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Archive for October, 2015

Whiskey Live Dublin 2015

A post by David Havelin at Liquid Irish

Even with a revised battle plan after last year’s defeat, I failed once again to talk to every Irish exhibitor at Whiskey Live Dublin. I think I did as well as I could do in the three hours, mostly resisting the siren calls of cocktails, food pairings and furrin whiskeys.
The new whiskeys I tried that I most look forward to revisiting are:

Tullamore Dew 14yo Single Malt
Teeling 15yo Revival
Bushmills Rum and Crystal Malt cask samples
The Palace Bar 12yo Port Cask.  Continue reading »

Go Visit the Diva

She can’t come to you!

Get your share of these!

If you go to the Diva in Ballinspittle, and you should, and if you order a side of those gorgeous Sweet Potato Chips, and you should, then you should also mind your manners and do please share with the person you came with!  Continue reading »

Thank you all so much for the wonderful response to the digital detox I did back in August. It’s brilliant to see that I’m not alone. I’m still knitting away good-oh. Now that I’ve run out of people to give scarves to I think I’m going to challenge myself a little bit more and maybe make a cardigan or a jumper for myself.
Anyway back to the usual shopping tips. This week there are some fantastic deals to be had.  Continue reading »

Italian Night at Farmgate
Umbria & Valtellina Combine

Mirco and the wines of his home region

The Munster branch of the Irish Wine and Food Society were joined by quite a few others at last week’s Italian night in the Farmgate at the English Market.  Continue reading »

Starting low

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The Borefts Beer Festival rolled round once again in late September. As always, De Molen had invited a wide range of breweries from around Europe and across the pond to exhibit, all bringing a selection of special and outré beers for sampling over the two days. This year saw the biggest churn of any of the previous four I’ve attended, with almost none of the former regulars present but lots of newcomers. However: enough overview, let’s get stuck in at the bars.  Continue reading »

Aldi continues to enhance its wine offering, and I recently did a trawl through their French Wine Sale offerings, as well as picking up some other interesting wines from the shelves. My normal preference is for white wine, but these two reds have impressed me. 

Lot 06 Priorat 2014, €13.99
The Lot Series is a new range from Aldi, where each wine has been made by a well-known and well-respected producer of their region.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche


The California red-legged frog was eaten to brink of extinction in the late nineteenth century, and it remains a threatened species, mostly due to ongoing habitat loss. The frog-leg trade (which includes wild-catching and farming) wreaks great damage on ecosystems today, particularly in developing countries.

from Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (note in the afterword).  Continue reading »

Rouen is a very charming French city with the dubious honour of having flambéed Joan of Arc at the tail end of the middle ages. I was there some years ago for a romantic break with my beloved. Unfortunately, he fell ill and was confined to the hotel for 3 days.
I ended up exploring the city alone for the most part.  Continue reading »

Franciscan Well October Festival

Beer & Cheese at North Mall

Say formaggio!Try the Fonduta in the bowl.

The annual Franciscan Well October Beer Fest is in full swing at the North Mall. A wide selection of imported Festival beer is available, beer cocktails (with spirits by St Patrick’s Distillery), pizza by the tried and tested Pompeii crew, and music is all part of the mix.  Continue reading »

It’s hard to keep up with Dublin’s dining scene these days. Every time you turn around a new restaurant has opened, each one hotter and hipper than the last.
As exciting as that is, it means it’s easy to forget about the older places on the edges of the limelight, keeping their heads down and quietly getting on with the business of cooking good food – like the Shelbourne, the grand dame of Dublin.
And yet I bet you have a story or a good memory from the Shelbourne.  Continue reading »

Chocolatey Courgette Cake

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

I can hear you now: Courgette, eewwwww.  Look, if it tasted horrible, do you really think I'd bake it, never mind share the recipe with you?  My first taste of courgette was as a kid tasting very exotic Zucchini Bread from an American friend of my parents.  I'll be honest, I ate it before I knew what it contained because it smelled of sugar and spice and all things nice.  Continue reading »

Happy 60th Cork Film Festival!
Celebrate with Film. And Food!

Chocolat is one of my favourite films and it is featured as part of the “culinary strand” in this year’s Cork Film Festival, the 60th edition. This rather special showing will be in the Farmgate and other culinary highlight venues include Ballymaloe and Christchurch.  Continue reading »

Le Shoe Parfait

A post by Cuisine Genie at Cuisine Genie

Alas, not an ode to the perfect shoe.

There is a highly useful piece of kitchen equipment called a Vitamix Vita-Prep - a blender. Relatively fool-proof to use. You’d imagine. 

So. About that.

While it may seem like a fairly straightforward step in the process of using a blender always ensure you put the lid on. Tight.

Otherwise there will be an episode. A combination of partially blended chicken livers, foie gras, emulsified butter and eggs all over your shoes. Your apron.  Continue reading »

Dark evenings and blustery days can mean only one thing: Pumpkin season has officially arrived! This incredibly delicious supper is fairly easy to make if you’re a dab hand with a pasta making machine.  Continue reading »

Sure it’s only two weeks I said to myself as I mailed my essential contacts to let them know that I wouldn’t be available for a fortnight. I set up a blogpost so that readers would know what I was up to. Then I deleted social media applications from my smart phone. Yes. I deleted them so that I wouldn’t be tempted to use them. I turned off every single notification I could, after I’d made sure to take a note of all-important passwords.  Continue reading »

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One of my favourite things about travelling is getting up each morning and exploring all the different recipes the locals enjoy at the start of their day. Us Irish are prone to neglecting the most important meal of the day and often opt to grab a cup of tea and a slice of toast in the morning rather than embracing the day with something really special.

When I was in Thailand, I watched the locals cook up these brilliant little breakfast omelettes and I couldn’t get enough of them!  Continue reading »

Looking for something to do this weekend? You might be interested in two festivals taking place, one in Kilkenny, the other in Wexford. Savour Kilkenny….  Continue reading »

Clonakilty Chocolate
All my changes were there

In Neil Young’s song “Helpless” you hear this line: All my changes were there. He was referring to his hometown in Ontario, Canada. Allison Roberts is also from Ontario and naturally enough had some moulding there.

One that would last came as a result of her following up an ad in a local shop window for a chocolate making course.  Continue reading »