Tomorrow, jet lag and SXSW Flu not withstanding, I will travel with Niall to the Irish Blog Awards at the Radisson in Galway. Niall is nominated for Best Irish Music Blog and hopefully he will return home victorious. But I will still take him back to Dublin with me without the prize. Maybe…
Although I am devastated (seriously, I left my perspective in Texas) as to having not made it to the Food and Drink Shortlist, I am excited to see who will come away with the prize between these lovely people:
Apologies for those of you with Egg Fear – this pic is pretty graphic!
As my regular readers will know, my relationship with Marmite has exceeded the expectations of how a person should feel about a condiment. I’m not saying that I want to marry Marmite but I do feel that I’d be anxiety-riddled should I ever be parted from a pot of the yeasty elixir for too long.
This means that I won’t be able to go through any more Irish Food Blogs from The Irish Blog Awards longlist, as I will not be cooking for the next 9 days, but instead living on a diet of Breakfast Burritos and Tex Mex Tacos *droools* I will, of course, do my best to document on this here blog.
Alas, I have one major reservation about this trip to Texas – will I be able to bring a pot of Marmite through US Customs?
Last weekend I had the pleasure of sharing my love of Marmite with 15 lovely people in my humble abode. Unbeknownst to them, this was their Initiation into the Realm of The Marmarati. That’s right, the secret society who have sworn to uphold the majesty of Marmite for the rest of eternity.
The Dramatic Chipmunk – a true internet classic – as everyone knows The Irish Blog Awards is full of drama. Oh, lolcatz.
Woahhhh! I Can Has Cook? has made it to the shorter longlist for The Irish Blog Awards. The blog has made it into the Best Food/Drink Blog and Best Newcomer Category. I’m tickled pink and as happy as a chubby kid in a tub of taffy.
Congratulations to everyone on the lists, best of luck to you all, big thanks to the sponsors Bord Bia and LastMinute.com. Below are the complete longlists – get clicking and spread the hit-love y’all!
Here is the longlist for the Best Food/Drink Blogs sponsored by BordBia:
Lola-Lu’s Kitchen is run by two friends Lucy and Rayne, who are not only fabulous cooks but accomplished musicians and great gals to boot. They really are exceedingly lovely. Their blog is about good comfort food aimed at pleasing the cook and the eaters!
Head over here for their lovely Lamb Tagine recipe – I did everything exactly as the girls said but I divided everything in half and only cooked the lamb tagine for 2 hours, instead of 2 1/2 – 3 hours. It was deliciously sweet and super comforting.
We plopped a dollop of natural yoghurt on top and had some bulgar wheat on the side. It were yum!
This delicious, healthy and quick snack – well, it’s a snack to my insatiable appetite – was found on another lovely Irish food blog and past winner of Best Irish Food Blog, Italian Foodies.
Italian Foodies is run by Lors, who owns an Italian Deli La Cucina with her husband in Limerick. Lors’ blog focuses on yummy Italian treats, and I often see a pattern of quick, delicious and healthy meals, perfect for a busy Mama who wants her Princess to eat well
I love spinach so I was happy out with this recipe. The one thing that I will say is my Cannellini beans dissolved in the simmering process, which I find often happens with tinned Cannellini Beans. Any tips there, Lors? Maybe you can tell us a good brand that minimizes on beans falling apart!
Head over to Italian Foodies for this recipe and loads more. This was delicious and TOTALLY guilt free – win!
She’s also been a great source of advice for me personally. As a nervous beginner cook, it really is great to have someone like Aoife on the other end of Twitter to question about flour types, pastry fails and how to achieve the perfect mashed potatoes.
It’s been a year now that I’ve been eating vicariously through her Daily Spud pictures, after we met at last year’s Blog Awards wherein she won Best Irish Food Blog. But in all that time, although I’ve promised myself many times, I’ve never actually gotten round to cooking anything from her blog. Well, that all changed this morning for Sunday brunch.
Obviously, I had to go for a potato based recipe, and what is better on a Sunday than Potato cakes, or And So I Watch You From a Farl as Niall has dubbed them.
Moving on non-consecutively and purely randomly down the Food & Drink Blog longlist (sponsored by Bord Bia) for The Irish Blog Awards, I spotted these delicious looking Flapjacks on Val’s Kitchen. I knew I’d have a bit of time to get these together on a Saturday afternoon, as well as having all the necessary ingredients in the house!
This flapjack recipe was flawless. It was my first time making flapjacks, and as my regular readers will know, my history with baking disasters could have certainly taken the flap out of the jacks.* I followed Val’s recipe exactly – except I only put them in my oven for 15 minutes as it is like the centre of the earth in there, so hot – and they turned out perfectly. FYI I used honey instead of golden syrup and I used light muscovado brown sugar.
One of the best things about The Irish Blog Awards, in my opinion, is how it helps all of us bloggers/blog readers to unearth new blogs that we may have been unaware of. It’s a chance to discover new favourites and a way of seeing how active the Irish blogosphere really is.
Instead of relying on my small library of cook books and the BBC Good Food guide, for the next few weeks I’m going to try to work my way slowly but surely through the longlist of the nominated Food & Drink Blogs. There are quitea fewthatIlook at regularly, but I realised I’ve only ever drooled over the photos, without actually making proper use of them. And so, let’s keep it local from here on in!
I can’t promise that I’ll be able to work through the Drink blogs – the fact that I’m taking a break from booze for the time being may hinder me in that respect – but I’m going to start on my little journey through some of our Irish foodie blogs withThe Good Mood Food Blog.
The Good Mood Food Blog is run by Donal Skehan. Donal, secretly Jamie Oliver’s long-lost son, is an inspiration to us all as a case-study of pro-activity. Not only has he released his own cook book, he’s had number 1 singles with his band Industry, he ran against Dustin for a chance at The Eurovision, and even played Peter Pan in a Panto. And he was born in, like, 1995 or something. Well, ok, maybe he’s not that young. But still, he makes me feel like an unproductive old betty. In a good way, of course, heh heh
I was in the mood (sorry) for something warming this Friday night as it’s been chilly here the last few days, but I also wanted something super simple after a busy week. In the end, I went for Donal’s Hungarian Goulash.
Well, let me tell you. It is super hard to get six people plus a neutral judge and his other half together for a Winner’s Announcement meal. We had hoped to go out together to The Hop House on Parnell Street for one last meal and a divulging of scores. In the end, we were all together last night for Colette’s birthday, and our brilliant neutral judge @fensterdj texted us the results, bit by bit!
We had marked each other’s nights out of ten for five separate categories: Starter, Main Course, Dessert, Presentation and Ambience. Here’s how we got on…
Ah, deadly! I Can Has Cook? has made it to the long list for Best Food & Drink Blog at this year’s Irish Blog Awards. They’ll be taking place in Galway on Friday the 27th of March. The sponsor of the Food & Drink category is Bord Bia and word up to Damien as always for getting the show on the road. And of course, thank you to whoever it was who nominated this blog! I’m chuffed.
Below is a link to all the other Food & Drink Blogs on the long list. Hook them up with some hit-love, yo!