When Madeline McKeever’s dairy farm proved uneconomic, she started saving her own seeds out of financial necessity. Now her company, Brown Envelope Seeds, sells a wide variety of organic seeds, all saved on her west Cork farm. She talks to Caroline Hennessy for SilverCircle.ie about turning adversity into opportunity.Brown Envelope Seeds, Ardagh, Church Cross, Skibbereen, Co Cork.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: www.brownenvelopeseeds.comBlog: brownenvelopeseeds.blogspot.com
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The list has been radically slimmed down! Good luck to the five worthy finalists in the Best Food/Drink category for this year’s Irish Blog Awards, which are taking place this Saturday in Galway. Good to see some of our regular favourites – Ice Cream Ireland, Daily Spud (both previous winners at the Blog Awards) and Good Mood Food – alongside The Beer Nut’s comprehensive notes on decent beers and Paul J Kiernan’s take on all things wine. May the best blog win!
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With St Patrick’s Day being tomorrow, one’s thoughts turn to food. Specifically food of an Irish sort, which includes, naturally enough, all things potato. So when I was reading through my recently acquired copy of Margaret Bates’ Talking about Cakes with an Irish and Scottish Accent, her recipe for Potato Apple Cake caught my eye. She said it was a delicacy from the orchard districts of Co Armagh but didn’t give an exact recipe, describing it as two rounds of potato cake sandwiching an apple filling and cooked on the griddle.
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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.
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.
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!