Local Traditions

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


Spud Sunday: From Famine To Feast

Lumper potatoes make their return for a new potato season, with a lunch celebrated at Gallagher’s Boxty House and plenty of food for thought on Irish Famine history


Spud Sunday: 3rd World Spuds

On the work of Vita, the Potato Centre of Excellence and the Irish Potato Coalition in tackling food security issues in Ethiopia and other parts of East Africa using the potato


Spud Sunday: Better Through Food

On meeting Kamal Mouzawak, founder of Souk el Tayeb and Tawlet in Beirut and on connecting people, both in Lebanon and elsewhere, in a fundamental way through food


Spud Sunday: The Loy Of The Land

Between potato competitions, potato sack races & the revival of the craft of loy digging, there was plenty to keep a potato head occupied at this year’s Tullamore Show


Spud Sunday: Mexican Fave

Pickled potatoes, made with baby potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic and cider vinegar and using a recipe straight from a Mexican mama


Spud Sunday: An Spud-Off Mór

In which I head to Ballydavid on the Dingle Peninsula to be a judge at the colourful Spud-Off Mór potato growing competition, now in its fourth year