Chile. Copa America Campeones in Red.
A High-scoring Quartet
La Poda Corta El Grano Carménère 2013 (Curico Valley, Chile), 13%, €13.85 Le Caveau
Colour is a bright and healthy medium red. Ripe fruit aromas. Deliciously smooth on the palate, subtle fruit, smooth tannins, some slight spice, long and pleasant finish. Continue reading »
For many decades, All in the Cooking was the go-to book for anyone studying Domestic Science/Home Economics in secondary school.
First published in 1946, even today it is an absolute gem to add to any cookbook collection, where you can relearn all the classic recipes you perfected as a teenager. Continue reading »
A recently launched ACORNS programme seeks early stage rural based female entrepreneurs in Ireland to participate in fully funded business initiative
Donegal Entrepreneur – Deirdre McGlone, owner of Harvey’s Point Hotel has been announced as one of the Lead Entrepreneurs for programme looking for 50 rural start-up female-led businesses
Deadline for applications is Friday 11 September
Applications are being sought for a new fully funded programme aimed at providing early stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to advance the development of their businesses. Continue reading »
Porterhouse Hop It Up
Taste of the Week
The Porterhouse brewers have come up with a cool winner in their new Double Hopped Pale Ale which they’ve called Hopped the F**K.
The spin says “…..double hopped extreme pale ale”. “So hoppy it will poke your eye out” is another line I’ve been reading.
It was launched in Dublin last Wednesday and I tasted it last Friday in Porterhouse Cork and the only way extreme comes into the equation is that it is extremely good. Continue reading »
Excellent Evening Meals at Café Gusto
Small Place. Big Heart.
Last Friday evening, I was down town about the six o’clock mark and in the mood for a lightish bite, didn’t need a full dinner. Where would I go? Lots of choice I suppose but I was coming down Washington Street and realised that Café Gusto is open late on Friday and Saturday evening. Just the job, I thought. And so it proved.
We were one of the first in for the evening but the friendly place was full as we left. Continue reading »
The Shopping Tips are below. Before you scroll on down though I have some great news to share.
It’s been nearly a year since I started writing the shopping tips (where has the time gone?). As you all know, I write them independently and don’t accept sponsorship/advertising on the tips.
I was recently approached by a national newspaper to see would I like to write some extra shopping tips on a regular basis to go into print. Continue reading »
Staples Making His Mark at HayfieldSuperb Lunch at Perrott’s
Even on a dull day, Perrott’s Bistro in the Hayfield Manor is an impressive room. And, to further brighten up the place, there is excellent food available here, both day and night. And indeed, the room is perhaps even more impressive after dark.
Scottish chef Mark Staples brought considerable experience to the Hayfield when he was appointed Executive Chef there late last year. Continue reading »
Are you in need of some inspiration when cooking for your family? Aren’t we all? This September in conjunction with the Taste of West Cork Festival we are hosting a cookery demo for busy parents, led by Karen Coakley who runs KenmareFoodies.com and is mother to 4 kids including twins. Karen knows all about the challenges of keeping food fresh healthy and interesting to children, and will bring along some of her best recipes to inspire us, after which we will all enjoy an Organico lunch. Continue reading »
I was given a hotel voucher for Christmas and, after performing full due diligence on the opportunities it offered, decided that one night in Liverpool was the most economical way to make use of it. So on a sunny Saturday morning in late July, myself and herself hopped over the Irish Sea, arriving in Albert Dock in time for coffee at the Tate and a cheery stroll around the International Museum of Slavery. Continue reading »
While I like to push the boat at with deserts for certain occasions, there’s a lot to be said for a simple traybake. This Lemon & Blueberry traybake is light and zingy and the creamy mascarpone frosting, literally is the icing on the cake! Super easy to make and there is never a crumb left which is always a good sign!
Makes 30 slices. Continue reading »
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our next Lens & Larder retreat. For this workshop, we are offering the rare opportunity to study with acclaimed photography duo, Andrea Gentl and Martin Hyers, along with celebrated food stylist and longtime collaborator, Susan Spungen at the magnificent Ballynahinch Castle in the stunning wilds of Connemara, Ireland. Continue reading »
Ballymaloe Garden Festival
22-23 August 2015
No shortage of food at the packed Ballymaloe Garden festival. You can spend as long as you like here and, in between, fuel up with tasty stuff from the likes of Green Saffron, Lolo, Loving Salads, Rostellan Chocolate and Golden Bean Coffee. Oh, yes and you can take away some fantastic vegetables from the GIY stall. Continue reading »
Emily orders the best of tea, butter and flour from the general store in Mitchelstown and trades the eggs to get us prime cuts of beef from the abattoir beyond the mill. Our fruit trees and bushes overflow in late summer, thanks to the warm, inland climate, and this will keep her busy with jam-making all through the autumn, more goods in her intricate system of bartering for the best produce from the neighbouring farm. Continue reading »
Something I hanker after is a fruit tree or three in my garden. At this time of year, apple trees are heavy with delicious fruit and there's so many wonderful things you can make. I'm very lucky to have generous friends with apple trees who share their bounty with me and at the moment I'm working my way through about 6kg of apples which I helped my friend Fiona to pick from her tree last week. Continue reading »
England was on its very best ‘green and pleasant land’ behaviour for our recent visit – all blue skies and sunshine. We spent Sunday morning visiting the ancient bones of Henry VIII’s ship, the Mary Rose, in Portsmouth (wow, by the way – what a feat of marine archaeology!). Continue reading »
New Stalls at Midleton Farmers Market Getting Better all the time
Gorgeous Chanterelles from Ballyhoura Mushrooms at last Saturday’s Market
Midleton Farmers Market, the original farmers market, was founded fifteen ago by Darina Allen and local farmers and has gone from strength to strength. Hard to get a stall there now but there were some newcomers last Saturday when I visited. Continue reading »
Our 2012 feature on Sean O Farrell
Cloncannon Biofarm has received accreditation as a Discovery Primary Science Centre, making it the second such centre in County Tipperary.
Sean O’Farrell’s certified organic 23 hectares, beneath the Devil’s Bit, is now taking primary, secondary and transition year students, all of whom get a very animated educational experience from the man with a Trinity Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation. Continue reading »
I’ve always been intrigued by seaweed. I’ve taken seaweed baths. I’ve eaten lots of sushi. I’ve even purchased books by Irish seaweed gurus, Prannie Rhatigan and Sally McKenna.
I live by the coast and sometimes see neighbours foraging for seaweed along the shoreline. But I’ve always been nervous about gathering seaweed myself. I felt as though I lacked the knowledge I needed to identify what was safe to eat. Continue reading »