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Foodspotting In October

A post by Ken McGuire at Any Given Food

I’ve had this post sitting in drafts since the start of month, and now that I’m at the end of the month, I realise I’ve uploaded only a single photo to Foodspotting.com so it’s a single photo that you get. November, thankfully, will be a little bit different juding by the way the diary is stacking up.
So, what you’ve got here is a very tasty crispy chorizo salad taken from the lunch menu at Langton’s Tea & Wine Rooms on John Street in Kilkenny.  Continue reading »


A post by Kristin at Edible Ireland

Colcannon (cál ceannann, “white-headed cabbage”) is a traditional Irish potato dish eaten at Halloween. Frank Bruni, former food critic at the New York Times, might be perplexed by the Irish love affair with spuds, but here, they’re the stuff of poetry.
Did you ever eat colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.  Continue reading »

It’s not easy trying to stay seasonal and avoid clichés… It’s the Bank Holiday before Halloween today in Ireland. Leaves litter the garden, but I’m inside the house with the curtains drawn, the fire lit, slowly roasting a shoulder of lamb. Nothing to do, nowhere to go.  It’s a good day to eat soft fatty yielding shoulder meat, pulled from the bone.  Continue reading »

Petrifying Puff Pastries

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

It’s not just about apples and nuts – Halloween, that is.  Actually, if you dared to give any child who calls to your door either of those for their swag bag, they would give you a pitying look and move onto your neighbour pretty sharpish.  For kids these days, it’s all about the sweets or even money if they’re lucky.  Rather than pander to their every whim.  Continue reading »

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Thanksgiving is a stressful time of year for most, but Mrs. Cubbison’s can help you put together a tasty dinner this holiday.  Continue reading »

Light enough with hop finish. Refreshing.
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The Phoenix Park Tea Rooms
There are many attractions in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, the Zoo the most obvious and popular and perhaps also the biggest. But if you are in the area, keep an eye out for one of the smaller ones, the Phoenix Park Tea Rooms, on Chesterfield Avenue, just across the road from the Zoo entrance.
It looked gorgeous from the footpath last week, framed by the golden foliage.  Continue reading »

Naked Wines

Struggling with which wines to get in for Christmas?
Well Naked Wines are here to help! They’re hosting a big Christmas wine-tasting in Belfast’s Merchant Hotel on Friday 16 November, from 6pm to 9pm.
Visiting Northern Ireland for the very first time, the Naked Wines team are bringing some of their best winemakers with them, along with over 100 wines from all over the world for you to try before you stock up for Christmas.  Continue reading »

Because I’ve not used conventional wheat flour in this recipe it has been difficult to perfect. However the use of Perry (not Pear Cider!) lifts the the pudding and creates a delicate flavour. There was one bottle of Perry left in the bottom of the fridge, languishing away for weeks on end.  It has been…  Continue reading »

THE ACCOLADES keep on coming for Highbank Orchards and their organic Highbank Orchard Syrup. Produced by Julie and Rod Calder-Potts just out the road from me in Kilkenny, their apple syrup is certainly Ireland’s answer to maple syrup and its growing popularity is no wonder they have been named Kilkenny Food Producer of the Year as part of the proceedings at Savour Kilkenny this weekend gone.  Continue reading »

We are huge fans of Ranch dressing. We dip our veggies in it, put in our salads and request it with chicken wings. When we heard Food Network Star Jamie Deen created recipes for Hidden Valley incorporating this wonderful dressing, we thought it would be rude not to share.  Continue reading »

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Not a keeper

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

My Belgian beer hoard is getting out of control. The problem is they’re mostly not casual drinkers: most are beers I want to spend a bit of time with, preferably with a blogging window open in front of me, and that’s something I can only be bothered doing on rare occasions. Mostly I just want a beer. So the Belgians build up and I feel guilty about not drinking them. I will, eventually.  Continue reading »

From London to…

A post by Cuisine Genie at Cuisine Genie

Ah. Just another rainy Monday morning in London.

Next stop: Sri Lanka.

We’ve been planning this trip for so long and then all of a sudden it jumped up and shouted ‘hiyah it’s time, let’s go’. 

Our very close friends have recently moved to Colombo, Sri Lanka and of course we’d have to visit and help them get settled in wouldn’t we? Selfless friends and all that. I’m heading over a week earlier than Mr.  Continue reading »

Slow-cooked Wagyu Stew

A post by shananigans at Shananigans Blog

Shananigans was 3 months old on Friday 27th October. To celebrate we got a new logo, designed by our son Shane at Enter the Panda Ltd.

(update to blog design coming soon to tie in with the logo) and then we took ourselves off to Savour Kilkenny to take part in Foodcamp.  Continue reading »

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I had potatoes coming at me everywhere I turned. In Ireland, “and chips” is a phrase that annotates much more than fish.

For Frank Bruni, former New York Times restaurant critic and now Op-Ed columnist, the ubiquity of spuds in Ireland was a cliché confirmed, and, it seems, a tiresome one at that.  Continue reading »