From jacking in one career plan to moving into the world of coffee, talking branding, sourcing beans, customer experiences, moving into coffee roasting and much more, Colin’s is a fascinating story absolutely bursting with pride and passion.
Just watch it (here or click Play above).
With over 600 entries already in the bag, this week is your last chance to enter the Fine Dine at Mine All-Island Cookery Competition 2014.
It’s running with the Restaurants Association of Ireland in partnership with St. Angela’s College, Sligo and is open to all students in post-primary schools on the island of Ireland and Youth reach Centres in the Republic of Ireland.
5pm this Friday is the last chance for entries, the competition extended from its previous deadline. Continue Reading
Blessed are the cheesemakers, or at least they will be come Saturday 5 April for the next installment of Biabeag’s Real Food series of events at Highbank Orchard in Kilkenny. Kick off is 6pm and the event runs around 2 hours or so.
Last time out the focus was on real bread and the night proved a roaring success. You can catch my own post on it here. So who’s involved this time?
This time around, it’s all about cheese. Present on the night will be Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith of St Tola: Irish Organic Goat Cheese in Co. Clare. There’s a lovely writeup in the McKenna’s Guides which goes like ““The West Clare land is reflected in the cheeses,” she said, but it would be more accurate to say that she is able to get the cheeses to reflect the West Clare land, that rainy, boggy, beautiful part of the country. With every piece of St Tola you get stored-up sunshine, and stored-up rainfall, and stored-up nature. The cheeses can seem to taste entirely elemental, for Ms ni Ghairbhith uses organic methods, and doesn’t pasteurise her milk. Nothing gets in the way of bringing grass and nature and naturalness into the cheeses.”
Tom Burgess of Coolattin Cheddar (mature raw milk cheddar), Co. Wicklow joins the fold as a producer of mature raw milk cheddar. Tom’s route is ‘pasture to cheddar the same day’ and has been producing top quality milk from his pasture fed cows in Tullow for twenty years. Read more about Tom’s process here.
Completing the trio on stage will be Knockdrinna’s Helen Finnegan, based in Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny. If you’ve never tried any of the Knockdrinna range, start with the Snow and work your way out from there, it’s an ever-present in the fridge at Chez McGuire.
What happens on the night will be anyone’s guess, but you’re going to get to hear the stories behind three passionate food producers and likely get to sample their goods. There’s also a chance to stock up on supplies too, both from the producers and from Highbank who have some kick ass syrups and ciders.
The first night brought such a good buzz about the room at Highbank, the producers lively, engaging and honest in sharing the stories that have got them to where they are today.
If you want to be in the audience for the night, grab a ticket here. They’re only a fiver, are *very* limited, so don’t go leaving things to the last minute to grab a ticket.
In a nutshell: a night of stories and sampling with some of Ireland’s leading cheesemakers, in Kilkenny, for a fiver, on Saturday 5 April. Job done.
The week was going so well right up to the point where the wisdom teeth and modern forms of torture that it brings started kicking in. Scrap food, eating out, anything that has involved opening my mouth any more than a half inch at a time. My plans for some new chicken and beef dishes for this week’s blog entries may hold off for another few days yet.
It doesn’t change the reading though, so here’s ten posts you may have missed this past week from other food bloggers and food media.
January is done and dusted. There was a lot of food involved, reading lists rebuilt, old projects revisited, food events attended and then some. It’s four weeks since the wedding and already it feels like the year is off to an accelerated start. With work caught up on, there’s plenty more time for reading these days so here’s another 10 posts and articles from food bloggers and food media you may have missed this past week.
Got a new blog to add to the reading list? Leave your link in the comments area below or introduce yourself by email to email@example.com.
We’re at the end of the month and looking back through the archive on the phone and via Foodspotting.com, there’s no doubting it was a food-filled month. Here’s a look back in pictures of some dishes tried out and about in Kilkenny, Dublin and London over the course of the month.
When in London and presented with a Lebanese restaurant the moment you step off the tube, sure you may as well. They also make a mean apple, ginger and mint juice.
These lime and chilli marinated prawns in a tempura batter with wasabi dressing clock in around €7.95 on the starter menu. Just keep them coming. Continue Reading
Chinese New Year is upon (tomorrow as it happens) and with it comes heaps of supermarket promos, ads and recipes popping up all over the web. You’ll get your discounts on sauces, free woks with a few packets of rice and (as it has already started here), the cursory text messages from your local Chinese takeaway touting offers on starters, four-in-ones and other dishes to mark the occasion.
It’s also the year of the horse, but you won’t see me tracking down horse recipes. What I have gathered are a bunch of starters and mains from a handful of recipe websites that might give you some inspiration to cook at home, also giving you something to do with the free wok you may have picked up in certain supermarkets this week. Continue Reading
Saturday night marked the first in a series of Biabeag events, lead by Keith Bohanna, introducing makers from various food production backgrounds. While the likes of icecream, cider, coffee, chocolate and more are planned for the months ahead, the first event was focused entirely on bread, #realbread at that. Continue Reading
The weeks aren’t long in flying, this being the last Sunday in January. Later today I’ll have some photos and notes up on last night’s first Meet The Makers event with Biabeag at Highbank Farm. The focus was all on #realbread, the content superb and the whole evening a real treat for bread fans.
To go along with your Sunday breakfast or brunch, here’s ten reads from the past week that you may have missed.
Have you started food blogging in 2014? Drop me a line or leave a comment below with a link to your blog to get added to the reading list.
You know the joy you get when you hit something right, first time? That was the case with these bad boys, whipped up last week when the time actually permitted to do some baking in the house. Outside of bread, Mrs. Any Given Food takes care of the baking end of things and I the cooking end of things but I’ll be returning for these the first chance I get.
Note: Scroll down if you want to get a look at the finished product.
Initially I had planned on making some banana bread, as you do, but there was an offer on bakeware in SuperValu on the day, I wind up coming home with some muffin tins and the rest goes from there. Continue Reading