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Raw Cacao Nib Fudge

A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

Apparently women think about chocolate more than men. Some scientists think this is because eating cocoa helps release a calvary of dopamine in the female brain, the same substance release during orgasm. It’s even been suggested that when women eat raw chocolate, it effects activity in the cerebral hemisphere responsible for regulating sexual desire.  Continue reading »

Eggs Croustade

A post by Vicky at S'tasty

One my favorite tea time suppers is a simple boiled egg and toasted soldiers. It’s easy, tasty, and such comfort food.  It’s also nostalgic, and reminds me of being a child, enjoying the wonder of small toasted soldiers. I wanted to play with this idea of toasted soldiers and eggs, so I came up with this recipe for eggs croustade. The croustade is some buttered bread that is shaped in a ramekin, and toasted in the oven with the egg. It’s essentially a basket of toasted soldiers.  Continue reading »

Marisco underselling this – should be labelled ‘Pinot Gris Rosé’ – gorgeously lush, coral-pink Pinot!
The post The Ned Pinot Grigio (Marlborough, New Zealand) appeared first on Curious: The Curious Wines Wine Blog.  Continue reading »

Man of Arán

First attempt!

Tomorrow evening, the Irish Real Bread Revolution begins. Leaders in the bakery are due to meet, at Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny, hoping to start a new network to support and encourage real bread baking (by both bakeries and consumers) and to make it easier to identify and find. The bakers will be looking to discuss and debate how the new network should operate.  Continue reading »

Two portraits of hops

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Another rattle of the Brown Paper Bag last month yielded two new beers from the Dublin-based gypsy brewing collective, both created at Gadd’s Ramsgate Brewery in Kent.
On a Thursday evening in early December I trekked up to The Back Page on Phibsborough Road – no hardship really; it’s a lovely pub and worth going out of one’s way for. Lupe Garou, for such is the new beer’s name, is available kegged only, and Baggers Colin and Brian were present to launch it.  Continue reading »

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Leftovers Pie

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

I realise that in the technical sense of the term, this is not a “pie”. I’ve already received a lecture from my other half about him being short-changed. He rang this afternoon and I mentioned that dinner was ready. When I informed him that it was leftovers pie he was delighted, then the excitement turned to disappointment when he realised that there was no pastry at all involved in this pie.
To me, pie is baked in a pie dish with a crispy crusty top.  Continue reading »

Spicy Kale Chips…

A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

I am on a huge healthy eating buzz at the moment and am loving coming up with new ways to get my five-a-day! Whether it’s juices, smoothies, buckwheat pancakes or healthy breakfast muffins, there are so many ways to enjoy fruit and vegetables without chomping on an apple in the corner! These kale chips are a great way of curbing that craving for something salty while still sticking to your healthy eating regime!  Continue reading »

Potato, Cheese & Thyme Tart

A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

This simple but very tasty tart makes an elegant dinner party starter served with some lightly dressed winter leaves. This savoury tart is a wonderful way to use up any last pieces of cheese you might have in the fridge so it’s up to you what you use. A good Irish cheese like Durrus works well here but you could push the flavour even further by using a blue cheese like Young Buck or Bellingham Blue.  Continue reading »

“Ultra-traditional foot-trodden LBV from a super-ripe year: fresh cherry and raspberry fruit, wonderful finesse… Drink now or keep 10-15 years.” Decanter magazine, 2014.
The post Niepoort LBV 2009 (Douro/Port, Portugal) appeared first on Curious: The Curious Wines Wine Blog.  Continue reading »

Vietnamese Caramel Salmon

A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

This is a brilliantly simple South East Asian recipe, which is traditionally cooked in a clay pot and served still sizzling straight to the table. This fish recipe is often made with catfish in Vietnam but is quite delicious made with darns of salmon. The sticky and sweet caramel sauce is infused with wonderful aromas from ginger and chilli. Serve the salmon with warm rice and generous spoonful of the aromatic caramel sauce.  Continue reading »

Looking Good for Early Birds

Jacob’s on the Mall do a 3 course Early Bird for €20.00

Time was, and, in some places it still is, that you got chicken, salmon, and just maybe a mundane vegetarian option on the nation’s Early Bird menus. I’ve been looking at a few, only a few mind you, and things have certainly got better. Just one or two choices from each restaurant appears below.  Continue reading »

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Blue Monday, a great song by New Order and a name for a day in the month when everyone is broke. As I look at my lovely purchases from the January sales and figure I'm too skint to wear them anywhere posh, I always console myself with my favourite thing, food, and of course things that involves bread.  Continue reading »

The post Santa Alicia Pinot Noir Reserva (Bio Bio, Chile) appeared first on Curious: The Curious Wines Wine Blog.  Continue reading »

Spicy Kale Chips

A post by donalskehan at DonalSkehan.com

Kale is an incredible superfood packed with vitamins and minerals but all that aside it can be transformed into one of the healthiest and addictive little snacks- spicy kale chips! They are very easy to prepare and if you prefer them less spicy simply replace the spice mixture with a generous sprinkle of sea salt.
Serves 2
225g curly kale
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
small pinch of sea salt
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.  Continue reading »

I am constantly asked for healthy, gluten free, sugar free & dairy free recipes. Now more than ever, people are looking for healthy alternatives and this month I wanted to share some of my favourite healthy (and delicious) recipes here on the blog. Healthy food conjures up a feeling of lack, or missing out but don’t worry, the idea of nibbling on a stick of celery doesn’t appeal to me either!  Continue reading »

There are times when you come across something so obvious that you can’t help but slap your forehead in disbelief. You ask yourself how come you’d never thought of it before.This is what I found myself doing while teaching a cookery class late last year.  Continue reading »