March was a relatively Kilkenny-focused month for food visits though the bulk cooking to took off at the start of the month meant less of trips out for lunch and dinner. You can follow me on my Foodspotting adventures over here.
Here’s a look at some of the dishes spotted locally last month.
How do you start your St. Patrick’s Day? With the perfect poached egg on a toasted half brown bagel, topped with some chopped fresh parsley, that’s how. Oh, and drizzle some Highbank organic orchard syrup over that bad boy too.
Get your water to boiling point, add some white wine vinegar, stir, add your egg and turn off the heat, letting the egg cook on reducing heat over 2.5 minutes.
The result? One hell of a quick and quality breakfast for a bank holiday Monday.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
THERE MAY be some truth to the notion that people let themselves go a bit after getting married, at least if the past week is anything to go by.
The wedding was Saturday last but I don’t think I’ve cooked dinner at home since at least the 2nd of the month, kicking off the marathon of eating and dining out with a second Christmas dinner with the now in-laws.
There was a pre-wedding tapas night out, followed by all the food across the day in Langton’s, taking in Cleere’s on Sunday, Café Mocha and Hotel Kilkenny on Monday, Zuni on Tuesday, Oldtown Hill, Cafe Sol on Wednesday, The Courtyard, Orange (formerly Yum Café) and Primo on Thursday, The Vintage Tea Rooms on Friday and more breakfast, lunch and dinner out in between. As it happens, breakfast this morning is pretty much the first thing I’ve cooked at home all year.
We decided early on (considering we only spent about 4-5 months trying to organise the wedding) to park a honeymoon (in the going foreign sense of the word) out to later in the year, instead spending time with mates at
home, day-tripping, hanging out in coffee shops and soaking up all that Kilkenny has to offer – pretty much being tourists in our hometown. And you know something? It’s pretty cool.
Granted, I’m pure stuffed after the past week and with another week off to come, I reckon I’ll be well set for a detox come 20 January.
In the meantime though, there’s more food to explore locally, before finding out what London has to offer during the week. Thanks to those who’ve sent tips my way on places to eat. If there’s anything I should be checking out around Picadilly, just shout!
516 calories /
429 fat per portion
And that, as they say, is that. If you do try it out, give me a shout and let me know what you think of the recipe – will be doing similar myself for breakfast this weekend.
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For some time now I’ve been looking at adding to the Foodie Roundup series of posts that go out on a Sunday, spotlighting ten blog posts from Irish food bloggers (or food bloggers based in Ireland). So today, I’m kicking off Blog Bytes, which is similar in style, only it looks at food blogs outside of Ireland for recipes, opinion pieces and the other tasty treats that you would find in the usual Foodie Roundup.
So, for Saturday 3rd March and the first of the Food Bytes reading digest, here’s ten posts from food bloggers outside of Ireland from Saturday 25th February to Friday 2nd March.
That’s it for the first installment of Food Bytes. This blog post series will continue each Saturday through to the end of the year and we’ll see how it goes. I reckon that gives me about 400+ blog posts to shine more of a light on as well. Don’t forget that Foodie Roundup #40, the roundup of Irish food blogs goes out tomorrow morning for your Sunday read. With a Saturday and Sunday digest each week, I think that will be enough for now, don’t you?
In keeping up with last month’s foodspotting roundup for January, here’s a look at some of the dishes I’ve been enjoying at various eateries this past month. You can follow me on Foodspotting.com here.
The Golden Fried Scampi Supreme (above) has to be one of the nicest scampi offerings in Kilkenny. The portion is very sizeable, accompanied by your choice of fries or potato/veg combo if you prefer and a small side salad. I reckon 8/10 times I’m in the Club House, I’m going for the scampi – despite their rather extensive bar menu.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect with this one, but it was quite a tasty combination, served a little chilled and running up at €8.95 on the lunch menu at Kilkenny Design Centre’s Food Hall. Again, the portion size (or slice) is more than enough for one person for lunch and comes with a choice of two side options, in my case going for some mixed leaves and coleslaw. The terrine is part of a new menu that’s been developed for the Food Hall with assistance from Edward Hayden.
At €21.50, I feel the Malaysian Lamb Curry Rendang at Yindees Downtown is a little overpriced as a main course in town on a Friday night but I’m a sucker for a good curry and this is definitely one of them. The lamb is slow cooked, the sauce has a lovely thick consistency to it, driven by lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves and coconut milk, served with a separate dish of gorgeous sticky steamed rice. The Yindees menu also boasts a number of gluten-free dishes though the kitchen itself isn’t a gluten-free kitchen.
You’ll find the Pan Fried Lightly Spiced Lavistown Sausage on the lunchtime menu at Cafe Sol on William Street, Kilkenny. The the sausages produced locally, this is a divine dish, perfect at any time of year. The sausages are served on a bed of spinach mash with confit tomato and roast root vegetables to match. It’s the second time in three months that I’ve had the dish and it was just as good this time around.
This quiche in Cornucopia on Wicklow Street, Dublin last week was the business, as the fella says, at lunchtime. I’d only ever eaten there for breakfast so to sample some of the lunch offerings was a treat. I’m thinking it involved broccoli, couscous and a malaysian salad with walnuts, though I could be mistaken.
The Tomato & Mozarella Tart at the Kilkenny Design Centre (upstairs restaurant) is a lovely option for vegetarians seeking a hot lunch around Kilkenny Castle. Selection will vary from day to day.
