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Archive for August, 2012

A Late Date With Utensil

A post by Ken McGuire at Any Given Food

Some of the work on display at Utensil, running until October 29 at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny. Join me at 6.30pm on Thursday 30 August for an informal tour and a glass of wine.

If you’re around Kilkenny this evening (Thursday), I’m hosting this month’s Late Date at the National Craft Gallery at The Castle Yard (behind The Kilkenny Design Centre, opposite Kilkenny Castle) at 6.30pm.  Continue reading »

There’s not much cooking going on in blissful sunny Croatia. Too busy sun bathing, recovering from the storm and eating. So it was up to Mr.Moustache to organise the Lunchbox Of The Week…He was chuffed with himself. If you squint a little you’ll see his catch of the day. 


Le Poisson Lunchbox Of The Week.  Continue reading »

There’s not much cooking going on in blissful sunny Croatia. Too busy sun bathing, recovering from the storm and eating. So it was up to Mr.Moustache to organise the Lunchbox Of The Week…He was chuffed with himself. If you squint a little you’ll see his catch of the day. 


Le Poisson Lunchbox Of The Week.  Continue reading »

It was the closing day of the Olympics and we were sitting on the sofa watching the precious last few events. We were like drug addicts who knew that our supply was shortly to be cut off and we were squeezing every last drop out of the spectacle. Earlier in the day, we had debated where to go for dinner, but those plans got shelved as we stayed in to watch the last events, the last medal presentations and finally, the closing ceremony.  Continue reading »

Competition time! We have copies of   ‘Something to Chew On’ by Professor Mike Gibney to give away.  Professor Gibney is the Head of the Institute of Food and Health in UCD, and in this book, he tackles controversies and common misunderstandings about food and health from an expert scientific perspective.  Continue reading »

It’s definitely a blast from the past when I think about all the ways my parents made my meals more fun. Keep reading to see my top 8 secrets for making kids excited to eat their meals, and get some recipes to go along with them! Transform a boring sandwich into a fun smiley face. Use a round-rimmed glass to cut the crust away from the middle of a sandwich, and then draw on eyes and a smile with a condiment or even other pieces of your child’s lunch.  Continue reading »

(Pic has nothing to do with Gavin Lynch! Thou wasn’t he in a band back in the day….(!) its a classic for those of you heading off to the Electric Picnic this weekend…anyone remember where it came from?  Continue reading »

Bon Appetit

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit  
People often ask me how I get inspired to create my recipes. Well some of my inspiration comes from weird and wacky places like kids toys, movies or events, but more often, it comes from eating out. I prefer to dine in restaurants that are noted for their creative food rather than places with the same blah menus. As many food bloggers will agree, why go out when everything on the menu you could easily make yourself.  Continue reading »

It’s week 3 of the Great Irish Bake Off Challenge.  We have a winner from Week 2 and the judges have set us a new task. Last week’s challenge was to bake an 8 strand plaited loaf.  We had loads of entries and considering we requested 3 photos per entry the judges had a hard…  Continue reading »

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To follow on from my earlier post this month ‘Are You Gluten Free Friendly?‘ I put out a call to fellow gluten free folk to mention Irish businesses who go out of their way to look after the gluten intolerant and coeliac population. I was tweeted, emailed and facebook messaged and here is a list of noteworthy businesses out there who are doing their bit to making gluten free living a little easier. 

 - Cafe Royal Waterford recommended to me by Beatrice Payet.  Continue reading »

A few weeks ago I received an invitation to dinner at Bon Appetit in the seaside village of Malahide in Dublin.  It is a place that we drive past regularly and each time we do I say to Mr. LMUTB “we really need to try there”, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to do just that.  I had heard some great reports about the restaurant and food recently and so my interest was well and truly piqued.  Continue reading »

I love finding new inspiration for recipes from any source that’s willing to give it. Cookbooks, other cooks, blogs, TV shows, and eating out.
The words ‘basil tzatziki’ caught my eye on a menu recently and I just had to recreate it at home. This took all of three minutes to whip together and it was a truly scrumptious topping for a juicy burger.
This would most certainly work well as an accompaniment to any BBQd or roasted meat, or to vamp up a selection of salads.  Continue reading »

On Thursday 6th September we welcome Peter Perrin of Bleasdale, Langhorne Creek, Australia, as part of an Australian night in Meades 126, Cork.

As Australia’s second oldest winery, family-owned since 1850, it’s fair to say the Potts family at Bleasdale have seen it all.  Continue reading »

Today I’ve a quick roundup of some of my favourite finds from the ever-expanding foodie blogosphere.  I’ve mostly my younger, cooler and thoroughly more fun little brother to thank for the headsup re these blogs.
1. The Comic Strip at Nert.me: check out this fun and amazingly talented blogger’s take on food posts – it’s irreverent, visual and simple, no wonder my nineteen year old brother liked it!
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This Friday we’re delighted to welcome Francesco Riccardi of Borgo Magredo for the first of our autumn schedule of events and tastings, as part of the newly launched Curious Wine Club.

Francesco will be presenting the Borgo Magredo range for sampling as part of an Italian night in the Bowery, Cork. The Bowery’s rooftop will be the venue from 5.00pm to 9.00pm, entry along with wine samples and nibbles is completely free.
See you there!  Continue reading »

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I recently received an email from L’Atitude 51, a charming Cork-based wine bar & cafe of which I am a huge fan. The people behind L’Atitude love wine, and they are on a mission to spread the love and knowledge of wine in Cork city.

The latest class on offer is the Wine Fundamentals series. This will start on Saturday the 22nd of September at 3.30 pm, and will run for 4 successive classes designed to learn about wine in a fun and lively way.  Continue reading »

While rummaging through James Halliday’s fabulous website last week I came across a post on the so-called ‘Hatcher Theorem’. Chris Hatcher, chief winemaker at Wolf Blass in Australia, is one of the original advocates of the screwcap closure, in a country that has pioneered and helped change consumer perception of this modern and reliable form of packaging.  Continue reading »


A very handsome book

Ard Bia at Nimmo’s is a small grey stone building, settled stolidly by Galway’s Spanish Arch.  So far, so unprepossessing. But step inside that jaunty red door and you arrive in a rambling, welcoming space of light and warmth. I’ve always loved the juxtaposition, particularly on a miserable day, between the impassive outside and the bustling but relaxed atmosphere of the cafe/restaurant.
The Ard Bia Cookbook does something similar.  Continue reading »