During last weekend’s Dingle Food Festival, I called into the craft beer tent, at the back of Geaney's Bar in Main Street, last Saturday afternoon and was immediately at home as the first stall was that of the Franciscan Well. They were showing their new cans, three of my favourite beers all wrapped up and looking good and shiny.
If Any Beer Can, Franciscan Well Can!
Ireland’s favourite craft beer now available in can
During last weekend’s Dingle Food Festival, I called into the craft beer tent, at the back of Geaney’s Bar in Main Street, last Saturday afternoon and was immediately at home as the first stall was that of the Franciscan Well. They were showing their new cans, three of my favourite beers all wrapped up and looking good and shiny. Continue reading »
In Ireland, we’re very fortunate to have potato growers, on our doorstep, who are passionate about producing the best of potatoes for our dinner table. Potatoes have always been immersed as a part of our history and this long standing merit should be celebrated. When better to honor our potatoes, and the people behind them, than on National Potato Day, which happens to be taking place today, October 7th. Continue reading »
It’s National Potato Day in Ireland today and when I was asked to develop a new recipe especially for the celebration I found it hard to say no. If you ask me, everyday is a potato day! There’s a reason why I don’t grow potatoes at the allotment. I certainly could if I wanted to, it’s just that we have so many fantastic local potato producers close to home that I prefer to support them instead. Continue reading »
Review: The Whiskeys of Ireland
by Peter Mulryan
“Whiskey. Irish for droplets of pure pleasure.” WB Yeats.
You’ll find tour guides in the many new Irish distilleries telling you that whiskey is a corruption of the Gaelic Uisce Beatha (water of life). No need to believe those novices! Continue reading »
Our host for the October Session is Derek from Ramblings of a Beer Runner and the topic he has chosen is gose, the native beer style of Leipzig. This light wheat beer, typically brewed with coriander and salt, survived near-extinction and has gone on to become one of the world’s most fashionable styles among the crafterati. Continue reading »
Down Under with O’Brien’s
Advice: Watch those sales!
I always try and keep an eye out for the regular sales at O’Brien’s Wines. Some are quite short-lived. That was the case with their Australian & New Zealand one. But I did make that and bought these two, the Penfolds at 16.76, the D’Arenberg at 15.96. A decent saving and very decent wines indeed. I should follow my own advice more often! Continue reading »
I have been trying to write this piece for a very long time and put into words why cooking fills a need within me. Since this article was published in the Irish Times in September I have been overwhelmed by the number of messages and emails from people telling me that they understood this feeling too. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I loved writing it. Continue reading »
Taste of the Week
Aran Islands Goats Cheese
Gabriel in Donegal
I found this Taste of the Week at A Taste of Donegal where Gabriel (you might know him, as he also does bus tours on Inis Mor, the largest of the islands) had a stand and was handing out samples of his Aran Islands Goats Cheese.
I tasted three in all: the soft cheese, the same soft cheese with Dillisk added, and a Greek Style cheese (not unlike Feta). Each was delicious and I came away with a container of each. Continue reading »
A random pick from the back of the beer fridge: La Fumette by Belgian brewery MilleVertus. It’s an ambrée, which is a style that I don’t recall ever liking an example of, but the bonus is it’s fumée as well. Plus it’s 6.5% ABV, which is higher than usual, I think. That’s got to be good.
Though bottle conditioned the sediment stayed stuck to the bottom and I got a clear glassful of something definitely amber. Continue reading »
Simply put, the Irish Cocktail Festival is a celebration of cocktails made with Irish spirits. It runs from October 10th - 15th, with venues from across the 32 counties of Ireland showcasing their specially crafted, Irish cocktail. A full listing of all venues, their cocktails and special offers is available on the Great Irish Beverages
website. Participants will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite cocktail using the hashtag #BestIrishCocktail
on Twitter or Facebook.
In addition to the venues, there will be several special pop-ups taking place as part of the 2016 Irish Cocktail Fest.
On October 6th, join Dave Mulligan of Bán Poitín for a look into the history of poitín and the events that defined our "Notorious Irish Spirit". Dave will talk through the difficulties of starting a poitín brand, the struggle of changing people's views and the worldwide future of our national spirit. Cocktails will be provided on arrival, paired throughout the event with tasty bar snacks provided by the Charlotte Quay kitchen. Tickets cost €23.99 and are available from Eventbrite
Traditional favourite soft drinks Club & Cidona will host a Club & Cidona Irish Cocktail Pop-Up between October 12th - 14th at the Jar pub on Wexford Street, Dublin
The brainchild of master bartender Oisin Davis, the Dublin Cocktail Festival first appeared several years ago, and has now gone nationwide in 2016 as the Irish Cocktail Fest. This festival has simply gone from strength to strength and represents a great way to taste some of the very best Irish cocktails and spirits.
Simply put, the Irish Cocktail Festival is a celebration of cocktails made with Irish spirits. Continue reading »
On Tour At Union Hall Smoked FishA Taste of West Cork event
Roll up folks. The tour starts now! Continue reading »
It’s time I gave the lot of you a good tongue lashing. I can’t abide conservatism (that’s with a little ‘c’, not an accusation of a political nature). I particularly can’t abide the general unwillingness to mix meat and fruit. I know there are the few exceptions to your reluctance, such as duck and orange, pork and apple and such like. These tend to be bittersweet fruits and don’t really qualify as sweet, sweet. Continue reading »
The post Read: Autumnal offal + Lamb’s liver with cider and bacon appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food. Continue reading »
STONEWELL RÓS CIDER IS CROWNED SUPREME CHAMPION IN A GREAT YEAR FOR CIDERS AT THE 2016 BLAS NA hEIREANN IRISH FOOD AWARDS
Cider Crown for Stonewell’s Geraldine.
Ciders win big at this year’s Awards…
Stonewell Rós Cider from Cork has beaten off stiff competition from food and drink producers all over the island of Ireland to be awarded the coveted Supreme Champion title of the 2016 Blas na hEireann, the Irish Food Awards, sponsored by Bord Bia. Continue reading »
You gotta pitta pocket or two! Cheesey singing is not obligatory in my household but I do love how versatile pitta bread is for lunchboxes. My top tip for keeping them fresh is to keep your packets of pitta bread in the freezer, then take them out one-by-one. To make sure your pitta is perfect for filling, take the frozen bread and splash it with a bit of cold water, sit on a piece of kitchen roll and pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds. You’ll get a bitta pitta perfection everytime. Continue reading »