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I am currently mesmerized by a marvelous new book entitled The Call of the Farm: An Unexpected Year of Getting Dirty, Home Cooking, and Finding Myself, by Rochelle Bilow. Rochelle is a New Yorker who serendipitously fell in love with a farm and a farmer while working on assignment as a fledgling food writer. The book weaves a tale that I know, oh, so well. She feels kindred to me. As I turn the pages, I long to meet, sip coffee, and swap farmer love stories with her.  Continue reading »

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I’m excited to share with you that I’ve put together some of my favourite festive recipes, and my talented son Jack has very kindly brought them together to create a new Christmas eBook.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Miena’s Irish Handmade Nougat

I was poking around in Bradleys, North Main Street, Cork, the other day and came up with this beauty, Miena’s Handmade Nougat. Bought some Roasted Almond flavour and it’s our Taste of the Week. Great to see that it is made in County Wicklow and the good news continues as Miena makes a number of other flavours, including Hazelnut and Chocolate, Almond and Cranberry, and also Almond and Pistachio. Must try them as well.  Continue reading »

Barrel of laughs

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Quite a convoluted back story comes with the new one from Franciscan Well. The four-pack their PR people sent me was accompanied by a leaflet explaining the concept of the chaser. The beer, Jameson Aged Pale Ale, has not only been aged in whiskey barrels but is also recommended to be served alongside a shot. Creative playfulness or a cynical joint effort by Molson Coors and Pernod Ricard to sell each other’s products? Not that it matters.  Continue reading »

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Seafood Development Agency, has named Gerard Collier of Fisherman’s Catch, Clogherhead, Co. Louth, as the winner of the BIM Young Fishmonger 2015 competition. The awards event was held yesterday, in the Radisson St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Continue reading »

Raspberry Coconut Layer Cake

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After our dinner at MacNean Restaurant in Cavan, we decided to take the long way home via Enniskillen. The lure of Lakeland always proves too much for me and I am powerless to resist.  It's a bit like Sephora, but full of cookware instead of cosmetics.  Poor Hubs just sighs and plots revenge, usually involving a record store.  This time around I discovered some new flavourings and purchased a bottle each of raspberry and coconut, two flavours which are relatively hard to find.  Continue reading »

Our Treat From Lettercollum CookbookFirst of many!

Delighted to meet author Karen Austin at her book-signing in Waterstones last Saturday. Editor (and publisher) Roz Crowley was meeting and greeting and doing the introducing. Karen was hoping the new book, the Lettercollum Cookbook, would get people back into the kitchen and cooking for themselves, especially now that there is so much much great produce available in Ireland.  Continue reading »

Saturday night was a cold night. It was an especially cold night if you were sitting in an old, just-renovated church in the small Co….  Continue reading »

Cod and Oriental(ish) Sauce

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Cod and Oriental(ish) Sauce

A post by Conor Bofin at One Man's Meat

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Getting a rise

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Yesterday’s post was about Diageo’s attempt to take advantage of Ireland’s growing appetite for new beers. It’s far from the only major player in the country to do so. In fact, they’re all at it. Forever nipping at Diageo’s heels is Heineken, and the Dutch behemoth has taken a very different approach with its latest offering.  Continue reading »

Twisted Chef Competition

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Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Nigella or Darina. Cook and win €1000 with Unislims Twisted Chef Competition! Simply record your culinary skills on your phone and enter it into the competition. Get your friends and family to vote and you could walk away with crown and cash!. Whip up your favourite recipe with a healthy twist.

Click here to enter your video: https://a.pgtb.me/1cbPhF
For a step by step guide on how to enter click here: http://goo.gl/PTmOsp .  Continue reading »

Review: The Happy Pear Cookbook

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In this book we hope to inspire you to eat more veg. That is it, plain and simple.

It’s a great introduction to a book that is packed with recipes from The Happy Pear in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Much more than that though, the book is full of the philosophy behind Dave and Steve’s journey to becoming vegetable evangelists, and retailers on a mission.  Continue reading »

The Farmgate CaféA Market Star

I was in the Farmgate Café in the English Market for lunch on Saturday, found the whole experience fabulous, and was thinking of a few lines for this blog post. And then, on Twitter on Sunday, I find Mr Gill of the Sunday Times had been in, dishing out stars by the constellation. Pity he couldn’t have waited another week!  Continue reading »

I can’t help but feel that Diageo have fashioned a rod for their own backs with The Brewers Project. It’s easy to read it as promising things that it was never really intended to deliver, and that’s just going to annoy people.
My experience of it began back in early September when the company invited a small group of bloggy types to St. James’s Gate to learn about the Project, the first time they have ever done so.  Continue reading »

Matthew (Matt) Logan, a chef de partie at Chapter One restaurant, Dublin, was awarded the coveted 2014 Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year title earlier today. 

22 year old Matthew Logan is Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year 2014 

The annual Euro-Toques Young Chef final took place today, at an exclusive pop up event on Capel Street and Matt was one of five finalists who battled it out over the past two months to win this esteemed title.  Continue reading »