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Pop-Up Restaurant at Firmount House

Pop-Up Restaurant at Firmount House

The Kinneagh Kitchen at Firmount House Firmount House is a beautiful old house located just outside of Clane, Co. Kildare. Owners Eilín and David have done a magnificent job renovating the downstairs area into several dining rooms and a well equipped kitchen. The house has […]

An Pláta Beag

An Pláta Beag

An Pláta Beag “Life without Tapas, is like a heart without love.” – B.K.S. Iyengar Small, sharing plates of food are nothing new. Tapas are thought to date back to the 13th Century in Spain while Meze can be traced right back to Ancient Persia. […]

Tenerife – April 2018

Tenerife – April 2018

Tenerife We do it every year. Just after Easter we head off as a family for a few days. In a time of busy lives, foster siblings and numerous other distractions, it’s nice to get away for a few days with the family. This year […]

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife Restaurant Recommendations During our recent holiday in Tenerife (blog post here), it would be fair to say we ate like royalty. Restaurants are exceptionally reasonable and, barring the odd mediocre meal, pretty good quality. Here are three of my favourites: Sal Negra, Los Cristianos […]

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

“Jaysus, I’d love a goose…..” “It brings me back to when I was a young fella.” I don’t consider my granddad an emotional man so the hint of a tear in his eye is quite surprising. I’m not long finished at Ballymaloe Cookery School and, […]

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables It’s Sunday. Sundays for us were all about routine. My Dad would get up pretty early and fire up the grill. My Mam wouldn’t be too far behind him while my brother and I would be calmly […]

Moyleabbey Organic Farm

Moyleabbey Organic Farm

Moyleabbey Organic Farm Located close to the picturesque Quaker village of Ballitore, Co. Kildare, Moyleabbey Organic Farm (website) has been going from strength to strength since been set up from scratch little over a decade ago. Liam Ryan eventually took the plunge having spent time […]

Review: L’Ostrica Ubriaca, Lecce, Italy

Review: L’Ostrica Ubriaca, Lecce, Italy

L’Ostrica Ubriaca It’s our first evening in Lecce. Having just completed a ten hour journey, we’re tired and in no mood to walk into the city. Luckily our host, Stefania has recommended a few restaurants, one of which is just around the corner. After a […]

Puglia, August 2017 – Lecce

Puglia, August 2017 – Lecce

Ali and I have visited lots of Italian cities in the middle and north of the country over the past few years (Rome, Florence, Bologna, Pisa, Turin), so we felt it was time to explore the southern regions! Originally I was researching a holiday in […]

The Toxic Bean

The Toxic Bean

The Toxic Bean I’m sitting in the pub sipping on my third pint on a quiet Tuesday evening. It’s been a good night, catching up with an old friend and watching Liverpool destroy Bayern Munich in the pre-season Audi Cup. Suddenly I’m not well, my […]