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Kitchen Tools

March 8, 2012


There are some kitchen tools that I just can’t seem to live without. I only ever notice this when I go to someone else’s kitchen, and I start ransacking their drawers desperately looking for the right type of tool. I guess the more you cook, the more you appreciate good utensils. In my time, I have bought lots of crappy cookware, only to throw them in a bin few months later, with a shake of my head -I should have known better. I have finally learned, it really is better to buy the right utensils rather than any old thing. So here are are a few of my tried and tested tools, that I just can’t seem to function without. Continue Reading…


Christmas Gifts for Foodies

December 21, 2011

If you are anything like me you will have left all your Christmas shopping to the very last minute. Then I usually dash around in a mad scramble trying to get the perfect gift in hot sweaty shops crowded with other insane people like me. Some year I will learn, some year I will start my shopping in November, buy everything online, and only buy thoughtful and considerate gifts…some year! Continue Reading…


Umami – Have you tasted it?

March 13, 2011

I have been obsessed with Umami paste since I read an article about it in 2009. Umami is taken from a Japanese word meaning “pleasant savory taste”. It is said that Umami provides us with a fifth taste. The main four tastes that we know and love are sweet, sour, salt and bitter. So what does this fifth taste, taste like? Continue Reading…


Beer Time

February 21, 2011

I just discovered a great new Irish beer and I wanted to share. There are some amazing new micro breweries springing up around the country and I think they deserve our support. I found this beer in a great new gastro pub – The Exchequer Gastro pub who serve fantastic food as well as having a great collection of beers.  But back to the beer. Helvic blonde has all the flavour of any good German or Belgian beer. It’s refreshing and hoppy with a hint of clove and honey. Continue Reading…