Saint George’s Market Opens For Twilight Food Fayre

Saint George’s Market is opening its doors on Wednesday evening and will host some of Northern Ireland’s top chefs and food producers at the inaugural Twilight Market.

The Twilight Market celebrates the best in local produce and with over 100 stalls packed into one of Belfast’s oldest venues is the perfect appetiser to Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016. Continue reading

Kim Lenaghan uncovers the flavours of autumn as The Foodie returns to BBC Radio Ulster

The Foodie returns to BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday, October 11 with presenter Kim Lenaghan on a journey across Northern Ireland to uncover world class ingredients that are produced locally.

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Reinvention Test Helps MasterChef Regain Its Sparkle

The MasterChef finals week starts this Monday and with five evenly matched contestants battling for the title of MasterChef champion 2015 – the voiceover woman is literally in my head – this series has been a surprisingly exciting watch.

The five finalists have given us moments of culinary brilliance, but also served up the odd disaster dish making it impossible to call a winner.

Last year I took a break from watching MasterChef on the basis it had become predictable and often fast forwarded through entire segments; in my opinion sending the amateurs to a professional kitchen in the early stages added no value to the competition.

In the 2015 series new challenges and format changes have helped MasterChef regain its sparkle and here are some of my top picks. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Louise’s homemade truffles

This year has almost reached its conclusion and looking back 2014 has been eventful; I have changed job, moved house twice, organised a hen party and sadly bid farewell to my grandfather.

While there are many highlights – the hen party was a triumph – in this season of goodwill I am awarding the prestigious title ‘Michelle’s Moment 2014’ to my sister Louise for her wedding in August past.

To give the whole day an authentic touch Louise and Barry (with sporadic help from yours truly and other members of the supporting cast) made invitations, table decorations and their wedding favours; it really was a beautiful and unforgettable day that gave everyone something to look forward to.

As her reward Louise has been granted a guest slot on my blog (much cheaper than buying a trophy) in which she exclusively shares the recipe for her homemade truffles …

Happy New Year everyone. Continue reading

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly: Sold Out At The Christmas Market

Tonight Lord Sugar will choose his new business partner in The Apprentice Final, a programme that often leaves me shouting at the TV screen as the teams battle to make his Lordship cash.

Watching from the comfort of an arm chair it is easy to pin point errors such as poor branding, the wrong product selection or a flawed pricing strategy, and think I could do better than that.

Well a few weeks ago I had an opportunity like this at the Orba Health and Well Being Christmas Market, run by Bridin Mullan. Continue reading

Taste and Dine – The curtain raiser to Belfast Restaurant Week

Pop up restaurants are pitching up at the City Hall this weekend to celebrate the start of Belfast Restaurant Week.

At the Taste and Dine event food lovers will have a rare chance to sample food and eat at pop up versions of some of Belfast’s best loved restaurants including Ten Square,  James St South and Mourne Seafood. Continue reading

The Great Taste of Hannan’s Meats

The Great Taste Awards are the Oscars of the food world and local winner Peter Hannan believes receiving an award elevates “good food to great food”.

Hannan Meats was awarded the prestigious Golden Fork in the Best Speciality Food from Northern Ireland category for their Moyallon 3 sweet bacon ribs, and seven other products also received three-star gold status at a gala event held in London last month.

Peter Hannan started the food supply company 25-years-ago and supplies meat products to top restaurants across Northern Ireland and to the public from factory outlet shop – the Meat Merchant – in Moira. Continue reading

Who’s Doing The Dishes?

From Masterchef to Come Dine With Me and more recently The Taste, participant based cookery shows are plentiful in the TV schedules. Last week ITV aired its latest offering – Who’s Doing The Dishes? – where four contestants work as a team across five-days to guess the identity of their celebrity host. Continue reading

Summer Food Festival has something for everyone

What is traditional Irish food?

Potatoes or cabbage might spring to mind and while flavoured rapeseed oil and almond butter does not exactly roll of the tongue when considering typical Irish fare, these were a few of the products on offer at the Taste of Summer food festival in Belfast.

The sun was shining on Saturday, August 9 as local food and drink traders set up stalls in Saint Anne’s Square granting the public a rare opportunity to buy directly from producers. Continue reading

Taste of Summer Food Festival comes to Saint Anne’s Square

This weekend the Taste of Summer Food Festival at Saint Anne’s Square in Belfast will showcase the finest food produce Northern Ireland has to offer. Continue reading