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Tips for would-be hen owners

Hens

With Little Missy turning one on Friday, we thought it was time for a few pets. Four pets, specifically, of the clucking, squawking Rhode Island Red variety. Between foxes and disease, we said good bye to the last of our original four hens in November and have really missed having our own delicious, fresh, free range eggs. Now, with LM getting to a stage when she can eat eggs for herself – the younger pair in my family were brought up on daily lunchtime “guggy” soft-boiled eggs – it was time for the next round.

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Kanturk black pudding

Jack McCarthy meats

Any trip to Kanturk is a good excuse to call into McCarthy’s Butchers and see what new treat Jack McCarthy has dreamed up for his many meat-loving customers. I can’t resist the air-dried Sliabh Luachra Beef scattered over big bowls of salad leaves with shavings of parmesan and the North Cork Pancetta makes a great savoury blanket when wrapped around fish or even chunks of haloumi cheese before baking.

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Festivals for Easter

The Mallow Food Festival has taken a move this year and will be taking place in the town on Sunday morning as part of Racing Home for Easter. We’ve had a great time at the festival for the last two years (despite last year’s torrential rain!) so will be heading there bright and early, trying not to spoil our appetite for Easter lunch. More information below.10am – 1.30pm: Food & Craft Fair in Mallow Town: a showcase of Munster’s best produce and crafts with children’s entertainment including Stilt Walkers/Clowns, Lungi the Travelling Puppeteer, the Hakuna Matata Aerobic Performers and the fabulous Mobile Farm. Contact Claire Ryan on 022 53257 or Roisin Lucey on 087 0554382 for more info.Also on our list of things to do this Easter Sunday is the Beerfest at the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork City. Alongside their own Shandon Stout and Rebel Red, they will be featuring craft beers from ten microbreweries around of Ireland. As far as I know, it starts at 2pm but, frustratingly, the Franciscan Well website hasn’t been updated with event details. Still, I’m sure a lot of the Husband‘s fellow homebrewers will make it along!

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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.