Archive for October, 2009

Quaffing With Confidence

My wine education continues, with tastings from the cooler regions of Australia and the utter pleasure of meeting Nigel Dolan, chief wine maker with Wyndham Estate, and getting to sample some of his shiraz.

Topics: Wine

The Baking Powder Plot

My brother Tom is quite the baker and his scones are the stuff of legend, even if some of the local ladies find that hard to believe! The recipe for his excellent scones is here – try it for yourself and see…


Spud Sunday: Mr. Tayto Tells All

Mr. Tayto releases his autobiography and I have a looksee at The Man Inside The Jacket…


Cider Insider

A trip to Hereford luckily coincided with the local cider-making festival. I, of course, had to take a look…


Let’s Do Launch

An invitation to the launch of Donal Skehan’s Good Mood Food cookbook. Don’t mind if I do…

Topics: Cookbooks, Events

Spud Sunday: A Chilean Tale

It was Chile all the way at the Santa Rita Wines Local Heroes launch. What more appropriate thing could I do afterward than to make some Chilean-insired potato-filled empanadas.


Let There Be Chocolate And Giveaways

In anticipation of the upcoming Temple Bar Chocolate Festival, I have copies of Willie Harcourt Cooze’s Chocolate Factory Cookbook to give away and a recipe for a decadent chocolate biscuit cake. Bring it on.


Spud Sunday: In Defence Of Salt

Perhaps there is such a thing as too much salt, but, on the other hand there’s no need to cut it out altogether. These salt-baked baby potatoes are a fine way to make use of a lot of salt.