Simmerings


Travel Essentials

Travel Essentials

When people started taking sun holidays, for many their biggest dread was the food in Spain or the Canaries. We were a far cry from the sophisticated foodies of these times and baggage allowances were very generous. ...

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Dressed to Thrill


What’s with the dressings in your fridge? Do they enhance the taste of the food or are they a total mask? Are they clean and simple, or calorie laden and with unpronounceable ingredients.

Here’s three ideas that are maybe the “Tom...

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Minted!

This time of year it’s lettuces, asparagus, rhubarb and mint that are coming into season. How many people grow mint in their garden and do absolutely nothing with it. And if you’re having lamb this weekend, then, I’m sorry but those...

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Eggceptions

You might be fastidious about eating “clean” food, you might have banished sugar from within ten feet of you, have “Paleod” yourself to a hard abs machine, but I’m urging a splurging. Unlike Christmas, where there’s all manner of sweet...

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Market Allure


Stepping out of work and heading off to the local Irish Village Market on a lovely sunny lunchtime is a “no brainer” but why on earth would people leave their warm, dry workplace to go out in wind and rain to queue a tent? And why...

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Black is the new White


Black is the new White
For the past few years I’ve been pushing the concept that food plays a much bigger role than we imagine in our health. That just as bad food choices will make us ill, specific foods can heal us, depending on what...

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Work on a Very Good Day

Every so often there comes along a peach of a day, and it makes everything worthwhile. Last Friday, I set off on my bike – hadn’t realised there was such a strong wind – to Juliasdale Organic Farm in Lusk, to talk about what...

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Olfactory Heaven

Apologies to Tom Ford, Dior, Chanel and the rest, but, to me, the smell of food on a city street beats any perfume ever.
Walking past a bakery and the waft of fresh loaves, that barbecue-like smell of grill around South William Street,...

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BAD, UGLY & GOOD

BAD, UGLY & GOOD

BAD & UGLY

Last week, halfway through reading a book revealing more of the dreadful practices in the food industry, I just couldn’t resolve my dilemma about what to write and so I didn’t blog at all.  Truthfully, I still don’t know how...

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Crazy is coming, should we cross the street?

I was expecting this blog to be about new food trends in New York, I thought this trip would be peppered with ideas, and I’d be spending the next week driving the Kitchen demented trying to replicate dishes. 

What I have seen is some...

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