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To Ballymaloe, with relish

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Cliodhna Prendergast has lunch with a hero at this year’s culinary and literary festival I had the pleasure again this year to attend the Ballymaloe Literary festival, which took place in May. Driving down to Shanagarry in Cork I was thinking that there was no way it could top last year, as the first year…

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Where the buffalo roam…

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Cliodhna Prendergast discovers the ‘voodoo’ that makes Cork our mozzarella capital Our Easter holiday this year was something special. We embarked on a road trip to Co. Cork for Breaking Eggs that took in water buffalo, indoor markets, McCarthys black pudding and Fota Wildlife Park – and finished with a tour on the Killary with…

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Mmmm… messy, juicy goodness

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January is over and with it, I hope, the storms, the rain and the, as yet to be activated, New Year’s resolutions! Am I the only one? For some reason January has just been about getting by. February, on the other hand, is the start of all things new! But as the gales still howl…

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Christmas dinner starts here

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Cliodhna Prendergast shops local for her potted mackerel – the ‘handiest little bowl of deliciousness in the fridge over Christmas’ The Connemara Smokehouse does a particularly good smoked mackerel. Caught off our coast, smoked locally, no air miles involved, eco friendly eating! But that’s not the only reason I use it – I’m sharing this…

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Inishbofin – there’s just something about that place…

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Cliodhna Prendergast soaks up the autumn atmosphere at Bia Bofinne I recently had the enormous pleasure of going out to Inisbofin Island for their first food festival, Bia Bofinne. With great events such as shoreline foraging, fish filleting, butchery and chowder making, it was bound for success.  Events held in people’s houses such as a farm…

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And now, for the berry best of months

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Cliodhna Prendergast prepares to make the most of a bumper blackberry crop September is my favorite month, always has been. I love the sense of calm about it. After a hectic summer, September seems to bring a certain order with it. It’s also my birthday in September – maybe that has something to do with it! Just as…

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