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Archive for December, 2016

Coconutty Banana Bread

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Since I've been on sick leave, one of my favourite breakfasts is peanut butter & sliced banana on toast. Just add coffee and I'm happy.  However, I invariably buy too many bananas which then linger in the kitchen transforming from bright happy yellow to sullen brown spottiness.  It's use them or lose them time, so I decided to seal their fate by baking a deliciously tender banana loaf, full of crunchy walnuts and dessicated coconut to sweeten the deal.  Continue reading »

Top Posts 2016

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Top Posts 2016

from Twisted, Kinsale

The demand for information on new restaurants is, as almost always, reflected in the most popular posts on this site. The list, by the way, is calculated on hits on posts published since 30th November 2015 and is ordered by the amount of hits. That makes the performance of Republic amazing as it was posted just a couple of weeks back. Not all newcomers though as the likes of The Farmgate Cafe and Bunnyconnellan demonstrates.  Continue reading »

Grand crew

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I ran into the team from distributor Grand Cru Beers on two consecutive nights last month, both occasions based around their role as importer of Californian beer. (They do Colorado as well, but it’s nice to switch things up a bit.)
First stop was P. Mac’s, packed to the rafters on a Wednesday night, where in a quiet, overlooked, section of the tap array sat Sierra Nevada Elletteria IPA.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Russian sailor

Vladimir Putin fulfilled his dream of joining the KGB in the summer of 1975…
“Let’s go,” he told his childhood friend, Viktor Borisenko, after picking him up in his car. It was clear to Borisenko that something had happened, but Vladimir would not so much as hint at what it was.  Continue reading »

A final…
The post Read: Not-so fictional feasts – Part 2 appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

A final…
The post Read: Not-so fictional feasts – Part 2 appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

Has anyone seen Bill?

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The biggest piece of Irish beer news for 2016 landed on 23rd November when Labour TD Alan Kelly published his private member's bill, the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016. If enacted, this simple little piece of legislation will permit brewers and other drinks producers to sell their wares from their premises without needing expensive add-on licences. It's a particular unpleasant curiosity of Irish law that brewers are effectively locked out of the retail trade, with a detrimental knock-on effect on tourism as well as the breweries' own sustainability.

The Bill has been put together in consultation with the microbrewery umbrella group the ICBI and has been very positively received so far. It was introduced to the Dáil on 30th November and is currently awaiting the all-important second stage, when we get to hear what the government makes of it. Under normal conditions, private member's bills stand zero chance of getting passed, but we've been living under The New Politics™ since February's general election and a couple of recent PMBs have progressed further than might be expected, so just perhaps this one could actually move forward. I'm particularly interested to hear what the publicans' lobby makes of it. They wield considerable political clout and have form when it comes to scuppering consumer-positive licensing reforms, even ones proposed by the government. The Bill's backers assert that pubs have nothing to fear from this one: brewers want to be turfing out their visitors before 6pm, into the loving care of the local hostelries.

The biggest piece of Irish beer news for 2016 landed on 23rd November when Labour TD Alan Kelly published his private member’s bill, the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016. If enacted, this simple little piece of legislation will permit brewers and other drinks producers to sell their wares from their premises without needing expensive add-on licences.  Continue reading »

Game Time at the Square Table
Cronin Sisters in Top Form

Visited Blarney’s Square Table during the week and delighted to see venison on the menu – it is that time of year! And it would be hard to get a better dish than that served up by Chef Martina Cronin. 

The full description was Roast Loin of Venison (braised venison, parsnip purée, chestnut, smoked bacon, Brussels sprouts). The meat was tender and delicious and the vegetables and jus were also brilliant.  Continue reading »

How to Cook a Turkey & my Favourite Stuffing Recipe

A post by noreply@blogger.com (Zack Gallagher) at Irish Food Guide Blog

The turkey is the centrepiece of both the traditional Christmas Dinner, Thanksgiving Dinner and the 4th of July Dinner and it’s great for any other special occasion, which is why cooking it properly is so important. Mess it up and not even the best side dishes will save you! Turkey is becoming very popular because it is relatively low in cholesterol and high in vitamins that boost the immune system.  Continue reading »

Last Minute Christmas Rush

A post by My Toddler Cooks at My Toddler Cooks

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Wines Direct Hit Double Top With French Pair

Domaine des Corbillieres Sauvignon Blanc Touraine (AOC) 2015, 13%, €14.35 Wines Direct

Sometimes it pays to go back to the source. And, in this case, you don’t have to pay all that much to get a prime bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, one the world’s favourite grapes and certainly one of its favourite wines.

This is a little known classic from the Loire. Well maybe not that little known. M.  Continue reading »

Carrot Cake Puds

A post by Nessa Robins at Nessa's Family Kitchen

As Christmas approaches, many thoughts are fixed on what to cook over the festive season. As much as I love fresh cream desserts, their limited shelf life can sometimes steer me away from them, and in turn encourages me to opt for a few baked goods in their place. Ones that can be served as a dessert, or pair equally well with a cuppa, are most ideal. These carrot cake muffins work as a nice alternative to Christmas pudding.  Continue reading »

Eating out

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Dublin got a rather cool new addition to its food scene at the end of November. The long-neglected yard outside The Bernard Shaw pub in Portobello has been transformed into a four-days-a-week street food extravaganza called The Eatyard. Grub-related things don’t normally excite me, but a few of my favourite casual dining outlets have taken stalls here, including beer festival stalwart Pieman as well as a Dublin footprint for Box Burger, the pride of Bray.  Continue reading »

 This…
The post Read: Not-so fictional fairytale feasts – Part 1 appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

 This…
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Taste of the Week
Davidson’s Crusted Rack of Lamb

The dog needed a walk and we needed something for Saturday’s dinner. The walk took us past Davidson’s, our local craft butchers. They are well known for their rack of lamb and that was how we came by our Taste of the Week.

The rack was crusted, the combination of Parmesan and walnut not that usual. It was a gem, the lamb tender and delicious and the crust a revelation, enhancing the meat with crunch and flavour.  Continue reading »

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I hope I won’t offend you. But really, meatloaf? How dull and dreary can a slab of mince meat be? It’s so often overcooked, grey, crumbly and tasteless. Yet, so many of you go all dreamy and wistful at the mention of the hateful lump of meat. This is a bit of nostalgia that needs to updated. I need to improve your meatloaf for you.  Continue reading »

My Christmas Books for Cooks List

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

There's nothing I like more than opening a new cookery book, flicking quickly through the photos & mentally noting the ones that immediately appeal to me, before reading the contents list.  It's always a voyage of discovery, with some recipes I am familiar with, together with many new and exciting ones.  I am a huge fan of ebooks and my Kindle is crammed with books to enjoy, but I can't imagine ever completely moving from the traditional cookery book to an electronic version.  Continue reading »

ChilliShaker
New Indian Restaurant in Douglas

I, and quite a few other guests, enjoyed a delicious meal as the new Indian restaurant, ChilliShaker, announced itself in Douglas last week. 

In a lovely room, hospitality was generously extended, no shortage of food or wine and no shortage of friendly faces either as ChilliShaker added to their restaurants in Swords (Dublin) and Letterkenny (Donegal).  Continue reading »