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Aoife’s Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist

It’s that time of year when everyone’s writing lists and checking them twice. My hairdresser has all her presents bought (well, 42 of them) and wrapped. I know: it’s not even December yet, for jeebus-jumpers sake! So, I’ve made a list too. My very own wishlist of what I would love to receive from family, friends or enemies looking to lure me into a false sense of security. I’ll admit that some of them are more realistic than others, but a girl can but dream. So, in no particular order, here follows my Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist (as it appeared in IMAGEdaily, only with links, and some pix in case my words don’t cut it for you)… Read the rest of this entry

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Last minute cookbooks

It’s the 11th hour. Almost literally.

If you’re one of those people who’s thinking, I really should get up out of bed and go buy some Christmas presents, well here’s my brief Top Five Cookbooks of 2012 to guide your way through those last minute Christmas shoppers. Read the rest of this entry

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A sweet pair of Irish cookbooks

They couldn’t be more different, and yet each in their own way are a nice little snapshot of who we are, where we’ve come from, and the kind of cakes we’ve come to know and love along the way.

And as cookbooks that focus largely – if not both fully – on the recently re-embraced art of baking, both are perfect stocking fillers for a budding baker you know and love this Christmas. Read the rest of this entry

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What’s your kinda Irish food?

My pal emailed me from Barcelona.

Hola hola! (she said, twice)… I need to cook simple Irish dinner for some Argentinian friends. (They’re great cooks so I’m nervous!) Any suggestions?

The challenge of it. The waves of doubt, of cultural inferiority. I was nervous on her behalf, on our collective national behalf. Read the rest of this entry

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Last minute cookbooks

I’m feeling a little smug, having just finished my Christmas shopping. This is extraordinarily organised of me, what with there being at least 28 hours to go before the shops shut up. If you’re more like the usual me, and still wondering when you’re going to fit in a spot of shopping, here’s some last minute ideas for Chrimbo books. Read the rest of this entry

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A totally cheesey Christmas

If you – like me – are still wondering where to start your Christmas shopping, you could consider cutting to the cheese and making your local cheesemonger your one-stop Christmas shop.

There are now over 50 Irish farmhouse cheese-makers creating over 140 different styles of cheese – many of them truly world class, as their recent success at the British Cheese Awards proved. One newcomer to the market produced in Waterford by Helen Finnegan of Knockdrinna Cheese, Kilree goats’ cheese was crowned Supreme Champion and several others picked up Gold, including the wonderful Bellingham Blue, a raw milk cheese for true blue lovers. Read the rest of this entry

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Charitable cookbooks

How much would you spend on a cookbook? And would it make a difference if there was a charity involved?

It’s been a busy week for cookbook launches Read the rest of this entry

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