Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dill Pickled Cucumbers- Home Fermentation for Beginners

Fermentation. The word has a magic about it. Ask any traditional baker, brewer or cheesemaker and prepare to listen all day. Simple foodstuffs are transformed. Goodness is preserved. Healthy humans have 100,000,000,000,000 bacteria in our intestines. Altogether they weigh 1.5 … Continue reading

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Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry ice cream made of real, local fresh strawberries, full cream milk, cream and eggs is a rare find. In fact, you almost always have to make it yourself.   There’s a kind of cooking that is more satisfying than … Continue reading

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Rumtopf; Summer Berries fit for Angela Merkel

Rumtopf is a grown-up version of jam.  Cosmopolitan, mysteriously magenta coloured.   A reward when the Troika pats us on the head.  Now’s the time to make it. Preserves have a nice homely ring to them. In pre-industrial times, preserving … Continue reading

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Treat yourself to a Glass of Milk, courtesy of #ESOF2012

What’s the best, most refreshing  drink you could down on a balmy summer’s day?           A glass of cows’ milk, chilled to perfection. Nothing added or taken away. We in Ireland are blessed by the quality of … Continue reading

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It all begins with a question….I wonder…?

You might wonder how I came  to be at the opening ceremony of the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 in Dublin this evening.  Well…..it’s because I love science.  I love what it is, how it explains the universe to me, I … Continue reading

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Santiago Cake

One morning in July 2011 I walked into Pamplona with my husband.  ‘Hobbled’ would be more like it as  five days on the Camino de Santiago had given me a blister-to-be-proud-of on my left heel.  Deafening brass bands on every … Continue reading

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