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Irish Examiner: Welcome to my world

Imen McDonnell

Music obsessives, election watchers, fashionistas and foodies – meet Ireland’s bloggers by Caroline Hennessy for the Irish Examiner on Saturday 22 January.

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Lyric fm: Chocolate at Christmas – 300 years ago

Mary Cannon's Commonplace Book

It wouldn’t be at all unusual to come across something like Chocolate Cream or Whipped Chocolate Syllabub on a modern day menu. What is surprising is that these are dishes that may have been eaten at an Irish Christmas celebration during the 1700s, at least from the evidence of Mary Cannon’s Commonplace Book.

Aasif Mandvi in Today's Special, directed by David Kaplan 3

Lyric fm: Today’s Special at the Cork Film Festival

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My Culture File report for Lyric fm on the Slow Food screening of Today’s Special during this year’s Cork Film Festival is now online and can be listened to here.

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The Irish Times – Christmas supplement: Food glorious food

If you happened to pick up a copy of yesterday’s Irish Times, you might have come across the Christmas supplement with an article on food-related gifts by one Caroline Hennessy. If you didn’t, then you can take a look at the piece below. Click on a page to see it in a larger format on the Irish Times website.

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Read: Irish Examiner | A turkey for the table

Bronze turkey and cat

As published in the Irish Examiner on 2 October 2010.“They’re rather…ugly,” said Scott, aka the husband, gazing intently at the pair of awkward-looking eight-week old turkeys that he had just wrestled from the boot of my car into their new home. All long legs, ruffled feathers and indignant hissing, they huddled together in the back corner. “We’ll have no problem eating such awful looking birds!” he added with satisfaction. Eighteen-month-old Hannah, fascinated with any animal that crosses her path, wanted to join them in the house but they were having none of it. A few squawks quickly saw her off and she was easily distracted with her regular playmates: the hens and cats. Thankfully, there would be no love lost there either. It’s a little early to be getting into “the turkeys have gone to help Santa get ready for Christmas” explanations.

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Read: Irish Examiner | Turkeys – really, really stupid or just misunderstood?

Bronze turkey

Barbara Kingsolver may be responsible for propagating the myth that turkeys are so suicidally dumb that they can drown just by gazing skywards as it rains but a quick online search will soon see you right. In 2003, Tom Savage, a poultry scientist at Oregon State University tried to get some respect for the turkey population by explaining that the only reason turkeys stare at the sky is because of a misunderstood genetic nervous disorder. According to his observations, the birds were no less intelligent than any similar fowl. I beg to differ.