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Itsa Cookbook by Domini Kemp

Itsa Cookbook by Domini Kemp

I’ve been a Domini Kemp fan since she and her sister, Peaches, opened the first Itsabagel in Dublin’s Epicurean Food Hall. I fell in love with the Mountaineer bagel at first bite and Itsabagel became a regular port of call as well as the unanimous office choice when I was picking up lunch for everyone. I loved her first 2002 cookbook, Real Food, Real Fast, especially the sweet side of things: the Sticky Toffee Pudding makes masses and is a well-tried-and-tested large crowd dessert, the gooey Pistachio and Chocolate Biscuits never linger long and White Chocolate Berries is a great bring-along-dessert for dinner at a friend’s house.

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A turkey for the table

Bronze turkeys

They may not be recognisable from the shrink-wrapped fowl that you can pick up at the supermarket for your Christmas dinner but these awkward-looking animals are actually turkeys. Bronze turkeys, to be precise, and they came to live down the bottom of my garden a month ago. They are not pets: they are dinner and, especially when they’re misbehaving, I’m already dreaming about a golden roasted turkey, complete with all the trimmings, quietly steaming away on the Christmas table.

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Irish Foodies’ Autumn Fruit Cookalong: Spiced Courgette Cake

Courgette Cake

Ahem! Now, I know that the theme of tonight’s cookalong is actually autumn fruit and I know that a courgette isn’t exactly what you might call a fruit but as it grew in my garden and I’m turning it into a Very Good Cake, I thought I might get away with it. Besides, this is the kind of recipe that should need no apology although you will find yourself, all afluster, trying to justify it when people look and say, “Courgette Cake, really!” in a doubting tone of voice. Just tell them it’s a bit like Carrot Cake – that will convince many of the-you-can’t-put-vegetables-into-a-sweet-cake crowd – or simply cut them a little piece and try not to look smug when they come back for seconds.

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Leon: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent

Leon: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent

Since the first Leon cookbook arrived at the cottage, it hasn’t been allowed to leave the kitchen. Crammed with whole food ideas and healthy, seasonal dishes, all the food is tempting and very, very tasty. The Indian Parsnip Soup is one of those recipes that is in constant rotation, Little Missy loves the Sweet Potato Falafel and there’s always a stash of smoked fish in the fridge for a Magic Mackerel salad.

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Food Events

Eat Cork

There’s a veritable feast of great food events on in the next while…Eat Cork: 23 to 26 SeptemberIf last night’s launch in the English Market was anything to judge by, there will be plenty of good eating and drinking around Cork over this weekend. A tasting menu in Augustine’s Restaurant, food trails and foodies on foot, big and small bites (€5 and €3 respectively) at the food market on Grand Parade, an assortment of English Market workshops at Market Lane, a gala dinner with Ross Lewis (Chapter One) and Pat Kiely (Les Gourmandises) and, my favourite, a Spread the (sourdough) Culture competition. Lots to eat and do around town. More information: Eat Cork on Facebook.

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Black pudding festivities in Kanturk

Black pudding fans Martin Shanahan, Isabel Sheridan, Tim McCarthy and Avril Allshire

Remember I mentioned in April that McCarthy’s Butchers in Kanturk took gold at at the annual awards held by La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin in Normandy? Well, that medal is coming home to Kanturk tomorrow when La Confrérie, the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Pudding, arrive for a full regalia Pudding Parade at 5.30pm down Strand Street to the Main Street.


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