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Being 100% Honest With Myself

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

It’s a vlog update on my fitness goals. I’ve done my second Park Run, and have learned a few very important lessons.

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Amuse Bouche


She drinks too much. Two aperitivos before dinner. A full bottle every night at our table. Afterwards, a night cap or two. Grappa for her, a kind of Italian poitín, and sometimes limoncello. When she drinks, she asks searching questions.’Why haven’t you found a woman, Charlie?’ Why hasn’t she found a man? Not men, but a man. ‘I don’t want to be a serial shagger,’ she says. ‘I want to settle down. It’s almost too late for kids.  Continue reading »

 I spoke to Waterford organic dairy farmer John Stephenson, who with his wife Joan, has been organic longer than possibly any organic diary farmer in Ireland. 

Oliver Moore: Tell me about your farm John.
John Stephenson: The farm is here in Waterford, in Kilmeaden . We run 43 to 44 cows, on about 100 acres. It’s in two blocks   – 70 acres and 30 – very close to the N25.  Continue reading »

Come Savour The Night of 1000 Feasts in Kilkenny!

Next Sunday week, I’ll be having an evening meal in Kilkenny. But I have no idea as to the venue. If you’d like to know more, read on …. 
Kilkenny will be cooking up a storm as hundreds of homes in the City and County throw open their doors for a mouth-watering Night of 1000 Feasts on October 26th.  Continue reading »

Eggs Benedict

A post by Donal Skehan at DonalSkehan.com

Eggs Benedict has to be one of my ultimate treat breakfasts. Runny poached eggs with salty crisp bacon on top of a soft toasted English muffin, all coated in a tangy rich Hollandaise sauce – true perfection!  Continue reading »

The Kinsale Gourmet Academy

Speaking at the launch were (clockwise from top left) David Rice, Lord Mayor Alan Coleman,Des McGahan and Ross Lewis.

Ross Lewis, the Cork-born Michelin star winning chef and co-owner of Dublin restaurant Chapter One, spoke of his early visits to Kinsale as he launched the spanking new Kinsale Gourmet Academy at Ballinacurra House on Tuesday.

“Kinsale was the only place where you could get coffee in 1978.  Continue reading »

Into the forest

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

I left you yesterday in the pleasant surrounds of the Achhörnla brewpub in Forchheim, choking down their massively less-than-pleasant lager. We’re staying in Forchheim today to see what the town offers that’s actually worth drinking.
It was a quiet Monday afternoon when we strolled into the pretty village marketplace. Not much was happening on the streets but there was plenty of buzz in the front parlour of Brauerei Neder.  Continue reading »

Pintxos at The Salt Yard, Kilkenny. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Open around four months at this stage under the watchful eye of proprietor Padraig Enright, The Salt Yard is the only restaunt of its kind in Kilkenny specialising in Spanish-driven cuisine presenting a fine fusion of Spanish and Irish ingredients across a huge tapas, pintxos and platos menu.  Continue reading »

Proper Baked Beans

A post by A Cookbook Collection at A Cookbook Collection

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Exciting news guys….I have just passed 100,000 subscribers on my youtube channel!! WOOOT! I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has liked, shared and subscribed in the past few months. Without you guys, there would be no channel so thanks so much for making it happen! It is such a blast making the videos and reading your comments every day so keep it up and make sure you hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already!  Continue reading »

Triple B Muffins

A post by Aoife - Babaduck at Babaduck

Muffins.  They didn't exist when I was a kid – the most glamorous thing we ever made was butterfly buns.  And I can assure you that buttercream was most definitely made with margarine then.  I'm still shuddering at the memory of margarinecream gritty with granulated sugar because icing sugar wasn't a staple ingredient, the way it is now.  Continue reading »

Taste of the WeekFolláin Extra Fruit Whiskey Medium Cut MarmaladeFolláin to me means class in a jar and this marmalade is no exception. Wakes up the taste buds and helps brighten up the morning. Widely available, it is one of many good things coming out of the Coolea area and is Taste of the Week.  Continue reading »

The Lesser Houses

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

The biggest surprise about Franconia, the thing that nobody tells you before you go, is that a fair bit of the beer is awful.

Bamberg taught me this quite quickly. We were staying on the doorstep of the oldest brewery in town, Klosterbräu, so wandered in there not long after checking in. I started with the Klosterbräu Pils, an approachable 4.9% ABV and the classic gold of most any eurolager you care to name.  Continue reading »

‘Apron Strings’, by Nessa Robins, published in 2013
My first Irish cookbook and one of my favourites. Nessa is a fellow blogger, who is one of the first people really that made me feel like I could actually give this food blogging lark a go! A few years back I first saw Nessa at a food demo at Totally Tipp and she has a lovely way about her and an ease with which she lovingly prepares her food.  Continue reading »

It’s been a while good friends. My excuse is that I have had the Chinese branch of the family staying with me for the past three weeks and it hasn’t left much time for blogging or other social media.
My little grandson Dermot is 20 months old now and a bundle of energy and fun.  Continue reading »

Sugar Free Brownies

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

In my last blogpost I shared a vlog of my own journey of getting fitter and losing weight. I am depending on nobody else to lose weight for me, or to help me get fit. It does help though that there is somebody else working alongside me, towards a similar goal. My husband and I are extremely competitive with one another so when he suggested he could do with getting more active himself it made it far easier.  Continue reading »

The Great Houses

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Bamberg! The Franconian city that had been top of my I Really Want To Go There And Drink Beer list for an embarassingly long time. It was raining when we arrived, raining as we made the long trek from the station to our hotel in the innenstadt, and still raining when I ventured out again to start working through the city’s long list of brewery-inns. Top of my hitlist was Keesmann, brewer of my all-time favourite pilsner.  Continue reading »

Phew! The whirlwind that was the Dingle Food Festival is finally over and having baked hundreds (upon hundreds) of cupcakes, brownies and sweet treats and then manned my stall selling them over the course of three days, my tired body and frazzled mind have eventually recovered.This year’s food festival coincided with a definite change in the seasons. Before the festival, we were still wearing summer clothes and sandals but a storm hit on Sunday afternoon.  Continue reading »

There’s not long to go until I hit the road at the start of November with my Spar Kitchen Hero Live Tour! Woohoo! I will be hitting theatres across Ireland to cook up some of my favourite recipes live on stage and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way! The show is jam packed with recipes and cooking tips, fun and laughter and of course the all important audience participation!  Continue reading »

Euro-toques Day Out
From Wood to Waterfall

Under the waterfall at Greene’s: Pam, Kate, Christine.

From foggy morning to sunny afternoon, the Munster contingent of Euro-toques enjoyed their day out last Monday. That foggy morning was spent foraging mushrooms in a North Cork wood while the afternoon saw the chefs and guests tuck into a gorgeous late lunch in Greene’s by the Waterfall.  Continue reading »