by Kristin

New blogs

March 28, 2014 in New blogs

Catherine and Suzanne started the Boutique Bake blog as a place to share their love for baking and caking, decorating ideas, their top tips and tricks as well as their most loved recipes that are suitable for both novice and experienced bakers.

As an Asian, BBQ and Mexican cuisine enthusiast, P’s blog, Chopsticks and Cheesecake, is full of versatile, easy recipes and dining in and out treats.

Amanda blogs about gluten-free living in Dublin at Dublin Gluten Free.

Aoife’s passion is honest to goodness food that’s not only healthy and tasty, but also looks beautiful. She shares this love for food and travel at Eat Well Travel Far Love Often.

Niamh had been blogging at Cannella but you can now find her at From Italy with Love for all things Italian food in Dublin and Italy.

Gone Farmin’ focuses on Steve’s foodie adventures from working on organic farms and also includes recipes, growing advice and food tips.

Bella writes about her food and travel adventures at Mangetout.

Jessie writes about her adventures in cooking, eating and shopping for food with a focus on local, organic and artisan producers at Ms. Cooksalot.

Kaidi is an Estonian living in Ireland who blogs about healthy, clean eating at My All About That.

Enrico, an Italian who has been living in Ireland for the past 16 years, recently started My Eatalian, with his own recipes and traditional Italian recipes as well as articles about Italian life.

Robert wants to spread the joy and wonder of traditional tea – Chinese, Japanese and other sources – brewed in the traditional methods to really show off the vast array of flavour the leaf can provide. Check out Rob’s Bits and Blogs on Tea for more.

Ruth is a big fan of using local and Irish ingredients when cooking in her family kitchen. Her recipes at Ruth Loves Food are wholesome and satisfying.

Melissa writes The Glen House blog from an old secluded farmhouse next to woodland on the bank of the glistening river Boyne. Nestled within the house is her cinnamon pantry, where she makes, bakes and creates all sorts of yummy goodies.

The Solaris tea blog shares the team’s passion for a healthy lifestyle, a love of nature and their expertise knowledge – join them in travelling the world of tea, discovering interesting facts along the way.

The Paper Straw is a tutorial website where Lisa shares vegetarian recipes (she is a lifelong veggie from a meat-free family) as well as natural beauty recipes and arts and crafts.

Philippa Davis is a private chef working all over the world – she could be in the Caribbean one week and Dublin the next. Her blog is a journal of her recipes and adventures.

Where Is My Teaspoon? is Sinead’s light-hearted home baking blog that offers simple recipes and sometimes adapts recipes to make them cheaper and healthier to make.

If you are an Irish or Ireland-based food blogger and would like to be added to the blogroll, please email us at with a link AND one line describing what your blog is about.

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by Kristin

Invitation to Rozanne Stevens Cookery Demo

March 27, 2014 in Events

Avonmore invites you to a weekend cookery course with Rozanne Stevens: ‘A Month of Meals for Spring/Summer’ sponsored by Avonmore.

Course Dates: 29 or 30 March 2014
Time: 10.30am – 4pm (both days)
Venue: Miele Galley, Citywest, Dublin 24

The definitive course on seasonal menu planning, store cupboard stocking and management, freezer fillers, grocery planning, shopping and reducing waste. This is a demonstration cookery class, which covers enough seasonal recipes for a month of meals. There is a strong emphasis on healthy, vibrant ingredients, plenty of fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and reducing saturated fat, sugar and salt. All the recipes are nutritionally analysed to give you the healthiest and tastiest version. We look at portion sizes, proper planning and also reducing food waste. The menus are very well structured with the optimal proportion of meat, seafood and vegetarian recipes using seasonal ingredients. For a treat, we have included a popular weekly dessert. One or two global inspired ingredients give midweek meals the Ish Factor keeping them interesting without wasting money on a whole long list of foods.

Each attendee will receive a comprehensive recipe folder with additional notes on Pantry Pals, Freezer Treasures and Fresh Friends. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Please include the day you wish to attend in your RSVP.

Check out our website from great recipes and videos www.cookwithavonmore.ie

RSVP: Sarah Carberry,

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by Kristin

Food Styling & Photography Workshop

February 21, 2014 in Events

Due to the fantastic response they got to their workshops last year, top commercial food stylist Erica Ryan and leading food photographer Gary Jordan are running another professional food styling and photography workshop. The workshop is designed to assist budding food stylists, food bloggers, food writers or artisan food producers who want to capture their produce at its best and take their skills to a higher level. Over the day you will be introduced to the fundamentals of preparing food for the camera, props selection and backgrounds, basic camera techniques and the use of light and lighting along with processing your images. Places are limited, so book soon!

Erica and Gary, who have worked together for many years in the commercial food business, will pass on the many tips and tricks they have picked up during their time creating mouthwatering dishes for TV, film, print and the web. The workshop will take place in Erica’s fully equipped kitchen overlooking Howth Harbour and Ireland’s Eye.

