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Archive for November, 2014

Simple Homemade Cosmetics

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

It’s not easy being a teen. I have no doubt I’d struggle if I was a teen now that social media is so pervasive in everyday life. Intense teen relationships that were once relatively private are often played out in public, and it’s hard to deal with the “always on” expectations of friends.
The past couple of weeks the 15yo and I have made the effort to spend time together without the intrusion of the internet. We’re both knitting together in the evenings.  Continue reading »

Banana Bread (Cake)

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

Banana bread seems like it should be healthy – it sounds healthy. But the thing is most banana bread recipes are really just buttery cake. Not that I have anything against cake, but it should be called banana cake, so we all know what it really is. I have tried to make this banana cake slightly healthier, by cutting down on the fat, and using buttermilk instead of butter. I have also used more bananas and coconut, so that I can get away with less sugar.  Continue reading »

We had a light stretch and then returned to the hotel for a lunch of chicken or steak, fish and some beans. For some reason there was always plenty of toast. No bread, no rolls allowed, just stacks of toast. You could have 300,000 pieces of toast, but no bread. I never did work that out.

Liverpool’s Phil Neal quoted in Match of My Life (editor: Ben Lyttleton).  Continue reading »

This is the first in a series of three meals which are perfect for the cold winter months. The first two feed into the third (a rather fetching Seafood Risotto) by providing the ultimate stock, so you can try making all three in one week to get the most out of them. The next step is the Moules Frites.
Before my recent trip to Hungary, the only reference point I had for paprikás was from.  Continue reading »

This is the first in a series of three meals which are perfect for the cold winter months. The first two feed into the third (a rather fetching Seafood Risotto) by providing the ultimate stock, so you can try making all three in one week to get the most out of them. The next step is the Moules Frites.
Before my recent trip to Hungary, the only reference point I had for paprikás was from.  Continue reading »

Review : Dinner by Domini Kemp

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Domini Kemp is a bit of a powerhouse, not only is she the co-owner of the itsa chain, Hatch & Sons, Alchemy Juices & Joe's Coffee Shop with her sister Peaches, she trained as a chef in Leiths in London, has already written two cookery books, broadcasts on food on RTE Radio 1 and has a weekly cookery column in the Irish Times.  Column is a bit of an understatement actually, it's a double page full colour spread.  If you want something done, ask a busy lady (obviously).  Continue reading »

‘Spoons, man

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

One of the more momentous events of the past year was the arrival of British pub chain JD Wetherspoon to Ireland. The original surprise announcement was made in August 2013 and news came through by the end of the year that the first branch would be in the well-heeled south Dublin suburb of Blackrock. So this wasn’t going to be one of those Wild West Wetherspoons, run down and gum-stained, that one occasionally encounters across the water.  Continue reading »

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

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Caroline Byrne has been appointed as the new Secretary General of Euro-Toques Ireland.  Continue reading »

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Christmas Granola

A post by sheila kiely at Gimme the recipe

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Elbow Lane Brew & Smoke House
Best of goods in small parcels

Best of goods in small parcels. An old Irish saying beloved of mothers.

And like many old sayings, there is some truth in it. Take the Elbow Lane Brew and Smoke House in Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. The brewery here is so small, they call it nano rather than micro and the restaurant area, which can accommodate 25, is one of the smallest if not the smallest in the city. But you certainly get good stuff here.  Continue reading »

Irish Cookbooks 2014

A post by Kristin at Edible Ireland

When I say 2014 has been a good year for Irish cookbooks, I’ll admit I’m biased since this year my own book, Sláinte, is among their ranks. But what really strikes me about this year’s batch of books is the noticeable shift towards a ‘free’ type of eating — meat-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and even oven-free in the case of Sharon Hearne-Smith’s No-Bake Baking.  Continue reading »

If you’ve never had beef short ribs before, you’re missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. Beef short ribs should be so tender that the meat literally falls off the bone with a fork. Serve them with soft Parmesan polenta as suggested here or they are also delicious with creamy mashed potatoes.  Continue reading »

Honey, Ginger And Apple Cake

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

This morning a mist rolled down from the Mourne Mountains to the sea and enveloped our town in swirls of myth. I was half expecting to see Queen Maeve and her warriors charge past the front door as we piled into the car to get to school. It was the kind of mist that deadens the sound of engines, it made me feel like we were the only 2 people in the world walking home today. Just the small boy and I, wrapped against the frost and fog, racing back to get a hot mug of tea.  Continue reading »

Bake, Knit and SewA Book by Evin O’Keeffe

In the middle of the last century, I associated knitting with tea. Regularly, the woman of the house was slipping stitches while sipping Barry’s, the cuppa as integral to the operation as a sturdy pair of needles.

Not overly surprised then to see instructions to make a tea-cosy included in the new Bake, Knit and Sew book by local blogger Evin O’Keeffe.  Continue reading »

Brown out

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I don’t know if it’s entirely fair to be including the fourth-biggest brewing multinational in this week’s series. C&C recently set up their own brewery at headquarters in Clonmel where they’re currently pumping out the rather lacklustre Clonmel 1650 lager. But before that, they took an almost-total stake in the 5 Lamps microbrewery in Dublin, a two-hander run by Brian and William, which appears to have complete freedom to brew what they like.  Continue reading »