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Waterfront House & Restaurant Seafood Platter
Author: Georgina Campbell
Poised promisingly just across the road from Enniscrone's famous beach - and a couple of doors from the even more famous Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths (est. 1912) - this pleasant boutique hotel came into energetic new ownership in 2018.
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The Garden Chef
Author: Georgina Campbell
A modern retake on the days when many top chefs had the gardens - and probably the home farm too - of a large estate to call on when writing the day’s menu, the return of the kitchen garden is one of the most welcome developments in recent restaurant (and hotel) history.
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Chef Brian McDermott, The Foyle Hotel
Author: Georgina Campbell
Well known throughout Ireland as a TV chef and teacher with a great commitment to promoting the superb produce of his native Donegal and the North-West of Ireland, Brian McDermott and his wife Brenda - who also has a background in hospitality - recently restored the historic Foyle Hotel in the handsome town of Moville on the shores of Lough Foyle, to create a boutique hotel, wine bar and informal dining destination.
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Flanagans Gastro Pub
Author: Georgina Campbell
Easy to spot with its bright cream and red colour scheme and an old Austin delivery van parked outside, Flanagan's once provided Brickens with the traditional village combination of bar, grocery and hardware that was so common in rural Ireland up to the 1970s.
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Eggs for Anytime, Pork Ramen, Kai, Galway
Author: Georgina Campbell
Not only do eggs come in the neatest and most beautiful of packaging, but ‘Nature’s convenience food’ is also one of the versatile ingredients in any cook’s armoury – and highlighting that simple fact was the main aim of the recent Bord Bia/Irish Egg Association ‘Eggs For Anytime’ recipe competition, which asked chefs to share a dish based on Bord Bia Quality Assured eggs that could feature on their restaurant menu, outside of the more usual breakfast and brunch offerings.
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Myrtle Allen, The Legacy
Author: Georgina Campbell
Ireland’s greatest food hero, Myrtle Allen, died on June 13th 2018 at the age of 94. While she is sorely missed and we will remember her especially on her anniversary, it is wonderful to see the value that is now being placed on her lifetime’s work.
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Black Cat Galway
Author: Georgina Campbell
Our “Just Ask!” Restaurant of the Month winner for April is Black Cat, Salthill, Galway
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Simnel Cake, “Meals For All Seasons” Wolfhound Press 1992
Author: Georgina Campbell
Chocolate seems to have taken over everything at Easter, including cakes, and the traditional Simnel Cake has become an endangered species - but it’s one of my favourite cakes and anyone who likes almond paste (marzipan) will probably agree. A tradition well worth bringing back!
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Moroccan Style Braised Lamb Shanks
Author: Georgina Campbell
It’s synonymous with spring and - while I would be the first to agree that a flavoursome free range roast chicken is still one of the best dishes around -lamb has taken over from it as the favourite Easter meal in recent times.
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Irish Food Writers Guild Award Winners
Author: Georgina Campbell
Now in their 25th year, the annual Irish Food Writers’ Guild Food Awards were held this month - and the main message from IFWG Chairperson, Kristin Jensen, was a call for more support for indigenous Irish food producers as the threat of Brexit looms...
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