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Archive for December, 2014

This delicious zingy, spicy festive cake comes courtesy of the very talented Kate Packwood of The Wildflour Bakery in Dublin’s Stoneybatter.  It takes a little time to prepare, but tastes all the better when made with love.  Continue reading »

This is a lovely alternative to mulled cider as a welcome drink and is a perfect way to spice up your Christmas party!  All that and getting to shake up a storm will make you like a complete cocktail whizz!
Serves one
1 part Dingle gin
1 part Wild About ginger syrup
2 parts cloudy apple juice
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well for 10 seconds.
Serve in chilled glasses over ice.  Continue reading »

Nollaig faoi shéan agus faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
This is an Irish saying which loosely translates as a blessing of hope and happiness at Christmas and it’s something I’d like to wish everyone who takes the time to visit my little corner of the internet.  Continue reading »

The traditional Christmas meal was obviously designed by someone who had a lot of time on his or her hands. With giant birds, meat, vegetables and fruits being baked, braised, roasted and boiled it’s a meal which can be quite daunting even for the most experienced cook. When it comes down to the big day, though, we all want the same thing, good food enjoyed with family and friends, preferably stress free (though I can only help with the food!).  Continue reading »

Indulgent Hot Chocolate

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

It’s the time of year for hot drinks and indulgent treats. If I am pushed for time, some Cadburys cocoa powder and hot milk will suffice. But, if I have a little more time to spare hot chocolate, made with real chocolate and a little whiskey is a real treat. I like to use bitter dark chocolate and full fat creamy milk for my perfect hot chocolate.  Continue reading »

Nash 19. Special at Christmas, and All Year Round

Sweet!

Mentioned some time back that Nash19 pay attention to detail, to the small things on and off the plate. Was reminded of that last Friday when in for lunch. Two of those small things stood out: their delicious crunchy brown bread and the scrumptious roast potatoes. Roast potatoes? Yes indeed. Some establishments around town serve up roast pops that you could use for a score of bowls.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD IN CORK

For this Thanksgiving, Mom had stuffed turkey with cornbread dressing. There was baked squash and Yorkshire pudding. There was home-made cranberry relish, steaming dirty rice and mashed potatoes and rolls made from scratch. She’d decorated the house and used an ironed sheet as a linen tablecloth. She’d been playing old jazz albums on the stereo, the same music she and Pop would listen to years earlier – Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and Buddy Rich.

From Townie, a memoir by Andre Dubus III.  Continue reading »

The Year in Wine
Paris a Personal Highlight

All aboard with the judges on the Seine: Chef Chris Carpentier (Santiago),Jo Mansell (UK), CL, Adolfo Hurtado (Cono Sur) and Yours Truly

Without a doubt the wine highlight for me in 2014 was the trip to Paris for the final of the Cono Sur Bloggers Competition.  Continue reading »

Last shopping weekend before Christmas and if you’re looking for an Irish cookbook for someone special, here are a few ideas. Also check out my….  Continue reading »

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be thinking about getting around to buying Christmas presents one of these days. If the intended recipients of those presents are anything like me, you won’t need to stray much further than the Makers & Brothers pop-up shop on Dame Lane in Dublin.
I visited the shop recently and several items caught my eye that would delight the spirits drinker.
Select Reserve Whiskey Tumbler
This was the initial draw that lured me to the shop.  Continue reading »

Still Launch December 2014 (c) Keith Bohanna

Rod and Julie Calder-Potts of Highbank organic farm have just launched a range of spirits, made on their own farm in Kilkenny.

Oliver Moore: Unusually Rod, you grow organic apples in Ireland. Is that the main crop on site?

Rod Calder-Potts: Well we have 55 acres, 20 acres are in apples. On the rest we grow tillage – porridge oats for flahavans  - and we have some horses. There are 14 beehives in the centre of the farm too.  Continue reading »

via Instagram http://ift.tt/1C4ip3k.  Continue reading »

If you know Olivia Duff, you’ll know that she really is a very busy woman! She is a dynamic character who passionately promotes Irish and in particular county Meath produce at every opportunity. When managing the award winning family run hotel, The Headfort Arms, in Kells, she strives to serve the best of Irish food in all food service areas of the business.  Continue reading »

Shopping Tips 18 December 2014

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

With just 1 more morning school rush to deal with this year, and it being exactly a week to Christmas Day; I’m beginning to get excited. Later on today I’ll be chatting on RTÉ Radio One on The Mooney Show about Christmas Groceries and how to make the most of your shopping. It airs between 3-4.30pm GMT so please tune in!
In the meantime, here is my selection of shopping tips, bargains and interesting buys in the main Irish supermarkets this week.  Continue reading »

Shopping Tips 18 December 2014

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

With just 1 more morning school rush to deal with this year, and it being exactly a week to Christmas Day; I’m beginning to get excited. Later on today I’ll be chatting on RTÉ Radio One on The Mooney Show about Christmas Groceries and how to make the most of your shopping. It airs between 3-4.30pm GMT so please tune in!
In the meantime, here is my selection of shopping tips, bargains and interesting buys in the main Irish supermarkets this week.  Continue reading »

Neven’s Cookery School
Step by Step with the Maestro

One Happy Chef!

It might sound strange but Neven Maguire reminds me of Christy Ring. At least in his approach to his cookery school students. He takes it step by step, building confidence from the start and lots of discreet back-up along the way.

I remember “Ringy”, back in the day, teaching a few of us to take a sideline cut. He just didn’t throw the sliotar down and order you to strike.  Continue reading »

Hitting the ground running

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Two late-2014 additions to the Irish brewing scene in today’s post, both coming out of the traps with a prodigious range of first-run bottled beers.
Co. Monaghan’s first brewery (for a while, anyway) opened recently, calling itself Brehon Brewhouse. I was pleasantly surprised to find an early release, their straight-up Irish red, in my local supermarket. Killanny Red Ale is 4.5% ABV and pours a lot darker than one might expect – almost brown, depending on the light.  Continue reading »

Organico Cafe Seasonal Holidays 2014

A post by Hannah Dare - Organico at Organico Bantry

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Christmas Opening Times 2014

A post by Hannah Dare - Organico at Organico Bantry

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