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Simple Sunday Breakfast

Real bread, real butter, real coffee. A nice way to start a Sunday morning.

Real bread, real butter, real coffee. A nice way to start a Sunday morning.

Sometimes it’s just the simple things that make a Sunday morning breakfast all the worth while. In this case, it’s real bread (some Arbutus Bread multiseed sourdough), real butter, and a fresh coffee to kick things off before 8am.

Enjoying spending Sunday morning enjoying some of the purchases from Litfest yesterday – there’s a photo post to come later today with that too but breakfast had to be shared.

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Foodspotting: Dishes Spotted In March

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.

Nut Loaf at Chapter House Tea Rooms

Nut Loaf at Chapter House Tea Rooms

There was the nutloaf at the Chapter House Tea Rooms; a really tasty (and gluten free) lunch option. Continue Reading →

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Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Poached Egg

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 perfect St. Patrick's Day poached egg, with parsley. All of the Ps covered.

The perfect St. Patrick’s Day poached egg, with parsley. All of the Ps covered.

The result? One hell of a quick and quality breakfast for a bank holiday Monday.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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It’s Been A Week Of Eating

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.

Spring Rolls at Springhill

Spring Rolls at Springhill

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.

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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.

Goats Cheese Tartlet at Cafe Mocha

Goats Cheese Tartlet at Cafe Mocha

Foodworks, Campagne and one or two others are still on the list for the week to come.

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.

Breakfast at the Courtyard Bar & Grill

Breakfast at the Courtyard Bar & Grill

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.

Vintage Café Latte at The Vintage Tea Rooms

Vintage Café Latte at The Vintage Tea Rooms

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!

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Rachel Allen’s Poached Eggs Benedict with quick Hollandaise

Rachel Allen's Poached Eggs Benedict

Serves 4
516 calories /
429 fat per portion


  • 4 fresh eggs
  • 4 slices hot buttered toast
  • 8 rashers bacon, grilled
  • 4 tbsp Hollandaise sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives

For the Hollandaise sauce

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 110g (4oz) Kerrygold butter, now softer, cut in to roughly 1cm (½ inch) dice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Method – Hollandaise sauce

  1. First make the hollandaise sauce. Place the egg yolks in a heavy bottomed saucepan on a low heat and whisk thoroughly
  2. Add the butter bit by bit whisking all the time. As soon as one piece melts add the next. Do not leave the pan or stop whisking
  3. Keep cooking very gently until the sauce has thickened, enough to coat the back of a spoon. If there are any signs of the eggs slightly scrambling, remove from the heat immediately. The whole process should take 5-7 minutes from start to finish.
  4. Finally add the lemon juice to taste. Keep warm as you poach the eggs.

Method – Poached eggs

  1. Place a saucepan of water on a high heat, add a splash of vinegar and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer, gently crack in the eggs and cook for 3–4 minutes or until the whites have just set.
  3. Carefully remove the eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon.
  4. To serve, place two pieces of bacon on the hot buttered toast, then place 1 egg on top. Spoon over the sauce and sprinkle with chives.

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.

For more recipes from Rachel download the Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book

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Food Bytes #1

Food Bytes #1

Food Bytes #1: 10 tasty blog posts from international food bloggers from February 26 to March 2 2012.

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?

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Foodspotting In February

Golden Fried Scampi

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.

Pork & Chicken Terrine

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.

Malaysian Lamb Curry Rendang

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.

Pan Fried Lavistown Sausage

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.

Cornucopia Quiche

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.

Tomato & Mozarella Tartlet

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.

The Vegas Burger

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.

Afternoon Tea at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

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!

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Agri-Food Breakfast Briefing with BDO, February 29th

Agri-Food Breakfast Briefing

Agri-Food Breakfast Briefing, hosted by BDO in Dublin on February 29th next.

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

  • Growth strategies
  • Funding
  • Government support
  • Innovation
  • Brand Development
  • Product Differentiation
  • Internationalising Your Business

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.

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Foodspotting in January

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…

Breakfast at The Fig Tree

Breakfast at The Fig Tree in Kilkenny.

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.

Hazelnut Latte

Hazelnut Latte at Mugshot in Kilkenny

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.

Lemon Squares at Mugshot Café

Lemon Squares at Mugshot Café in Kilkenny

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.

Pizza Connection at the Italian Connection

Pizza Connection at the Italian Connection in Kilkenny

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.

Vegetable Pizza at Italian Connection in Kilkenny

Vegetable Pizza at Italian Connection in Kilkenny

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.

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