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Robinsons Old Tom With Chocolate

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Sweet chocolate taste. Too sweet. 

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How to crack an egg

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Cracked Egg

Nice video explaining how to crack and egg so you don’t get shell in your mixture and raw egg running down the side of the bowl.

The secret? Use a flat surface!

The Food & Wine Magazine Christmas Show

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
RDS Food Wine

I received a press release on the Christmas Food and Wine Show in the RDS this morning, never having been to such an event I have no specific opinion but if you’re around Dublin, enjoy a sprinkling of hyperbole in your press release and have the €20 admission fee then you may feel like having a look. There will be a major focus on home cooking (as opposed to Take Away) and Irish produce is also featured which is good to see.

On a personal note this reminds me how I dread the upcoming plethora of Christmas cookery shows and daytime slots showing us how to get that wow factor for your Christmas dinner. What an utter load of bollocks and stress that is but it’s too early to start the complaining, we need to get through Halloween first. Info on the food show below…

THE Gastronomic Event of the Season Is Getting Ready to hit the RDS

(Thursday, 21st October 2010): Following the success of last year, The Food & Wine Magazine Christmas Show is back this November and will be bigger and better than ever! The event focuses on family and home cooking and has all the elements to create the perfect Christmas meal. The hugely popular 3-day event begins on Friday, 26th – Sunday, 28th November at the beautiful surroundings of the RDS Main Hall, Dublin 4.

The three-day food and drink event is paradise for the discerning palate with each day packed full of shows, masterclasses, demos and tastings designed to teach visitors everything they need to learn to stage their own festive gathering, big or small! The show will also include The Chef’s Table where lucky audience members will be served 3-course meals by the chefs themselves including Neven Maguire, Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Dylan McGrath, Sunil Ghai, Paul Flynn and Kevin Thornton to name a few with live demonstrations from these masters taking place on the Main Stage.

Speaking on the upcoming event, Editor of FOOD & WINE Magazine, Ross-Golden Bannon said “We are really excited about building on the success of last year’s show. Our theme this year is the best of Irish talent and Irish food all with a big focus on families. We know we have a fantastic offering to suit all budgets and can’t wait to give some festive inspiration to dinner tables all over Ireland this Christmas”.

Log onto and get your tickets for only €20 per person (service charge may be additional). The ticket price includes all day admission and under 12’s are free. The FOOD & WINE Magazine Christmas Show takes place on 26th – 28th November 2010 at the Main Hall, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Murray’s Bar and Grill Dublin

Monday, October 11th, 2010
Murrays Bar

I stopped by Murray’s Bar and Grill while on a recent visit to Dublin. Situated on the top of O’Connell Street (away from the river) it is a pretty big pub with a decent carvery that seemed to be running most of the Saturday afternoon I spent reading the paper, watching the sport and waiting for friends.

With an upstairs and a large smoking area out the back there’s plenty of space and lots of TVs, they seem to have gone with an American feel as they also sell pictures of beer which seemed good value if you had a group.

There is a huge smoking area out the back with more TVs, pool tables and slot machines. No shortage of heaters either. Toilets were downstairs and clean enough.

I would think the crowd gets younger as the night gets older but a decent spot for a beer and a plate of food if you’re around O’Connell Street.

Best In Season

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Best In Season

The folks over at Bord Bia (the Irish food board) have been in touch to let me know their horticultural department have just launched a site to explain what fruit and vegetables are available in Ireland and what’s ‘Best In Season’. The site aims to explain the benefits of eating fresh produce grown within the natural Irish season, a great idea and one to educate your children with. Now, not only is this a great way to be aware of what’s freshest at what time there are also the added environmental and economical benifits of sourcing local produce. Multiple reasons why this a great resource!

Also, check out the recipe competition for new Irish potatoes…I think I may have just the thing….let me see…

Leftover Potato Omelette

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Potato Omlette

Ignoring last weeks indulgence of dining out and continuing with ‘waste not, want not’ theme new potatoes are in season at the moment. Rather than throw the left-overs away they are great to make a really tasty omelette with. Really quick and easy, perfect for a lunchtime snack.

