Epic Chocolate, Porter and Potato Cake and a story of spuds


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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4 Responses

  1. Peggy says:

    Like you I am not fond of the “spud” probably because I was born and raised in France with a French mother and an italian Father. Pasta was our daily staple.
    But I love the new potato season!!
    I am very intrigued by this cake and I’ll let you know how I get on!!

    • Caroline says:

      I remember when pasta came to the small country town where I grew up – after reading about it in cookbooks, I was SO excited. Loved those little shells, even if I did cook them to death in chicken soup!

  2. That’s an epic cake alright Caroline, more than worthy of the day that’s in it – will have to put it on my spud recipes to do list (and, for what it’s worth, I confess that I was not necessarily fond of the regularly appearing boiled spud when I was a youngster, though I always had time for roasties, even then!)

    • Caroline says:

      I can’t believe that there was ever a time when you didn’t eat potatoes! I wouldn’t even touch roasties when I was young and chips had to be very thin before I’d go near them. I’m quite surprised that I didn’t starve myself to death although my family always attributes my lack of height to the no-potato diet.

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