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Archive for April, 2015

On the rebound

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

It has been a while since a new Sierra Nevada beer has impressed me. I suppose that’s not something the brewers of Torpedo need worry about: I’ll continue to be impressed by Torpedo for a long as they make it.
Auditioning today is Boomerang, an IPA brewed using – yes, you’re ahead of me – Australian hops. It’s a very pale chap, the perfectly clear light gold of many a nondescript eurolager.  Continue reading »

A big bowl of creamy champ, just on its own, is my quintessential comfort food. As a child my mother would serve it piled high on the plate and each potato tower would have a well of melted butter in the centre. There are many additions that work well with mashed potatoes, such as fresh herbs, roasted garlic or mustard, but one of my favourite ways to serve mashed potato/champ is with the addition of some finely chopped wild garlic leaves.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche


“I told you to keep Finlandia in this place,” Tim mutters, looking through the bottles, most of them magnums, at the bar. “She never has Finlandia,” he says to no one, to all of us.
“Oh god, Timothy. Can’t handle Absolut?” Evelyn asks…
“Bateman. Drink?” Price sighs.
“J&B rocks,” I tell him…
“Oh god. It’s a mess,” Evelyn gasps….
“The sushi looks marvellous,” I tell her soothingly.

from American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.  Continue reading »

A Taste of Tuscany
Warm, soft, and beautiful.

Tuscany: warm, soft, beautiful.

Tuscan wines feature in the current Italian wine sale at SuperValu (on until April 29th). I copied the warm, soft and beautiful from one of the bottles and it refers to the region but could well apply to the wines below. The Il Capolavoro is another gem and the Prosecco is well worth checking out.  Continue reading »

Naturally relieve your Hayfever Symptoms

A post by Hannah Dare - Organico at Organico Bantry

Spring has sprung! Great news for most of us as we welcome the lengthening of the days, unfortunately for others this means the start of the dreaded hay fever season. Personally I have never suffered from this condition, but I have some family members who do and it can be really miserable. Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen causing the release of histamine around the nose and eyes. Characteristic symptoms include red, itchy eyes, and a runny or congested nose.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week. From Gan Gluten

Potato and Onion Tart

If you’re at the Mahon Point Farmers Market this Thursday, you’ll find our delicious Taste of the Week at Clare O’Brien’s Gan Gluten stall. Gan Gluten are makers, bakers, and home caterers of Gluten and Wheat free foods. This is one of our favourites and can be a standalone lunch. Could even be the basis of a more substantial meal, if you add a salad for instance. Either way, it is well worth a try.  Continue reading »


A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I’m not given to amateur industry analysis but it’s always pleasing to see signs of maturity in the Irish beer market: indicators that it’s not all lowest-common-denominator recipes being thrown out for mass consumption, but that there are also enough interested drinkers to support a more diverse offer. And, of course, that there are brewers and breweries with the talent and resources to do such diversity well.  Continue reading »

Good news for the organic sector: the scheme is open and payments are up 60%. More here

Richard Hackett spoke at the IOFGA conference and AGM recently. We spoke about Spring growth this time of year in organic farming. (Spring growth part 1 is here)

Oliver Moore: How can organic farmers generate good spring growth without mineral fertilizers?
Richard Hackett: For livestock, planning is key.  Continue reading »

Purple Flowering Beans
When we sowed our first seeds in the front postage stamp garden six years ago, I never would have thought that we would be where we are today. What started off as a bit of a project; to grow a few things to eat in the Summer, to show the children how food was grown, and to get back to our roots (see what I did there) has blossomed into a way of life.  Continue reading »

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High-end Burgundy Wines at Zamora Evening
Excellent Food As Well

Edouard Leach (left) and Billy Forrester.

Zamora got its wine events off to a great start with a superb Burgundy tasting event at the new Academy Street venue last Monday.

The top end wines, three white and three red, came via Bubble Brothers and Maison Francoise Chauvenet who were able represented by Edouard Leach.  Continue reading »

It had been 13 years since I last visited Belfast. Back in 2002, I hopped on the Enterprise one cold Friday evening en route to….  Continue reading »

The “Wine Days” of 2015

A post by themotleycru at the motley cru

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Islands in the Sun
Ferries and Food in West Cork

 It was sunshine all the way for last week’s two day excursion to West Cork. It looks as if there is no shortage of sunshine this week either.
Once we knew the weather was “settled” we determined to re-visit two islands, Garnish near Glengarriff and Sherkin near Baltimore. West Cork of course has many more islands and most have a ferry service. Check here for island and ferry details and do look out also for the Ten Island Tour.  Continue reading »

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Bank holiday weekends are great in Dublin. A lot of people have left the city which means that it’s easier to get tables in restaurants and easier to find taxis. Even Dublin’s hottest, newest pop-up restaurant Taco Taco was largely empty on Easter Sunday, which is always good in a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations. 

Taco Taco comes from the team behind San Lorenzo’s, namely chef Temple Gardner and promoter Anthony Remedy.  Continue reading »

Shopping Tips – 20 April 2015

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

Apologies for the delay with the shopping tips this evening. Real life got in the way!
Without further fuss here are the shopping tips for the week ahead. I’ve changed the format around a bit to make it all easier to read. I hope it does anyway. All feedback appreciated (as always).  Continue reading »

I am not sure how I would survive without eggs. Obviously I bake a lot, but I also rely on eggs for a lot of my meals. A fried egg and butter sauteed kale is one my favorite quick lunches. Baked eggs with toast or a chive and cheese omelet are great meals when I am in a hurry. Frittata however is one of my favorite meals with eggs, as it can be made in advance and eaten later.  This particular recipes works great for brunch, lunch or supper, and is delicious hot or cold.  Continue reading »

Today is the day! I am so excited that my new Food Network UK series ‘Follow Donal’ is hitting your screens at 6 30pm tonight! It feels like a very long time ago that I packed my bags and headed off with the production crew so I can’t wait for you all to see the sights and sounds of Vietnam that I experienced while I was there!  Continue reading »