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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 […]

Castleruddery Organic Farm

Castleruddery Organic Farm

Castleruddery Organic Farm “Are these lemons waxed or unwaxed” – it’s about five years ago and I’m way out of my comfort zone. I’ve just read in a Darina Allen book that I must use the zest of unwaxed lemons only and I’m having trouble […]

Newbridge Cottage Market

Newbridge Cottage Market

Newbridge Cottage Market Town Hall, Saturday 3rd of June @ 10am There have been many attempts to set up markets in Newbridge over the past few years. George’s St. was home to a weekly food market for just a couple of months after the Newbridge […]

Goodbye to 2016

Goodbye to 2016

2016 was an interesting year for me, to say the least. It was a year of extreme ups and downs, a year of new experiences, a year of intense learning and meeting new people and in tandem, a year of struggling to adjust to a […]

Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

“First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest…!” Last Thursday, I followed my usual evening routine. I go to bed around 7.45 pm, read for awhile (I’m reading Rick Stein’s autobiography at the moment) and try to […]