Do you like to cook? Are you any good at it? Well hallelujah if so, as a possible ticket out of Broke City, Recessionland has come our way. Yep, the long-awaited and much heralded Masterchef Ireland has come to town, and the production company behind it are actively seeking...Read More
You have up until this evening to go for the Monday-Wednesday offers, the best of which include half price Aubergine and €1.49 Rindless Back Bacon Rashers. 2 for €3 on Tropicano is good value as well if you’re into the brands (Aldi’s ‘not from concentrate’ are great alternatives) and...Read More
I made this for my Mother-in-Law on Mother’s Day, as she’s partial to a bit of brack. To me, it looks like a slice of freshly hewn bog peat, but to many a household in Ireland it’s a must-have with a cup of tea in the afternoon. None of...Read More
It's probably a sign that I over-think things just a little that when I saw the title "Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day" over on the IFBA's website
I wondered would I have to pay for the ice-cream inside. Hyper-analytical? Moi?
The good news is, nope, it's just...Read More
So, hands up who was a bit tipsy filling out the census last night? Go on, admit it. Judging by Twitter and Facebook, that’d be most of us then. Although I’m quite sure there were excellent statistical reasons for doing so, I’m not entirely sure it was the...Read More
I love to read about the very many success stories that often filter back to the home turf of Irish people ‘done good’ abroad. One such trickle of news came via Twitter this week, and centred around a Rachel Gaffney
, formerly of Cork, now a resident of Texas,...Read More
Def: referring to time when Ms Gastronomics attempted to make homemade pasta at home in Mr Gastronomic’s spotlessly clean house. Flour, eggs, water, and carpet do not a good combination make.
Origin: 2009 Irl
Seriously. This has entered the vocabulary of my house. My little foray into homemade pasta-making actually led...Read More
My new fixation of late is Riesling, as the warm sunny evenings we’re miraculously enjoying cry out for a glass of something crisp and dry. So, emboldened by the surprisingly enjoyable bottle of Riesling
for just €5.49 in Lidl I rashly decided that all wine from the...Read More
This is another one from that great Indian recipe book I picked up in Tk Maxx for a few bob, ‘Indian – a collection of over 100 essential recipes’ by Parragon. I really must get around to writing a review about it, as it’s been an excellent go-to book...Read More
The last thing I can ever remember winning was a bag of coal when I was four. Yep, I was the pint-sized, pig-tailed envy of Junior Infants as you can imagine. However, I am happy to declare that the calibre of prizes has improved over the last twenty-two years...Read More