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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.

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A food-orientated Saturday: Green Apron, Sage Café, Wild Honey Inn

Between Little Missy, my work as a freelance journalist and the Husband setting up his own business, it’s not so easy to get away these days. As a result, any time we do head off, there’s as much food packed into the time as possible!Last weekend we waved Little Missy off on her holidays to Nana and Grandad’s house just before Saturday lunchtime. All free and easy then (it’s amazing how easy it is to pack for two instead of two + a small one), we threw bag and baggage into the car and hit off to Limerick in time to have a quick look at the newly covered Milk Market, grab a bag of Pónaire coffee and fly past the The Green Apron‘s stall to buy some of her get-out-of-the-bed-to-eat-it-by-the-spoonful raspberry chocolate conserve (as tasted on the Food Blogger Country Outing), a jar of wholegrain whiskey mustard and some yummy onion confit.

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2010 Blas na hÉireann Food Awards launched

2010 Blas na hEireann Food Awards

Food producers throughout Ireland are now invited to enter the third annual Blas na hEireann Food Awards. As well as the gold, silver and bronze medals in each of the 30 product categories, this year there will also be an award for the Best Irish Artisan Company. You can see the 2009 list of winners here, including Bibliocook favourites like Lorge Chocolatier, Mella’s Fudge, Blazing Salads Bread Company and Just Food.

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Blooming all over

Living Flavour herb garden

Gardens and food in the sunshine: what’s not to like? The Husband and I – Little Missy landed with the Little Sister for a day’s worth of chasing the dog in my parents’ garden – headed up for the Friday of this year’s Bloom festival. It was a day for sunscreen and sunglasses as we sat under umbrellas in the beer garden, enjoying Dungarvan Brewing Company‘s Helvick Gold and, although there was an unfortunate lack of ice, Llewellyn’s Double L cider. That was the Husband and his friend happy for the afternoon, and I had a place to leave the bags of food that I spent the day acquiring.

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18 hours in Dublin

Bridgestone Irish Food Guide

Just enough time to…- attend a dinner to celebrate 20 years of John and Sally McKenna’s Bridgestone Guides and Bridgestone at the just-opened Pinot’s restaurant in Sandyford.- enjoy sumptuous wines from Enrico Fantasia, the all-cooking, all-drinking, opera-singing, Venetian wine importer who – besides having a most memorable name, imagine being the Fantasia family! – brings an buttery, apricoty Arneis (Guidobono Roero Arneis 2009), rich Vignai da Duline Vivernum 2004 and refreshing prosecco (Prosecco Col Saliz) into Ireland. Reason enough, besides his name, to make his acquaintance.