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Winding Down 2014, Ramping Up 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Well, that was a quick year.

Honestly, 2014 has to be one of the quickest years I’ve ever experienced. It’s been a food-filled, pants-expanding kind of year that’s been packed with some huge changes in love, life, business and writing.

Kicking Off With A Bang

2014 was always going to kick off with a bang when Ms. Any Given Food became Mrs. Any Given Food on 4 January and things kind of snowballed from there. I think getting married put a different perspective on all things work and play, the former overruling the latter on many occasions which should be a lot better balanced in 2015.

Married life has brought with it an ton of fun meals out (something we’ve always enjoyed) but also a huge increase in home cooking, with Mrs. Any Given Food also finding her bakers touch, turning out a wild array of cakes and treats which have contributed to that pants-expanding feel to the year.

Getting Out And About

2014 was a great year for events. The second coming of Ballymaloe Litfest was just as good as the first, the Biabeag events in Kilkenny drew many a food lover to the Marble City, I managed some restaurant & hotel trips, cooking nights, festivals and more.

Not enough as I would have liked, but certainly enough to satisfy the cravings.

Slowing Down

Looking back at the Any Given Food archives for 2014, things notably slowed down around August 2014, which is the point in the year where work ramped up. The Kilkenny Arts Festival was kicking off, So Kilkenny had its soft launch which meant rather than sitting at restaurants I was on the sidelines of matches, covering local news, filming gigs, writing more articles in four months about Kilkenny and its going ons than I had about food all year.

Couple a trip to the Dublin Fringe Festival with Devious Theatre in September in with producing a 20-part radio comedy series (due for broadcast early 2015) and a return to the stage with War Of Attrition throughout December and the latter stages of the year meant taking the foot off a lot of things food related and in particular, Any Given Food.

All of that too before the day job took off at a rate of knots into the end of the year.

Moving Into 2015

Moving into 2015, however, and the diary is already filling up with food events. So Kilkenny is under control with a team behind it, and while I’ve plenty enough planned out for Any Given Food and food writing in 2015, I’m also commencing work on another publication in January, more on that in due course.

I’ll be out and about with the camera and recording gear in 2015 again for the next round of Biabeag events and after producing a small number of food-related podcasts during 2014, I should be starting the 2015 series of podcasts off again in February combining food chats and recordings from food events.

I’m pretty sure that Any Given Food turns five in 2015 as well so it will be good to be on game and more focused on food writing. You can just hear the resolutions starting to creep out of me now…

Finally, A Thanks

At the end of it all, we’re drawing a line under 2014 and I think if there was ever a year of transition on all fronts for me, it was this one.

Thanks to all who’ve made contact on all matters food over the course of 2014 and wherever you go and whatever you do in 2015, may you knock the hell out of it.

I know I will.

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Sunday Reads: 30 March 2014

March has all but come and gone, we’re a quarter the way through the year, and summer time (at least in terms of how the clocks go anyway) has officially started.

Late in the day and all as it is – let’s just call this the late edition – here’s a selection of reads you may have missed this past week from other Irish and international food bloggers and writers.

Got something to share? Drop me a line or introduce yourself via email by popping a note to You can also find more stories during the week over at or follow @anygivenfood on Twitter.

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Any Given Food’s Sunday Reads: 23 March 2014

The Sunday morning coffee has been had, there’s a few miles done on the bike, the sun is out splitting the stones (for the moment anyway) and breakfast is working away on the oven is done and dusted. It also means there’s another week over and a new one about to begin. If you’re looking for something to read over your own Sunday breakfast, get the kettle on and take in these ten posts from other Irish and international food bloggers with a smattering of food media in the mix.

Got your own story to share? Drop me an email to say hello – or say ‘hi’ on Twitter over at @anygivenfood.

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Sunday Reads: March 16 2014

It’s the bank holiday weekend, Ireland will be covered in all manner of green things from tomorrow but if you’re taking ten or fifteen minutes out for yourself on the first long weekend of the year, here’s ten posts from other food bloggers and food media that you may have missed this past week.

Want to suggest a new blog for the reading list? Drop me a line or introduce yourself via email to

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Sunday Reads #8: Frugal Food, Fancy Buns & Craft Beer

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.

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Sunday Reads #7: Fancy Toast, Salad Recipes & Grocery Hikes

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

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Sunday Reads #6: Blogging, Signature Dishes For Kids & Chinese New Year Recipes

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.

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Sunday Reads #5: Contact Lenses for Diabetics, New Food Trends

I’ve been on an extended holiday post-wedding that comes to a close today. As such, I’ve managed to read books, immerse myself in blog posts, clean out the RSS feeds and get back to basics. Also, this is largely fuelled to me having finally – finally – replaced the iPad nicked on holiday last year. Hopefully these will be a bit more regular for 2014. To kick things off then, here’s ten reads from the week gone by that you may have missed from other Irish food bloggers and food media.

If there’s any new blogs out there or blog feeds that you’d like to suggest, just leave a comment below.

From The Press

I’ve also set up a separate resource over the past week or so for press releases that come through via email. I’ve been looking to remove straight up press releases from the blog for 2014 so I’ve parked them here at the Any Given Food Press Centre. Sure enough, they might trigger something for an article on the blog, or for other folk as well.

You can subscribe to the press release feed (for only press releases) here: and you can submit your own press or PR content by emailing

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Sunday Reads #3: Bitcoin for food, food trends and holiday foods

There’s been loads happening in the world of food this past week, so here’s ten stories you may have missed as part of this week’s Sunday Reads.

Got a story of your own to share? I’d love to hear about it. Drop a note in the comments or pop an email to

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Sunday Reads #2: Organic Food Prices, Raw Food & Starting A Veg Garden

Sunday Reads for November 10th

After two full days in the recording studio, and two more still to go, Sunday’s reads are evening reads. Here’s ten stories from the past week that you may have missed. Anything you’re looking forward to this week?

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