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What? You mean you don’t have any? Well you clearly didn’t make enough Colcannon in the first place.  You need to have some leftover Colcannon, as this recipe is easy, blásta (tasty) and quick. Have it for lunch tomorrow or a simple supper.
What is Colcannon anyway?  Continue reading »

Baking Is The New Cool

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Here's a little question for you.  Do
you get enjoyment from food?  Do you find that your troubles melt away when you sink your
teeth into a delicious treat?  The idea that cakes and other goodies can promote
the feeling of wellbeing is not unheard of, but just why does it happen and how
can you get on board? If
you've a busy life and feel that spending a couple of hours in the kitchen is
a waste of time, please think again!  Continue reading »

Torres Tasting at Bradley’s

Torres Tasting at Bradley’s

Bodegas Torres, probably best known here because of their
Vina Sol and Sangre de Toro labels, is the largest wine company in Spain and
exports to 140 countries. They also run wineries in Chile and California.

Their Brand Manager Marta Delfa will be in town next week.
Bradley’s Off Licence on North Main Street is the venue for a two continent
tasting. There’ll be a rosé and white from Chile and two reds from Spain.  Continue reading »

On gloomy dark damp days like we have had recently, comfort food smashes down your front door with an axe, gently seals it up again, covers you with a nice blanket beside the fire in front of something like Coronation Street, and hands you a lovely bowl of hot stew and a cup of tea. Aaah…
It was extremely wet, and I was working from home, and damned if I was leaving my home-made office which has a fireplace. An actual fireplace.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week

À la recherche du temps perdu.

A blàs from the past.

Oxtail Soup at the Farmgate Cafe, English Market, Cork.

Many of you will have put with weak imitations from packets in recent years.

This superb Oxtail will bring you back to the original

and will set you up for a wintry afternoon.

It is the real thing, eating and drinking in it!

Well done to the Farmgate team and to Chef Eddie!  Continue reading »

Howdy folks, Happy Halloween!  Continue reading »

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

A post by David Havelin at Liquid Irish

On a recent Sunday afternoon I took a walk around the proposed site for Teeling’s new distillery. It occupies the space between 28-31 Mill Street, to the south, and 13-17 Newmarket Square, to the north, in Dublin’s Liberties (or, more prosaically, Dublin (Google Maps).
Newmarket Square is close to Cork Street and Patrick Street, both major arteries, but I’d never seen it before.  Continue reading »

Bloody Halloween Cupcakes

A post by Orla at Milis

To get you in the mood for Halloween, these spookily decorated bloody cupcakes should do the trick…or treat! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

Spider, witch’s hat, mummy, ghost, bat, tombstone, broom, skull, pumpkin, Frankenstein’s monster, bloody fangs and a bone… All in a day’s work! 
I made simple sponge cupcakes but before baking dribbled some strawberry jam on top and quickly buried the jam under batter so it would bake nicely.  Continue reading »

Finalists Announced For Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards 2013

After months of entries, short-listing and deliberations, the 30 finalists have been selected for the upcoming Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards 2013, which takes place on Saturday, November 9th in Dublin.

The Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards, run by Ireland’s number one food magazine, is a national cookery competition open to all ages and 2013 sees its third year, and possibly highly contested and most popular to date!  Continue reading »

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Bordeaux tops the Euro Red Contest

Beautiful wine from a very good year

I was in a really comfortable zone with the last glass of Caldora Yume Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2008. I reached out for the next bottle
and was totally ambushed, in the nicest possible way, by this 2009 from
Bordeaux.  Continue reading »

I will be participating in a UNESCO talk, Dublin On A Plate, next Monday November 4th. Full details are below if you would like to come along.
“Join food writers Biddy White Lennon, Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell and Gillian Nelis for an evening of fine dining and chat in Brasserie Le Pont Restaurant next Monday 4th November at 6.30pm.  Continue reading »

Remember how excited and nervous I was when I made this announcement? Well, right now I’m excited and nervous too but it’s for precisely the opposite reason.I’m closing the café or at least the current incarnation of Béile le Chéile. I may reopen in another location, in another format or at another time but for now, I’m calling it a day.I feel mixed emotions and it’s taken me months to arrive at this decision.  Continue reading »

Huge thanks to everyone who entered our ‘Put the Kettle On’ competition – the three winners of this gorgeous book by Juanita Browne about the Irish love affair with tea, are after the jump!

Our first winner is Aisling Marron for her brave attempts to broker peace between the Barrys/Lyons factions.  Continue reading »

Shiver me tinnies

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

We’d love to send you something, do you have an address that would suit to send it to?
That’s all the e-mail said, but I could see it came from the company which does PR for Heineken Ireland. I like surprises so I gave them my address without asking further questions. A couple of hours later a parcel arrived containing eight half-litre cans of Coors Light. My lucky day. Less than a month out of the brewery, too.  Continue reading »

Spooky Martini

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

I love Halloween as a celebration. It’s a welcome distraction from cold, dark evenings and impending winter. All the bright colored pumpkins and spooky decorations bring some cheer while we are waiting to get ready for Christmas. Most adult Halloween parties most likely happened over the weekend. However, if you feel like a spooky libation on Halloween night, this pomegranate Martini is a good one to try.  Continue reading »

When it comes to food & wine matching there are a couple of classics. Port and stilton, lamb and bordeaux. What restaurants here have been largely lazy of is not mixing the wine list and restaurant dishes. Some do it better than others but I’d love to see  a dish along with wine match (bonus points if it’s by the glass).
Perhaps we’re equally lazy while dining it at home.  Continue reading »

Midleton Country Market

Farmers Markets are the buzzword now but don’t think that the original country market has gone away. There are still scores of them around the country, including eight in Cork alone. Get the details here.

I called to the one in Midleton last Friday. The venue is the old school on Church Lane right in the middle of the town and with parking nearby.  Continue reading »