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Archive for July, 2016

 I had the particular pleasure of dining out at a fundraiser hosted by a friend of mine Aidan Sheeran, who is cycling from Paris to Nice (in France). He is doing this to raise funds for Pieta House, a very worthy cause and one dear to his heart. I would encourage you to hop over to his fundraising page and be generous.  Continue reading »

Lamb & Lentil Salad

A post by imen at Farmette

Nothing says summer more than lunch al fresco under the canopy of one of our massive ash trees on the farm with plenty of salads, warm soda bread out of the oven, and my fresh butter on the table.
Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) recently asked me to be a part of their “Lamb. Tasty, Easy, Fun” campaign and I couldn’t refuse as lamb is a firm favourite on the farm.  Continue reading »

Double bubble

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I only went looking for one Kinnegar special but came away with two. Win!
The bonus beer was the last bottle of Bucket & Spade on the shelves in Fresh in Smithfield. This is a session rye IPA, which is a new combo for me, at a bravely low 4% ABV. The appearance wasn’t great: murky dark orange is rarely a good look for a beer. Its aroma makes up for it, though, bringing a heady and almost hot ripe mandarin with a touch of peppery spice in behind.  Continue reading »

In Praise of East Cork.
Food. People. Place. Worth a Visit!

Peaceful evening in Youghal

Friendly people, great food, attractions on land and sea, both natural and man-made, make East Cork a gem of a place to visit. From the fantastic 13th century St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Youghal to high class Fota House Gardens and Arboretum, with Barryscourt Castle in between, all three free to enter, there is a treasure chest of places to visit in the area.  Continue reading »

Tanabata is the Japanese festival of the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, who are separated by the Milky Way, and can only meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. And this year, there was a very special celebration of Tanabata held as part of the 2016 Clonmel Junction Festival. Cork-based chef Takashi Miyazaki would cook a celebratory dinner deep underground in Mitchelstown Cave, limited to just 28 diners.  Continue reading »

The beauty of this simple chicken traybake is that once it’s assembled you just bake it in the oven and wait while the delicious smells fill the house.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Billy Lyons at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

On Friday morning…. the British presence … had decreased.. Only cursory ‘pot shots’ were exchanged. For breakfast, the women ‘fried veal cutlets and gave the men a good feed’. Bob Holland was hopeful of having some meat from the beast he had killed for dinner, but he had to make do with a can of soup and some bread made by Cumann na mBan members.  He was told this was more suitable for a Friday, but Rose McNamara enjoyed ‘a meat dinner, potatoes, etc.’.  Continue reading »

The post Irish lamb: Braised lamb shanks with orange gremolata appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

Most middle aged (be kind to me, late 50s is middle age) men have some unusual stuff in their garden sheds. More than half a lifetime collecting tools and labour saving implements and lots of redundant technology means that we have little space for that what really matters. When I say “we” I don’t mean me. No. I threw out all that gardening and domestic repair nonsense to make space for the Bradley Digital Six Rack Smoker.  Continue reading »

Fail ale trail

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

They brew ‘em strong at Nébuleuse in western Switzerland. I had three of their bottles in stock and deciding a drinking order was complicated by all of them claiming some palate-pounding heft. In the end I let hops call the shots so began with their saison.
Namur Express is no lightweight, however. 7% ABV and pouring the dark gold of apple juice.  Continue reading »

La Calavera in Douglas.
Let Pablo Power You Up!

Marinated meat slow cooks for 12 hours. Nothing artificial here 

La Calavera, the new Mexican restaurant/takeaway in Douglas, is proving very popular, especially with young people and athletics, owner Shuting McLoughlin told me when I called for lunch during the week. “I’ve been working in Asian all my life but Mexican is lighter and healthier and customers come three or four times a week.  Continue reading »

This family of muggles travelled to London and decided we’d like to visit the studios where the Harry Potter films were made. It’s not a theme park, it’s a genuine interesting, thrilling, and exciting studio tour. We thought it was well worth it; here’s a flavour of how we got on.
If you travel to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour by public transport, please, please take the bus from the train station.  Continue reading »

Friends, folks and foodies from all Donegal gathered recently for the launch of “Ramblers Bar & Restaurant” at The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, in Ardara, County Donegal. The Nesbitt Arms is situated right in the middle of this beautiful wee town of Ardara, which is famous for it’s Donegal fiddlers, it’s hand-spun Tweed, it’s excellent music festivals and it’s warm and friendly community.  Continue reading »

Côtes Du Rhone
Two to try!

Mont Ventoux dominates the area and it wasn’t too pleasant on top when I arrived

A Little History

The roots of  Côtes du Rhone go back to the 17th century though it was not until the middle of the 19th (both banks now planted!) that the plural came to be used. Finally in 1936, the reputation was formally recognised, and the Appellation officially made its debut on 19th November 1937.  Continue reading »

Wheat punch

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Earlier this summer we had the first beer commissioned by one of the big off licence chains from an Irish micro in the form of the Molloy’s/Rascal’s All Night Long. It was followed closely by the O’Brien’s chain releasing its own, via O Brother: an “American wheat IPA” which they’ve given the rather clumsy name of Who What Wheat Where.  Continue reading »

Food bloggers are busy people. When you generally have to write/cook/style/edit your own content then any handy tools that you can use to reduce the amount of time you spend at the computer are very welcome. Less time spent at the computer means more time spent on food after all! Once again though, you can apply these tips across the blogging genres, where appropriate.  Continue reading »

A Happy Lot in Blarney. 
Hydro Farm Allotments

Hot Seat

Okay, so you have your own plot. But you are not alone. You have “neighbours” to the left and right, to the rear and in front. You chat, they chat. You help. They help. They have different levels of experience, different experiences. They are from Crosshaven, from Ballincollig, from Russia, from Latvia, from Nigeria and from the Blarney area of course.  Continue reading »

Taste of the WeekSeaweed Salad

 Seaweed is all around us. All around the coast, obviously.
For a long time, it just grew there, except for the odd picker, acting out of a folk memory, of dillisk and carrageen moss. And then came the odd purposeful forager. Some became authors, spreading the knowledge, among them Prannie Rhatigan, Marie Power and Sally McKenna.  Continue reading »

This week you can get a school uniform (yes a full school uniform) for €6. I’ve information on some Summer sales in supermarkets, get more value for your money in one supermarket and some gluten-free treats I recommend!  Continue reading »

Left in the dark

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Trying to keep up with what Ireland’s breweries are turning out has become exhausting. Poor me, etc. I did a bit of a fridge clear-out at the weekend, getting to grips with some of the dark beers that had accumulated in there.
First up, Fierce Mild, a mild (obviously) from YellowBelly and with an impressively low ABV of 3.1%. It poured out disappointingly flat with only the thinnest layer of bubbles forming, temporarily, on the cola-brown body.  Continue reading »