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Book Club Bites – Homemade Humous.

6 Jun

Book Club Bites

The end of the week is fast approaching and you have a book club meeting coming up. That’s right, I read! You want to make a tasty treat to bring along but over the last 12 months your friends have become increasingly health conscious. All of a sudden the things you hold dear; mayonnaise, cream, butter, chocolate, animal fat, are just not appealing to them anymore (were they ever?) What are you going to do? Obviously the first thought that springs to mind is; make new friends. But I’m on the wrong side of 27 now and that just seems like a lot of hard work. Making something that borders more on the healthy side than my usual kitchen endeavours seems a slightly less daunting task. Continue reading

Halloween Candy – scary but not so tasty

29 Oct

I want to love Halloween, I really do. I love horror movies and have since I was a kid watching Hammer movies at 2 in the morning and developing an unhealthy lifelong love of the genre. Halloween is effectively the embodiment of these types of films, people dress up in ghoulish costumes and do their best to look scary. It should suit me down to the ground, so why don’t I like it? That’s genuinely a rhetorical question, I can’t fathom it myself. Perhaps it’s the lack of tradition surrounding the holiday, now it’s more costumes and going to themed nightclub parties and less bonfires and dark and mysterious rituals. Want to be scared? bob for apples, its extremely difficult and resembles something that I imagine to be similar to waterboarding. All that aside, its time to talk about what food we eat at Halloween. This is meant to be a food blog after all. 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

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

14 Sep

Cooling Cookies

I’m not in the habit of tooting my own horn, but today I achieved something great; baking possibly the tastiest chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten. Crunchy at the edges, chewy in the centre, and full of ooey gooey chocolatey goodness throughout. I followed David Leite’s recipe which promised the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie and having chowed down on more than one of these today I can honestly say that they deliver. Part of the secret is letting the dough rest in the fridge for around 36 hours prior to baking. This allows the liquid to soak into the rest of the ingredients resulting in a drier and firmer dough and better baking results (deeper colour and richer flavour). Another key is the addition of salt both into the dough and sprinkled on top before popping into the oven which enhances the overall flavour. These cookies mean business; 3 and a half ounces in uncooked dough and measuring between 4 and 4 and a half inches in diameter post baking. The larger size helps achieve that delicious texture, a combination of chewy and crunchy. I weighed out the dough to precisely 3 1/2 oz because I really like using our new digital weighing scales, and also because I wanted to achieve a uniform result in appearance and texture. But mainly the scales thing. Continue reading

Biscuit Club: let the battle begin

13 Sep

(US), (Canadian) Biscuit: a kind of small roll similar to a muffin.
(Brit) Biscuit: a small flat dry sweet or plain cake.

We’re only concerned with the latter here, American biscuits are not my forte whereas, anyone who knows me will testify to this, when it comes to British/European biscuits I should be somewhat of an expert considering the amount I eat. To me biscuits are a step above all sweet snacks for the simple reason that a cup of tea just isn’t the same without one or two or three…
Biscuits are a bit of an obsession in Ireland. If you don’t believe me just invite an Irish person over for tea and tell them you’re out of biscuits, not much fun is it? So intense is our love, weekly cash collections take place in offices up and down the country to replace depleted biscuit stocks in the canteen. Who wants to spend 8 biscuitless hours in work? not me.

Seeing as I eat vast quantities and think a lot about biscuits it made sense to compile a list of the best on the market. Foolish decision, its sort of like beginning a masters thesis and suddenly realising you hadn’t envisaged this much work. Just take a walk down the biscuit isle in your local supermarket and you’ll soon see what I mean. With that said I powered on and consumed endless amounts of buttery sweet crumbly goodness all in the name of research. Continue reading

The Cheese Club

9 Sep

We recently decided to list our favourtie cheeses and in order to do so we thought it necessary to consume copious amounts of the stuff, in the line of duty of course. Turns out our tastes are refined and childish all in one, it is apparently possible to love American cheese as much as an unpasturized Brie. They both have their distinctive qualities one can’t possibly ignore. Without furhter nonsense here’s the list minus the odours unfortunately.

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