Author: Caroline

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Savour Kilkenny: food businesses take note

Savour Kilkenny

This year’s Savour Kilkenny Food Festival will take place from Friday 22 to Sunday 25 October and the organisers are currently looking for interested food businesses to get involved. There will be a large open-air market over the weekend on the newly developed Parade Plaza, just by Kilkenny Castle, as well as a tented food village and central marquee for workshops, demonstrations, competitions and events.

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Poached Chicken and other stories (with Tarragon Mayonnaise)

tarragon

This has been the summer of the poached chicken. It started when the weather got hot in June and I had a chicken to cook. It wasn’t exactly turn-the-oven-on time so I landed it into a big pot, covered it with cold water, threw in some vegetables and herbs and let it barely simmer away for an hour. The chicken, after cooling in its cooking broth, was moist, juicy and beautifully flavoured. We ate it for dinner that night, with lots of salad, new potatoes and a bowl of homemade Tarragon Mayonnaise, devoured leftovers in sandwiches for the next day’s lunch, and the remnants made their way into a risotto, made with the cooking broth.

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Gregg’s Favourite Puddings by Gregg Wallace

Gregg's Favourite Puddings by Gregg Wallace

Not having a television, I had never heard of Gregg Wallace before Gregg’s Favourite Puddings landed on the doorstep. A co-presenter of BBC show Masterchef, apparently he is well known for his sweet tooth, and this book is a like a greatest hits of the pudding world.

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Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

I am a big fan of Michael Pollan’s writing. I was first grabbed by 2008’s In Defence of Food, which led me to The Omnivore’s Dilemma from 2006. These books – absorbing, fascinating, infuriating and entertaining – are great reading. Pollan may be writing about weighty things but he wears his learning and research lightly.

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Competition Time! Irish blueberries and cookery classes

Irish blueberries

To celebrate the start of the Irish blueberry season, Bord Bia have very kindly offered a competition prize of a €200 voucher for cooking lessons at a cookery school of your choice.To be in with a chance to win this brilliant prize, just email me at cook@bibliocook.com with your favourite blueberry recipe, be it cake or muffin, savoury sauce or salad. If you have a blog of your own, you could also put a link to your recipe in the comments below. The closing date is Tuesday 24 August.If you want to get your hands on Irish blueberries, I would recommend Derryvilla Blueberry Farm, just outside Portarlington in Co Offaly, especially as you can go and pick your own berries – you can read my feature on Derryvilla here. There are other blueberry farms throughout Ireland so, if you’re looking for contact details of your nearest Irish blueberry producer, please email info@derryvilla.

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Blueberry time at Derryvilla Blueberry Farm

blueberries at Derryvilla Blueberry Farm

As a child growing up in Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s, blueberries were a rare, exotic fruit, only read about in the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder or Roald Dahl. Years later, my first encounter with a blueberry was in a muffin but, alas, it was one of those ever-lasting, plastic-wrapped ones and the purple coloured spot in the muffin bore little resemblance to the real thing.

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Competition Time! Barry’s Tea

Barry's Speciality Blends

Being located in Cork as we are, Barry’s tea is the cuppa of choice around the cottage so when the people in Barry‘s contacted me about running a competition, I thought that fellow tea-loving food bloggers might be interested, especially when they heard what it entails.