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Archive for May, 2017

When Angela Piotti Velenosi and her husband founded their winery in 1984, cooperative wineries and bulk wine reigned in her local area of the Marches and Piceno. They started with just five hectares. Three decades later, the vineyards stretch to 105 hectares and produce 2.5 millions bottles, “of which a large share is exported to five continents”. Quite a lot it makes its way here to Ireland and Karwigs have quite a selection.  Continue reading »

It was the onions. The blasted onions. Everything up until I started watering the onions was manageable. I had kept my emotions relatively in check. Then as I started to water the onions the memories flooded back and I started to cry.
There was a glass of water on the table at tea time in the Summer. We’d invariably have fresh salad for tea. Home cooked ham, tomatoes, lettuce, a slice of homemade brown soda bread, but not cucumbers. Grandad didn’t particularly like cucumbers.  Continue reading »

Sour gets serious

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I left you yesterday half way through day two of the Toer de Geuze, leaving Oud Beersel and heading for De Troch. De Troch is best known for its crazy flavoured lambics, released under the “Chapeau” brand and featuring additives as unlikely as banana and pineapple. They also make the only Christmas-themed lambic I’m aware of. I had them pegged, therefore, as one of the soulless shiny and industrial breweries. Boy was I wrong.  Continue reading »

The Iveragh Experience
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Killorglin to Ballinskelligs. Coast, Cliffs and Chocolate.

A special at Nick’s Killorglin

Near Blackstone Bridge

Part Ring of Kerry, part Wild Atlantic Way. Part Ring of Skelligs.  Continue reading »

The final stop on day one of the 2017 Toer de Geuze was Lindemans, probably the showiest of all the sites we visited. The setting is rather beautiful, on high ground in the countryside, with Brussels’s tallest buildings almost visible to the east.  Continue reading »

I prepared some home cured, home smoked pork loin a couple of weeks back. It was fantastic and most of the comments I had from the European side of the pond were pretty positive. One of my American friends had to make the point that bacon is made only with pork belly. He had to make the point in the way only an American would. That is he was unequivocal, forthright and definitive. He was certain that bacon can only be made with pork belly. Anything else “just ain’t bacon”.  Continue reading »

Richard’s Little Farm Delivers

Richard’s Little Farm deliver their organic vegetables to top restaurants such as Greene’s and Elbow Lane. But you too can become a regular customer by signing up for the regular vegetable box scheme!

Richard Hooton has been growing his own food for many years and decided to set up Richard’s Little Farm after completing a Masters degree in Organic Horticulture at UCC.

The farm, established in 2015, is situated in Hazelwood, Mallow, Co.  Continue reading »

Geuze bus tours!

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Once every two years a group of the lambic beer producers scattered through the Pajottenland – a mostly rural patchwork of towns and villages to the immediate west of Brussels – open their doors to visitors. Their industry representative body, HORAL, provides a bus service so that pilgrims can travel easily between the sites, and so the Toer de Geuze is born. For the eleventh outing of the Toer in 2017 the event was expanded to two days, covering a Saturday and a Sunday.  Continue reading »

Dinner and Movies. Great Views too.
Montenotte Hotel’s Panorama Bistro

Dine with Rosanna next month

The restaurant at the revamped Hotel Montenotte is called The Panorama and the spacious and comfortable bistro and bar certainly lives up to the name. From most of room and from the terrace outside you have a great view over the river and much of the city.

And the revamp isn’t confined to the inside.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

The exotic atmosphere was soured by the news that Singapore was about to fall. But being one to make the most of a bad situation, McCarthy enjoyed the local hospitality on offer. Years later he would recall the taste of Dutch gin mixed with crushed ice and fresh lime juice, and the colonial feast of ‘riz tafel’ with a multitude of plates of meat, fish, vegetables, curries with steamed rice, all washed down with locally brewed Dutch draught beer.  Continue reading »

What’s brewing?

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The National Homebrew Club’s annual conference returned to Smock Alley Theatre in April. As usual there was a stellar line-up of home-brewing royalty, both local and international, sharing their wisdom through the course of the day. Not with me, though: I was only there for the after-party, by kind invitation of the (very) outgoing president – cheers Thomas!  Continue reading »

Why we select the wines we do.
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SuperValu’s Buyer Tells How and Why.  Continue reading »

We…
The post Ballymaloe Litfest 2017 appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

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Superb Lakeside Restaurant at Carrig House

Amuse Bouche

 If, as is said, location is everything, the Lakeside Restaurant at Carrig House near Killorglin, has it made. But, in a restaurant, food is all important and here too Lakeside is in a good place.  Continue reading »

Summer on a budget

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The German discount supermarkets are great when summer rolls around and your requirement is for things merely decent, cheap, refreshing and in quantity, for drinking outside. Normally I wouldn’t look beyond Aldi’s Spaten or (and) Lidl’s Crafty Brewing IPA, or any of the dry Irish ciders they both carry, but during a recent sunny spell I spotted a couple of new candidates and thought it only right to give them a go.  Continue reading »

Week of events planned across Cork for Festival Cork’s inaugural Dessert Festival!

Following on from the success of hugely popular Burger Festival and more recently the Whiskey Festival the team at Festival Cork are delighted to announce their latest event

“ Cork Dessert Festival” running from June 26th to July 2nd – a festival showcasing the finest confections that Cork has to offer.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
Ballintubber Vodka and Blueberry Cheese
From Cahill’s Farm

Cahill’s Farm are in County Limerick and they make a 100% pure and natural, full-flavoured cheese, handcrafted in the traditional Irish way, and made with only the freshest, wholesome, natural, ingredients. 

They are well known in the world of cheese and are regular award winners including at Blas, the British Cheese Awards and World Cheese Awards.  Continue reading »

Let’s face facts. Not everybody who looks in the mirror likes what they see. Some of us are just sub-standard, below average and generally crappy. That’s the way of the world. If the advertising slogan of l’Oreal was true of us all, it would fail in it’s prime objective, to make the user feel special. If we are all ‘worth it’ then what we are worth is not worth much. But, I didn’t start writing this to have a go at the haircare market.  Continue reading »

Pinot Gris, more widely known by its Italian name Pinot Grigio, is one of the most popular grapes around.

Giorgio (right) in Cork last year.

Quite often it doesn’t have much flavour and is easy to drink and these wines are sometimes described as inoffensive, a kind of damning with faint praise. It’s as if someone said your wife or husband is “an inoffensive little person, you’d hardly know he/she was there”.  Continue reading »

Advanced for his age

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Dublin’s DOT Brew celebrated its first birthday with a slew of new barrel-aged small-batch beers, brought out to meet the public in Idlewild (and later Abbot’s Ale House in Cork) a few weeks ago. The Idlewild event was fun, with only three lines dedicated to the selection so turnover was quick. If only life could be like this more often.
First of the newcomers was Teeny Tiny Barrel Aged Pale Ale. As the name hints, this is a mere 3.5% ABV.  Continue reading »