WOW! Another action packed hour over on Twitter with #irishbloghour.
Once again thank you all for getting involved! If it wasn’t for you guys & your brilliant blogs this wouldn’t be possible & would just be Gill and I tweeting each other on a Thursday evening.
As well as a lot of our ‘regulars’ we also had a great number of new blogs in tonight. Ranging from food, sport, literature, lifestyle, entertainment… the list goes on.
So in order for you all to get the most of the evening here is a list of the new blogs that were in tonight. If you check out our blog entries from the last couple of weeks you will also find our return bloggers links.
In the last instalment of “Beer with Dave” I sampled one of the greats of Irish Craft Beer, McGargles Red Ale.
Today I have travelled slightly further from home to document another seasonal classic… ‘SIERRA NEVADA SUMMERFEST‘. Like the Anchor Summer Beer I sampled a few weeks ago, todays beer is only available for a few months each year. But it’s worth the wait! It’s a cool crisp lager with the hoppiness you expect from an American style beer.
I will leave it to Sierra Nevada themselves to give the perfect description of it.
“With a nod toward the original Czech tradition, Summerfest is brewed to feature the best of Bohemian nature. Crisp, golden, dry and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor and spicy and floral hop character—the perfect warm weather beer.”
Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting back and watching the world go by. Do you ever find yourself coming out of the supermarket and just taking a minute to do a spot of people watching? Or maybe you’ll sit and have a cup of coffee in a shopping centre and find yourself doing the same thing. People can be very interesting sometimes, and often you come across some great characters!
So, I was doing this over the weekend in a local supermarket carpark. And I decided I would record one of the characters I spotted whilst on “people safari” (that’s the official term now). I would go so far as to say that this illustration genuinely isn’t too far off the real thing – a lovely tall man with a fantastic set of pins, strolling out with his shopping in a khaki get-up. He looked like he should really be getting into a 1980’s Land Rover Defender and setting off to go feed some lions, but alas, he was stuck in the humdrum of urbane life, laden down with his weekly shopping. I didn’t know one could get combat shorts quite so short but this fella rocked them, especially with his socks and sandals combo.
British food is not something that I eat a whole lot of. Saying that I don’t think British food is something British people eat a lot of either. So rooted is the modern culture in the curry houses and Chinese take aways, the sushi and Mexican, the diners and Italians that there seems to be a collective loss (from both Britain and Ireland) of our culinary heritage. A loss of the food we would have eaten even just fifty years ago.
One dish that I have always wanted to try from that kind of era is Toad in the Whole. A combination of cheap sausages, a few onions and some Yorkshire pudding batter. Perfectly British. Perfectly moreish.
12 Small Smoked Sausages
3 Cloves of Garlic
2 Red onions
1 Stalk of Rosemary
1 Stalk of Thyme
1 Tsp Fennel Seeds
If any of you watched The Great Irish Bake Off last year, you will be familiar with one of it’s contestants, Bridget Harney. We are delighted to have a lovely recipe from Bridget this week for a Mango and Lime curd. It’s a very versatile recipe and you can use it in countless ways and it’s also a great way to use up some fruit you may have lying around in your pantry that are looking sad.
Bridget Harney runs a blog over at The Search for Delicious where she posts up her own delicious recipes and reviews. She has also recently become the supplier of a whole host of delicious baked goods for one of our new local cafes The Duck and Cup Cafe in The Moat Theatre, Naas.
So we’ve just finished the second week of #irishbloghour – great to see so many new people join in this week. Tonight, we were chatting about blogging platforms, how long everyone has been blogging and favourite blogs!
There didn’t seem to be a general consensus regarding WordPress, Blogger or other – many people have their personal favourite platform that they enjoy working with! Some points for WordPress included the ability to include Google Analytics within your blog – so you can keep track of traffic. Others find that you can be more creative with it – plugins, themes etc. Blogger seems to provide an easy-to-use platform for many – with a nice and use-friendly layout.
We were thrilled to chat with both experienced and newbie bloggers – some have been writing for years and years, while other have only started within the last few weeks. It was great to see people helping with tips and advice – this is one of the main reasons we set up #irishbloghour – to learn and to network with other Irish bloggers!
Here’s some links to new blogs shared this week. Don’t forget to check out last weeks post too which also contains lots of great blogs to sift through! If you shared your blog on #irishbloghour tonight and you don’t see your link here, let us know and we’ll add it in – it’s so hard to keep track of all the links!
We look forward to chatting with you all next week 🙂
If you’re on the Paleo, vegatarian, dairy free or gluten free diet, this recipe is perfect for you! And for anyone else for that matter – good ingredients = good food no matter what diet you’re on in my book! These are a lighter alternative to chickpea falafels.
This recipe is courtesy of the great Aoife Carroll over at Eat Well, Travel Far, Love Often. She has a fantastic blog sharing all sorts of wonderful things. You’ll have to make sure to have a peep!
Here’s a little bit about her:
“I am a 21 year old life lover, food adorer & world traveler. I love capturing the beauty in the ordinary. I started off expressing my love for photography through Instagram, following that with my baking website Sweet Inspiration, where I have shown off some of the cakes and baking treats that I have made and sold.
When I’m not cooking, baking or eating I am at college. I am student in UCD, studying psychology, italian and art history. I am lucky enough to have attended Le Cordon Bleu Firenze for 3 months in 2012, where I studied Italian cooking. There, I took part in everything from pizza, pasta & bread making to deboning fish chickens and poultry. I came back with knowledge of food I never thought I would have obtained.”