Fast food wasn’t too high on the agenda this month but I’ve got to include the Vegas burger here as a highlight over the month. As burgers go, it’s got everything. The burger itself is stuffed with cheese and topped with smoky bacon, fresh red onion, rollo lettuce, more cheese, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, taco sauce in a kaiser bun with a pickle on top. Oh so good.
Last, but by no means least, comes the afternoon tea offering at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Admittedly, I didn’t indulge as having the time for afternoon tea would be a minor miracle but it does look tempting!
Agri-Foods Business Advisors BDO will be hosting a breakfast conference Feb 29th aimed at growth focussed SME’s in the Agri-Foods sector. Speakers confirmed include Glenisk, Enterprise Ireland.
Over the past three months BDO have interviewed key stakeholders in the sector to pinpoint what are the key lessons learned (and the blockages) of those who have achieved growth. BDO will produce the result of this research which includes contributions from Pallas Foods, Nature’s Best, Rosderra, Mr. Crumb and many more in the sector, as well as Bord Bia and the Irish Exporters Association. BDO will also detail contributions from the legal, banking and retail sectors.
Themes for the morning will include
The event will be held in Dublin on the morning of the 29th of February at BDO’s Dublin office at Beaux Lane House, Dublin 2, and a light breakfast will be provided, with networking opportunities prior to the presentations. Attendance is free, however spaces are limited and the target audience is owners/managers of growth orientated SME’s in the Agri-food sector.
If you would like to attend then call Gillian Murtagh on +353 1470 0505 or visit www.BDO.ie for more details.
One of the topics in my ever expanding food notebook to cover here on the blog is a look at what I’ve been spotting month to month. January, amongst a myriad of things, was actually a quiet enough month for the photos that were published, but here’s a few things that might make you hungry…
Many an important decision has been made for The Devious Theatre Company over breakfast, and we made some major 2012 decisions for the theatre company over breakfast at The Fig Tree in Kilkenny this month. Formerly known as Esquires, we were fans of the old regime’s vegetarian breakfasts but opted for The Full Irish here first to see how they stack up to the competition. Turns out they stack up pretty well.
If you’re looking for coffee and WiFi to work by, Mugshot Café on James’ Street is a good bet and that’s where you’ll find this Hazelnut Latte. They’ve also recently opened a new premises on the far side of town and they’re going to be expanding their operations at James’ Street in the not-too-distant future.
Along with the coffee above, you’ll also find these Lemon Squares at Mugshot. They’re gluten free and they’re fantastic. Honestly. They’re definitely not available every day of the week but if they were, you’ll likely see me beating a path to their door Monday to Friday.
The first of two pizza options, the Pizza Connection is without doubt my favourite pizza in Kilkenny, available at The Italian Connection on Parliament Street. On their early bird menu you’ll get it for €10, usually around the €13 or €14 mark outside of early bird hours. Parma ham, fresh rocket, extra garlic… it’s just too good.
Of course, if you’re vegetarian, then you’ll need to be checking out their vegetable pizza. 12″ is pretty much the standard, made fresh, made to order, definitely enough in it for two people or a really ravenous single serving.
As part of a new series for the blog, I’ll be doing a Foodspotting / food photo summary at the end of each month where something new or tasty catches my eye. You can also follow me on Foodspotting.com.
Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday without the Foodie Roundup, and while it’s been an absolutely mental week resulting in a quiet blog week, and I’m about 11 hours late with the post, it’s time to put the feet up! Nothing wrong with getting a bit of evening reading in. Take a timeout this evening (or tomorrow morning if you’re already disconnected) with a selection of posts from this week gone.
Now, to finish off the two week’s worth of blog posts that are sitting here in front of me. In between the juggling of artists residencies, trips to Dublin, a week’s worth of programming and everything else besides, I might have managed a few foodie trips, meals out and cooking. Talk to all y’all tomorrow.
It’s something I never, ever, in a million years thought I would hear myself say, but this morning, on the road to Dublin, I actually missed my porridge. Since I started the cycling back at the end of August my breakfast virtually every morning has been a bowl of porridge. And not just any porridge, but it’s done in a particular way.
Every day. I detested porridge as a child. Couldn’t comprehend why people would eat it in college. Turned my nose up at it when offered it for breakfast at home, despite seeing my father and brother over the years go mad for it before heading off at 8:30am to work. Yet since I’ve started eating it, I can’t go a day without it for breakfast. It’s hot (perfect for the winter), goes great with raisins, it’s ready in a minute, and it doesn’t (contrary to my previous belief) taste like wallpaper paste.
But what if a bowl of porridge a day, or the introduction of oats into your diet could
That’s some power. The previous points come courtesy of FoodForLiving.ie, but that last one is my own and it’s something I’ve found over the past two months of porridge-fuelled starts to the day. I’m no longer looking for a slice of toast or two with the mid-morning tea break, there’s no biscuits in the office, no mid-morning snacks on the table. If anything, I leave the house rather full, as opposed to zipping off to Dublin at 7am in torrential rain with a bottle of water in the passenger seat and some toast on my lap.
Note: Because I didn’t cook up any porridge this morning, I’m absent a picture, so this one (above) comes courtesy of Brad Haynes, is licensed under Creative Commons and can be found here on Flickr.