Monthly Archive: August 2010


Barry’s Tea winner

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Vicky Beresford was the winner of the Bibliocook/Barry’s Tea competition with her recipe for Barry’s Tea Very Berry Tiramisu. Congratulations Vicky and hope you enjoy your tea hamper. Special mention has to go to Aline Lambert. Her recipe was for a Taboulé Salad which, when she was stuck for fresh leaves one day, was perfect when made with Barry’s peppermint tea


Catherine’s Italian Kitchen by Catherine Fulvio

Catherine's Italian Kitchen

A gentle introduction to Italian cooking, Catherine’s Italian Kitchen is the companion book to Catherine Fulvio’s well-received television series, which was nominated for a World Food Media Award earlier this year. Fulvio, who runs the well regarded Ballyknocken Cookery School at her family home in Wicklow, is married to Sicilian native Claudio. With this connection and her teaching experience, she is well placed to translate Italian recipes to an Irish audience.


Savour Kilkenny: food businesses take note

Savour Kilkenny

This year’s Savour Kilkenny Food Festival will take place from Friday 22 to Sunday 25 October and the organisers are currently looking for interested food businesses to get involved. There will be a large open-air market over the weekend on the newly developed Parade Plaza, just by Kilkenny Castle, as well as a tented food village and central marquee for workshops, demonstrations, competitions and events.


Poached Chicken and other stories (with Tarragon Mayonnaise)


This has been the summer of the poached chicken. It started when the weather got hot in June and I had a chicken to cook. It wasn’t exactly turn-the-oven-on time so I landed it into a big pot, covered it with cold water, threw in some vegetables and herbs and let it barely simmer away for an hour. The chicken, after cooling in its cooking broth, was moist, juicy and beautifully flavoured. We ate it for dinner that night, with lots of salad, new potatoes and a bowl of homemade Tarragon Mayonnaise, devoured leftovers in sandwiches for the next day’s lunch, and the remnants made their way into a risotto, made with the cooking broth.


Gregg’s Favourite Puddings by Gregg Wallace

Gregg's Favourite Puddings by Gregg Wallace

Not having a television, I had never heard of Gregg Wallace before Gregg’s Favourite Puddings landed on the doorstep. A co-presenter of BBC show Masterchef, apparently he is well known for his sweet tooth, and this book is a like a greatest hits of the pudding world.


Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

I am a big fan of Michael Pollan’s writing. I was first grabbed by 2008’s In Defence of Food, which led me to The Omnivore’s Dilemma from 2006. These books – absorbing, fascinating, infuriating and entertaining – are great reading. Pollan may be writing about weighty things but he wears his learning and research lightly.


Competition Time! Irish blueberries and cookery classes

Irish blueberries

To celebrate the start of the Irish blueberry season, Bord Bia have very kindly offered a competition prize of a €200 voucher for cooking lessons at a cookery school of your choice.To be in with a chance to win this brilliant prize, just email me at with your favourite blueberry recipe, be it cake or muffin, savoury sauce or salad. If you have a blog of your own, you could also put a link to your recipe in the comments below. The closing date is Tuesday 24 August.If you want to get your hands on Irish blueberries, I would recommend Derryvilla Blueberry Farm, just outside Portarlington in Co Offaly, especially as you can go and pick your own berries – you can read my feature on Derryvilla here. There are other blueberry farms throughout Ireland so, if you’re looking for contact details of your nearest Irish blueberry producer, please email info@derryvilla.