With this wonderful weather upon us and the whole of Ireland pulling out their BBQs to take advantage of the sunny afternoons, I thought that I’d give you a tip that will help turn your Barbecue into something really special!
The first thing to note is that you should not coat your meat (any type) with your Barbecue sauce until it is almost finished cooking. Continue reading »
It was as cold a May as I can recall – except, perhaps, for that time during my college days when, on a day early in May, the theory of lolling around on warm grass was replaced by the practice of scurrying to avoid a brief, freak snow flurry. And though this year’s May might not have been snow-cold, it was, for most of its length, nippy nonetheless. Continue reading »
Veggie burgers get such a bad rap because 9 times out of 10, they are pretty underwhelming. I love a burger as much as the next guy but every now and again I like to mix things up and these healthy chickpea burgers are my go to recipe when it comes to meat-free burgers. Continue reading »
As today is the last day of primary school for 9 whole weeks, classes are allowed to take treats into school. Sweets and chocolate are, as a rule, not allowed in school due to a healthy eating policy. For today though, as it’s a half day, the 6 year old was allowed to choose what treats he wanted to bring in. When I asked him what he’d like for his treat I expected that he’d ask to go to the local shop to pick up some goodies. I was wrong.
Yesterday I got my instructions. Continue reading »
It’s three and half hours on the train from Dublin to Killarney. For the journey I brought some beers that had been sitting neglected in my fridge, to combine leisurely train-drinking with putting a dent in my review backlog. Win-win. All three are from the range Marston’s produces for Tesco.
First up, Revisionist Pacific Hop Red Ale, 4.2% ABV and promising Waimea and Pacific Gem hops. It’s more copper than gold. Maybe rose gold if you’re feeling charitable. Continue reading »
Renaissance of the Garden Spirit
Gin’s popularity is on the increase. And, from being the drink for parents and grandparents, it has found a younger audience.
What are the reasons for the increase in popularity? I asked Michael Creedon of Bradley’s in North Main Street (who have 35 gins in stock and are still expanding the range). Continue reading »
Three To Consider
Seventeen months in oak.
Coto de Imaz 2008 Reserva Rioja (DOC), 13.5%, €19.60, Karwig Wines
This dark cherry coloured gem from La Rioja has spent 17 months in American oak and a further three years in bottle.The fruit aromas promise much and, with this well balanced wine, you don’t have to wait long for the fulfilment. A complex well-aged, well-made wine “from a selection of the best Tempranillo grapes in Rioja”. Continue reading »
Taste of the Week
De Róiste 6 Minute Breakfast
De Róiste, based in Baile Bhuirne, are perhaps best known for their black and white puddings, made in the traditional way with fresh pork and fresh blood. The products are widely available and you’ll also come across them at markets and food fairs.
And indeed, that was how I came across their Breakfast Loaf, one of their newer products, which they were exhibiting at the Cork Summer Show last weekend. Continue reading »
My previous post covered the new (to me) beers available at the Killarney Beer Festival at the beginning of the month. But obviously any big international gathering of beer nerds like this is going to include the occasional sideshow. This post is about a handful of other beers that I encountered that weekend.
It started on the train down where the redoubtable Mr Lamond was passing around a bomber of Southern Tier’s Mokah, a 10% ABV chocolate/coffee imperial stout. Continue reading »
Granola is such a handy thing to have in the cupboard as it’s a quick, nutritious and most importantly delicious breakfast that you can have ready in a matter of seconds. This recipe uses apricots, mango and raisins but you can add in your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds. Serve it with fruit and yoghurt and you’ll be set up for the day! Continue reading »
Sauternes. Sweet for My SweetWine in a Tube! WIT Or Witless?
Château Lamourette 2005
Château Laville 2001
You’ve got to hand it to the French, never short of ideas when it comes to marketing. Just been browsing the Maison du Sauternes and came across the WIT (wine in tube). Discover our new concept for a cosy “tête-à tête”. Be astonished. Spend a delicious time – share original Sauternes. Two different wines for moments of delight. Continue reading »
Ten years ago I was living in New Zealand. At a time when I was still getting to know the Kiwi, his multitudinous family and…. Continue reading »
This simple but very tasty tart makes an elegant dinner party starter served with some lightly dressed bitter leaf salad. This savoury tart is a wonderful way to celebrate a mature Cheddar cheese and pared with the caramelised onions is a match made in heaven! Continue reading »
This is a very smart dessert that everyone will think you’ve spent ages making. Of course you can spike the prunes with any alcohol but I love the combination of prunes with Irish whiskey. Continue reading »
These days I hear there is less fillet and striploin being sold and rib-eye has become more popular. It is good value. I always bring steaks to room temperature by removing them from the fridge 30 minutes before I want to cook them. Continue reading »
To mix things up a little bit this week I am skipping some of the fresh food offers; instead I want to share with you a couple of my shopping tips and tricks to save more than just the shopping bill.
The good news this week is that the €10 discount vouchers are back again (see at the bottom for details). I have to tell you I flipping love vouchers. They save me even more on my supermarket shop. Continue reading »
Cork Summer Show No 209!
Numbers Rise Again, up to 60,000!
If you’re going to bring tens of thousands of visitors to your show in the fields, then you’d better arrange food for them. The 209th annual Cork Summer Show certainly attracted the visitors in large numbers and, yes indeed, there was no shortage of food, ready to eat on the spot. Lots of tables and benches as well. Continue reading »
Brunch is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland but no weekend is complete now without a leisurely feast enjoyed anytime from morning until 4pm! Eggs Benedict, French toast, waffles and pancakes are all invited to the brunch party and there are a whole host of new brunch spots popping up all over Dublin serving really amazing dishes.
One of my favourite spots is Brother Hubbard and their menu is heavily influenced with Middle Eastern flavours. Continue reading »
Ireland got a major new addition to its beer calendar this month with the first Killarney Beerfest, staged by the experienced events organisers of the Irish National Entertainment Centre at the Gleneagle Hotel. The sun mostly shone, trade was quite brisk among the tents and the live entertainment was excellent. Continue reading »