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What We’re Reading: 11 February

February 11, 2011 in What We're Reading

What We’re Reading is a daily round-up of Irish foodie news and foodie links from around the web.

Aoife B from the Adventures in Veg blog and Aoife Mc from the I Can Has Cook blog enjoyed a complimentary meal at Dakshin last week from our IFBA competition – you can read about their fabulous meals here and here.

Roseanne from the Like Mam Used to Bake blog and the Mammy”s Kitchen blog both wrote recaps of the launch of the Great Irish Bake 2011, with Donal Skehan as its ambassador this year. Get involved and “bake” a difference!

Whether you”re an aspiring food writer, a professional author who wants to master the genre or simply someone with literary as well as culinary tastes, then Ballymaloe”s one-day Food Writing Course, taught by Ross Golden-Bannon, editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine and restaurant critic for The Sunday Business Post, is for you.

The Donegal Rapeseed Oil Company is running a competition for a stainless steel professional fryer, a 5-litre drum of Donegal Rapeseed Oil and a copy of Reunite with Food by Brian McDermott – visit their Facebook page for details of how to enter.

If you”re new to the GIY craze, the Patchwork Veg blog lists some of the easiest veg to grow.

Are you thinking of starting a food business? Keith from the Bia Beag blog shares some details of the Start Your Own Food Business training course in Kilkenny later this month.

The Gourmet Live Blog asks whatever happened to the dinner party. Good question! Do you or anyone you know ever host any these days?

According to the Onion”s spoof article though, dinner parties are alive and well at Bard College in New York, where 60% of students said they regularly neglect their studies in order to pick up artisan cheeses at the market in town. (You have to love the Onion for a good laugh!)

The Food52 blog profiled earlier this week – “bringing the co-op to your laptop so you can connect with other like-minded shoppers and collectively buy local food”. Sounds like a great idea, both for consumers and food producers – could something similar be started in Ireland?

FoodCorps has just started in the US, building and tending school gardens and developing Farm to School programmes for public schools around the country – perhaps another idea that could be adapted for Ireland?

There”s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to breathe new life into a room, and House & Home magazine has some .

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2 responses to What We’re Reading: 11 February

  1. thanks for the mention!

  2. Re the food co-ops, there’s a programme on Channel 4 at the moment (well, on 4oD at the moment at least) about a chef setting up a community supermarket. It’s called The People’s Supermarket and there’s more here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-peoples-supermarket

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