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Archive for February, 2017

Your…
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Your…
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Look busy!

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Alltech Brews & Food is back in Dublin’s Convention Centre from Thursday of this week. There will be much new and exciting beer to occupy my time all weekend so I figured I should try and make some advance inroads into the selection. Here are seven beers from six Irish breweries who will be exhibiting, acquired in advance so I can drink other things while I’m there.  Continue reading »

Barnabrow’s Gourmet Evening Exceeds Expectations
Exceptional Wine and Food Pairings

Calm, before the gourmet storm

Fine food, paired so well with gorgeous wines by ENO, featured in Barnabrow House last Saturday night as owner Geraldine Kidd continued to celebrate 20 years in business in the lovingly-restored manor house and 30-acre estate which dates back to the 17th century.  Continue reading »

It’s not often you walk into a restaurant to be greeted by a magnificent taxidermied fox, standing upright, holding a perplexed looking pheasant with a jaunty looking shotgun broke open over his shoulder. I never figured that Mr Fox was the kind who needed to resort to weaponry to catch his prey.

This fine fellow is part of the foxy decor at the smart Mr Fox, a basement restaurant located on Dublin’s Northside.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Calcio ( calcio storico Florence )

‘There was this fantastic thing a writer called Archie McGregor did in the 1980s…. It was called “Bruno Glanvilla writes”, and it was very much a skit of Glanville boasting, “I was in Italy last week, in bella Italia, and I was with Graham Souness, and….  Continue reading »

Ameri-cans

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Three beers from the US today, with nothing in common other than their importer and the fact that they’re canned.I’m not entirely sure what the deal is with Sierra Nevada Nooner. The name was previously used for a session IPA (reviewed here) but seems to have been re-applied subsequently to this pilsner, the style being “one of the original session beers” according to the blurb.  Continue reading »

Munster Wine & Dine 2017 Launch at Club Brasserie

An amazing series of tapas style dishes, prepared by hosts Club Brasserie, heralded the start of the 2017 season for the Munster Wine and Dine Circle. Each dish was accompanied by news of an event already confirmed in the calendar for this local group, who love their food and drink and love also promoting local produce.  Continue reading »

I love a regular Victoria Sponge but I’ve recently started to make buttermilk cake as an alternative. Buttermilk cake has a lighter texture than an all butter cake and just as simple to make. With the addition of this warm white chocolate ganache, the buttermilk cake becomes a serious treat. As the ganache is sweet, I’ve lowered the sugar in the cake mix. I also used this basic cake mix to make some banana cake last week. It was more bread-ish than cake-ish if you get what I mean.  Continue reading »

Three Lesser-known Grapes
Petit Verdot, Pinotage, Cinsault

You won’t find any of this trio in the comfort zone of “international” grapes. And, aside from Pinotage, you’ll not often find them in a bottle on their own. But I have and I’m very glad I did.

Petit Verdot is highly valued in Bordeaux but generally only as a small contributor to the red blend there. It ripens late and is therefore well suited to the Languedoc where our delicious example comes from.  Continue reading »

Stay woke

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

We only get a limited range of Magic Rock beers in Ireland. “Just what the brewery has available” the importer told me once. I was pleased when Common Grounds, the Magic Rock coffee porter, showed up, and I grabbed a can at the first opportunity.
It pours a deep dark brown, the head crackling up before fading away to almost nothing. It smells of… coffee, funnily enough. Freshly brewed dark-roast coffee to be specific, with just a hint of brown sugar on the side.  Continue reading »

It’s been almost two years since I’ve written a blog post. Where did that time go? I have my excuses. With Shane and Shan relocating from China to Ireland, weekends have been dominated by spending time with Dermot, now aged 4, and his little brother Conan just 9 months old. It’s hard to find time to blog when two little ones are careering around the house, even if Dermot is a willing sous chef and loves to help his Nai Nai cook.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Smoked Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms

Lucy and Mark of Ballyhoura Mushrooms have been serving us delicious stuff since they started out. Year after year it just got better. Soon Michelin star chefs wanted their mushrooms and now you can get them abroad, in prestigious outlets such as Fortnum and Mason.

Fortunately you can still get them at the farmers markets where they started off five years ago.  Continue reading »

This is one for the men only. Ladies, while I like having you here and enjoy your company, this is an all male zone today. Now, before you start chaining yourselves to the oven door, this is for your benefit. I’m giving the lads a bit of advice about how to redeem themselves after they forget to do something important. So, girls, be off with you. Lads, read on…..
Admit it, you have forgotten the Valentine’s Day flowers.  Continue reading »

Cork Indie Coffee Trail
A Guide by Dermot O’Sullivan

So (seems to be the word to start with these days), you’re in Cork, looking for a cup of real coffee. You know there are some terrific indie cafés around the city. But do you know where they are? Where is ORSO? Where is Nectar Coffee?  Continue reading »

Darwins – The Origin of the Steak

Steak

 If you’re on the prowl in Dublin and looking for steak, then head to Darwins Restaurant in Aungier Street. While you’re waiting for your order, take a peak at those big guys on the wall, your ancestors, the origin of the species.

When that steak comes, you’ll straighten up immediately as the aromas waft up from that fillet.  Continue reading »

None more Belgian

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Sorry, that should read “some more Belgians” because this is another cross-section of Belgian beers, as picked by my wife from Brussels off licences.De Poes has a pretty label, which is presumably why she picked it, but it’s very short on information. We know it’s 8% ABV and is flavoured with two unnamed sorts of hops and some equally anonymous spices. No style designation is given, but from the strength and the hazy yellow-orange colour I’m calling it a tripel.  Continue reading »

Amsterdam can be so cold during the winter months. But it’s also a city that’s never quiet. Tourists and weekenders are always thronging the streets, especially in the middle of town. There are always new bars and restaurants to check out, so here are three of my latest finds for you to enjoy.  Continue reading »

First…
The post Rosemary is for remembrance + Lemon, Poppy Seed and Rosemary Loaf appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

By then, we had reached the river again. And the sun came up in the east where the Liffey meets the sea and the black water began to come to life. The air was full of the smell of hops, sweet and heavy as treacle and seagulls circled in the sky over the brewery. A heron was standing on a rock in the river on one leg, like a ballerina. Everything very quiet. Dublin was dreaming for a moment…. All quiet and glittering in the morning sun.
And next thing, we heard the shots.  Continue reading »