A Wild Dinner at Inishbofin House Hotel

Ever have a soft poached egg, then fried and served over shredded ham? Neither did I until last night, and it's unreal.

Ever have a soft poached egg, then fried and served over shredded ham? Neither did I until last night, and it’s unreal.

So, Monday night was an eye opener to the ‘west west’ of Ireland as I like to call it. That point where you’ve reached Galway and just keep on driving, all the way through Connemara, through Clifden, on to Creggan, park up, have a pint in the sun, then hop the ferry to Inishbofin for the night. Continue Reading →

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Video: Oustanding By Design – Katu Honey #biabeag

The clearing out of the Oustanding By Design video backlog continues with this presentation on Katu Honey. You can check other videos on Gubbeen, Giles Calver speaking on What Is Packaging Design and Paddy O’s Granola.

The model for Value-Added in Africa is to help groups move from an aid based model to a trade based model to help develop their brands and products.

In this latest video from the Biabeag event Outstanding By Design, you’ll hear from Value-Added in Africa’s Kristina Moody along with Navigate By Design’s Laura Macauley who discuss the brand development of Uganda’s Ka Tutandike to what is now Katu Honey.

A separate audio release via iTunes will follow this week.

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Video: Outstanding By Design – Gubbeen #biabeag

I’ve finally managed to start shifting the backlog of Outstanding By Design videos from the Biabeag food event of the same name held earlier this month.

In this video you’ll hear the story of Gubbeen, based in West Cork, through Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen and long time design-and-brand partner, Lorenzo Tonti.

Their story and the development of the brand over the past decade is an interesting and enduring one and you can take it all in in under 40 minutes. A separate audio release will follow this week.

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Lemon & Garlic Wholegrain Rice with Kale, Raisins & Pinenuts

Garlic & Lemon Wholegrain Rice with Kale, Raisins and Pinenuts

Garlic & Lemon Wholegrain Rice with Kale, Raisins and Pinenuts

Myself and Mrs. Any Given Food have been following some of The Vegetarian Society’s recipes for National Vegetarian Week and Thursday came with a slight exception. Not realising it, the Thursday option was for a series of sides to go along with a pie, presuming of course that pies are your thing. While I’ll happily digest one, the pastry end isn’t totally herself’s cup of tea and with it being my night to cook, it needed a shakeup. Continue Reading →

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Cork and Kerry Food Forum returns in June

Cork & Kerry Food Forum returns this June

Cork & Kerry Food Forum returns this June

The Cork & Kerry Food Forum, which first took place in October 2012, has announced a return for next month with the event now open to the public and being free to attend.

City Hall in Cork is the venue for this year’s Food Forum, taking place on 30 June, the event providing a showcase for artisan produce from all over Cork and Kerry. There’s plenty of tastings and demonstrations in store from cheese producers, meat, fish, farm fresh herbs and the likes.

While the tasting and demos are one side, the Food Forum brings with it a conference for food producers, addressing opportunities in food retail, consumer trends and the new Food Academy Start programme, a joint initiative being led by Bord Bia, SuperValu and Local Enterprise Offices in Cork and Kerry (what would have been the County Enterprise Boards).

There’s a ‘meet the buyer’ event, along with the conference taking place in the first part of the day from 9am to 1pm with the Food Forum open to the public from 1pm onwards. City Hall in Cork can be contacted via CorkCity.ie.

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Refried Beans

Refried Beans for National Vegetarian Week

Refried Beans for National Vegetarian Week

Refried Beans – a staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, so easy to prepare, crammed full of flavour and rather filling whatever way you serve them up. We were at the midway point of the working week last night and next up on the menu, this time from the Vegetarian Society in the UK, was this treat of a refried beans recipe which also doubled out as lunch for today (the leftover Bombay Dosa made for a fine breakfast too).

This dish comes together in under five minutes for your prep and can be on the table in less than 20 minutes in total. It makes for a great quick lunch, is an ideal way to use up any kidney beans you may have knocking around in the kitchen larder and give you a nice injection of Tex-Mex style cuisine in your week. Read on for the recipe… Continue Reading →

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Bombay Dosas: Vegetarian & Vegan Goodness

Bombay Dosa for National Vegetarian Week

Bombay Dosa for National Vegetarian Week

Tuesday night was round 2 for 2014′s National Vegetarian Week (running in both Ireland and the UK – see yesterday’s recipe here) and it brought about some Bombay dosas, for all the world, pancake made with green curry paste in the batter, filled with bombay style baby potatoes, tomato and onion and served with a chickpea korma sauce on the side. Continue Reading →

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The Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat

I do like a good infographic, and the folks at FinancesOnline.com have put together this tasty, and lengthy, infographic detailing the companies that own the food that you buy. While it’s very US focused, you’ll recognise a lot of what’s listed below from Irish supermarket shelves.

Grocery Shopping Manipulation: Disturbing Data On How Big Food Companies Create The Illusion of Free Choice

And people wonder why it’s hard for the small producer to get a look in at times.

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Wholewheat Aubergine Lasagne

Aubergine Lasagne with a tomato, black olive and beetroot salad

Aubergine Lasagne with a tomato, black olive and beetroot salad

Seeing herself (Mrs. Any Given Food) post to Facebook yesterday that – and this a very public statement, mind – she would have dinner ready on and waiting when I got home from work, and that I would eat every bit of it, was a rare treat to behold. Not that she would be cooking, but to make a statement like that is a bold move.

It was in comment to the post yesterday on National Vegetarian Week which is running in Ireland and the UK until this coming Sunday. Driving ourselves to cook at home for the week and wind up with a dinner and lunch for the following day, the good lady took up the challenge last night, starting things off with a wholewheat aubergine lasagne accompanied by a tomato, black olive and beetroot salad. Continue Reading →

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