Monthly Archive: March 2010

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New shoes

New shoes

It’s been a big week in the life of a Little Missy. She’s been happy to stand up and cruise around the furniture ever since we were in New Zealand then, two weeks ago, just shy of 11½ months, she took off. Starting with little unsteady forays in the sitting room, she started to walk on her own, chortling with pleasure, arms windmilling by her sides as she tried to balance and master this new means of locomotion.

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IBA 2010 winners

And the winner of the 2010 Irish Blog Award in the Food/Drink category is… Good Mood Food! Congratulations to Donal, and to 9 Bean Row, the foodie winner of the Best Newcomer award. The rest of the winners are here.

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SilverCircle.ie: Saving the seeds

Brown Envelope Seeds

When Madeline McKeever’s dairy farm proved uneconomic, she started saving her own seeds out of financial necessity. Now her company, Brown Envelope Seeds, sells a wide variety of organic seeds, all saved on her west Cork farm. She talks to Caroline Hennessy for SilverCircle.ie about turning adversity into opportunity.Brown Envelope Seeds, Ardagh, Church Cross, Skibbereen, Co Cork.Email: seeds@brownenvelopeseeds.comWeb: www.brownenvelopeseeds.comBlog: brownenvelopeseeds.blogspot.com

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Irish Blog Awards 2010: food/wine finalists

The list has been radically slimmed down! Good luck to the five worthy finalists in the Best Food/Drink category for this year’s Irish Blog Awards, which are taking place this Saturday in Galway. Good to see some of our regular favourites – Ice Cream Ireland, Daily Spud (both previous winners at the Blog Awards) and Good Mood Food – alongside The Beer Nut’s comprehensive notes on decent beers and Paul J Kiernan’s take on all things wine. May the best blog win!

Best Food/Drink Blog

– Sponsored by Bord Bia

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St Patrick’s Day: Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

With St Patrick’s Day being tomorrow, one’s thoughts turn to food. Specifically food of an Irish sort, which includes, naturally enough, all things potato. So when I was reading through my recently acquired copy of Margaret Bates’ Talking about Cakes with an Irish and Scottish Accent, her recipe for Potato Apple Cake caught my eye. She said it was a delicacy from the orchard districts of Co Armagh but didn’t give an exact recipe, describing it as two rounds of potato cake sandwiching an apple filling and cooked on the griddle.

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The Irish Mail on Sunday: Ten Green Bottles…

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…brewing under the stairs. Homebrewing used to be all about making gallons of strong, cheap beer, with a very limited focus on flavour. Now, in the 21st century, it has taken on a new life with aficionados producing fine beers from homemade breweries. Caroline Hennessy talks to a new generation of craft beer fans for The Irish Mail on Sunday on Sunday 14 March 2010.


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