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Archive for April, 2016

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Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD IN CORK

I suspect the name is best known nowadays, anyway, for the dish of raw beef slices, with a Dijon mustard sauce, which was devised in 1970 by Giuseppe Cipriani, the owner of Harry’s Bar in Venice, to spare a customer gastric problems. He named it Beef Carpaccio, off the top of his head, because the look of the beef reminded him of Carpaccio’s characteristically red pigments.

from Ciao Carpaccio by Jan Morris (2014).  Continue reading »

Meanwhile, down at the pub

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The newest trend in Dublin’s beer scene is one that’s caught me by surprise but is pleasing to see. For the first time, pubs are being acquired by breweries other than the producers who primarily sell via their own outlets. The ball began rolling with Carlow Brewing taking on Brewery Corner in Kilkenny, and Carrig has had The Barrelstore in its native Carrick-on-Shannon for a while, but now Carrig has opened a new location here in the capital.  Continue reading »

The Golden Bean
Kingston Making A Mark

From the opening Cascara to the closing Espresso, the Munster Wine & Dine visit to Marc Kingston’s Golden Bean Coffee roastery in East Cork was an eye-opener.

The Cascara, surprisingly low in caffeine, is made from the dried skins of the cherry of the coffee. Once regarded as waste, the cherry is now used to produce this unique drink, more like a tea than a coffee. But not quite a tea either. More a fruit tissane as suggested here.  Continue reading »

First published on Irish Country Living. I grew up in a house of scones. Scones – my mother’s large, golden, sultana-flecked scones – were, and are,…
The post Date Scones + Kerrygold Ballymaloe Festival of Food & Wine 2016 appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

Raise Your Hat to Syrah!
Praise Too The Shiraz.

Syrah is one the best known grapes in the world. The origins of this dark-skinned red have been widely debated but, according to Wine-Searcher.com, its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhone Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) known as Shiraz, and is regarded as the country’s national grape.  Continue reading »

Not on your life

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I had no idea what this beer was when I acquired it, only that it’s Danish and has a green label. So, hops, right?
Kissmeyer/Ølkollectivet ‘45/’85 was brewed as a salute to the Danish army’s Royal Lifeguards. It’s 4.9% ABV and came out the clear coppery gold of a märzen. There was some yeasty gunk in the bottle but it was good enough to stay there. One sniff made it very clear that it wasn’t going to wow me with hops.  Continue reading »

The Old Imperial Hotel Youghal
Dining in the Coachouse Bistro

Beef

Heading to the seaside for the day? A walk on the boardwalk in Youghal is one way of working up an appetite and a call to the Coachouse Bistro in the Old Imperial Hotel, now under new ownership, is one way of satisfying it.

I started a recent meal there with a gorgeous chowder. The Coachouse Seafood Chowder consists of salmon, cod, hake, smoked haddock, Albarino cream, brunoise of vegetables.  Continue reading »

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Taste of the Week
St Tola Ash Log

It is fresh and creamy and looks quite attractive in its ash coating. I’m talking about St Tola Ash Log, a premium goat’s milk cheese and our Taste of the Week. The normal St Tola Log is also delicious but the Ash has that little bit more!

In their own words: “We have a peaty soil near the Atlantic. The St Tola Log cheese is quite natural, a little fruity, hints of the peat and undertones of salt.  Continue reading »

I hope that by reading these shopping tips you might be inspired to buy more fresh, whole foods for your family. There are so many products on special offer in the supermarkets every single day that don’t come from a jar, or are highly processed. Why not have a read and plan your meals around these special offers?
You’ve probably read the story about the Dolmio jars (and others) being suitable only for occasional use by now.  Continue reading »

Four of a kind

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Multiple, near simultaneous, releases from Galway Bay today. Despite breaking in a new brewer, or perhaps because, they’ve been hard at it over there.
First to come my way, with no fanfare whatsoever, was Galway Bay Export Stout, badged as a very imperial 10.2% ABV in The Black Sheep, though apparently only around 7.8%, according to the brewer. It doesn’t even taste as big as that: the roast is light, the coffee element muted and the alcohol very much behaving itself.  Continue reading »

Limerick’s Locke Bar
Lively, By The River

Crab claws

Limerick’s Locke Bar is so well located, just by the water on George’s Quay. We were there a few weeks back and obviously the timber seats and tables on the river-banks were not in use. But you could easily imagine them full in summer with a string of boats tied up at the pontoon below. The bar, a large one, is also situated conveniently close to attractions such as the Hunt Museum and King John’s Castle.  Continue reading »

Ras El Ha WHAT???

A post by sheila kiely at Gimme the recipe

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Ras El Ha WHAT???

A post by sheila kiely at Gimme the recipe

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At the start of 2015 I had had been toying with the idea of taking formal wine classes for a while and had indeed already completed several casual wine tasting courses. I finally decided to bite the bullet and enrol for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Certificate in Wines and Spirits.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD IN CORK

One day, having gone to Lugo to make a speech, he caused an incident in a restaurant on a día sin postre (a day without pudding), one of various austerity measures adopted in the Nationalist zone.

Being a Gallego, he was singing the praises of Gallego cuisine and asked the waiter to bring him queso de tetilla (a soft, mild cheese in the form of a woman’s breast).  Wrongly suspecting a test, the waiter reminded him it was a día sin postre.  Continue reading »

A Cookbook Collection has moved!

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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It’s that time of the year again, when the weather becomes a little bit warmer, the days longer, and we begin to consider willingly spending more time outdoors. Walks to school/work etc don’t really come under the same heading. In the Spring you see a rake of shops and garden centres selling all the accessories so you can grow your own flowers or food.  Continue reading »