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Archive for January, 2014

Ummera Smoked Products, a small but highly regarded producer of smoked salmon, smoked chicken & other products, has a vacancy for a part-time office administrator, 3 mornings per week.
Responsibilities will include general office duties, contacting customers, taking and making up orders to despatch stage, general accounting and data entry.
Experience in using Sage is desirable as is a knowledge of accounting practices.  Continue reading »

The Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair returns for the second time to Dublin over the weekend of February 7th – 8th and Stitch & Bear are delighted to have a pair of tickets on offer for a lucky reader. See below for details on how to win.

The festival will be Ireland’s largest craft beer festival with oer 50 breweries from around the world paired with 15 of Ireland’s finest artisan food producers.  Continue reading »

Bakestone Café and DeliFinger Licking Lunch

Bakestone is the bright and busy Café and Deli in the Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre at Cobh Cross. Made a visit there this week and enjoyed a lovely lunch. They also serve breakfast.

Not the biggest of menus. Three specials featured on the board and you could also choose from various quiches and other tarts. I was there at 12.30pm and picked the Meatballs Focaccia. Minutes later, it was crossed off the board.

No wonder it is popular.  Continue reading »

A lovely red brick cottage just off the main Ranelagh strip has been beautifully converted into the new location for Gavin McDonagh’s Brioche. The concept here is French-style tasting plates, but in fairness to McDonagh, he’s not a recent follower of this restaurant trend. He served up delectable little plates in the city centre Brioche Ce Soir, all from a tiny kitchen area used for daytime sandwich preparation.  Continue reading »

Everybody needs a little sunshine in their lives, especially at the thin end of January, facing into the dreary bleakness that is February. It’s damp….  Continue reading »

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Chinese New Year Recipes

A post by Ken McGuire at Any Given Food

Chinese New Year is upon (tomorrow as it happens) and with it comes heaps of supermarket promos, ads and recipes popping up all over the web. You’ll get your discounts on sauces, free woks with a few packets of rice and (as it has already started here), the cursory text messages from your local Chinese takeaway touting offers on starters, four-in-ones and other dishes to mark the occasion.
It’s also the year of the horse, but you won’t see me tracking down horse recipes.  Continue reading »

The key to having your meals planned for the week ahead is organisation. That is why I prepare a pile of veg over the weekend and get batch cooking.  Don’t be under any illusions now, I’m no food preparation machine, but it is so easy to lash a dinner together during the week when I’ve put the time in at the weekend.
It goes a bit like this: 
Saturday morning I set aside an hour in the morning. The vegetable peeler gets used, alot.  Continue reading »

Taste of the WeekYesterday, about ten, I was routinely sipping my cup of coffee, enjoying the sunshine coming in the south facing window when, all of a sudden, I realised I had something special in my mouth, a really good coffee. Not that I was too surprised, as this splendid Colombian, my Taste of the Week, was the opening edition from the 2014 Robert Roberts Connoisseur Club.  Continue reading »

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Cottoning on

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The Cotton Ball pub sits on a street corner in the sprawling Cork suburb of Mayfield, and has done long before there was any sprawl. The Lynches established it in 1874 and it has remained in family ownership ever since. The large public bar at the front opens out into an even bigger lounge area in an extension to the rear and to the casual observer it looks like any other neighbourhood local.  Continue reading »

Blood Orange Cake

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Blood Orange Cake

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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My January Roundup

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

The days are getting longer, second by precious second, and the festive season is but a distant memory (apart from the "thunk" of the credit card bill hitting the mat).  I've quite a few things to tell you about that are happening right now, so pull up a chair.
Deconstructed Afternoon Tea at the Fitzwilliam Hotel

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Press release from Bord Bia
Bord Bia Launches Retail Guide for Small Food Businesses

 Bord Bia Small Business Open Day 2014 – 29/01/2014 – Small Irish food businesses are optimistic about their growth prospects according to the findings of a recent Bord Bia food industry survey (December 2013). Almost 70% of those surveyed stated that they expect their business to grow in 2014 and almost half claimed to have increased their turnover in 2013.  Continue reading »

Flapjacks at bedtime

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

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Chocolate Meringues

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

Light, crisp and crumbly meringues with chocolate, softly whipped cream, and banana slices – could there be anything nicer? I always think meringues are far tastier than macarons. Meringues are much simpler to make for one, and virtually fool proof. No complicated processes or aging of egg whites, and they can be whipped up in minutes. I wanted to add another flavor to my simple meringues, and decided to drizzle on some rick dark chocolate.  Continue reading »

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Grilled Scallops Seaweed Infusion 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Scallop Tartar,  Mountain River Sorrel 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Beetroot from Home 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Hand dived shrimps from  West Cork 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Wood Sorrel, Fresh Shrimp ,Beetroot 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Smoked Turbeti n Seaweed 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant, Bruinoise of Vegetable , Dried Flowered Vegetables 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant ,Carpaccio of Sika Deer, Crushed Pepper
©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Carrot, Rocket, Coriander

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant ,Chantarrel, kale,Trumpet 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant , Partridge, Bog Oak,Connamarea
©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Chocolate,Goald Leaf, Seaweed, Rocksalt 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Irish Apple Seven Ways

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant, Nell’s Pears 

©Kevin Thornton#Thornton’s Restaurant Chocolate Macaroon, Passionfruit    .  Continue reading »