Category: Food Events

Baking with Eight Degrees Brewing beer: Chocolate and Knockmealdown Porter Brownies 2

Irish craft beer baking, matching and tasting at Dublin Tall Ships & Electric Picnic

I’m doing a few Irish craft beer demos over the next couple of weekends with the Theatre of Food crew. This weekend I’m off to the Dublin Tall Ships festival with my partner-in-beer, Kristin Jensen of Edible Ireland, and the following Sunday I’ll be at Electric Picnic with Claire Dalton of Dungarvan Brewing Company. There will be Eight Degrees beer tastings, there will be matching the beer with food available at the festivals and, yes, there will be brownies. Chocolate and Knockmealdown Porter Brownies to be precise. If you’re at any of the festivals, call by to the Theatre of Food tent and say hi. Just follow your nose: when those brownies go in the oven they make sure everyone knows that they’re busy cooking. Dublin Tall Ships: 6pm on Saturday 25 August Beer, brownies and microbreweries with Caroline Hennessy (Eight Degrees Brewing/Bibliocook) and Kristin Jensen (Edible Ireland) Chocolate brownies + beer = a heavenly pair? See what you think! Learn how to savour Irish craft beer, match it with food and use it in baking. Electric Picnic: 5.30pm on Sunday 2 September Beer, brownies and banter with Caroline Hennessy (Eight Degrees Brewing/Bibliocook) and Claire Dalton ( Dungarvan Brewing Company)...

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Cork Food Festival - Colm at Ballymaloe House 0

Cork Food Festival 2012

Clear blue skies and sunshine + plenty of good food = lots of happy people at yesterday’s opening of the Cork Food Festival in Fitzgerald’s Park. It’s on until Sunday, with admission a reasonable €12, kids go free and there’s and no faffing about with tokens to pay for your food. If you head along, here are a few things you might want to check out: Springfort Hall‘s slow-cooked beef (€6), which came with with barley, samphire and chunks of Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms. caffeinating yourself with Gusto. mackerel (€4) from Hayfield Manor, cooked so the skin was blistered and richness offset with little spiced gooseberry flavour bombs. trying to pour a glass of sherry at the Ballymaloe House stall – Colm’s video makes it look far easier than you might think! – and tasting the intense, rich Apostoles Palo Cortado sherry. ham hock terrine as part of the 12 mile plate (€7) from Midleton’s Sage, using pork from Woodside Farm. You might need to sip on some elderflower lemonade (€2) to complete the local experience. melt-in-your-mouth Iberico ham at Electric. Bite Size Catering were selling irresistible, beautifully presented mix-and-match canape boxes which had heads turning all over the park. make sure you...

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Donal Doherty of Harry's Restaurant at Inishfood 0

Inishfood 2012: passion and commitment

Apple juice. It was apple juice. I was standing in front of a crowd of expectant faces at Harry’s Restaurant in Inishowen, just about to launch into a description of Helvick Gold, chosen to accompany our shellfish and seafood course, when I realised that the liquid in the glass I was holding up was more opaque than Dungarvan’s fine brew should have been. Cue a speedy dash back to my table to reclaim my beer – and train of thought! – before explaining why I had picked the crisp, full-flavoured Helvick Gold for the Inishfood No Menu Feast. Much more suitable than juice. *** Last March, when I made that first epic trip to Harry’s Restaurant for the inaugural Inishfood festival, it was as one half of the Irish Food Bloggers Association organising team, Twitter fanatic and interested punter. This year, with Sister’s car loaded up with boxes of Eight Degrees beer for the six hour drive, I added producer to the list. Work, for me, of a very relaxed kind, started straight away. Darren Bradley, wood fired oven fanatic and producer of the memorable pizzas from last year, was back at work for Friday night, turning numerous balls of dough into hot, chewy and tasty pizza from...

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Eight Degrees Beer and Mic's Chilli Inferno sauces 0

It’s all about the (Eight Degrees Brewing) beer

A few Eight Degrees Brewing and beer-related updates… We all – the Husband’s parents are visiting at the moment – gathered around the radio on Sunday morning to hear the Aussie do us proud as he talked about Eight Degrees Brewing on Today FM’s Sunday Business Show. Also on the show with him was Michael Wejchert of Mic’s Chilli who produces Inferno sauces in Wicklow – his Extreme sauce is much used in this house, as you can see from the photo! [display_podcast] *** Bord Bia’s Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend is taking place across the country from 27 to 31 October. Eight Degrees Brewing is taking part in two events: My Ballymaloe classmate the Musician is now cooking at Pat Shortt’s Bar in Castlemartyr and has put together a night of cheese and beer matching for Thursday 27 October, starting at 7pm. Eight Degrees and Horgan’s Deli Supplies will be attending the Ballyhoura Spook, a family-orientated Halloween experience, in Ardpatrick, from 2pm on Sunday 30 October. There is more information on all the events along with some beer and cheese pairing notes on the Bord Bia website. Pick up a copy of Glynn Anderson and John McLaughlin’s Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland (review here) for more information on your own local cheese. Also...

