Get The Spuds On: It’s National Potato Day Tomorrow

National Potato Day

National Potato Day. Photo: Andres Poveda

Bord Bia, in conjunction with the Irish Potato Federation and the Irish Farmer’s Association, is delighted to welcome the return of National Potato Day tomorrow, Friday 3 October. Much-loved by Irish families for generations, National Potato Day celebrates a reliable favourite that not only tastes delicious and is incredibly versatile, but also provides a naturally healthy option for meal times.

Hands down, potatoes have been at the root of family dinners in Chez McGuire for years. Baked, boiled, fried, chipped, mashed, sauteed, roast or any other way you can cook them up. I’m pretty sure that if you’ve always got a bag of potatoes in the press you’ll either never go hungry or never get bored. Continue Reading →

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Watch: Meet The Roasters Videos #biabeag

Meet The Roasters, Biabeag's coffee roasters event. Photo by Ken McGuire.

Jennifer Ryan, Ferg Brown and Brock Lewin at Meet The Roasters

As the old saying goes, “if you missed it, you missed out”. Such was the case for the Meet The Roasters event at the weekend in Kilkenny with Jennifer Ryan of Ponaire, Ferg Brown of Roasted Brown and Brock Lewin of Badger & Dodo all sharing their backgrounds, stories and collective passions for roasting coffee at Highbank Orchards on Saturday last.

While the GAA have made some good marketing headway with “nothing beats being there”, if you weren’t one of those in attendance, I caught the whole night on tape for playback. Continue Reading →

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5 Ways To Brew Coffee With The AeroPress

Some Badger & Dodo coffee beans waiting to be ground.

Over the past two years I’ve really taken much more of an interest in the production of coffee for my own consumption. I know longer buy jars of coffee or pre-ground coffee, it’s got to be beans, the fresher the better.

I’ve gone from grinding my own beans for use in the Nespresso machine in the kitchen, to the French press, the stovetop espresso pod and more but of late, the AeroPress has been my go-to method for prepping a coffee in the office. After spying one at Ballymaloe Litfest this past summer, Mrs. Any Given Food surprised me with an AeroPress, new grinder and a stash of coffee for the birthday a few months back.

It’s small, lightweight, fits in the laptop bag, cleans really easy but you’re only really making one cup at a time. If you’re new to the AeroPress and wondering what you can do to make your own coffee, or change up how you make your coffee, check out these videos.

Check out the videos after the jump.

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Photos: Meet The Roasters night in Kilkenny with Biabeag

Roasted Brown at Meet The Roasters

Ferg Brown from Roasted Brown (Dublin) was one of three roasters speaking at last night’s Biabeag ‘Meet The Roasters’ event in Kilkenny.

Highbank Orchards last night played host to the latest in a series of ‘meet the maker’ events with, organised by Keith Bohanna.

The Green Stage Room at Highbank has a long family food-related history with the Calder-Potts (those responsible for the finest organic apple syrup around, amongst other cider delights) and was at capacity on Saturday evening for Jennifer Ryan of Ponaire, Ferg Brown of Roasted Brown and Brock Lewin of Badger & Dodo. Continue Reading →

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Biabeag Returns with The Art of Roasting Coffee

Biabeag‘s Meet The Makers series of events is back this month and with thanks to the organisers, I’d like to give two people the chance to attend on Saturday 20 September at no cost. Check below for giveaway details.

Coffee is such a hot topic in the food world at the moment so it’s pretty apt that this month’s gathering of producers draws on those involved in the world of coffee roasting. Continue Reading →

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Podcast 005: The Big Grill Festival

Any Given Food Podcast #005 - The Big Grill Festival

Before the bank holiday weekend I had a chance to catch up with Andy Noonan, one of the festival producers behind this year’s Big Grill Festival taking place in Dublin from 15-17 August. You can also follow the festival on Twitter here.

In this short food podcast we take a look at the festival, what’s going to be happening across the three days and how it all came together. Continue Reading →

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Irish Food Co-op Launches

The Tastefully Yours team pictured at the launch of the Irish Food Co-op in Kilkenny on Friday 25 July 2014.

The Tastefully Yours team pictured at the launch of the Irish Food Co-op in Kilkenny on Friday 25 July 2014.

The idyllic setting of Butler House in Kilkenny was the backdrop for the launch of the Irish Food Co-op on Friday last.

With a physical presence in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, the newly established Irish Food Co-op brings together seven producers from the south east region under a mantra of “one invoice, one contact, one delivery”. Continue Reading →

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The Salt Yard, Kilkenny

A collage of photos from The Salt Yard in Kilkenny including an interior shot, cheese board, mussels and dessert.

The Salt Yard – Kilkenny’s newest restaurant, opened Friday 4 July 2014

Update 21 September 2014: While I appreciate the dozens hundreds of calls and texts that I’ve received to book tables at the Salt Yard, alas, I’m not the restaurant. Read to the end of this post to get the restaurant’s contact details, then tell them I sent you.

The Salt Yard is Kilkenny’s newest restaurant venture, located at the old ESB offices / Halifax bank building (depending on your memory of Kilkenny) on Friary Street, just opposite Rafter Dempsey’s.

The proprietor is Padraig Enright who opened the doors just last Friday so myself and Mrs. Any Given Food did a drive-by early on Saturday morning to get a number for a booking, grabbed a window table for 7pm and hit The Salt Yard to find out what it’s all about. Continue Reading →

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Grogan & Brown Birthday Celebrations in Kilkenny

A 6oz Hereford steak burger from Grogan & Brown that hit my barbecue last week. Delicious.

A 6oz Hereford steak burger from Grogan & Brown that hit my barbecue last week. Delicious.

Since the sun has decided to come out more in the past few weeks, I’ve found myself dropping into Grogan & Brown Artisan Butchers in Kilkenny more often in the past few weeks. Ever the helpful crew, the lads in there are full of chat, advice, tips and offer a really good range of fresh meat, veg and bread, a lot of which is sourced locally in Kilkenny. Continue Reading →

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