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Archive for January, 2015

Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD IN CORK

The Madrid players said that the meat they ate every day..was good. But Mourinho..disagreed.
…each cut required its own special preparation. According to Mourinho, this was not being carried out with the necessary skill. …The chefs had to work with dedication to cook it properly….
As the winter of 2011 passed without his complaints being resolved, the manager ordered Madrid to sack their chefs and change their butchers.  Continue reading »

Now I am Five

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Half a decade.  Half as long as I've been married and half as long as three of the Childerbeasts have been on this earth.  That's how long I've been writing on Babaduck.  The soundtrack to this piece is running through my head and it's Never Forget by Take That.  Because I never forget where I've come from.  Continue reading »

I could go on and on about the health benefits of juices and smoothies. Quick, easy and jam packed with vitamins, smoothies are the ultimate healthy fast food! The best thing about smoothies is you can adapt them depending on what’s in season (or what fruit you have hanging around in your fridge) which means you can enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast all year long!

I love trying out different flavour combos but I find it’s my Top Three Smoothie Recipes that I make all the time.  Continue reading »

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The post Dignité Syrah (Languedoc, France) – promo ends Sunday! appeared first on Curious: The Curious Wines Wine Blog.  Continue reading »

Feed Your Family Well For Less

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

This is my mantra. There’s no need to spend a fortune on good, wholesome food for a family. So you’ll excuse me if I have a little rant today. I promise I did sleep on it first though!
Healthy, wholesome food is about being careful to eat more fruit and vegetables, eat in season, cook more from scratch, eat less meat protein, making the most of store cupboard staples, and planning ahead a bit.
Last night I watched a new series on BBC1 called “Eat Well For Less“.  Continue reading »

Roughty Foodie

Generation to Generation

Garett, on duty.

“I believe the survival of the English Market over the last hundred years is down to the families who have ran the stalls from generation to generation. They have kept it going.” So said Garrett Murphy, as we chatted over a cuppa in the Farmgate Cafe. Garrett, a current stallholder, knows what he is talking about!  Continue reading »

Up Andorra

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Drinking in a micronation: is there any sweeter feeling? My New Year trip to Barcelona incorporated a day in Andorra, a grey little country perched high in the Pyrenees, three hours by bus from the Catalan capital. This particular Shangri-La charges no duty or VAT on anything so tends to be thronged by the neighbours filling up on cheap booze and fags. It’s weird going to a place which is plainly designed with the wealthy in mind, but where the prices of things are comically low.  Continue reading »

I could go on and on about the health benefits of smoothies. Quick, easy and jam packed with vitamins, they are the ultimate healthy fast food! The best thing about smoothies is you can adapt them depending on what’s in season which means you can enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast all year long!  Continue reading »

Fiano’s ancient name was Vitis apiana – ‘vine beloved of bees.’ Good taste, bees…
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The post NEW: Farnese ‘Fantini’ Fiano (Abruzzo, Italy) appeared first on Curious: The Curious Wines Wine Blog.  Continue reading »

Good Stuff From The Garonne Gravel

A Duo of Excellent Graves Reds

Chateau des Fougeres Clos Montesquieu, Graves rouge 2011, 13%, €14.80 at Maison Des Vins in Podensac

This is a fairly small estate and much of the work is done by hand. This is a classic blend, half Merlot, half Cabernet Sauvignon. It is pleasant and supple on the palate, has excellent flavours and some spice. Tannins too but just about. And this superb dry wine finishes so well. Very Highly Recommended.  Continue reading »

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

Review: Grow Cook Eat

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

In late 2014, Michael Kelly got in touch to see if I’d like to review his new book; Grow Cook Eat. So I owe him an apology for taking so long to get this review done. Sorry Michael!
Mind you, it’s about the right time of the year to start considering growing  your own food.  Continue reading »

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The post Spanish, Chilean promo ends this Sunday February 1st appeared first on Curious: The Curious Wines Wine Blog.  Continue reading »

At this time of the year I crave salads – light and fresh, with lots of crunchy textures. The colder it gets, the more I….  Continue reading »

[turkey harvests.]
holidays.
new Years.
[weddings.]
Birthdays.
New beginnings.
[old friends.]
[Family time.]
farming time.
Flax Dreams.
linen Fairs.
[Milk Jam.]
beach walks.
[Cookbook Edits.]
Paris [Through the Excited Eyes of a Little Farmer.]
More life, less blogging. 
Rather than banter on about all the reasons it’s been awhile since my last blogpost in 5000+ words, I thought it might be nicer to sum it up e.e. cummings-style. Bit more poetic, right?  Continue reading »

Visiting dignitaries

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The same smallish set of foreign breweries tended to show up on the blackboards of Barcelona’s craft beer bars when I visited, though all obviously chosen for their geek-drawing power. The Brits seem to be doing particularly well out of the inbound keg trade. Take BierCaB, for instance. The high-tech, high-concept, high-stool, eye of the Barcelona craft beer storm counted Siren and Weird Beard among its tap offerings when I was there.  Continue reading »

Aromas give the game away!

Del Duque Amontillado, Jerez (aged 30 years), 21.5%, €22.99 Bradley’s, North Main Street.
The minute she walked in the room, I lost all chance of keeping the precious 37.5cl bottle of Del Duque Amontillado for myself.

“What is that aroma?”, she asked, enthusiastically. “Toastie? Caramel? So sharp. So clear. Where is is coming from?” I just had to offer her a glass. Knowing full well it wouldn’t stop at that.  Continue reading »

A gentle aroma of buttyer frying hung in the air as I walked into OX. Or at least, I think it was buttery and pan-related. Irrespective of the source of the aroma, it was the perfect welcoming touch at this very hot and very popular restaurant in Belfast. The bleak exterior gives nothing away, but inside the ceiling high windows flood the room with light, caressing the golden wooden furniture and surprisingly warm blue woodwork.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Ballybrado’s Superior Spelt Muesli

Superior Spelt Muesli from Tipperary’s Ballybrado Farm is our Taste of the Week, a terrific balance of tastes and flavours and organic to boot. Look at the ingredients: Raisins, Spelt flakes, Green raisins, Raspberries, puffed spelt, almonds, sunflower seeds, golden linseeds, oat flakes, spelt crunchy, roasted hazelnuts, all enough to get your day off to a cracking start.  Continue reading »