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Mon, 19 June 2017 Talking vegetarianism

I don’t talk about it terribly much, but I’ve been a vegetarian for twenty years at this point. Recently, I was invited onto The Culinary Muse radio show on Kinvara FM, hosted by Anna O’Donnell, to chat about vegetarianism, as well as playing some themed music on the subject.
You can listen to it online now.

It [...]

Fri, 01 April 2016 April Fool’s Banana Bread

Discovering there was a surfeit of bananas in the house today I decided to bake banana bread. I don’t bake often, and when I do it tends to be straightforward items. I’m not one for elaborate bakes and fancy icing, although I appreciate the efforts of those who do.
This weekend is starting off damp and [...]

Sun, 20 April 2014 Easter eggs

Since I’m not religious, don’t like chocolate, and I’m a freelancer Easter doesn’t loom large in my calendar as an important holiday. However, the weather has been marvellous this year, and people are in rare good humour, so there’s been a great vibe – plus the Galway Food Festival is on so the city is [...]

Fri, 14 June 2013 made in Japan

One of the most-used appliances in our kitchen is our rice cooker. We got our first one about ten years ago and never looked back. You just add rice and water and let it do the job. When your rice is cooked (always properly), it will also keep it warm for you. It means you [...]

Wed, 17 April 2013 favourite coffee mugs

I drink a lot of hot drinks throughout the day, coffee and herbal teas mostly. I have a wide variety of mugs I like to use, and a couple of strange rules have arisen.
First, most of my mugs are strictly divided into coffee or tea mugs. There’s no cross-contamination between the two. There is only [...]

Thu, 11 April 2013 eat your veggies

I’ve been a vegetarian now for about sixteen years, and for many of them I’ve not been a fan of salads.
That’s because what constitutes a salad in a restaurant used to be browning iceberg lettuce (flavourless), chunks of raw onion (not a fan), tomato, and if you were lucky, cucumber.
Yet, recently I’ve been converted [...]

Wed, 02 November 2011 tasty Wednesday

It’s been a pretty productive day, but I’ve work yet to do.
So a rare treat from Sweetie Pies in Galway, along with a doppio espresso to cut through the sugar and fuel the rest of my evening.

Mon, 13 June 2011 espresso day

I don’t normally fuel my day on an espresso, but this little cup is a new purchase and it demanded use!
It’s a piece of Paul Maloney Pottery, and I bought it because when I picked it up I felt like Goldilocks finding the perfect bed: it was a natural, comforable fit.
It’s as if the potter [...]

Thu, 09 December 2010 hot ginger

This is a picture of a hot glass of Rochester Ginger. I’m currently addicted to it.
You can buy Rochester Ginger in any health food shop in Ireland, and I’m sure it’s widely available in the UK where it is made. It claims to be a ‘Dickensian recipe’, by which I assume it means Victorian, [...]

Sun, 21 November 2010 spiral spud

The Galway Christmas Market opened in Eyre Square on Friday, and I went in for a gander yesterday. It seems to be hugely popular and busy. There are stalls and stands from people selling goods and food from all over Europe. It also has a Beer Castle, styled after the German Beer Halls, which is [...]

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