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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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Choice in the Country: where are we now?

The Country Cooking of Ireland

In 2006 I wrote an article in reaction to the announcement that US magazine Saveur was about to publish a piece on Ireland as a foodie destination, wondering just what these “mythical gastrotourists” would find if they ventured off the beaten track. The quotes from that piece used in Saturday’s Irish Times Magazine article on Colman Andrews’ The Country Cooking of Ireland made me revisit it and wonder about what’s changed.

Irish Blog Awards: long shortlist just released 2

Irish Blog Awards: long shortlist just released

Congratulations to all those on the long shortlist for this year’s Irish Blog Awards, particularly the 25 competing in the best food/drink category. Sadly Bibliocook didn’t make it through this year but the list below will give you a good chance to catch up with what is going on in the Irish blogosphere, particularly if you’re interested in food!

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MyKidsTime

MyKidsTime

When you have a child, you suddenly have something in common with a lot of other people and I’ve discovered that this new world of parenthood can be a lot easier to negotiate with friends in a similar position, whether in the real world or online.

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International Women’s Day – let’s bake cake! Chocolate Sheet Cake (and cupcakes)

Chocolate Sheet Cake Cupcakes

It’s not that I need an excuse to bake, especially if there’s a cake and/or chocolate involved, but the radio was so full of International Women’s Day blather today – George Hook was particularly enjoying himself with his list of “top ten females” on Newstalk! – that I just had to make something to distract myself.

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Volcanic pizza

Market shopping

Blue skies and a good morning’s work under my belt was the excuse I needed to head off to my favourite farmers’ market in Mahon Point today. It seemed that I wasn’t the only one with that idea as I got stuck in traffic during the lunchtime rush there and our first choice for lunch – Green Saffron curry – had already sold out.

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Baking for babies: Banana Spelt Biscotti

Banana Spelt Biscotti

Sometimes, in this house, baking is not just for the bigger members of the family and, along with the Flapjacks and Shortbread, there’s even a tin marked with Little Missy’s name. It’s currently filled with these twice-baked Banana Spelt Biscotti, which I love because they are easily made, contain no sugar and it’s up to you about the kind of flour you use. These, along with LM’s favourite rice cakes, are perfect afternoon snacks – and easily portable – but she is quite happy to munch on them at any stage, and especially loves a small smear of marmite on the biscotti when we’re at home.

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Irish Blog Awards 2010: Bibliocook nominated

Irish Blog Awards

It’s that time of the year again. The Irish Blog Awards longlist has been issued and it’s great to see Bibliocook getting a mention in the Best Food/Drink Blog section, again this year sponsored by Bord Bia. Last year’s awards took place in the International Airport Hotel in Cork so off I, plus Little Missy bump, toddled for that night’s festivities, even if we had to go home a little earlier than the rest of the partygoers!