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What We’re Reading: 23 March

March 23, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

Well-known author Jane Green’s latest novel The Love Verb, which includes lots of recipes, was written after nursing her best friend Heidi through breast cancer, a fight that Heidi tragically lost. Jane has teamed up with Breakthrough Breast Cancer to release a free exclusive recipe booklet this Mother’s Day. To view the campaign and download the recipe booklet, click here.

Caroline has always been a fan of the writing on Gluten-Free Girl’s blog and now she’s announced that she’s writing a cookbook for everyone called Gluten-Free Girl Everyday. Read more here.

Many baking recipes call for buttermilk, but what if you don’t have any on hand? Try one of these 5 homemade buttermilk substitutes.

If you’ve got 2 minutes to spare, watch this YouTube video of a recycling flash mob.

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What We're Reading: 22 March

March 22, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

The DIY Cooking Handbook in the New York Times has lots of great kitchen projects, including how to make your own crème fraîche, preserved lemons or – if you got the butter-making bug last week – a new take on cultured butter.

Saveur magazine has had eight of their stories nominated for the James Beard Award – you can find them all here.

Like Mexican food? Thomasina Miers has some simple meals on The Observer website – grab some lard and cook up a great Mexican breakfast for yourself.

The one problem with reading Kiwi blogs and food magazines is that the seasons are always turned on their head. Still, the food coming out of New Zealand is so good that I can definitely make exceptions, especially in the case of blogger Bron Marshall who publishes her own magazine online. Check out last Easter”s edition here.

Lists of hot new trends usually come out in the new year, but here”s one that was posted just yesterday – 10 food trends on the rise.

The BBC programme Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? is now available to watch on YouTube.

A fascinating photo essay from Time magazine shows what one day”s worth of food looks like around the world.

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 21 March

March 21, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

Didn’t manage to get the Saturday papers? You can read the Food & Drink sections of the Irish Times and the Irish Independent online.

Don’t know what to do with awkward leftovers like half a bag of lentils? Check out these store cupboard recipes from Delicious magazine.

Do you follow the Food52 blog? Ever wonder what a day in the life of Amanda Hesser is like? Now you can find out here.

Here’s a fun baking trick: how to make two-toned frosting for cupcakes.

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 17 March

March 17, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

Ever wonder what the widget in a can of Guinness actually does? Here’s a bit of the science behind it.

What does it take to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest Irish coffee? Paddy’s Irish Pub in Portland, Oregon, is going to need 130 gallons of coffee, the equivalent of 1,800 sugar cubes, several gallons of cream and six cases of whiskey, all poured into a custom-made 150 gallon mug.

If you don’t want to go to those extremes, you could try making your own Irish cream liqueur instead with this DIY recipe from Bon Appétit.

The Huffington Post calls this recipe a St Patrick’s Day Ice Cream Beer Float. It turns out L Mulligan Grocer has been experimenting with their own version with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Murphys ice cream!

The stereotypical Irish dish is corned beef and cabbage. Here’s a recipe for making your own corned beef at home.

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by Kristin

What We're Reading: 16 March

March 16, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

Is advocating fresh, local food elitist? Based on the experience at Inishfood last weekend, we say a resounding NO!

Meanwhile, Good Food Ireland is urging consumers to buy local and Irish food and to also support restaurants and hotels that are committed to using Irish ingredients.

Does what you eat reflect social divides? The Guardian takes a look at how this plays out in the UK.

Colman Andrews lists the 50 most important inventions and discoveries in food and drink. What would you add to the lists?

The lucky people at Inishfood learned about different methods of brewing coffee at home, but here are nine innovations that changed coffee culture. And if you”re interested in buying a ceramic dripper or aeropress like Juan demonstrated or a coffee grinder, you can find them at the .

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What We’re Reading: 15 March

March 15, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

Looking for ideas for school lunches? Check out these recipes for Soft Rolls with Omelette and Prosciutto, Pear and Raspberry Muffins and Cranberry and Almond Muesli Bars at Stuff.co.nz. For yourself, check out Dining al desko.

What do you cook or make to eat when you’re in a hurry and need something fast? The New York Times shares a few healthy recipes for quesadillas, an easy fast food.

101 Cookbooks has started a little sister library site which focuses on favourite cookbooks. In March and April they’re cooking recipes from Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery. You can talk about your favourite recipes from the book – or your favourite cookbook – here.

Citrus recipes to put a bit of zest in your diet: there are 22 of them, plus some great photos, over at Food 52.

Take a look at the line up for Melbourne’s just-finished Food and Wine Festival – I’m looking forward to when Ireland can support a 12-day food event!

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 14 March

March 14, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

Didn’t manage to get the Saturday papers? You can read the Food & Drink sections of the Irish Times and the Irish Independent online.

There are lots of fantastic Irish recipes on the blogs right now from this month’s Traditional Irish cookalong. If you’re still looking for ideas though, here are 100 ways to cook with Guinness.

Georgina Campbell shares a classic Irish menu for celebrating St Patrick’s Day in her article “Home is where fab food is” in the Irish Independent, including a warm salad of Gubbeen cheese and bacon, roast loin of pork with apple and spinach stuffing, and carrageen moss.

There are lots of different opinions about the best way to cook dried beans – US food writer Michael Ruhlman tries to get to the bottom of it and presents his method at the end.

Some people give up treats for Lent, like chocolate or alcohol, but this American is taking a somewhat counter-intuitive approach and has vowed to only drink beer during this time.

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by Kristin

What We’re Reading: 11 March

March 11, 2011 in What We're Reading

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

What started out as a plan for a few food bloggers to go to Harrys Restaurant in Donegal for dinner has snowballed into the Inishfood weekend-long festival, and it all starts tonight, when the IrishFoodies become InishFoodies! You can keep up with the party on Twitter by using the #inishfood hash tag (and be consumed with #inishenvy). Suzanne Campbell from the Basketcase blog has written a great overview of how this unique weekend came about. Thanks, Suzanne – see you there next year?

We love these French food stamps (via David Lebovitz) – any chance Bord Bia could get together with An Post to create something similar in Ireland?

Tesco, eat your heart out – this supermarket is growing its own food for sale on its roof!

Meal times are certainly easier if your child isn’t a picky eater – here is some advice from The Kitchn on how to get kids to eat well. Do any of you parents have any tips to share as well?

Check out these limited edition foods, including champagne Marmite and multicoloured Heinz ketchup.

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