The Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards 2015 culminate this weekend with Finalists Judging tomorrow (Thursday 1st October).
Now in their 8th year, the Blas na hEireann (which means Taste of Ireland) Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Continue reading »
‘Tis the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness. That means it’s time for the apple growers and cider makers of Ireland to get their cider presses…. Continue reading »
Vodka but Witch One?
Gotta be the Kalak.
Have you not met the Kalak? If you have, you are already under the spell of Ireland’s new Premium Vodka.
Kalak is a phonetic spelling of “An Cailleach”, the Irish Celtic Goddess and queen of winter. Kalak was the closest thing the Celts had to mother nature. Her staff, featured on the bottle, controlled the weather. Maybe Jean Byrne should get her hands on that staff.
So, myths aside, what have we got? Continue reading »
The Dingle Food Festival is happening this weekend and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m going to be able to sit back and enjoy it.I’ve had a stall at the farmers’ market since 2007 and as a result, the weekend of the food festival was always one of the busiest of my entire year. It was even busier when I had the café as I took part in the Taste Trail too. Continue reading »
Celebrity Chef Neven Maguire performed the official opening of a 6,000 square foot manufacturing facility at Kelly’s Butchers in Newport, Co. Mayo, on Friday 25th September 2015.
The affable Cavan chef has been a longstanding supporter of Kelly’s Butchers and their products. The new manufacturing unit represents an investment of €1 million. It trebles the capacity of the previous facility and leaves Kelly’s Butchers poised to sell into new and bigger markets both at home and abroad. Continue reading »
“Bake Bread For Peace has the potential to become a global movement and an international initiative made up of individuals who wish to bring peace, harmony, neighbourliness and a sense of community to those around them and to the world they live in.”
International Bake Bread for Peace Day was born out of a passion for humanity, in 2014, by a Baker and Storyteller from Glenties, Co. Donegal, named Breezy Kelly. Continue reading »
When I spied a very large box of fresh figs in the supermarket, I knew I had to have them. I had no idea what I was going to make with them, but their perfect purple forms were calling me. When I got them home I eventually decided on a simple fig jam to preserve the majority of them, and with the rest of them something sweet and nutty to show off their flavor.
Years ago we went on a holiday to Portugal and I fell in love with fig and almond tarts. Continue reading »
Ortus Café & Brasserie
Bandon’s New Arrival
Ortus has spiced up the dining scene in Bandon since its arrival on St Patrick’s Quay earlier this year. They started in February and were fully into their stride by April.
Though there is quite a bit on Tripadvisor, I hadn’t heard anything about it until a week ago. I was in Bandon for the Frank Krawczyk event at the weekend and, afterwards, strolled over to Patrick’s Quay for dinner. Continue reading »
From 4th – 10th October 2015, National Bread Week will be calling on the nation to ‘Love Your Loaf’ and celebrate one of Ireland’s favourite foods – Bread! The week is organised by Ireland’s bakers, who make the fantastic range of great tasting breads for us to enjoy every day. Whatever kind of loaf you prefer, be it Soda Bread, Sour Dough, Batch Loaf, Fruit Bracks or simply Sliced Pan – Irish Bread has so much to offer and is arguably the best in the world! Continue reading »
Taste of the Week
Skyr from Iceland
Skyr is the new yogurt like dairy product from Iceland. Except that they don’t call it yogurt and, while new to Ireland, it has a history of over a 1,000 years in Iceland.
I’ve been enjoying some samples over the past few days. It has a creamy velvety texture and the flavours are enhanced by the addition of strawberry, blueberry and vanilla. It comes in a 170g pot with a fold-out spoon in the lid so you can enjoy it on the go. Continue reading »
An Evening in ValtellinaLunch in Longueville
The Munster branch of the International Wine & Food Society have had a great year so far but they are not resting on their laurels. Busy secretary Beverley Mathews has been in touch with the updates:
Thursday October 22nd (please note change in date) “An Evening in Valtellina” -The Farmgate, English Market, hosted by Mirko Fondrini. Continue reading »
There’s no getting away from Hallowe’en this week. Most of the shops are now stocking Hallowe’en themed items so I figure I may as well embrace it! Keep an eye out for my shopping tips though as there’s no point in spending a fortune at any time.
These special offers expire on Wednesday 30 September 2015. Continue reading »
I am delighted to see how many of you have been trying my Top Food Photography Tips for shooting images at home. Your images have been coming in thick and fast and it has been so great to see you all using my tips and tricks and sharing the results. Lots of you were asking for tips when it comes to shooting outdoor images or even travel photography so I have teamed up with Canon again to share my do’s and don’ts for travel and lifestyle photography which you can check out here. Continue reading »
Careful what you wish for. I complained about how palate-clogging the beers were at The Irish Craft Beer Festival and then the next two Irish ones to come my way were, well, not exactly flavour powerhouses.
The Thursday after the festival saw the launch of JW Sweetman’s latest: Indian Summer. It came with zero explanation of its style or strength, but that’s always fun. Continue reading »
My place of belonging is West Cork
I see myself primarily as a human being and my place of belonging is West Cork. These are the only two labels I’ll admit to. But I am proud of my Polish and other cultural influences.
So said Frank Krawczyk as he told us his family’s amazing story in URRU, Bandon, last Saturday evening in a round-the-table discussion hosted by Ruth Healy and guided by Dianne Curtin. Continue reading »
We've been looking after the little fluffy dog for the past week and it's been great fun – she definitely owns the house and we're just the lodgers. We even had visitors today who just came to see her for cuddles. Nice to know your place in the pecking order… You can't have guests and not offer them a few biscuits or a slice of cake so I decided to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies, completely forgetting that one of the visitors isn't a chocolate lover. Continue reading »