Archive for February, 2017
Taste of the Week
Bertha’s Revenge Gin
“Most important of all for us was the desire to produce a gin that other people would enjoy as much as we do.” So says Justin Green who, with Anthony Jackson, founded Bertha’s Revenge Milk Gin in 2015. The marvellous gin, which walked off the shelves of one leading Cork drinks store over Christmas, is our rich and smooth Taste of the Week. Any week! Continue reading »
Boxty on the griddle
Boxty in the pan
If you can’t make Boxty
You’ll never get a man
That is a traditional Irish rhyme that would NOT go over well in 2017, but it’s Pancake Tuesday and I’m in the mood for a savoury griddle cake so I guess I’ll let it slide.
Boxty, occasionally spelled “boxdy,” is basically a potato cake, eaten mostly in the north of Ireland, especially in counties Cavan, Fermanagh, Derry, and Tyrone. Continue reading »
How do great recipes get their titles? Eggs Benedict is claimed by various New York establishments. Sole Meunière (meaning “in the manner of the miller’s wife”) is claimed by a few. Don’t get me going on the origins of the Beef Wellington. It seems that if somebody manages to prepare a half decent recipe, there will be a queue at the kitchen door waiting to take the praise. But, when you burn the base of the meat and get your vegetables watery, you’re on your own. Continue reading »
A post by Caitriona Redmond at Caitriona Redmond – Wholesome Ireland
It’s Pancake Tuesday tomorrow, or as the boys call it; Lá Féile Pancóga. When I was growing up there was a rule that we had to eat our dinner before we got pancakes which was clearly a clever ruse to stop us from having our parents at the stovetop for hours on end churning out the pancakes. There were 6 of us in the house (4 girls, my poor Dad), plus if we were lucky, Ma (my Grandmother) and my Aunt. Continue reading »
5 Gluten Free Beers from 9 White Deer
Good news this week as Ballyvourney craft-brewers 9 White Deer launch Europe’s first full range of Gluten Free-Beer. The Stag Saor range features a Red Ale, a Pale Ale, an IPA, a Kölsch and a Stout.
So what’s a Kölsch? This is the beer of Cologne in Germany; Kölsch means “local to Cologne” (according to Beer FAQ) and the name is protected and that is why the Ballyvourney beer is labelled Kölsch style. Continue reading »
Every year I devote three days to the OFFSET design conference in Dublin. It’s not my industry but the relentless high energy visuals and thumping audio are a useful yearly reset of the senses and imagination. My 2017 dose was only a week ago, so the rioting imagery in my brain has yet to fade. Continue reading »
Three large format bottles of French beer for under a tenner? Yes please! I spotted this lot stacked up by the tills in Lidl and figured they’d be worth a go. Two are badged as coming from “Abbaye de Vauclair” which I’m sure isn’t a real thing, and research tells me they’re actually brewed at that bastion of cheap French beer Gayant, better known for La Goudale.
Abbaye de Vauclair Bière Blanche is where I started. Continue reading »
Four Hands, Five Stars, One Michelin.
JP McMahon at Greene’s, Cork.
Beetroot, goat’s cheese
The event was billed as a Four Hands Dinner, the talented mitts of visiting Michelin Star chef JP McMahon (Aniar, Galway) and his host Bryan McCarthy accounting for the four. But there were many other hands in this marvellous meitheal, quite a few of those in Greene’s kitchen. Continue reading »
Unsurprisingly, Madame was utterly baffled by my attentions. But what a marvellous woman! She taught me everything I know. In the kitchen.
She aroused my palate if nothing else. Ireland in those days was a gastronomic wilderness. Parsley sauce was considered the height of sophistication. Continue reading »
We don’t see much Cloudwater beer in Dublin. The once-off tap takeover at The Beer Market last summer was pretty much the height of it, until last week when a selection of bottles and cans from the high-profile Manchester brewery appeared in off licences. I doubt they’ll be around long.
Item one is Mittelfrüh Lager, an anaemic yellow shade with barely any effort made at forming a head. Continue reading »
A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD
There are cheesecakes. And there are Charly’s Cheesecakes
As patrons of the start-up stall in the English Market have been delightfully discovering over recent weeks, there is a new and exciting level in the world of cheesecakes and Charly’s heavenly creations are top of the pyramid. At an different level entirely.
And who is Charly? Well she is the daughter of Dubliner Derek Gilsenan. Derek is a chef and a few years ago, on his days off, he and Charly embarked on cooking and baking fun. Continue reading »
Purple Grape, Purple GraceSuperb Bergerac Blend
Caro Feely is one of the speakers at the 2017 Ballymaloe LitFest in May. At noon, on the 21st, she will engage in conversation with renowned wine-writer Tomás Clancy, in a presentation entitled “Glass Half Full – The Ups and Downs of Vineyard Life”. See LitFest.ie for tickets (€16.00). Should be a very interesting hour! Continue reading »
My children love meatballs, and one of their favourite dinners would have to be a mountain of mini meatballs with spaghetti, all smothered in a rich tomato sauce. For a quick dinner option, or supper, meatballs make a great pitta-filler, especially when lots of lovely fresh salad leaves are added and a good dollop of your favourite sauce. Continue reading »
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
Monday’s post was a sort-of preview of the Alltech Brews & Food Festival which opens tomorrow in Dublin. I finished writing it on Sunday, scheduled it, and then went to the pub. On the taps at 57 The Headline I found two more beers from breweries who will be attending the festival so I felt I had to get them in as well before the doors opened.
I’m not sure if 5 Lamps will have Hoppy Ending available on their bar. Continue reading »
Taste of the Week
Gubbeen Smoked Pork Ribs
Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Somekouse has become a well respected smoked meat producer; he has over 50 products and a fascination that grows each year with the arts and science of charcuterie. Here, you’ll find superb chorizo and salamis, smoked bacon and more, even that famous cheese is smoked.
Fifty products and growing. One of the latest, Gubbeen Smoked Pork Ribs, is truly mouth-watering and our Taste of the Week. Continue reading »
Steak night is a great concept. Particularly if one can get one’s hands on top quality meat. We are lucky in that respect. But, steak night would be no fun if we just cooked and ate a steak. We needed a bit of experimentation as we did with part 1. For part 2, we decided to check out the merits of Feather Blade steak both flash fried and sous vide.
There was very little to be done by way of preparation. For either way of cooking, we needed only some seasoning and some oil or butter. Continue reading »
I get asked questions quite a bit about the slow cooker so I figured I’d pop my tips/answers below, with a slow cooker lamb tagine recipe at the end. As an added bonus, this recipe actually has a video to match. If this is the kind of thing you like to see please do let me know and I’ll do my best to film some more.
Maybe I should have called this post “why I flipping love my slow cooker”! Continue reading »
Jacobs on the Mall
Catching the Early Bird
An Early Bird was required last Friday so I checked a few websites and it was the one in Jacobs on the Mall that had most appeal. We got into the lovely old building about 5.30pm, thirty minutes after opening, and found that the place was filling up rapidly. Word of the Early Bird had obviously spread and we soon found that the promise was indeed amply fulfilled.
Basically, you get three courses for €25.00. Continue reading »