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A Fresh Look at Asia

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Given that I work with meat, I suppose it is hardly surprising that the subject of food comes up in my conversations a great deal. I’m often asked for advice about cuts, preparation and cooking and while some will just indulge and join me in a nice chat about things that taste great, the other […]

Burgers and Balls

Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

You can’t pick up a food magazine or go to a food website these days without seeing the words ‘budget’, ‘eat well, spend less’, ‘feed your family for a fiver’ or any other of the myriad ways we are constantly being encouraged to save money. Here’s the thing, and I don’t wish to be controversial, […]

Baking Confidence

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

I had an absolutely filthy thought recently. It was mid afternoon and I was working on some very boring paperwork in the office when suddenly, out of nowhere, a soft, slightly warm and moist fat scone slathered with real butter, juicy raspberry jam with a generous dollop of cream sauntered nonchalantly into my thoughts. I […]

The Great Food Resurrection

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

I’m very fond of Easter as a holiday.  It involves none of the frenetic nature of Christmas, the gifts are easy; a chocolate egg or a chocolate egg and (usually) the weather is milder and of course days longer.   As a child I always dreaded the boredom of Good Friday when absolutely everything shut down […]

Planning the Difference

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

While much of what I learned in school is buried deep in the mind’s recesses, probably never to see the light of day again, I still frequently go back to a saying by one of my teachers; “Proper planning prevents poor performance”.  He would refer to it as the 5 Ps.  Leaving aside the clever […]

Taking the time to care ……

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

Driving to Dublin yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice the snow-capped mountains and their resemblance to having been heavily dusted with icing sugar, by some gargantuan sieve.  The But with its many weathers, March also brings a great sense of hope – that perennial rejuvenation and regeneration that Spring brings with it. The days are […]

Mama’s Meatballs

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

One of the most popular dishes in our James Whelan Butchers range is the great family favourite, Mama’s Meatballs in a sumptuously rich Italian sauce and topped with local cheese.  It’s filling, comforting and fantastic value.  This is important as you can’t pick up a food magazine or go to a food website these days […]

Bacon; But Not As You Know It

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

What a week, Valentines Day and Pancake Day just three days apart!  Such celebratory alignments indicate that between March and early April we’ll be very busy with all the spring celebrations; St Patrick’s Day, Mothers Day and Easter will come quickly on the heels of each other.  The retailer in me has to look ahead […]

James Whelan Butchers: Oh My, What a Pie!

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

I don’t think there is anything more disappointing in life than eyeing a fabulous looking piece of pie, sweet or savoury it doesn’t matter, only for the taste to be less than exciting. Indeed many shop bought pies, particularly the meat variety, have a way of over delivering on the picture on the outside and […]

James Whelan Butchers: Animals are what they eat

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | 1 Comment »

It had to happen at some stage but for someone in the meat business it was probably the best New Year’s gift and a great way to start 2015.  What am I talking about?  The small fact that there has been a dramatic swell in the research emerging from the US that confirms grass fed […]

James Whelan Butchers: Make It Easy

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

It’s really great to be alive at this time of technological breakthroughs, tremendous convenience, and working central heating!  We have a lot to be thankful for and yet I see the stress on the faces all around me.  For every smile there’s at least one frown.  Some people truly delight in this time of year, […]

James Whelan Butchers: Plan for a Happy Christmas

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

There will always be those prepared for Christmas in September and while we may admire their industriousness for most of us it just isn’t practical. So here we find ourselves in the first week of December, the public lights are up, the Christmas songs are playing in the shops and it’s time to get festive. […]