One onion, halved and sliced.
Half a clove of garlic, finely sliced.
Your leftover potatoes, cubed.
Olive oil.
200g grated mature Irish cheddar.
3 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste.

Add some olive Oil to a heated pan. Add the potato and fry at a high enough heat to brown them, remove and set aside. Lower the heat, add a touch more oil and gently fry the onion and garlic until soft. Break the eggs into a bowl and mix. Add the potato and onions to the bowl of egg mixture (do not add the eggs to the pan) and stir. Season to taste. Oil the pan and return the mixture. As the mixture sets you can build up the sides using a spatula, see below. Cover and cook slowly for 10-15mins. When almost cooked top with the cheese (and whatever else you want) and put it under a medium grill.

Yassi’s Lemon Spuds

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Lemon Spuds

As messy-chef is proud to serve and because JD asked nicely then it’s time to post the Lemon Spuds I mentioned in the post about SuperValu doing cheap chicken (pun intended). It’s actually Yassi’s recipe, not mine, so I’ll give her the credit.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Ingredients: (for 2)
5 or 6 potatoes cut into wedges or cubes.
Juice of two lemons
Rind of half a lemon
2 Teaspoons of Thyme
1 Teaspoon of Oregano
6 cloves of Garlic, peeled and cut in two
1 Onion sliced.
1 glass of water

Combine all the ingredients in a dish and mix well. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and bake in the over at 180C for 90mins or until the potatoes are cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on how think the potatoes are cut.

Irish Blog Awards 2009

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

I am delighted to make the Irish Blog Awards Long List of nominees for the best food/drink blog kindly sponsored by Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board). Its a great thrill and I’ve found some great new sites thanks to the list. Here they are, go and check them out:

Start the Day

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I had breakfast in O’Sullivan’s (Sully’s) Bar in Douglas Village recently, mostly on our Saturday morning visits we just have a coffee but the fry is excellent. Proper sausages, not the cheap and nasty deep fried jumbo ones, proper rashers and they put the beans in a little dish so they don’t travel all over your plate and mess up your egg. Top marks to Sully’s.

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Grow Your Own

Monday, June 9th, 2008

It’s mid-June and the sun is shining, perfect for growing. However garden space is tight. I’ve often thought I’d like a place in the country and grow some ‘things’, I’m not green fingered so I’m not sure what type of ‘things’ I’d actually like to grow but the concept sort of appeals to me. The reality is the isolation of the countryside and associated taxi duties driving my kids to this and that would quickly get on my nerves so I think we’ll stay put for a while.

A few years back, during a trip to Woodies, I picked up a small oregano plant and a window box. I never intended to buy them, it was one of those trips where you go in to buy a light bulb and come out with a flat-pack wardrobe. I planted the oregeno and a week later it was still alive. Success! I had beaten my record for goldfish tending. I got brave and added thyme, coriander and rosemary to the mix and they grew in varing degrees. The first winter killed the coriander, the rosemary lasted a year or two and now the oregeno has taken over and is quite big. Only a tiny sprig of thyme remains in the original box surrounded by the ever expanding oregeno. I have since progressed to buying seeds online and have a nice collection of plant pots and window boxes growing herbs. We need more windowsills.

Judging by my own success basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary appear to be easy to grow. Mint is too but I’ll keep that aside as it’s like a weed, it grow almost anywhere. Do not plant this free in your garden, it will take over. The thyme is most widely used as lots of recipies call for thyme, all you need to do is make sure to water thyme, it appears to like water.

I grow basil indoors, in a window box facing south. All you need are seeds, some earth with a bit of compost (maybe half and half), a window box and a watering can. Plant your seeds and you should see them sprout in about a week. Keep the soil damp and they should continue to grow. This time of year it probably takes 4 to 6 weeks to fully mature and that’s that. Fantastic for pesto, making something with ingredients you grew yourself if a real buzz. Try it.

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