Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Daffodils in bloom at the cottage on St Patrick's Day Because I know I won’t be able to post from the cottage on St Patrick’s Day – we’re down for the weekend to get the spuds planted on the traditional day, 17 March, in the Boyfriend’s painstakingly rabbit-proofed garden – I’m going to celebrate Paddy’s Day with a round-up of new Irish food blogs. If there’s anyone else out there, just let me know!

The Humble Housewife – an American Irishwoman, living in Edenderry with her American husband and two daughters, Deborah definitely has her hands full with a couple of blogs but is also thinking of getting back into food catering. Check out her recipes for Sticky Cinnamon Buns, Deborah’s Divine Dinner Biscuits and lots of family-friendly dishes.

Organico Bantry – this independent family-run café, shop and bakery in Bantry has a blog, although it takes a little fiddling around to locate it, with lots of great healthy recipes using organic, fairly traded and locally sourced products. Next time I get my hands on some beetroot, I’m going to try out their Organic Beetroot Salad. The last time we had beetroot I pickled it, using a recipe from Darina Allen‘s Simply Delicious Vegetables, and it was good but it did linger around a little longer than necessary. Anyhow, anything with yoghurt can always get my attention.

Stuff Yer Bake – although based in England, Sarah’s is very definitely an Irish blog, with a subtitle like: “The mad ramblings of a Northern Irish foodie”. Take a look at her picture of a delectable pork belly, just after an update on cake decorating and before one on her diet, which she illustrates with a picture of and recipe for the River Café’s Orange, Almond and Cardamom Cake. Diet? What diet?

Superyacht Chef – Niall Harbison is a private chef on super yachts and there’s plenty of video footage of his cooking on board. He’s also working on raising money for an orphanage in Africa and you can find more information on that project here.

The Diet Cast – Hayden’s blog about eating healthily, with plenty of information and links on growing your own food, sustainable living and food concerns. He has also just announced a competition on fellow site My Diet Friends for anyone interested in writing about sustainably sourced and prepared food. If we ever manage to grow anything in our rabbit-infested garden – or even manage to catch a few of the pests – I’ll definitely be up for that.

Val’s Kitchen – Val always has fantastic photos on her site – check out her spectacular St Patrick’s Day cookies – and I always love to read reviews of local eateries.

And here’s also a couple of websites about sustainable living in Ireland that are well worth taking a look at:

The Good Life: Self-Reliance In An Uncertain World

Irish Sally Gardens: living the sustainable dream in rural Ireland



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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9 Responses

  1. Deborah says:

    Thanks so much for the mention Caroline – really appreciate it! Gotta clear one thing up though… I’m Irish, the husband is American!!! 🙂

  2. Laura says:

    I’m already a fan of The Humble Housewife and Val’s Kitchen is a good friend so thanks for adding even more people to my ever expanding list of food bloggers to torment myself with! I’m celebrating Paddy’s Day with chocolate and Guinness muffins and, as I’m a total lightweight they’ll probably have me on my ear! Happy St. Patricks Day.

  3. Val says:

    Hi carolineThanks for the nice mention. Another recently started blog is http://www.eatdrinklive.typepad.com by the very well read and rhyming Laura Boland in Limerick.Enjoy your weekend. The kids and myself have been invited to a friends fancy penthouse for dinner tomorrow so we can peer out over the drunk streets and wish we were in them!Val

  4. Sarah Bell says:

    I will be keeping an eye on all those fantastic blogs! Thanks for the mention, I need all the help I can get!

  5. Caroline says:

    Oops! Sorry about that Deborah – I don’t know how I got that idea into my head. I’ve changed it now.Hope yourself and the troop enjoyed St Paddy’s Day at the penthouse, Val, and thanks for letting me know about Eat Drink Live – welcome Laura!

  6. Deborah says:

    LOL! Don’t worry Caroline… I get that a lot! 🙂 Thanks again for the mention!

  7. Caroline says:

    I’ve figured out why I thought you were American, Deborah. The recipes that you post on your blog are all dishes that I associate with the US. Have you noticed a theme yourself? Cinnamon Buns, Dinner Biscuits, Quesadillas, Muffins, Peanut Butter and Jam Cookies..!

  8. Deborah says:

    Caroline you have a point! 🙂 Right so… better make some stew tonight and some bacon tomorrow! 🙂

  9. We are lucky not to have rabbits here eating our veg garden, there don’t seem to be any around here. However you do get the added bonus of eating wild rabbit where you are! There were rabbits here at one time and in those days our neighbour put up a 4 inch high electric fence which he says ‘kept them out and gave himself great entertainment and satisfaction watching them get the message!’

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