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Archive for November, 2015

Chicken Noodle Soup.

A post by Conor Bofin at One Man's Meat

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Chicken Noodle Soup.

A post by Conor Bofin at One Man's Meat

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This week I’m back to the usual shopping tips that means that you can expect plenty of fresh fruit and veg and meat deals from the top five supermarkets in Ireland. Yesterday was stir-up Sunday; which if you are very organised meant that you made your Christmas cake and Christmas pudding by yesterday. I obviously didn’t, so this year will be either going for shop-bought or not at all.  Continue reading »

Press releases
A Christmas Collection
Whiskey and Wine

Have yourself a very whiskey Christmas!

Have yourself a very whiskey Christmas this festive season with some cracking gifts for the whiskey lover in your life.
From Single Malt to Small Batch to mini gift packs and distillery tours, Teeling Whiskey has a gift to suit all tastes and budgets.  Continue reading »

Dear Santa,
All I want this year, is a truly beautiful Galway Christmas.
Sadly, my children no longer believe in you; we never saw it coming.
One minute they were cute, small and believing, and the next thing we knew, they were lanky, long and thieving.
So this year I am requesting a few treats from a few of my favourite Galway shops making our Galway Christmas all the more special.  Continue reading »

One of the questions I get asked most often is how to cook the perfect steak. This is a tricky one to answer because everyone has their own preferences when it comes to steak perfection. Some people like it well done and some like it so rare it barely touches the pan!

This is how I like to cook my steak and served up with a decadent bearnasie sauce and homemade chips it’s hard to beat! If you haven’t made bearnaise sauce before, don’t be put off.  Continue reading »

Brussels brewing

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

In Brussels for the Autumn 2015 EBCU meeting, I didn’t mean to visit every operating brewery in the city. It just kinda turned out that way. I trod a path similar to the one Steve did here during the summer, though with more of the breweries actually in action. It’s interesting to observe just how fast the brewing scene in Brussels is currently moving.  Continue reading »

L’Atitude Hosts The Menu at Pieta House Fundraiser

Joe’s very happy with help from Derek (left) and Yoann (L’Atitude)

It was a good night in L’Atitude 51, with Joe McNamee (The Menu) and Leslie Williams (Examiner Wine Correspondent) in command, Joe in the kitchen, Leslie pouring a selection of wines. And all present, customers, L’Atitude owners and staff, joining together in supporting Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide.  Continue reading »

Sunday Bits

A post by imen at Farmette

Oh dear.
It’s been far too long since I last put together one of these sassy Sunday Bits. But, between farming, mothering, cooking, writing, homework and every possible other thing I can commit to (mad woman), having a free moment to blog is becoming as scarce as hen’s teeth.  Continue reading »

For Café Europe - a cultural initiative held as part of Austria’s EU presidency in 2006 – Ireland offered scones, and France offered the Madeleine. While very different products, scones and Madeleines have some things in common – flour, sugar, butter, and social ambition.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche


The New World basil will be sweet and tart and plentiful… it will brighten my sauces and sing in my salads and if we’re ever sad I’ll pass a spring under our noses, we’ll be cured. Listen, Leda, there are bound to be demons…. if they ever arrive at your house, use basil. Eat it. Smell it. Cover bad things with it. Dip a sprig in water and sprinkle it in every corner, and sing a song, any song, the happier the better, so the evil eye will go away.  Continue reading »

It’s that time of year when our thoughts, well mine anyway, turn to what we’re going to whip up in the kitchen over the festive season. Last year I put together some of my favourite festive recipes, and my wonderfully clever son, Jack, brought them together to create a mini Christmas eBook.  Continue reading »

This classic recipe is one of my absolute favourites when I want to treat myself. If you ask me, this is the perfect way to cook a steak but everyone has their own preference when it comes to how they like it done. Choose the best steaks you can afford and try and make sure that they have been aged. It makes all the difference.  Continue reading »

Trish Deseine, an Irishwoman living in France, has come home.  After many years writing about food in French including her sublime book “Je Veux du Chocolat”, having children and immersing herself in all things French, it was time for a change.  Trish has written a tribute to the often unappreciated and underrated food of Ireland.  Continue reading »

Lustau Dinner at BallymaloeSherry with every course. Of Course!

Paco, Scott and Manolo

Jerez came to Ballymaloe on Wednesday night and Lustau oenologist, Manolo Lozano, who has been named “Best Fortified Winemaker of the Year seven years in a row by the International Wine Challenge of London” brought some delicious wines with him and they were well matched by Ballymaloe chef Scott Walsh.  Continue reading »

Duck Ragu

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Hard graft

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

It’s quite a few months since Rye River announced they were making two new beers especially for Dunnes. “Easy,” I thought, “I’ll just swing by Dunnes and pick some up.” And I did the first bit, several times, but on each occasion the cupboard was bare. Only just a few weeks ago, in Henry Street, did I finally succeed. Dunnes has got quite good in recent years at providing well-chosen Irish beers at highly competitive prices.  Continue reading »

White Across The World
Chardonnay-Riesling-Gruner Veltliner

El Grano Chardonnay 2013 (Chile), 13.5%, €14.30 Le Caveau
Sun, the snow capped Andes, and the Pacific Ocean have all influenced the character of this El Grano Chardonnay. So too has the French father and son winemaking team of Denis and Gregoire Duveau. Chile is their Pays de Rêves, their country of dreams, and their organic wines are known for their very pleasant roundness.

Colour is quite a pale gold.  Continue reading »

GOOD NEWS!! FRESH is now available for worldwide delivery right here on my website! So many of you got in touch from all over the world (which is crazy!) asking when it would be available so I’m delighted that you can order a copy to wherever in the world you are. If you’re hoping to have it before Christmas, final postal dates for parcels below.  Continue reading »

The Sea Gardener

Interest in seaweed rising

Marie, busy at her market stall

Amazing how seaweed, so long out of the Irish diet, has made such a comeback in recent years.
Now the natural produce of the seashore is being used in all kinds of things. Samphire is everywhere there’s fish. Fenn’s Quay chef Kate Lawlor uses Carrigeen Moss in a dessert. I’ve eaten Nori crisps in West Cork. You may buy Nori Bake from Galway company Connemara Food Ventures.  Continue reading »