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Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland – A Celebration by Glynn Anderson and John McLaughlin is published by The Collins Press 2

Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland: A Celebration by Glynn Anderson and John McLaughlin

If you’re a cheese fan, watch out for the forthcoming Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend which is taking place across the country during the October Bank Holiday weekend. There is more information on the events and, if you’re interested in participating at home, some beer and cheese pairing notes on the Bord Bia website. The rich variety of farmhouse cheeses produced by wonderfully idiosyncratic individuals is one of the real treasures of the Irish food industry. Glynn Anderson and John McLaughlin’s Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland is a labour of love that not only celebrates the products but also the individual cheesemakers. I first heard about this book in April while driving to the Waterford Foodcamp with the Daily Spud, who has several recipes included. Arriving home with the Small Girl, I was delighted to it find it in my letterbox and have been dipping into it ever since. The authors understand that the appreciation of a food is closely linked to knowing about its provenance: each cheesemaker is profiled, complete with contact details, there are comprehensive tasting notes on their cheeses and information on its availability. Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland is, essentially, a comprehensive catalogue of Irish artisan cheeses, complete with a selection of recipes...

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Blas na hEirenn Irish Food Awards winner Gillian O'Neill of Chocolate Here with her bars: Milk Chocolate Bar with Rosewater and Raspberry and White Chocolate Bar with Lemon and Poppyseed and 4

Blas na hÉireann winners 2011

I was sorry that I didn’t make it to this year’s Blas na hÉireann National Irish Food Awards at the Dingle Food and Wine Festival – the Small Girl‘s late arrival put paid to that! –  but delighted to see that fellow blogger Gillian O’Leary of Chocolate Here won two awards. Her Rose and Raspberry and Lemon and Poppy Seed bars took Gold and Silver in the chocolate category – a fantastic result for a chocolatier who only started selling her products at Ennistymon Farmer’s Market last July. Other Bibliocook favourites that took awards include the English Market’s Tom Durcan Meats and On The Pig’s Back, both Dungarvan and Carlow Brewing Companies, Green Saffron, Bailies Coffee and Sowan’s Organic. There is more information about the award winners here and watch out for the Blas na hÉireann stickers on winning products in your local deli and supermarket. If you need any convincing to head down to next year’s Dingle Food and Wine festival – there was also beer in the shape of Tom Crean’s Premium Irish Lager, courtesy of the Dingle Brewing Company – check out the Dingle Invasion post at I Can Has Cook. I’ll certainly be there next time round!

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Sharon Hearne-Smith at the Irish food photography workshop 4

Irish food photography workshop

Ask food bloggers to bring something sweet to have with coffee and just look what you get: a mouthwatering array of beautifully baked and lovingly packaged treats. And they were just the icing on the cake during a day of food photography organised by the ever-helpful Maeve Desmond at Bord Bia. Between finishing cottage painting and the forthcoming arrival of what has been nicknamed by a fellow blogger on Twitter as #cottagepie, ie baby #2, I hadn’t been too sure if I would be able to make it to Dublin. Fortunately, the Eight Degrees Brewing boys had to install a tap at O’Neill’s on Suffolk Street so I got a lift to the Bord Bia door, along with – because I didn’t have a chance to do any baking myself! – some bottles of Howling Gale Ale to pass around at lunchtime. The morning belonged to cookbook author/photographer Donal Skehan, stylist extraordinaire Sharon Hearne-Smith and commercial photographer Jocasta Clarke who passed on some of the tricks of the photography and food styling trade. After a superb lunch – thanks to the chefs at Bord Bia – we also had presentations from Damien Mulley on site optimisation while my fellow IFBA-er and...

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Savouring beer, food – and clouds

Cloud spotting and craft beer? It’s all about savouring the moment – and savouring the flavours – according to the Eight Degrees Brewing Husband at the start of the beer and food matching event, which was held in Skibbereen last week to raise funds for the Irish Cloud Festival.

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