When: 22 March 2014 from 10.00am to 4.30pm
Where: Howth, Co. Dublin
Price: €165 PP with lunch included

For more information or to book your place, contact Erica or Gary:

Erica Ryan, Food Stylist
Tel 01 839 1950
Mobile 086 859 4939
Email

Gary Jordan Photography
Tel 01 416 3821
Mobile 087 261 6220
Email
www.garyjordanphotography.com

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by Kristin

New blogs

January 24, 2014 in New blogs

Laura and Rebecca are both food lovers and head chefs at home. On 2 girls with a blog they focus on encouraging both adults and children into the kitchen.

Donna is organising her favourite recipes in one place at A Cookbook Collection.

Niamh posts recipes, recommendations and reviews at Cannella.

Cathal’s Cookbook: Allergy Free Living provides support to parents cooking allergy-free meals.

If you have a passion for baking, then Cupcake Dolly is the blog for you.

El-Cordovez is a repository for recipes written by Juan Carlos Cordovez-Mantilla in Food & Wine Magazine as well as other explorations on food.

Flogastronomy aims to create a community for professional chefs and home cooks alike to share culinary experiences, events, recipes, hints and tips.

Generation Illustration is a blog dedicated to Orla’s food photography, documenting her adventures in cooking.

Margaret’s Good Food Ireland Blog is about bringing people together through food and connecting them with Ireland’s culture on a plate.

Grub Galore is about sharing tried and tested recipes along with tips and gadgets that Amanda uses in the kitchen.

In the Home Kitchen makes cooking fun and healthy, with meals for any occasion.

Jacqueline, originally from Hong Kong but now based in Ireland, writes about her discovery of vegetarian and vegan cuisine at Jacqueline’s Veggie blog.

Kelly Cooks is all about the ability to cook fast and funky – all of these recipes start when Rory gets home from work.

Mouthful follows Katie between France and Ireland and on the adventure that will be sommellerie school.

Rowena’s Natural Fuel blog features recipes containing healthy, wholesome, plant-based food that’s vegetarian and free of wheat, dairy, eggs and sugar.

Helen and Nial take inspiration from their travels, local area and many cookbooks to provide easy-to-make and tasty recipe ideas at their blog, Pikalily.

Shalga’s blog, Queen Bee’s Kitchen, is about growing, cooking and eating healthily, including gluten-free recipes.

Real Tasty Pages is about beauty, books and food – what more could a girl ask for?

Rob is a young creative chef developing and showcasing his skills at Rob White Chef Talk.

Straightforward Nutrition is about simply nourishing food and how to use food as medicine.

Terry Lyons, a 2012 Masterchef runner-up, has started an accessible cooking blog.

The Game Bird Food Chronicles is a cooking and baking blog with a specific focus on recipes using seasonal and Irish ingredients.

The Gumdrop Buttons chronicles the adventures between two friends, Emma and Natalie, as Emma, a chef, tries to make baking easy, fun and understandable for Natalie.

Andrew blogs all about sandwiches at The Sandwich Saviour — everything from making all components like the breads, meats and sauces and reviews on places around Ireland.

Marta, a sleepless mother of two, brings a taste of Italy to her Dublin kitchen at The Sleepless Cook.

Anna is a Polish food blogger based in Dublin and shares her own recipes and food from around the world at Time4Cooking.

Nora, who blogs at Worthy Food, believes that preparing and eating healthy food doesn’t need to be intimidating, complicated or clever – just good and good for you.

If you are an Irish or Ireland-based food blogger and would like to be added to the blogroll, please email us at with a link AND one line describing what your blog is about.

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Blogging on Today FM’s Sunday Business Show

January 23, 2014 in News

I was talking about blogs and blogging for business on Today FM’s Sunday Business Show with presenter Conall Ó Móráin and Louisa Maher of MOR Solutions. The interview starts at 37.38.

My top three tips for people who want to start blogging:

  • have good content and edit it properly.
  • set your own goals. It’s not all about numbers, sometimes blogging can be just about communication.
  • connect to others, online and in real life. Nothing beats having a face-to-face meeting with virtual acquaintances.
You’ll also find lots of useful information on how to start blogging on our resources page.

 

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by Kristin

Blog to Book 2013

December 8, 2013 in What We're Reading

This has been a banner year for bloggers bringing out books. They’re all completely different and all excellent – and there’s still plenty of time to pick up a copy for the foodie in your life (or yourself) for the holidays. Congrats to Donal, Fiona, Lilly, Nessa, Rosanne and Vicky!

Home Cooked by Donal Skehan (HarperCollins)

From the publisher: Bestselling TV cook Donal Skehan is back with 100 delicious new recipes for relaxed home cooking, which anyone can enjoy! In this stunning new book to accompany the 12-part primetime TV series, award-winning food writer Donal Skehan shows how easy and satisfying it is to serve great food every day. Donal’s infectious enthusiasm for cooking encourages everyone to get in the kitchen. Whether you’re time-pressed mum or dad, a culinary novice or a student looking to feed friends tasty no-fuss meals, Donal’s irresistible recipes will get you cooking up a storm.

