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Archive for July, 2013

There is quiet efficiency and frugality in traditional Irish food. Today, after a break of a couple of months, I indulged my yearning for food that cherished my sense of belonging, of home, of heritage.
I asked the butcher for a large piece of ham, not too cured. He picked up a lump from the tray and offered to cut it in half, knowing that I like to make the most of the budget.  Continue reading »

It’s a Monday afternoon. I’m sitting on the deck in Duncannon. Two Peking Ducks are roasting on the Big Green Egg. Diced Wexford new potatoes are slow-cooking below them in the duck fat.  Continue reading »

Afternoon tea is one of those luxurious treats which, once you’ve been introduced to, will probably become somewhat of an obsession! It all started a few years back when a good friend of mine from Austria who spent many a year in Dublin, brought me to the swish Westin Hotel in Dublin city centre for some “afternoon tea”. I was intrigued indeed, but didn’t know quite what to expect!  Continue reading »

Afternoon tea is one of those luxurious treats which, once you’ve been introduced to, will probably become somewhat of an obsession! It all started a few years back when a good friend of mine from Austria who spent many a year in Dublin, brought me to the swish Westin Hotel in Dublin city centre for some “afternoon tea”. I was intrigued indeed, but didn’t know quite what to expect!  Continue reading »

The folks at Smirnoff have teamed up with chef Ben Spalding for a series of vodka-related dishes, this one being their Green Apple Smirnoff Vodka Cake, topped with a cinnamon syrup, essential a chocolate cake covered with a green apple Smirnoff vodka and cinnamon syrup. If you’re up for it, grab some polenta, almonds, vodka, eggs, and get stuck in.

Green Apple Smirnoff Vodka Cake
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Chocolate cake topped with green apple smirnoff vodka syrup.  Continue reading »

This week I wanted to try something new. Considering my love for anything with goat cheese, I decided to test out a lemon, goat cheese and zucchini side dish. It seemed easy enough. Let me be the first to tell you that you are just 5 minutes of cooking away from quite possibly the best side dish I’ve ever had!

The most time consuming part of this recipe is in the preparation. It just takes so darn long to make the ultra thin zucchini strips with a potato peeler.  Continue reading »

Pinot Noir on the double from Hawkes Bay

Bilancia, Pinot Noir 2006, Hawkes Bay (NZ), 13.5%, €22.45,
Karwig Wines 

This medium red coloured wine is nice and bright considering it
is 2006. On the nose, it is classic red fruits, cherry and raspberry. In the
mouth, it is juicy and beautifully fruity and very well balanced (the balance,  a
prime aim of the makers Leheny and Gibson).  Continue reading »

Full marks to Revelation Cat for the label design on these beers, capturing perfectly the style of Nintendo’s 8-bit game packaging, to the point of possibly prompting a letter from the lawyers. The brewing company is based in Rome but these were all produced in Kent at the Ramsgate Brewery: information marked clearly on the back label, other gypsy brewers please note.
They came my way via Reuben, coming his way via Steve, so thanks again to them both.  Continue reading »

After watching almost two seasons of Gossip Girl while resting with the flu  this weekend I have no doubt that Little Jenny Humphrey would approve of Studded Blondies

Last Thursday I shared with everyone my love of Lotus Spread, now it’s time to see what you can create with this super special secret ingredient!

What I love most about this recipe is how quick it is, and wait for it… For mixing it only takes one bowl and a spoon!  Continue reading »

Given the image above, I may as well get straight to the point: National Potato Day is, once again, on its way.
Started as an initiative by Keogh’s, it’s two years since the inaugural National Potato Day took place and this year, for the first time, it will run with the support of Bord Bia (which, I suppose you could say, makes it official).  Continue reading »

Blaas

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

via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/cTfYirwNyA/.  Continue reading »

In Organico Cafe we always cook with people in mind who are on a dairy free/vegan diet. Our aim is for much of our food to be naturally dairy-free so that people who don’t need to know won’t know! We feel your enjoyment of your meal should not be compromised just because of the absence of dairy.  Continue reading »

Why is it that, sometimes, people can talk the talk, but not walk the walk?  Or, more formally, what’s the missing link between expressed attitude and actual behaviour? Let’s have a look….
A recent study led by Eileen Power, and published in the Journal for Nature Conservation, looks at just that gap. This publication compares how farmer attitude, behaviour and knowledge effects biodiversity on both organic and conventional dairy farms in Ireland.  Continue reading »

via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/cSDuqaQN1P/.  Continue reading »

There are days when the blog becomes an outlet for my ire and annoyance at the daily drudge that living on a tight budget brings. Then there are days when the grey stuff clears away and I get moments of clarity where I can be grateful despite/in spite of having a rough time.
Anyway I thought I’d write down what I’m grateful for today.  Continue reading »

And then it hits you …

A post by WiseMóna at Wise Words

 

Summer is hectic isn’t it?
I mean this year in particular, because we are blessed with all this sunshine, so it’s off to the beach with a picnic at the drop of a hat.
We are secretly afraid it might take another 25 years for summer to come back to our island; We are soaking it all up (with factor 50 +++ of course).

Before I delve too deeply into what is on my mind I need to ask you for a huge favour.
Can you please have a look at this project and pledge towards it?  Continue reading »

Enjoying the Cornstore’s Summer

Of Aged Beef, Seafood and Cocktails

Balsamicotini

Cork’s immensely popular
Cornstore Restaurant, on Cornmarket Street, is flying high this year, powered
by four “engines”: Aged Steaks, innovative Seafood dishes and a whole squadron
of cocktails (led by the special infused mixes). The fourth engine is the
service team, smiling, chatty, friendly and efficient.  Continue reading »

The Marks & Spencer Dine in for Two for €13.50 is back on again until Tuesday, and the menu is on the M&S website as usual.
I was recently looking at the M&S Ireland Facebook page and saw a commenter complaining that there weren’t any healthy options in the Dine In deal.  Continue reading »


The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of HOT kitchens (I mean Bikram hot kitchens) and the only recipes I can think about posting involve a large glass, ice and a long shot of H2O. See that little puddle melting in the corner there? That's me. 

Somebody has been looking sadly at his empty lunchbox for a while now. I won't mention names but he's French and may or may not have a moustache...

So next week we'll be back with some lunchbox recipes. In the meantime please excuse me while I go and pop my head into the fridge. 

Paloma

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

This is most delicious cocktail I know for those balmy summer evenings. I just read an article that said Seattle is the best place to experience summer in America, and so far it’s been true for me. The weather has been amazing. Most places in Washington don’t have air conditioning, so I’m always looking for novel ways to keep cool. Ice tea and home-made lemonade are great refreshing weekday drinks, and this cocktail is my new favorite weekend cooler.  Continue reading »