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Archive for March, 2014

If potatoes had personalities, you might describe them as a patient lot. Forget to dig them in autumn and they might surprise you come spring with their belated bounty.
And so it was this weekend. Though the potato calendar may have pointed to planting – and recent Potato Days, such as those at the Organic Centre in Co. Leitrim and at Sonairte in Co. Meath, provided both the spur to sow and the seeds to sow with – it was harvesting that was the name of this Spud Sunday’s game.  Continue reading »

If potatoes had personalities, you might describe them as a patient lot. Forget to dig them in autumn and they might surprise you come spring with their belated bounty.
And so it was this weekend. Though the potato calendar may have pointed to planting – and recent Potato Days, such as those at the Organic Centre in Co. Leitrim and at Sonairte in Co. Meath, provided both the spur to sow and the seeds to sow with – it was harvesting that was the name of this Spud Sunday’s game.  Continue reading »

Glorious Foods

Wildberry’s Raspberry Cheesecake. Good from any angle!

There was a lot of oohing and aahing going on in the English Market last week, especially inside the Fresh from West Cork stall. And the happy sounds soon spread as Water Ryan-Purcell, the man in charge of the stall, handed out samples.

It was a tough morning as I tasted cake after cake.  Continue reading »

Earlier this Spring, Organico Cafe in Bantry became the first cafe in Bantry to install a reverse-osmosis filter which removes all chemicals, heavy metals and bacteria from our water – including, of course, chlorine and the now infamous Fluoride. We also installed a filter in our Bakery so that all the food and beverages that we prepare are made with pure water.

This has caused a lot of interesting reactions.  Continue reading »

Lemon Posset

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Lemon Posset

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Earlier this year, in February, I received an absolutely welcome hamper of Áine Hand Made Chocolate http://www.chocolates.ie/ for review. Truth be told, I have been a big fan of her chocolate for a very long time. Reasons: it’s Irish, it’s gluten free, it’s a quality chocolate, the range is phenomenal, it’s award winning and most importantly, it tastes good.  Continue reading »

Taking down the clown

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Another jolly, and slightly weird, Belgian cartoon on the label of Paljas Blond, from Brouwerij Henricus in Zeebrugge. It’s bright and only slightly hazy for a small bottle-conditioned job. The first surprise is its aroma: crisp and slightly sour, with overtones of gueuze about it.
 Not so much in the flavour, however. There’s a big bitterness from a generous early addition of Magnum, followed by the orange cordial effect of Styrian Goldings.  Continue reading »

Mother’s Day. It’s a strange one, especially if your off-spring are scattered around the world. It’s a day for reflecting on what it means to be a mother and a daughter, always on alert, never quite letting go of the ties that bind, a tiny part of your heart and mind constantly paying attention to […].  Continue reading »

Sunday Reads: 30 March 2014

A post by Ken McGuire at Any Given Food

March has all but come and gone, we’re a quarter the way through the year, and summer time (at least in terms of how the clocks go anyway) has officially started.
Late in the day and all as it is – let’s just call this the late edition – here’s a selection of reads you may have missed this past week from other Irish and international food bloggers and writers.  Continue reading »

Do you need a PA?

A post by 2 Girls with a Food Blog at 2 Girls with a Food Blog

Clever Cards
When it comes to birthdays do you need a P.A. to buy, write and send your cards? Do you need someone to remind you when someone’s birthday is coming up? or do you find yourself just send belated cards?
I was all of the above until I discovered Clever Cards when watching The Late Late Show a few months back. I was given the opportunity to send a free card and did so to try out their system and have not looked back or missed an occasion yet!  Continue reading »

I found this anonymous quotation online recently. It is so filled with truth, for all sons and daughters I believe…‘Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.’
I have always believed there is such a strong link between nourishment and love. In many ways, what greater love than the love of the one who brings you into this world! So, on Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate.  Continue reading »

Top Posts for Past 12 Months
(to end of March ‘14)
Wine and Beer figure strongly in the 12 most popular posts since the start of April 2013. There has been a huge surge of interest in the post (#2 below) on that great John Wilson hosted wine evening in Brown Thomas, part of the Wine Geese series.

1 The Black Pig Wine Bar

2 Happy Gaggle of Wine Geese

3 Electric. Easy to book. Hard to leave.  Continue reading »

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Leon invents the bacon cup

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

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If you are anything like me, I am sure you are addicted to cookbooks. Here in Ireland the standard of Irish cookbooks has really risen in the last few years and there are plenty of food writers to be excited about. Last week I was filming at the ever lovely Catherine Fulvio's Ballyknocken house for Bord Bia and while I was there I couldn't help but drool over her latest cookbook The Weekend Chef.  Continue reading »