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I’ve been doing a bit of cooking with Armenian cherries of late. A special offer in the supermarket sent me over the edge of reason and I bought more jars than I will need this side of a catastrophic meteor strike. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and I needed to find some additional recipes for these delicious biter-sweet balls of shininess. A small amount of thinking brought the thought of Sous Vide Duck Breast with Armenian Cherry Sauce.  Continue reading »

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Three Classy Reds

Don’t judge a book by the cover. The plain label on the Gamay could well lead you to believe this is a bottom shelf wine whereas it is anything but. Perhaps, especially if you bought bottom shelf Moroccan wines on French holidays years ago, you wouldn’t be expecting a great deal from the Volubilia but it is a lovely surprise. And no surprise really with the Italian. You’d expect this to be good and it is very good indeed.  Continue reading »

The Top 10 Best Irish Foods to Watch Out For in 2017

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

If you want to find out what’s really happening in the modern Irish Food scene – get on Twitter!
Every year, around Christmas Eve – I ask this question on my @IrishFoodGuide Twitter account… “What was Your Best Irish Food Find of the Year?”
I always get hundreds of replies from food lovers all over Ireland and this year was no exception with replies pouring in on Twitter over all the days of Christmas and New Year.  Continue reading »

Craft stops here

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The Christmas break, for the second year running, was spent in rural Shropshire, not far from Shrewsbury. As someone who mostly experiences England’s beer scene via the many fine blogs on the subject it offered an interesting, and slightly jarring, perspective in one respect at least. Much and more has been written on the rise of “craft beer” in Britain, by which I mean Boak & Bailey’s definition 2: kegs, foreign styles and non-traditional ingredients.  Continue reading »

Thali Nepal Restaurant on the Banks of The Lee

Thali Set

 Once upon a time, you could get beef, predominantly beef, at 30 Pope’s Quay, Cork. Then it was known as Gaucho’s in tribute to South American cowboys. These days, you’ll find chicken and lamb here; the new name (since the autumn) is Thali Nepal and the menu features the cuisine of that South Asian country and highlights the vegetables, the spices, the rice and no shortage of meat either. But no beef!  Continue reading »

A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came- a loud knock. 

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

In my house the loud knock came before the scones, and it wasn’t a rat-tat on a Hobbit door, but my bedtime reading (Neil Jordan’s ‘Mistaken’) falling off the bed and crash-landing on the floor, which startled me out of dreamland.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Keogh invited the three of us to dinner at his home next day…..

Wolfe Tone arrived to join us for a dinner of brisket of beef, roast leg of mutton and boiled cows’ heels, washed down with claret from Lisbon. As secretary of the Catholic Committee, Tone spent many evenings here planning strategy.

from The Star Man by Conor O’Clery (2016). Highly Recommended.  Continue reading »

Fine Fettle Farm

A post by imen at Farmette

I usually tend to wait and celebrate the New Year properly once I’ve hit my birthday later in January. Admittedly, as I get older, this anniversary tends to be celebrated more and more quietly.
More understatedly.
With less fanfare.
Okay, in secret.
Oh, let’s just skip it this time, shall we?  Continue reading »

Beer, Cider & Spirit Visits 2016

Munster Brewery, Youghal

Munster Brewery

In the old distillery, Midleton

Midleton Distillery

Justin, of Bertha’s Revenge

Bertha’s Revenge

Franciscan Well 16th October Beer FestivalHops and Glory at LitFest16Irish Craft Cider at LitFest16Connacht Distillery BallinaDingle Distillery2016 Reviews – see alsoCafes by the side of the road.Best Places to StayBest Hotel Dining RoomsMeals with a differenceBest Steaks & Best non-Cork Restaurants 2016Best Wine Events 2016.  Continue reading »

The post Listen: In memory of Veronica Steele appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

My Best Wines Events 2016

Ribera at The Farmgate

O’Donovan’s 14th Cork Wine and Craft Beer FairRibera del Duero Masterclass at The FarmgateNeil McGuigan in KinsaleO’Brien Wine Fair.  Continue reading »

Quite an epiphany

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I’ve been passing by the beers from Yorkshire brewery Vocation for ages now, for absolutely no good reason. The smart little cans are visually appealing and the beer is by all accounts quite good. I finally bit the bullet when browsing a Northern Irish Tesco late last year.
First out was Heart & Soul, a 4.4% ABV session IPA. The yeast had settled well to the bottom of this by the time I opened it but I still managed to carelessly harvest a few skeins as I poured.  Continue reading »

I’m starting 2017 in a state of flux because so much is up in the air. What happens from here? How will we manage our mortgage/bills and what are my plans for the future?
It’s a question I’ve been asked quite a bit over the past few weeks or so, since we finally got our letter and confirmation from Ulster Bank that we were indeed on the wrong interest rate for about the last 6+ years.  Continue reading »

I was intrigued when I heard about a new restaurant opening in Milltown. Oddly though, my major source of puzzlement was not about the venue itself, but trying to figure out where “Milltown Shopping Centre” was located. After a few seconds, it clicked with me that this was the fanciful name for the stretch of  local shops and services that are located outside the entrance to Mount Saint Annes.  Continue reading »

Fish Supper II

A post by sheila kiely at Gimme the recipe

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Best Steaks 2016


Aubrac Steak at The Harbour Donegal Town

FX Buckley Exquisite Steak in Dublin City

West Cork Hereford steak at the Imperial Hotel’s Pembroke Restaurant

Macroom buffalo steaks from Eoin O’Mahony English Market

Irish Piedmontese Beef from their stall at Cork Summer Show2016 Reviews – see alsoCafes by the side of the road.Best Places to StayBest Hotel Dining RoomsMeals with a difference
Three Best Restaurants Outside of Cork 2016I’ve dined around the country this year, including Donegal, Limerick, Kerry, Meath, Dublin, Waterford, Wexford, Louth, Galway, Mayo and so on and these, in no particular order, are the three non Cork restaurants that I enjoyed the most.I’ll be on the road again in 2017.  Continue reading »

Any port

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Last time I was up north I acquired this pair in the supermarket. Sailor Town is a Belfast-based brand, implicitly referencing the city’s docklands, though I’m reliably informed the brewing takes place at Carrig Brewing in Co. Leitrim. The front label is a little unhelpful in telling you what you’re getting as one is simply labelled “Beer” and the other “Pale”. Fortunately there’s a bit more information around the back.  Continue reading »

Meals with a difference. 2016(In no particular order)

Good Things dessert

1-Good Things (Skibbereen) with La Stoppa and Le Caveau


2-Greene’s, with Food & Wine Magazine
3-Isaac’s, with Green Saffron


4-L’Atitude, with Miyazaki. What to drink with sushi?

Trout at Granary

5-Waterford Harvest Fest. Producers Brunch at The Granary.6-Celtic Ross.  Continue reading »

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