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Remembering David Tiernan

I’ve been working late tonight, filing my wine column copy before I head away for a break in the new year, listening to the melancholy sounds of Blue of the Night on Lyric, sipping a drop of Priorat wine and snacking on Glebe Brethan cheese with my boyfriend’s sister’s home-made green tomato chutney. The chutney tastes even better with the knowledge that it is one of just a few precious jars made from this year’s crop. But the cheese is particularly precious. Though still available in the likes of Sheridan’s, it won’t be for long. Its producer, the late, great cheesemaker David Tiernan, tragically passed away all too early this year… Below is what I wrote about Glebe Brethan 11 months before his untimely death for a St Patrick’s Day focus on winners of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild Food Awards 2012. It is followed by an edited version of what I wrote for Food & Wine Magazine after his death. 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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Blooming good blue cheeses

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish” (we are told, and I don’t think he meant of the Ballymaloe variety) “the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liver slices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencod’s roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys…” Read the rest of this entry

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