by Kristin

Giveaway – Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider

September 19, 2014 in Giveaways

Caroline and Kristin co-founded the IFBA back in 2011. Now they’ve co-authored a book!

Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider covers everything from the basics of how beer and cider are made to profiles of the people who make them and the stories behind the microbreweries that are fuelling Ireland’s craft beer revolution, all the way through to tips on matching beer and cider with food and Irish farmhouse cheeses and recipes that incorporate craft brews. Whether you’re already a fan of craft beer or someone who’s just getting started and wants to know more, there’s something for everyone in the book.

And thanks to New Island Books, we have three copies to give away! To be in with a chance to win one, just leave a comment on this post. And why not tell us your favourite craft beer or cider while you’re at it?

The giveaway will close on Friday, 26 September at 6pm. Winners will be notified by email. Books can only be shipped to addresses in Ireland. Good luck!

 

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by Kristin

Food Paradise International

August 23, 2014 in Events

An American food and travel TV show called Food Paradise International is coming to Dublin next week and is looking for food bloggers and food fantastic to take part! Would you like to come out and taste the featured dishes on camera The show will pay for the entree and one non-alcoholic drink. Those who come must be willing to eat the featured dishes and say on camera how terrific they are.

The show would only be able to use you in ONE location, but if there are a few different time slots you might be available to join them, please them know via email. You can invite your friends too!

If you would like to take part, contact Cressida Suttles at cressida.suttles (at) loudtelevision (dot) com.

Here’s where the team will be:

Lunch: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Dinner: 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Mon 25 August
AM – Super Miss Sue (Seafood)
PM – Just Wing It (Hot & Spicy)

Tue 26 August
AM – The Pepper Pot Café
PM – Gallagher’s Boxty House

Wed 27 August
AM – Saba (Hot Spicy)
PM – O’Neill’s Bar

Thur 28 August
AM – Juno’s Café

 

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New blogs

July 4, 2014 in New blogs

Maggie is living in Korea, cooking food and creating recipes inspired by travel adventures and good eats at Spoon in a Saucepan

The Lady Also Bakes is a collection of simple but decadent baking and cooking recipes written by a cake enthusiast, with occasional help from her dog.

Aoife and Louise at Disassemble Dublin features recipes which are easy to make. They love styling and photographing the food, as well as cooking and eating it.

Juan’s Food Journey is about food chef Juan cooks at home, food that he likes.

Greedy Little Piggy is Susan’s food journal about the meals she cooks and the restaurants she goes to.

Avril’s Rosscarbery Recipes is all about food, especially relating to local Irish and small meat producers like herself.

Like the Aran Islands? Take a look at Aran Islands blog for a snapshot of the place, including lots of great food.

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

Food Styling & Photography Workshop

June 24, 2014 in Events

Due to the fantastic response they got to their previous workshops, 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: 19 July 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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Food Blogger Meet-up

May 2, 2014 in Events

Nollaig Burke (@fascinationfood) is organising a casual get-together for food bloggers and foodies on Saturday, 7 June in Dublin. The plan is to start in House, Leeson Street, at 5pm for a few drinks, then move on to Opium, Wexford Street, for dinner at 7pm. If you would like to come along, please let Nollaig know – drop her a line at so that she can make a booking.

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Giveaway: Bread on the Table by Val O’Connor

May 2, 2014 in Giveaways

Bread on the Table is a fantastic new guide to bread baking which reveals how simple and easy it can be to bake delicious healthy meals, snacks and treats. With helpful baking tips and advice, it’s ideal for both beginner and confident bakers alike. Packed with delicious recipes, this is the book for anyone who wants to bring bread baking back home.

  •  Treat yourself to crusty baguettes, spelt muffins and sweet things, brown bread, blaas and barmbrack.
  •  Make your own yeast bread, spelt bread and gluten-free bread.
  • Try classics with a modern twist: wholemeal and honey loaf, griddle cake burger buns, tea and coffee brack, Irish breakfast pizza, scones with black pudding and apple, wild garlic focaccia, and Guinness, treacle and walnut bread.

Valerie O’Connor is a cook, food writer and photographer; she has cooked in professional kitchens from Brussels to Malaysia. She is a qualified organic horticulturalist and tutors in food growing, cooking and baking. She is widely published in the press and has appeared as a guest critic on Masterchef Ireland. She also blogs at Val’s Kitchen.

Thanks to O’Brien Press, we have six copies of Bread on the Table to give away! To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post (one comment only, please – multiple entries will be disqualified). The winners will be randomly chosen and notified by email. The competition will close on Friday, 9 May at 6pm. Good luck!

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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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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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