Journalist and broadcaster Caroline Hennessy is the woman behind food blog Bibliocook, the co-founder of the Irish Food Bloggers Association and is closely connected to the ace craft beer company Eight Degrees Brewing, for which she does marketing and PR in between freelance journalism and regular radio appearances.
New skills, tips and lots of eating – I thoroughly enjoyed the Whole Hog hands-on workshop that I did with JP McMahon in July. Just how often do you get the run of the kitchen in a Michelin-starred restaurant? I’m planning a return visit with friends this autumn, once we finally get around to deciding between lamb, bread or dinner party cooking.
Despite living on an island, it’s taken us a while to realise that we can produce our own salt. I love the fact that I can now sprinkle flakes of distilled Atlantic seawater from West Cork on my food. Looking forward to checking out their new range of flavoured salts. Now, if I could only persuade them to make a vanilla version I’d be in heaven.
More of the sea in Sally McKenna’s book, with tips on harvesting seaweed, cooking and ideas for using seaweed in homemade cosmetics.I’ve been earmarking recipes for dishes like Seaweed Chilli Popcorn, Gubbeen and Wild Sea Beet Pizza and Sea Spaghetti Tortilla. It’s a good excuse to go foraging in my local health food shop for some of those mysterious packets of dried Irish seaweed.
Everyone’s heard of Udo’s oil; according to Jack Rodgers of Newgrange Gold camelina oil could be the home-grown Irish alternative. It’s got lots of health benefits but, like the seaweed, that’s not worth much unless it tastes good. And it does. Sweet and vaguely nutty, I’ve plans to use it as a dipping oil when I get around to making some dukkah.
Love, love, love proper sourdough. It’s as good an excuse as any to go visiting and the Firehouse Bakery in Delgany, Tartine in Swords and Cloughjordan Wood-Fired Bakery are top of my list for this autumn. Follow bakers Patrick Ryan (@FirehouseBread), Thibault Peigne (@TibotheBaker) and Joe Fitzmaurice (@Cloughwoodfired) for bread porn pics, baking advice and #RealIrishBread.