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Quick Tip : Freeze Fresh Ginger

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

We make plenty of curry pastes at home. Usually the amount of ginger needed can be quite small compared to what you have to buy in the shop. Solution? Freeze the rest. Further tip? Grate it when its frozen for best results.

See link below

Keep Bananas Fresh For Longer

Monday, November 26th, 2012

We know storing certain types of fruit together can affect the ripening process, bananas can speed up ripening of tomatoes and apples slow down potatoes sprouting (see below) but here’s a quick tip if your bananas are ripening too fast:

Stop potatoes from sprouting by storing them with an apple

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Some useful research from on how to store your spuds. The results show that the spuds stored with an apple had still not sprouted after eight weeks … it does not go into detail as to how they tasted but says they “looked OK”. Read more …

Make a Bag Clip from Drinking Straws

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Another eco-friendly tip courtesy of wikiHow

Make a bag clip from Straws



CX Oriental is moving

Monday, August 29th, 2011
CX Oriental

October 2012 update: It’s around the corner (same building) as the Great Gas station next to Woodies, an opposite Musgrave Park. The new store doesn’t look anything like the old one but it was closed when I was there.

Dec 2011 Update: Has anybody actually found the new CX? I don’t think it is where it is supposed to be. If you have any information, or have been in the new location, let me know.

One of the most frequently accessed articles on my blog is relating to CX Oriental, the Asian wholesale/retail place on Tramore road in Cork. In that respect folk may be interested to know that it is about to move to a new site next to Woodies on the Kinsale Road. Where the old Mercedes Benz dealership used to be (Turners Cross Motors). I’m not sure of the exact move date but I was in Tramore Road yesterday (27th Aug) and there isn’t much left.

Some nice ‘two for the price of one’ deals left if you’re quick.

Sugar Tips

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Gave up sugar for lent and now havetoo much of it at home? Here are ten uses for sugar I bet you never thought of … it even tells you how to get your fire going and (in an unrelated tip) how to soothe a burnt tongue.

10 Extraordinary uses for Sugar

iChef : The Touch Screen Oven

Monday, January 24th, 2011
iChef Oven

After the failure of the fridge industry to integrate LCD screens and online ordering systems up step the oven manufacturers to have a go. The iChef+ is a new touch screen based oven where “the complex innovation translates into simplicity of use”. If I understand correctly is rather like the microwave settings that nobody uses where you tell it what you’re cooking and estimate the weight (if its so smart why doesn’t it weigh it for you?) and hit the icon of choice.

How long before the touch screen breaks?

EatMagazine launch

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Eat Magazine

Mikey from Phonic publishing have been on to mention the launch of a new free monthly food & drink magazine called EatMagazine. He will be distributing 20,000 print copies a month around Dublin initially and it will also be available nationwide via the online version and the iPhone/iPad apps that launch in February. Issue one was designed, written, sold and will even be delivered by Mikey himself so it’s a pretty small operation to begin with and looking at the result I think he’s done a great job.

EatMagazine may be looking for contributors to take a monthly column so anybody interested in that should give them a shout via the contact details on their web site.

Best of luck with the new venture Mikey!

Hugh’s Fish Fight – Discarding in the North Sea

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
C4 Fish Fight

This week Channel 4’s chefs join forces in the Big Fish Fight championing sustainable seafood and celebrating lesser known delicacies of the deep, as part of this schedule I saw Hugh’s Fish Fight last night. The show highlighted the issue of discarding in the North Sea, a process by which under EU law certain fish are not allowed to be landed by trawlers so have to be discarded before the trawler hits land. See the video below and sign up for the campaign
By supporting this campaign, your name will be added to a letter to be sent to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, members of the Common Fisheries Policy Reform Group, and all MEPs.

Five Questions from Martijn Kajuiter

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

I saw this fly by on Twitter this morning, you rarely see Martijn in the media, despite the attention that both he and The Cliff House Hotel have got in recent years, but here is some advice from him for anybody thinking of entering the industry. Some great images too.