Food and Culture

The Big Dig

The Big Dig – where an X-shaped lazy bed will be dug & planted w/ potatoes as a temporary Famine memorial – takes place @ The Irish Famine Museum, Strokestown Sun 29 March

Topics: Events, History

Spudless Sunday

A severe blow has been dealt to the Dave Langford / Dermot Carey heritage potato collection, as I learned at this year’s Organic Centre Potato Day


Spud Sunday: Salt, Butter & Scratting Spuds

A spud miscellany, from old ways of digging to new ways of breeding, how salt is being applied to the growing of potatoes, and how, in the end, butter is still a spud’s best friend


Spud Sunday: 50 Ways To Say Potato

A look forward to the upcoming Theatre of Food (including Theatre of Spud) at this year’s Electric Picnic and a review of the many ways to say potato in the Irish language


Spud Sunday: Notes From A Spud Island

A meeting with Kendra Mills of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board in Canada provided a fascinating insight into the island’s substantial potato industry


Spud Sunday: Toronto & Chips

This week, I’m all about chips (or fries), incl. radio interviews, newspaper articles and my 1st encounter with poutine on a recent visit to Toronto in Canada


Spud Sunday: Wheat-And-Meat

A trip to Higgins Butchers in Sutton, Co. Dublin, where old school meat skills come in shiny new livery, and with an Il Valentino bakery alongside


Spud Sunday: The Christmas Roastie Rhyme

It’s that Christmas roastie time of year, and while the fat for your roast potatoes is a matter a choice, it’s the dry matter that matters when it comes to the crunch