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Enjoying the Blues

4 Dec

Blue cheese was a relatively rare product only a few years ago, sold exclusively through boutique food stores and cheesemongers. With money came a craving for a sophisticated lifestyle and what could be more suave than acting like a Frenchman glugging red wine while scarfing down some seriously smelly cheese? The celtic tiger may have left us penniless but we have plenty of cheese and wine to salve our fiscal problems. Thankfully we have also realised that we have produce capable of competing with the best from Britain and France – on the cheese front at least, despite global warming our weather system is still not conducive to productive viticulture. Continue reading


Cereal Club: Golden Grahams – Not eating these would be a graham-atical error!

22 Oct

I feel like a child, it’s saturday morning, I awoke early and poured myself a large bowl of sugary cereal and sat in my trackies watching TV (not cartoons, as much as I’d like to like them I just can’t anymore). This Saturday I’ve been reunited with an old friend, Golden Grahams. When I was a kid they were taken off the shelf (I was devastated) and have only reappeared in recent years. Perhaps it was a fear of being hurt again that has made me hesitant to quickly return. Well, they’re back and it looks like they’re back for good. Huzzah! Continue reading

Smoked Sea Salt – where have you been all my life?

4 Oct

Salt. A basic human taste. Essential for animal life. A necessity for cooking. Awesome. What else do I need to say about salt? well just one thing, it can get even better. Smoke it and you’ve got the most ridiculously amazing flavour known to man. Salt, Smoke, by their powers combined form a sort of super condiment. A captain planet of the condiment world if you will. Continue reading

Cinnamon Sugar Bread – three friends united

30 Sep

‘Cinnamon. It should be on tables in restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime someone says, “Ooh, this is so good – what’s in this?” the answer invariably comes back, “cinnamon.” Cinnamon. Again and again’ (Seinfeld)

I’m convinced I’ll eat just about anything with Cinnamon in it, I’m only once step away from drinking everything through a cinnamon stick. Why do I love it so? I’m not even sure, its aroma is so intoxicating I’m convinced that cinnamon trees are somehow related to poppies and we’ll discover its opiate powers in years to come. Hoardes of people smoking cinnamon bark will fill city streets with a sweet spicy aroma. Here’s to hoping anyway. Continue reading

Salted Caramel, nectar of the gods

28 Sep

One day God awoke and decided he was going to treat mankind to slice of heaven which amounts to Salted Caramel in its earthly form. How he did it, I don’t much care. How it tastes, mere mortals can attempt to fashion a feeble description but cannot capture its essence in words. You know the briefcase in Pulp Fiction, well its full of salted caramel. Continue reading

It’s Crunch Time: Tayto V Walkers

23 Sep

Tayto Cheese and Onion are as Irish as a tinker with tarmac. They’re known simply as Tayto in many circles and are the undisputed king of crisps in Ireland (no offense King crisps), at least they were until Walkers, now owned by multinational Frito-Lay, entered the market. Often smaller nationwide companies tend to be swept away or at best swallowed up by multinationals like Lays, so how did Tayto stick around and keep their market share? By making damn good crisps capable of rivalling anything on the market for quality and price.

That said, I ‘ve been firmly entrenched in the Walkers camp ever since they sailed across the Irish sea. Initially the blue packet for cheese and onion was confusing as it’s traditionally salt and vinegar, but I was won over on taste and texture. I’ve always found walkers to have a sharper cheese flavour and supremely better crunch to their offerings. Unfortunately, I’ve found myself on the wrong side of every crisp argument to date and feel a little left out in the cold, not to mention rather uncertain as to the merit of my own taste. For years I stood firm until recently when I noticed a change in Walkers and for the worse it must be told. However, they are still good crisps but are they still better than Tayto? Continue reading

Cereal Club: Move over Honey Cheerios, Honey Loops are where it’s at

19 Sep

Ever take a break from your usual brand out of curiosity or thriftiness? I did, and how disappointed I was. I love cereal and I’m not one bit ashamed to say it. I’m grumpy when I don’t have a choice of at least 4 cereals in the morning, I like how its versatility can cater for my fickle palate. Normally I’ll turn to a trusted favourite like Frosties, Coco Pops, Ricicles, Corn Pops etc. but recently in moment of bargain induced impulsion I bought a box of Honey Cheerios. Continue reading