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Long Table Dinner 2015

Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Tipperary Food Producers shoot for the stars at Coolbawn Quay; Perfect Ingredients for an evening on Lough Derg The Tipperary Food Producers Network is once again hosting a Long Table Dinner, set this year in the idyllic surrounds of Coolbawn Quay on the shores of Lough Derg, Co Tipperary. The banquet promises to broaden the […]

Barbecued Butterflied Lamb

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Thanks to a combination of the recent spell of good weather, a lovely customer and a leg of lamb, I enjoyed a truly great barbecue experience. I know I’ve mentioned barbecuing quite a bit recently, but one of the hallmarks of the traditional Irish barbecue is that we tend to play it safe and cook […]

James Whelan Butchers: Lighter Days

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Regardless of the weather I always find that I just enjoy lighter food in the summer months. It may be simple conditioning or it could be my body wanting to shed all that was packed into it in the cold winter. For me this time of year always calls for lighter meals and with the […]

James Whelan Butchers: Summer Fruit

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

I love to hear my own kids shout “stop” if we see someone with a plastic table overflowing with strawberries and it warms my heart that their cries for fruit are still just as loud as they are when they see the golden arches. From a father’s point of view I rarely refuse the shout for strawberries but often choose to ignore the pleas for a cheeseburger. As takeaway food goes, strawberries are possibly the perfect choice and with Wimbledon approaching the annual spotlight will shine upon the age old tradition of strawberries and cream.

Racking up the Wow factor

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

One of the greatest secrets to excellent food is the old and familiar adage, “keep it simple!”  If you are really clever you will also have twigged that sometimes the ingredients of any dish can do the talking for you.  A good quality, flavoursome piece of meat and the freshest vegetables you can find are […]

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 […]