Book Review: Raw Food French Style

Raw Food French Style - Out Now

Raw Food French Style – Out Now

Raw Food French Style by Delphine de Montalier was released in hardback last month and I’ve been carrying it around in my bag for weeks – literally carrying it for weeks. David Japy’s photos within Raw Food French Style are enough to keep me coming back, just to see how certain dishes have been lit, staged, positioned and arranged (Elodie Rambaud is the stylist for the book) and having written several cook books in French (Fish & Fish, Les petits legumes and Tarte maison), Raw Food French Style is De Montalier’s first book translated to English. Continue Reading →

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Meet The (Craft) Brewers in Kilkenny on June 7

Meet The Brewers

Meet The Brewers – Saturday 7 June in Kilkenny

Update Tuesday 3 June: Word in via email this evening that the Meet The Brewers event for this weekend has been cancelled. Ticket refunds are underway for those who bought tickets but it also means the giveaway for tickets will now be scrapped. Here’s what would have happened on the night and what may happen on a future date…

Three of Ireland’s much loved craft breweries will be represented at Meet The Brewers, the next Biabeag event in Kilkenny on Saturday 7 June out at Highbank Orchards. With the surge in interest in craft beer in Ireland, if you’re interested in heading along, I’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for the night as well (it is a limited ticket-only event), but first, here’s who you’ll get to meet.

8 Degrees Bottle shot

Eight Degrees, Mitchelstown

While I’ve yet to sample Eight Degrees draught, it’s proven quite the popular addition to restaurants and bars in Kilkenny in bottle form. Started by a Kiwi and an Aussie and based in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, their Howling Gale Ale is one of the most enjoyable on the market at present. Foodwriter and broadcaster Caroline Hennessy (of Bibliocook) is also part of the 8 Degrees fold. FYI, Caroline has been known to make some awesome Knockmeal Down Porter (one of the Eight Degrees brews) brownies.

White Gypsy, Templemore

Based in Templemore, White Gypsy opened their brewery doors in August 2009, picking up awards for the best lager in Ireland in its first year. Offering a Ruby Irish Red Ale (4.6%) and a Blond Weissbeer (4%) along with a selection of bottled beers, Cuilan Loughnane will be on hand on Saturday night to provide the backstory to his path through brewing in Ireland and that of the White Gypsy Brewery.

Metalman, Waterford

When it comes to craft draught, I love a good pint of Metalman Pale Ale and they’ve been my go to ‘on tap’ since coming across Metalman Alternator in Waterford in 2012 (plus they’ve got a tap at Brewery Corner in Kilkenny so that helps). Gráinne Walsh will be on hand on saturday to share the Metalman story having opened their doors in the old sail factory in Waterford’s Tycor estate a few years ago. There’s a link there too between White Gypsy and Metalman with Cuilan having brewed Gráinne and Tim’s first batches of Metalman Pale Ale while their own brewery was going under construction, that in itself should make for interesting conversation on how (technically) competitiors are working together to support the industry.

Get tickets & more information

Tickets are priced €8 each for the night which will kick off at 6pm in Highbank Orchards and continue until around 8pm. You can buy your tickets here, or take a chance on winning some tickets below!

Win a pair of tickets to Meet The Brewers

I’ve got four tickets to give away in two pairs and if you’re up for a trip to meet these craft brewers in Kilkeny on June 7, hear their story and sample their wares, simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite craft beer is (and it doesn’t need to be one of the aforementioned producers!)

Open to ROI residents only, you must be available to travel on the night, entrants must be over 18. Competition closes 6pm Wednesday 4 June, winners announced and contacted shortly after.

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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

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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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