The Menu

Return to the learning season

Even The Menu himself, a past master of the art of total denial, is clearing last year’s stale sangidges out of his school bag as he acknowledges yet another wonderful Irish summer is drawing to a close.

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A teaser before Taste of West Cork

The Menu is readying himself for the Taste of West Cork Cocktail Party (August 21) in the glorious Glebe Gardens, in Baltimore, West Cork, considering it an early taster for the wonderful Taste of West Cork Food Festival. 

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Parsnip Appreciation Society

THERE’LL BE PLENTY OOH AH IN DUAGH

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Good day out for teddy bears promised

While The Menu’s Teddy Bear still occasionally sends a card on the odd Christmas, it is many a long year since they have enjoyed a jorum let alone a cuddle.

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Afternoon tea brought to your home is a real treat

Back when The Menu roamed the professional kitchen ranges, he had the pleasure of working alongside the very excellent Mags Curtin and it was no great surprise that she went on to become the very first Pastry Chef at Café Paradiso, for she is a fine producer of sweet baked comestibles.

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Offbeat Salads

The Menu has finally given up his relentless badgering of the UN for some class of international intervention on behalf of the wonderful Deise County to negotiate a return to the stove for his excellent friend Mighty Michael Quinn, formerly award-winning head chef of Waterford Castle for nigh on 20 years. 

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Concrete Tiki the perfect work of art

While a rather piqued Mrs Menu has, betimes, decided the best place for The Menu’s exquisitely plated edible creations is languishing on the wall just behind his head...

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Eating in grand style at the Private Supper Club

These balmy halcyon days are bequeathing the mother of all itches to The Menu’s size nines, consumed as he is with seeing the glorious Oul’ Sod basking in the summer sun.

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Exclusive multi-course cooking demo

The Menu is very honoured to be joining the renowned food writer Lilly Higgins, Bakestone chef/proprietor Ali Honour and Iyer’s Café chef/proprietor, Gautham Iyer, to deliver an exclusive multi-course cooking demo, one course apiece (June 27), in the Brennan’s Cookery School, in Cork, with a healthy sample of each dish for all in the audience.

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Getting my claws into culinary-related Cats

The big event food event of this weekend is a rather stellar demo line-up including Ross Lewis, Frankie Mallon, Derry Clarke, Darina Allen and Rachel Allen in the Chef’s Kitchen at the Westport Music Festival.

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Tuck into best of Wild Atlantic Way

While The Menu remains forever enraptured by our glorious West coast, he knows full well that man does not live on scenery alone...

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Paul Flynn, Tannery restaurant

The Menu: Culinary education on the menu

A hound for knowledge, The Menu is never done learning and always on the lookout for new culinary educational opportunities.

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Ballycotton festival to host local chefs

That hidden jewel of East Cork, Ballycotton, will be hopping this weekend as the Seafood & Shanty Ballycotton Festival (May 31-June 1) brings together fine local chefs, splendid seafood straight from the pier and excellent family entertainment.

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Carnival time at Culture & Chips

The Menu loves chips and The Menu also loves Limerick.

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Turbo booster at Burren Slow Food Festival

Despite the summer stretch in the day, The Menu feels nothing short of a turbo-booster for the bould Neidín will enable him to attend every last one of an ever-increasing proliferation of food festivals around this glorious island.

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Spiritual nourishment on Sheep’s Head

There are times in The Menu’s life when a prolonged sojourn in Sheep’s Head is the only repair for his poor benighted soul.

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Designer food at Highbank Organic Orchard Farm

Any epicurean entrepreneurs on the verge of bringing another fine product to the Irish food marketplace would do well to trot along to a very promising Outstanding By Design seminar (May 10), at Highbank Organic Orchard Farm, Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny.

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Take a trip to Riverfest for BBQ competition

The Menu is glad to see the poor benighted banks being afforded some well-deserved TLC with a clutch of their very own holidays arriving in quick succession and he shall pass the next in Lovely Limerick, enjoying the exceedingly family-friendly Riverfest (May 2-5).

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EAT4STREETKIDS, MAY 1 - 31, 2014eat4streetKids is a campaign working in association with The Hope Foundation. Launching this May 2014 in Cork, eat4streetKids supports the lives of the street and slum children of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

Cooking competition for Kolkata

Sugar & Spice is a wonderful cooking competition& open to all ages and all levels of experience in aid of the very excellent Cork-based Hope Foundation charity, which works with deprived street children in Kolkata, India.

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Veritable feast at 3rd Galway Food festival

The Menu would dearly love to be unwrapping his Easter eggs in Glorious Gaillimh next weekend with the 3rd Galway Food Festival (April 17-21) in full flight over Easter.

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Special grá for West Waterford Festival of Food

Believing attendance at an Irish food festival is a state of grace any God-fearing Gael should aspire to on a near daily basis.

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