Review – Vampires Revenge Chutney

Picked up at The Garlic Farm shop on the Isle of Wight last week. Good flavour with only a light heat. Went well with BBQ’d meat. Billed as “hot plum chutney” but more accurately “plum chutney”! The Garlic Farm is well worth a visit if you’re on the Isle of Wight. Top tip: call ahead to reserve a table in the restaurant!

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Annual Turkey BBQ

December 25th. Rain, hail or shine. The trusty Weber gets fired up and I BBQ the turkey. Frees up the oven and gets me a garden pass with mulled wine! It does result in a juicier meat and the flavour is always enhanced by the charcoal and wood chips. Turkey time! A photo posted by Eoin Looney (@corkonian) on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:08am PST I coated the turkey in course sea salt and left it over night. Then basted...

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Classic Cars at Edenbridge Show

Spent a day at the Edenbridge and Oxted agricultural show. The weather was great and the show was excellent. Great range of stands, contests and things to see. Brought back a lot of childhood memories at the Cork Summer Show. There was a classic car lineup, amongst many other things, and I snapped a few pics of them and their hood/bonnet ornaments in particular. I’ll add to the pics below as I edit them. Scammell Truck by Eoin Looney on...

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25 Jun

Israel Sunset

Spent the week in Herzliya, Israel last month in a lovely hotel on the beach front.  Spectacular sunsets every evening made for extra sensory dining experiences (and the food was great)! Here’s one I posted to Instagram: For my first visit to Israel I can say that I was pleasantly surprised.  The people were nice, the food was great & the scenery was pretty.  The driving skills were “interesting”! The mezze were impressive as the tables filled up with a variety...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with the family, a few weeks ago.  It is simply fantastic. In fact, I cannot praise it enough.  Its huge, well laid out, super clean and the exhibits are amazing.  A full list of the exhibits in the aquarium can be found on their website, here. I loved the gigantic Kelp Forest tank, which consists of  4 huge viewing windows into the expansive tank that has all sorts of  marine line to watch (including...

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I can never suppress a chuckle or snort at these “How to pronounce” videos on YouTube.  Sometimes you have to watch a few of them in a row for it to get you. Pronunciation Manual – YouTube

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Review – Marie Sharp Habanero Hotsauce

I picked up my bottle from the Tortilla Mexican Grill (they have a nice hotsauce rack), in London. This is a mouth watering, delicious sauce.  The first time I tried it I was licking my lips for the rest of the day!  The heat is surprisingly tame, given that its a habanero pepper sauce.  And the flavour is excellent – perfect blend of ingredients.   Check out Marie Sharp’s website. In 1980, in Belize, Central America, Marie Sharp came up with some recipes for sauces,...

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Zurich – Photos from a short visit

Some photos, and a short video, of an evening walk through Zurich during a recent visit. It was my first time in Zurich and I’d love to return.  Super clean – especially the water in the rivers & lakes!  The sunshine & 28C definitely helped.    After work I took a stroll through the city and then along the edge of Lake Zurich.  The locals were out in force, eating at the lake-side restaurants, enjoying the sun and soaking up...

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BBQ Lamb Leg Rotisserie

BBQ Lamb:  I followed a Steve Raichlen recipe (Cape Town Lamb) from his Barbecue Bible last weekend and spit roast a leg of lamb.  I added some hickory wood chips for extra flavour.  It couldn’t have gone any better and made for a delicious Easter family lunch. 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/4 soy sauce 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 3 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp dry mustard 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3 tbsp vegetable 3 cloves garlic, minced 1...

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Milan – Springtime photos

A few photos from a 2 day trip to Milan at the beginning of March.  Was lovely and mild in the evening, making for very pleasant strolling.  From San Babila into Piazza Duomo (to see the impressive Duomo Cathedral) and a segment of Corso Buenas Aires – the busiest shopping street in Milan.

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