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Archive for May, 2017

Ever hear of the saying “Never trust a skinny chef”? Cue mental images of a jolly fellow, who clearly enjoys food, wine and their own cooking. These days a lot of chefs are running triathlons, completing marathons or just plain staying fit, in an effort to balance out their hectic careers and the fact that they’re constantly around food.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Old church in Dungloe turned into bakery/tearoom

Tootsie gave me a sympathetic smile. “Lieutenant Fitzgerald is a lively young man.”
“Lively,” our father said, “will not put food on a family’s table either – and especially not when a great portion of whatever income he does receive goes to drink. His name – Fitzgerald – that’s Irish, you know. And I’ll suppose he’s a Catholic.  Continue reading »

When I cook pasta for dinner in the evening I normally cook a double-batch – far more than I actually need. This is because it can be used in meals the following day. The teenager likes to add boiled eggs, sweetcorn, and mayonnaise for her school lunchbox to a portion of pasta. I like to make salads with mine.  Continue reading »

Smooth moves

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Three beers from Dano-Belgian contract brewers To Øl today. To begin, the continuation of a series of soured pale ales, a style of beer I’ve become very partial to. Sur Citra follows Sur Amarillo which I enjoyed last year. Just like it, this one is a hazy orange colour and the aroma is understated, hinting gently at the citrus and sourness to come. The tartness leads: first sip produces a round juicy acidity, a bit like an oude gueze but without the oak-and-nitre complexity.  Continue reading »

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The Maestro in top form at the Radisson Blu!

Dessert terrine

After having sampled lots of food goodies at the official celebration of the Radisson Blu revamp, I was keen to try it out in depth. And we took the opportunity last week on a magnificent sunny evening.  Continue reading »

Montepulciano and Montepulciano

I think we’ve all been confused at one time or another by Montepulciano on an Italian wine bottle. It is the name of a grape and of a town in Italy. According to Wine-Searcher.com the grape was named after the town and was once widely grown there.  Continue reading »

Advance party

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The Hop City festival took place in Leeds at Easter. As part of the promotional run-up, host brewer Northern Monk brewed a collaboration beer with Cloudwater and hop supplier YCH called, imaginatively, Hop City IPA.
It’s squarely in the New England style, 6.2% ABV, 20 IBUs and a soupy yellow colour. The aroma is bright and fresh, throwing out juicy mandarin and spicy green rocket.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
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Double Delight from Iago

Doubly Delicious

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Taste of the Week is another double, this time from Iago in Cork.  Continue reading »

Back in 2011, I posted a 30 minute recipe for Beef in Black Bean Sauce. Back in 2011, not many of ye paid any attention to anything I cooked or posted about. Shame on you. But, now that you are older and, obviously, wiser (You are reading this are you not?), I am very happy to present you with a simpler, even faster to prepare, Beef in Black Bean Sauce.

Back in the day, I had a more elaborate ingredients list. Now, I am more of a purist (I didn’t have any ginger or chilli in the press).  Continue reading »

On our recent trip to Barcelona, I was starting to feel fatigue. Fatigue from trying to find the perfect restaurants, bars and cafes; fatigue from all the options available in Barcelona. Sometimes all you want is something straight up, simple and delicious. And then we came across La Paradeta.

We had passed by La Paradeta several times as we walked to and from our hotel, but I had never clicked what lay inside.  Continue reading »

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Top Olive Oils at Bradley’s

Three very young oils

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Bradley’s of North Main Street, Cork, are well known for their selection of fine wines.  Continue reading »

Quirky Catalans

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

When I wrote about the Alltech Brews & Food Festival a few months ago, I mentioned that James from Alltech was kind enough to fill the gaps in my Barcelona Beer Company sampling with an armful of freebie bottles. Today, at long last, I’m getting them written about as well.
There’s an endearing quirkiness in their artwork, enough to let me forgive the fact that the first one I opened doesn’t have an ABV on the label. The brewery website tells me that Big Bear is 5% ABV.  Continue reading »

Le Caveau Portfolio Tasting
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The Natural Kingdom of Ganevat

Pascal with Michael Creedon (right) of Bradley’s Off Licence

Nicolas Donne ofGuy Allion

“This is what Le Caveau is about,” said Pascal Rossignol as he surveyed the scene in St Peter’s Church in the early stages of the Cork tasting of his 2017 portfolio last Thursday.  Continue reading »

No Chop Chicken Dinner

A post by sheila kiely at Gimme the recipe

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Hooray for Irish tomatoes being in season! My tomatoes in the polytunnel are nearly ready but you should be seeing Irish tomatoes in the supermarket at this stage. There is nothing like the flavour of a warm sun-ripened tomato picked straight from the vine. This easy tomato tart recipe is uncomplicated, in fact it’s nearly too easy to call it a recipe! Don’t let the small number of ingredients listed here limit your options.  Continue reading »

Sweet & Sticky Ribs

A post by Nessa Robins at Nessa's Family Kitchen

My young men have a particular fondness for their Sticky Ribs, and if ribs are ever spotted on a restaurant menu at least one of the boys will order a portion. You’ll pick up bacon ribs for a few euros in the butchers, making them a great option for feeding a hungry crowd. The marinade mixture I use isn’t too spicy, so it caters favourably for both young and old.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

One day in January 1933 I was sitting with my esteemed publisher Rowohlt in Schlichters Wine Bar in Berlin, enjoying a convivial dinner. Our lady wives and a few bottles of good Franconian wine kept us company.  Continue reading »

Belgian New England IPA: I never thought I’d see the day. But here we are. A couple were on show at the 2017 Zythos Beer Festival in Leuven. The first one I spotted was called Ceci NEIPA Une IPA and was from the Broers brewery. Like what I suspect is a majority of beers in this style, it’s clear: a bright orange-gold colour. It offers very much a Belgian perspective since, alongside the heavy dankness and fresh mandarin, there’s a spicy clove and fruit ester quality.  Continue reading »

Puglia: The Hot Heel Of Italy.
Two Cool Wines.

La Vigne di Sammarco Salice Salentino (DOP) 2014, 13.5%, €13.91 Wines Direct

Salice Salentino is the area and the grapes are Black Malvasia (20%) and Negroamaro (80%). Salice Salentino is one of dozens of DOC zones in Puglia, the heel of Italy, and the peninsula itself is called Salentino. Even though it is surrounded on three sides by the sea, there is very little cooling of the flat sun-baked land.  Continue reading »

The Zythos file

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

There’s usually a very good social programme around the serious business of the EBCU’s biannual meetings. At the end of the Friday session of the Spring meeting in Brussels last month we were joined by Thomas Vandelanotte, brewer at the venerable Belgian producer and importer John Martin, for a talk and tasting of some of their beers.  Continue reading »