Bateman’s Mocha isn’t weak: 6% ABV, in fact, and very proud of itself. The chocolate is Belgian, we’re told; the coffee arabica. It’s pale for all that, an off-white head rather than beige, over a body that shines red at the edges.
It smells, unsubtly, of cheap chocolate and cheap coffee, as though the flavourings are an afterthought instead of the main event. The texture is is light, with high carbonation dominating any sugary weight. Continue reading »
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I do try to eat a lower gluten diet than most. Simply because it doesn’t always agree with me. Still, it is expensive to eat certain things if you’re on a gluten-free diet and Lidl have some gluten-free bargains this week that are well worth a look.
The majority of the gluten-free products on special are produced by Kelkin who are based in Dublin 12. Continue reading »
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I bought some chocolate chips last week to make banana and chocolate chip scones. But then I didn’t get around to it. Plus I somehow managed to not write the post that I had intended to on Thursday to give you your cakey fix for the weekend. I wasn’t going to post a pancake recipe today as the poor aul interwebz is falling down under the weight of them. But I was feeling guilty about last weeks lack of post. Continue reading »
Port and Cheddar at Ballymaloe
Taylor’s, a major name in Port.
Chris Forbes from Taylors Port, Oporto, and Dan Hegarty, Hegarty’s Cheddar, Cork, are all set for a Port and Cheddar talk and tasting in The Grainstore at Ballymaloe, on Thursday 13th March, 7pm. €15.00.Ports to be tasted are Taylor’s LBV, Taylor’s 10 & 20 Year Old and a Fonseca Panascal 1998.
Tel: 021 4652531
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Wine expert Laura and head chef Niall talk us through the wine and food pairing at dinner
We often get asked for opinions about wine, or asked to review wine here on CheapEats, but unfortunately we know flip all about it. So it was fairly serendipitous when Donnybrook Fair got in touch to ask if someone from the blog would attend and review their Wine Club four week course for beginners. My wine knowledge, before this course, could be summed up thus: “I like wine! Wine is yum. Continue reading »
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Quarisa Enchanted Tree Pinot Noir (South East Australia) 2012, 13.5%, €13.99 Curious Wines
Wine is the colour of this excellent Pinot Noir. Didn’t know there was a colour with that name but apparently it has been in use since the early 18th century!
The wine itself is juicy and fruity, a silky medium bodied feel, well balanced with no alcohol burn, and tannins that shake hands without too much of a grip, and good length also. Continue reading »
It’s a little bit of time out, New Zealand. Time out to enjoy coffees and summertime, fresh sweetcorn and ice cream with cousins. It’s just a…. Continue reading »
The Great Irish Bake, Temple Street Hospital's biggest baking event is back this year, and on April 4th and I'm asking all baking enthusiasts nationwide to raise lots of dough by holding a cake sale at home, in school or in work! This event will help purchase three Incubators vital for the support and development of vulnerable new-born babies at the hospital which cares for 150,000 sick children every year. Continue reading »
In our house pancakes are never limited to Shrove Tuesday, but are enjoyed whenever there is a little extra time to spare in the mornings. Occasionally if it’s a special occasion, say like a birthday, pancakes will always be on the food request list. Pancakes are so easy to prepare and they rarely create too much of a mess, so they’re ideal to make with little ones. Continue reading »
Press release from CORK FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
CORK GETS READY TO ‘FEED THE CITY’
More than 5,000 people in Cork will enjoy free vegetarian curry at ‘Feed the City’ event to highlight food waste and sustainability issues on 15 March. Continue reading »
It’s hard to keep up with the busy little gypsies of the Brown Paper Bag Project. No fewer than three beers have come out since the beginning of 2014, with another currently in preparation in the Czech Republic. For now, a pair of Belgians and a Dane.
First up, a porter. Not the most wowtastic of styles and the name, Pleasant, continues the modest theme. Only the ABV hints at something more going on: 6.6% ABV, so I expected a bit of a kick. Continue reading »
In the Makers & Brothers pop-up shop in Dublin before Christmas, I found a whiskey tumbler made by Jerpoint Glass in Kilkenny. It had remarkable heft – heavier than any other glass I’ve held – a handy means to work some bicep curls into one’s drinking routine.
I love glass as a material – it’s not just an enclosure for conveying whiskey from shop to home. The look and feel of the bottle while pouring is part of the enjoyment of consuming whiskey. Continue reading »
Bars were as integral to the political scene of post-Civil War Boston as personation, and almost any man who voted right, deserved a free beer, or maybe several free beers, come polling day. Alcohol and politics – each seemed almost an extension of the other. The saloon was the workingman’s club, where politics were debated and ward bosses held court.
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Today, Sunday, is a dampy rainy kind of a day. The sort of a day that makes me want to pull the duvet back over my head and pretend it never started. Today calls for comfort food. This is a traditional, old style, stick-to-your-ribs semolina pudding, it’s frugal and easy to make with just 3 core ingredients.
You’ll find semolina flour in the tinned fruit section of Irish supermarkets. Continue reading »
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44 Hours in Dublin
Well over 2000 years between the Meathman (below) and Jedward. But look at the hairstyles. Gel (probably imported from Spain or France) was used, certainly by the Meathman! The Meathman, one of bodies recovered from Irish bogs, may be seen in the Museum of Archaelogy, Jedward in the Wax Museum (Dublin)
I spent a pretty “busy” 44 hours in Dublin this week. My base was at Albany House, an elegant Georgian guest house just off St Stephen’s Green. Continue reading »