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Archive for July, 2014

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Heading to the Kingdom this summer? Eva Schmid of Kerry’s Ard na Sidhe hotel has put together this really delightful and useful infographic on Kerry’s food festivals, cafes and tea rooms, cooking courses, farmers markets and food stores.
The Kenmare Food Carnival has been and gone, but there’s plenty more places left to visit, including the family-friendly Taste of Killorglin in early September.  Continue reading »

Friendly Festival at The Slí Eile FarmHarvest Festival in Churchtown

The Slí Eile Farm was the venue for a lively Harvest Festival on Sunday. The Churchtown event had something for everyone: lots of food stalls, advice (on organic growing, men’s sheds), a dog show, entertainment (bouncy castle, pony rides, penalty kicks, archery and more) for the kids, while the adults were entertained with some old fashioned farming, a thatching demo, and music.  Continue reading »

This current fine weather will forever collectively be known in the collective Irish memory as “The summer of 2014″ (as compared to  the “Floods of 1986″ or the “Snow of 2010″). It will also be known as the year that hordes of aggressive seagulls descended on Dublin, terrorising the urban dwellers unaccustomed to malevolent birds. Anyone bought up in the country will be used to eyeballing gigantic rooks and crows, but this year it is all about seagulls.  Continue reading »

I believed that grocery prices in Ireland are expensive; I felt they are steadily on the rise again, spurred on by the report from The Guardian published on Saturday, I’ve revisited my grocery shopping list from a few years ago to see how the prices differ.
One of the things I have noticed is how much prices vary when you move away from a main supermarket.  Continue reading »

Krug at Ballymaloe
Patience and perfection

Toast to the harvest! The Krug is served in its special Riedel glasses.

“Champagne is all about pleasure.”
Nicole Brown got widespread agreement on her opening statement at Ballymaloe last Thursday evening. And that agreement was reinforced by the time the audience in the famous Cookery School had sampled the amazing Krug Grand Cuvée.  Continue reading »

Irish Food Co-op Launches

A post by Ken McGuire at Any Given Food

The Tastefully Yours team pictured at the launch of the Irish Food Co-op in Kilkenny on Friday 25 July 2014.

The idyllic setting of Butler House in Kilkenny was the backdrop for the launch of the Irish Food Co-op on Friday last.
With a physical presence in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, the newly established Irish Food Co-op brings together seven producers from the south east region under a mantra of “one invoice, one contact, one delivery”.  Continue reading »

Tinkering sans frontières

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The newest pair of beers from Dublin-based Brown Paper Bag Project arrived a couple of weeks ago, heralded by a barbecue and garden party out the back of L. Mulligan Grocer where projecteers Colin and Brian introduced the débutantes.

Look at that lovely head

Vlad the Baker is a lager, lagered the proper way in Vyškov, in central Moravia.  Continue reading »

Beeftro, Dundrum

A post by Nollaig B at Fascination Food

This restaurant has been on my list for quite some time. Tough life working through that list…! Many foodie friends have both spoken about it and written about it on their blogs. Instagram pictures have tempted me. Foodie tweets have allured me. Then there’s beef in the title and when Irish steak is good, it is a meal that is really hard to beat. Eventually off I went to pay a visit and see for myself.  Continue reading »

Whipped Feta

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Whipped wha?  Feta. I had it as part of a salad in Kilkenny a few weeks ago and it's been on my mind every since.  You know how sometimes you taste something unexpected and it's like an earworm running through your head and it won't go away?  Usually it's Ed Sheerin's Sing or the last song I've heard in the car before I go into work (Steps was the one that lasted longest) but this time it was real cheese.

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I admit it. I’m a blueberry fanatic. In fact, around this time of year, I become so obsessed by blueberries that I often find myself wanting to include them in every meal of the day. But if you’re like me, a busy schedule means that you can’t stop by local grocers or farm stands daily for your summer-time blueberries fix.  Continue reading »

Beer Can Chicken

A post by shananigans at Shananigans Blog

What a glorious Irish summer we have been enjoying. It reminds me of the idyllic summers of my Wexford childhood or my rose-tinted memories of them anyway. Irish seaside holidays are back in fashion.  Continue reading »

This is a wonderfully fragrant dish that is very easy to prepare. I use chicken thighs here as they have more flavour, but you can easily use chicken breasts instead. The paste made for the sauce can also be used with beef or pork.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD IN CORK

One day, a newspaper had published a highly flattering review…. and everything changed. Letizia often wondered when it was that the man had come in, just one more anonymous diner, and taken his seat at the red-and-white checked table, sampling the ‘red onion-tomato sauce’ and the fantastic ragu meat loaf, a sensory delight’, as he had described his meal.  Continue reading »

I am absolutely in love with the new Hannibal series. I devoured season 1 on DVD, and now I’m hungry for more. One of the reasons I’m so smitten with Hannibal is the delicious set design, particularly the mouthwateringly gourmet meals prepared and served by everyone’s favourite cannibal. By the end of each episode, I was ravenous.
I know that that sounds like the sort of thing that might get.  Continue reading »

I am absolutely in love with the new Hannibal series. I devoured season 1 on DVD, and now I’m hungry for more. One of the reasons I’m so smitten with Hannibal is the delicious set design, particularly the mouthwateringly gourmet meals prepared and served by everyone’s favourite cannibal. By the end of each episode, I was ravenous.
I know that that sounds like the sort of thing that might get.  Continue reading »

Blog Awards Ireland 2014

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Blog Awards Ireland 2014

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Win Tickets To Wonderfest

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

Today I’ve the chance for you to win tickets to Wonderfest, which is taking place on August 16th and 17th in the grounds of Malahide Castle. It’s not just everyday tickets either, it’s a full family ticket with camping included which is worth just under €150 in total. Being from Malahide myself, I could harp on for ages about what a beautiful village it is. I will always call it a village as it was when I was growing up.  Continue reading »