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Natural Fruit and No Sugar – what’s not to like about this Irish Blackcurrant Cordial?

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Des  Jeffares in The Big Shed, Ballymaloe LitFest 2015

Famed for the Ribena TV ad in which his lovely golden retrievers stole the show, Des Jeffares is the third Mr Jeffares to produce blackcurrants on the family’s Wexford farm and, from the mid-50s to 2013, the crop all went … Continue reading

Little treasures – the first new Irish potatoes are here!

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Carne new potatoes

Ah, what a joy to spot the first new Irish potatoes on a mid-May wander through the English Market. From some of our warmest growing areas – in Carne Co Wexford and Rosscarbery in West Cork -  and given a … Continue reading

Simply The Best – Pancakes with Lemon

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Shrove Tuesday is one of the best loved culinary landmarks of the year for many families, because the traditional image it conjures up is very hard to beat: simple and mouth wateringly delicious pancakes, hot off the pan. Not that … Continue reading

Retro Christmas Recipe Cards raising funds for Temple Street Hospital

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Introducing my new capsule collection of retro Recipe Christmas Cards…! The idea for these cards came about because I always look out for food related Christmas cards and noticed that they’ve become pretty well extinct in recent years. So I … Continue reading

The Delight Is In The Detail – Dish Of The Month: Strawberry Fool with Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Biscuits

Finn's Table Strawberry Fool with Pink Peppercorn Shortbread

Finding unfussy, seasonal dishes, skilfully prepared by people who value the top quality fresh ingredients supplied by local producers is one of the great joys of travelling around Ireland. And never mind the devil, it’s the delight that’s in the … Continue reading

Burns Night Special – an Irish ‘haggis’

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William's Winter Warmer

So Burns Night is here at last – we’ve been waiting for it since January 6th, when the Christmas decorations came down. All because we have a strange but useful way of celebrating it around here, where it marks the … Continue reading

Best Ever Quick and Easy Christmas Cake

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Country Choice stand RDS 2012

Seeing all the lovely Christmas bakes at the Food&Wine Christmas Show and the (excellent) Food Hall at the National Crafts & Design Fair over the last couple of weekends has reminded me that there are loads of similar fairs going … Continue reading

Peel Me A Grape…

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grapes ripe

Well it may have been a disappointing year in the garden, but our grapevine has come good at last – just when we’d about given up on it. It’s a Black Hamburg, well known as ‘the easiest grape to grow’, … Continue reading

Here Comes (Indian) Summer!

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It may be a bit late, but outdoor eating could be on the menu again. You could have bet your bottom dollar that this would happen after such a non-event of a summer – the kids go back to school … Continue reading

National Potato Day Saturday 25th August

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Keoghs Potatoes

Do Your Bit For The Irish Spud! There are no flies on those clever farmers, the Keoghs of North County Dublin. They may have been growing potatoes for over two hundred years, but behind the times they are not. And … Continue reading