the first time, giving a talk with a typesetter friend about the freelance side of the publishing industry to the masters students at the university there. We got to Galway later than we’d expected and didn’t have time to go searching for lunch before our talk, so we just popped across the road from our hotel to Ard Bia — even though we had dinner reservations there too. “See you again in a few hours!” we laughed as we paid our bill.  Continue reading »

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Tomato Tart

A post by kitchen72 at kitchen72

Late Summer is the perfect time to make this savoury tart, when tomatoes are bursting with flavour and at the height of their sweetness. With a buttery, flaky crust, a pesto sauce and a sweet caramelised onion filling this is equally delicious served warm or cold. Paired with a simple green salad and a chilled glass of white wine, it can make a lovely main course or a leisurely lunch.  Continue reading »

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Rurally Screwed

A post by imen at {farmette}

Please forgive me for leaving you dangling with a dozen Gooseberry Jam Doughnuts for far too long.  I was hoping praying the jammy delights might be special enough to linger on while we ventured off-farm for a spell, so thanks for hanging in there.
After much ado, the farmers and I were finally able to hatch a plan to trek off on our annual whirlwind Stateside tour.  Continue reading »

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The fifth and final installment of our Bordeaux insight, we enter ‘Entre-Deux-Mers’, or to us, ‘between the rivers’. We’ll also have a glance at the terrific sweet white wines of bordeaux.

To view the previous four posts in this series, click here and scroll down to view.
Entre-Deux-Mers
Entre-Deux-Mers is a 50 mile wedge of land plonked between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers in south-eastern Bordeaux.  Continue reading »

Spain is in the red as their annual tomato fight got underway this week! Keep reading to learn about the event, some fun tomato facts and recipes that actually make practical use of the tomato…

The always exuberant people of Spain throw tomatoes (in the name of tradition, of course!) during the annual tomatina fight in the village of Buñol. Almost 50,000 people from the likes of America, Australia and Japan picked up a tomato and took aim at friends and other strangers.  Continue reading »

Jellybean Rainbow Cake

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

This cake looks like it was lifted straight from Willy Wonka’s factory, however it is incredibly easy to make. You don’t need to be an experienced baker, all you need is patience. One of the rules of being a member of our family is that Birthdays only happen with cake. I remember my mother going…  Continue reading »

Food and Drink Spotting
Ballymaloe Wine Events
Skillogalee
Ballymaloe’s Colm McCan tells me they have some interesting wine events coming up. “The next one is on Sunday 9th September – It’s a long way from Clare to here – with Dave Palmer, of Skillogalee, returning to Ballymaloe (we are just doing a tasting this time) and he will be joined by some Co. Clare food producers – a bit like what.  Continue reading »

Hot on the heels of our Italian night in Cork on Friday, we’ve a treat for the good people of Kinsale.

This Saturday, 1st September, we’ll be hosting a wine and Prosecco tasting with Francesco Riccardi of Borgo Magredo. The venue is The Stolen Pizza on Lower O’Connell Street (formerly Jola’s Restaurant). The free tasting will run from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, after which you can pop downstairs for a pizza!  Continue reading »