 

Food from an Irish Garden: The Good Life at Hunters Lodge by Fiona Dillon (Opren Press)

From the publisher: A lifestyle book with a difference, Food from an Irish Garden is an uncomplicated guide to sustainable living and incredible home cooking. In this down-to-earth guide, Fiona Dillon provides tips and advice on growing and raising your own food and cooking great meals with your produce.

Lilly Higgins’ Dream Deli by Lilly Higgins (Gill & Macmillan)

From the publisher: Lilly Higgins has always dreamed of owning her own little café. And while she’s waiting (and planning for) that dream to come true, she shares with you now all the recipes that will, one day, feature on the menu. Here you’ll find lots of fresh and simple recipes that fit nicely into modern life. From breakfasts of homemade granola and smoothies, to gorgeous soups bursting with flavour; from stunning supper ideas, and of course, lots of delicious sweet treats for afternoon tea. So come on in to the dream deli and get ready to inject some café culture into your home.

Apron Strings: Recipes from a Family Kitchen by Nessa Robins (New Island)

From the publisher: From a Speedy Spelt Soda to Boeuf Bourguignon, Nessa Robins guides the novice and the experienced home chef through an array of tasty, tempting and traditional recipes with a modern twist. No stranger to running a busy household, Nessa offers plenty of guidance on being economically savvy, cooking with children and on recipes for treating common ailments. Never complicated, and including ingredients easily found in shops and supermarkets across Ireland, Apron Strings nonetheless delivers recipes to be savoured and enjoyed, each one chosen from the author’s own experience. Reminding us always of the value of families and the importance of home and hearth, Apron Strings is a collection of family friendly recipes with some heartfelt and real stories from a typical Irish family kitchen.

Like Mam Used to Bake by Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell (Mercier Press)

From the publisher: Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell has been locked in a love affair with cake and baking for as long as she can remember, from the early days listening as her mam sang happily in the kitchen, delicious sweet smells filling the house, right up to today, standing in her very own kitchen singing and baking more treats than her poor husband can eat. Some favourites from Rosanne’s popular baking blog, www.LikeMamUsedtoBake.com, are included here alongside a whole host of new recipes from childhood memories and experiments in her kitchen. From the ever-popular mint-crisp pie, almond fingers and upside-down cake, to her addictive rocky road, there really is something to suit all tastes. Rosanne even dedicates a chapter to Christmas baking, her favourite time of year. Peppered throughout with helpful hints and strolls down memory lane, this is much more than a cookbook.

Gluten-free Treats by Vicky McDonald (ebook)

From Vicky’s blog: After blogging for over two years, I decided to release a short book of gluten-free recipes. I don’t cook gluten-free all the time, but I am always amazed at how popular my gluten-free recipes are, so I dedicated some time to come up with some new gluten-free treats. My main aim with this book was to provide lots of inspiring recipes for gluten-free pastries and cakes. I experimented with gluten-free flours, nut flours, buckwheat and polenta. There is something for every taste in this book.  So, if you are trying to cut back on gluten, or if you have a friend/ family member who is gluten-free, you are going to love this book.

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by Kristin

Authors’ Afternoon Tea with Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell and Fiona Dillon

December 5, 2013 in Events

Bloggers-turned-authors Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell and Fiona Dillon will be signing books at Ariel House on Friday, 6 December from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Join them for delicious afternoon tea treats and a glass of mulled wine or a seasonal cocktail, and pick up a copy of their books while you’re there – Christmas shopping sorted!

RSVP to reservations@ariel-house.net.

 

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Food Styling and Photography Workshop

October 30, 2013 in Events

Due to the fantastic response they got to their first workshop, top commercial food stylist Erica Ryan and leading food photographer Gary Jordan are running another professional food styling and photography workshop. The workshop is designed to assist budding food stylists, food bloggers, food writers or artisan food producers who want to capture their produce at its best and take their skills to a higher level. Over the day you will be introduced to the fundamentals of preparing food for the camera, props selection and backgrounds, basic camera techniques and the use of light and lighting along with processing your images. Places are limited, so book soon!

Erica and Gary, who have worked together for many years in the commercial food business, will pass on the many tips and tricks they have picked up during their time creating mouthwatering dishes for TV, film, print and the web. The workshop will take place in Erica’s fully equipped kitchen overlooking Howth Harbour and Ireland’s Eye.

When: Saturday, 23 November 2013 from 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Where: Howth, Co. Dublin
Price: €165 PP with lunch included

For more information or to book your place, contact Erica or Gary:

Erica Ryan, Food Stylist
Tel 01 839 1950
Mobile 086 859 4939
Email

Gary Jordan Photography
Tel 01 416 3821
Mobile 087 261 6220
Email
www.garyjordanphotography.com

 

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