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Archive for March, 2015

Grand tour

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I mentioned the Alltech Dublin Craft Beer Cup in one of the earlier posts this week. Danish brewers Coisbo were outright winners for the second time in a row, with a barrel-aged version of the beer that won them top prize last year. Eleven is a 10% ABV imperial stout matured in sherry casks. It’s not a subtle beast, smelling strongly of sweet oak, though dryer on tasting, but still very very woody. I think the barrel-aging may have left it a little overcooked for my liking.  Continue reading »

These mini meat loaves go down really well with kids. If you’re stuck for breadcrumbs, smash up some cream crackers and they’re a perfect substitute.  Continue reading »

I’ve done the research on this recipe and have a Slimming World, Weight Watchers, and calorie count so that if you decide to make this vegetarian bean chilli with rice you’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with.
You will want to allow 100g of cooked white rice per person to add to the meal; this is included in the meal value calculations. The chilli will keep in a sealed box in the fridge for about 3 days, or freezes for up to 3 months if well insulated.  Continue reading »

Weekend Wine Suggestions

Ace Organic, Boyo! And More.

Cantina Orsogna Coste dí Moro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (DIOC) 2011, 14%, €15.99, reduced from 19.99, at Curious Wines

This splendid “biodinamica” wine, hidden behind its brown paper labels, is made from the Montepulciano grape grown in the Abruzzo area of Italy.

Pour this super organic gem and you’ll see the colour is a dense ruby and that it has amazingly pleasant fruity aromas.  Continue reading »

As a small child, himself knew his great grandmother, a Victorian lady who apparently had a habit of going around with her skirt tucked into her bloomers. Her great grandson remembers that she adored tomato soup, which she would sop up with chunks of bread. I never met her, but I have a vision of a Queen Victoria-like figure schlurping up her soup, then wiping her tomato-stained gob with a lace-cuffed sleeve – a sort of Eliza Doolittle character.  Continue reading »

Hungary for novelty

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

What got me most excited in the run-up to Alltech Brews & Food 2015 was the large number of Hungarian brewing companies listed to attend. It’s far too long since I was last in Hungary so the opportunity to taste my way around its beer scene only a few minutes from my front door was one I relished.
First port of call on arriving into the Convention Centre on the Friday evening was Budapest brewpub Legenda Sörfőzde who brought a very impressive collection of off-kilter beers.  Continue reading »


A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

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Twenty Four Hours in KinsaleForts, Food, Craft Beer!

It was Friday the 13th but we weren’t staying at home. We were on the road to Kinsale for an overnight stay.

First call was to Charlesfort, this time, not to visit the early 17th century fort but to take the harbourside walk that begins with a stroll down the left hand side of the sprawling complex.  There are good views of Charlesfort and the town as you start off and later the Old Head comes into view.  Continue reading »

The Big Dig

A post by Daily Spud at The Daily Spud

So here’s the thing: if you find yourself in the vicinity of Strokestown, Co.  Continue reading »

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With the school holidays starting tomorrow I suppose I’d better face up to the fact that Easter is about 10 days away or so. I won’t be buying loads of chocolate eggs, but there are a few to be picked up. The last thing I want to do is spend a fortune on a lovely box of cardboard with some chocolate inside.  Continue reading »

States of mind

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

For a festival organised by a US-based company, we weren’t exactly drowning in American beer at Alltech Brews & Food 2015. It took a bit of hunting to find what was there. Obviously, Alltech’s own beer was front and centre, including the new Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale. This is mahogany red and has a very woody bourbon nose.  Continue reading »

Let's Talk Food on the Wild Atlantic Way is a workshop on how Food Tourism can enhance your marketing and drive sales to your business.

As there are four Food Champions in County Donegal and here being the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way, we decided to host one central Donegal Workshop to avoid duplication. 

The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s Longest Defined Coastal Touring Route. Irish people and visitors to the west of Ireland who travel the route, find it really inspiring, renewing, relaxing and invigorating. 

From its northernmost point in Donegal to its southernmost in Cork, the Wild Atlantic Way offers one of the world’s most diverse and spectacular coastlines.  Continue reading »

The Irish Whiskey Technical File (see yesterday’s article) takes no sides on the spelling question. Label it Irish Whiskey or Irish Whisky, according to your like or dislike of the letter e.
I think that’s a mistake.
Yes, I know that up until little more than three decades ago, the non-e variant still had some currency in Ireland (Paddy Whisky was the last holdout).  Continue reading »

Hot Cross Buns !

A post by imen at Farmette

My very first taste of a warm hot cross bun arrived during the springtime of my second year in Ireland. We were invited to a friend’s farm for an afternoon garden party. The country estate was sprawling, with a main “big house,” several stone farm buildings, and other various dwelling houses dotting the acreage. There was a charming, if a bit battered, vintage grass tennis court and a sweet little lake, which was called The Leap.  Continue reading »

Taste of the WeekInstead of the Easter Egg?
Glenstal Abbey’s Monastic Liqueurs Dessert Truffles

This delicious 16-piece pack, a big brother of an earlier Taste of the Week, is filled with absolute deliciousness. Some top class liqueurs are used, spread among five of the eight pairs of truffles.

Of the five pairs containing alcohol, I found it very hard to choose between the Chartreuse and the Liqueur de Mandarine. Both liqueurs are French, both splendid in the chocolate.  Continue reading »

What else you got?

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Several established Irish breweries brought beers I’d never had before to the 2015 Alltech festival at the Convention Centre. Galway Hooker, for instance, has just launched a new bottled IPA called 60 Knots. It’s a serious dark gold colour and is all about the classic grapefruit aromas. As my first beer on the second day of proceedings it seemed sharply acidic to begin, and a little brassy.  Continue reading »

Friday night treat!

A post by 2 Girls with a Food Blog at 2 Girls with a Food Blog

Everyone has a night that they love to kick back, put up the feet with a nice treat to indulge in with a glass of vino in their hand. Whether you’re watching The Late Late or Graham Norton, this easy to make snack will go down well.
I was sitting at home last Friday when we realised we were out of the usual wine snacks (pretzels, crisps and crackers). I quickly ran to see what we had that we could put together to end my other half’s dismay and disbelief!  Continue reading »

Until now we’ve been making do with the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 to know what is and isn’t Irish whiskey. It has the merit of being a quick read but it comes from an era when there was only one distilling company on the whole island and we weren’t shifting much of the wet stuff. Not much nit-picking over definitions back then.
Today we have dozens of operating and aspiring distillers, and Irish whiskey is coining it globally.  Continue reading »