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My “North Cork” CollectionIncluding the Old Butter Roads Food Trail

Corrin Hill, one of many walks in North Cork area.

The Old Butter Roads Food Trail, launched earlier this year, is a cooperative effort between restaurants, producers and accommodation and activity providers in the North Cork area. North Cork is not an administrative area but then neither is West Cork. The boundaries are a bit flexible.  Continue reading »

I have a bit in common with apricots. I can be a bit dull and uninteresting, often outshone by others. However, like apricots, if I’m pickled in brandy for long enough, I too am transformed into a thing of glorious beauty and attractiveness. Perhaps I might abandon the analogy at this stage as this personal transformation only goes on in my head, the effects don’t last and the memory tends to make me shudder with guilt and remorse.  Continue reading »

Taste of the Week
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On the double: Crépinettes and Cider

Just west of the city, Mark Hennessy raises a few free range pigs.  Continue reading »

The incredible growth and creativity that the Irish cocktail scene has exhibited in the past few years is a wonderful cause for celebration. The parallel explosion in the Irish spirits industry, including whiskey, gin and vodka, has given Irish bartenders expanded access to top quality ingredients for their creations. 

Many bars and hotels now have a cocktail programme of one form or another, which can range from the pedestrian but decent, to the original and highly creative.  Continue reading »

The styles for summer

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Saisons, lagers, wheat beers, and the inevitable IPAs: it’s been a busy couple of months on the Irish beer scene, from festival to pub to beer launch. Here’s what I’ve been drinking lately, in my attempt to keep up with it all.
There wasn’t a huge amount of fuss about Marching Powder, perhaps surprisingly. This new IPA from Black’s of Kinsale is the first in the country brewed with lupulin powder, the next stage in ingredient evolution, past whole hops and pellets.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Beer for the men

Most of the men dined on egg and chips with wine or beer as they couldn’t afford much else. Officers and other ranks generally dined at different premises. Officers were allowed to drink spirits when not on duty but soldiers were not. Some cafes ignored this rule and put spirits into the men’s coffee…. it became necessary for military police to conduct spot checks.. and smell the cups the soldiers were drinking from.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

I was thirteen years old and running the kitchen as though I had been a faithful and refined domestic in a previous life.

Big Mama was an inspiration. In the kitchen stirring the pots, she was a culinary sorceress. I watched her thin, elegant hands. Dusted with flour, they gently pressed out dough for cobblers. Under running water, they scooped blackberries from down the hill where the McAdoo family lived. With a magician’s grace, they pulled pin bones from fish.  Continue reading »

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Quantum juice

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

It took Gail Ann Williams of the San Francisco-based Beer by BART blog to bring The Session around to the inevitable topic of New England IPA, a style which seems to be just clinging on as the current darling of the beer-geek-at-large. It is, of course, not without controversy, breaking many of the hard rules of brewing IPA in the American style, where cleanness was once king, and accepted as the best way to optimise quality hops.  Continue reading »

Azienda Ampeleia ‘Un Litro’ Costa Toscano (IGT) 2016, 12.5%, €21.95 Le Caveau
Vines in the Wild

This relatively new estate – Ampeleia is the Greek for wine – is certified organic and biodynamic; it is biodiverse with the vineyards interspersed with chestnut and cork oak forests as well as scrub.  Continue reading »

The Aresti Family, Highly Rated Chilean Winemakers

Jon (right) with Yours Truly

Though established in 1951, it was 1999 before the Aresti family began producing wine under their own label on their Bellavista estate in Chile’s Curicó Valley. Now, according to Wines of South America, they have “one thousand cultivated acres”.  Continue reading »

Coq of the walk

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

It was a surprise to find beers from venerable Estonian brewery A. Le Coq on the shelves at SuperValu. I snapped them up, of course. It’s not every day that beer by appointment to his imperial majesty shows up in suburban west Dublin. Am I supposed to curtsy?
First in the trilogy of lagers is Imperial Gold.  Continue reading »

Long, lazy lunches, enormous post-beach ice creams that threatened to melt down our arms, strolling down to the local bakery to get chocolate croissants for breakfast, popping out for café con leche and freshly...
The post Holiday eating with kids appeared first on Bibliocook – All About Food.  Continue reading »

The traditionalists amongst you might be a bit horrified at the prospect of drinking red wine with fish. Particularly with a fish as ‘white’ as hake. The key is the other ingredients in this sort of stew / soup / bowl of deliciousness. When you have got over your shock at my suggestion of red wine with fish, I encourage you to try Poached Hake in Tomato and Red Wine Sauce. Anybody who enjoys a good read will love preparing this.
You will need a couple of things to get this to work.  Continue reading »

It’s the time of year again, when I find myself shouting about the star factor of luscious lamb from thatched cottage rooftops and castle ruins. The good news is that my friends at Lamb – Tasty, Easy, Fun have given me a few lovely lamb recipes to try out like they graciously did last summer as well.

For me, not much else beats the flavour of lamb.  Continue reading »

Downward dog

A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

Dublin’s most eagerly-awaited new pub finally clicked open the doors at the beginning of the month. UnderDog is situated in the basement of Brogan’s pub on Dame Street and boasts 18 constantly rotating keg lines plus a cask beer engine. Its other (tragically) unique selling point is that it’s the only beer pub in Dublin where you can find out what’s available before going in and looking.  Continue reading »

Clayton’s Globe Goes Local
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English Market a Tasty Source

Steak

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As most of you know, there’s a new name on the Clayton Hotel in Lapp’s Quay.  Continue reading »

The recent announcement of Michelin-starred street food in Dublin, courtesy of Tiger beer, definitely caused a bit of buzz. At €10 per ticket, the Tiger Street Eats event offered the chance to try the world famous chicken from the Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle street food hawker stand.  Tiger Street Eats is a concept designed to showcase the vibrancy of Singapore streets, and has already travelled to Auckland, Kuala Lumpur and New York.  Continue reading »

Amuse Bouche

A post by Cork Billy at RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

So there I was in the Jura, ready for my final pilgrimage. I was looking forward to tasting – for the last time – my favourite treats: some Cancoillotte, a bite of mature Comté, and a bottle of Monique Genevez’s Arbois wine. I would tread the last blades of grass, snap the last twigs, before the final plunge. My pilgrimage. My own personal Lourdes… hoping for a miracle..

It came to me during the night, in Monique Genevez’s gîte.  Continue reading »

Donegal’s newest Food Festival kicks off this weekend in Letterkenny with an action packed program of events over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017!

Off The Street Food Festival, Donegal’s first ever Irish Street Food Festival, will feature local food producer’s stories, food talks, cooking demonstrations, music and entertainment and a host of Donegal Street Food!  Continue reading »