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This month Marilyn Bright talks to Tricia Kealy of Kealy’s Seafood Bar about their 25th anniversary, some of the nostalgic menu dishes that were brought back this summer in honour of the occasion - and some newer items on the menu
Little did the people of Carrigaline know what a business dynamo they had in their midst when local fishmonger Denis Good opened a small fish shop here in the mid 1980s. Far from being a flash in the pan, it's still there today - but it’s now just one of The Good Fish Company’s six shops in the Cork area and part of a company that supplies Tesco stores nationwide and employs over 60 staff in fish processing and retailing.
Having been a private home - and a country house guesthouse, famed for its lovable eccentricity - for many years, Mount Falcon Estate came into energetic new ownership in 2002 and, following an extensive building and refurbishment plan that included extending the original house and building a number of luxurious courtyard houses and woodland lodges, it has since been a 32 bedroom luxury hotel.
The special qualities of the Bramley’s Seedling have made it the most popular cooking apple in Britain and Ireland - and those grown in Northern Ireland’s ‘Orchard County’ are extra special: Armagh Bramley Apples are among a very small number of Irish products to have gained the European Commission for PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status - the other two in Northern Ireland are Lough Neagh Eels and Comber Early Potatoes.
From food tourism - holidays that are all about the restaurants - to annual pilgrimages to high-end eateries, the way we eat out has been transformed
This month, Lucy Madden describes some of the increasingly unreasonable behaviour of demanding guests - observing that ‘the accumulation of wealth and power seems to go hand in hand with rudeness and often, inexplicably, meanness’.
DINNER The Irish Times Selection, by Domini Kemp (Gill & Macmillan hardback, €22.99)
Fans of Domini Kemp’s brilliant weekly column in the Irish Times Weekend Magazine will be delighted to have so many of her best recipes brought together in a book, where they won’t be getting lost any more.
Sláinte, The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider, by Caroline Hennessy and Kristin Jensen (New Island, hardback 232pp, €19.99)
This is a book that couldn’t have been written ten, five or maybe even a couple of years ago. The resurgence of craft beers and ciders in Ireland has been one of the most exciting aspects of the ‘real food revolution’ that is currently taking the country by storm.
The Nation's Favourite Food Fast! by Neven Maguire
, with photography by Joanne Murphy (Gill & Macmillan hardback 256pp, €22.99)
A new book from the nation’s favourite chef is always welcome and this one is bound to be snapped up by the many people who feel challenged by the clock when it comes to getting a nutritious meal on the table. more...
This month Martin touches on the thorny subject of Cooking for the French…
Very much with the zeitgeist for wild and foraged foods, Lucy Deegan and Mark Cribbin's enterprising north Cork company grows a unique range of speciality mushrooms - comprising everything from shiitake and oyster mushrooms to velvet pipionni and nameko. Spores are inoculated into local wood including oak, birch and elder; and, harnessing the light and pure air of their location, the mushrooms thrive.
Everywhere we've travelled in recent weeks the cooks of Ireland have been hard at working preserving this year's heavy crops of fruit and, especially, plums and damsons, or prunus domestica