Foodie Articles

Eat Fresh

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

If you’re just up it might take a second to wrap your brain around this but stick with me.  New research has just been released that suggests people are not fat because they are lazy and don’t move but instead are lazy and don’t move because they are fat!  It took me a while too, but I’m got it in the end.  Basically this study was all about junk food and processed food and the long term health effects they have on the human body and, more interestingly, on the human brain.

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Burgers

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

There’s nothing better in the summer than eating outdoors.  If you’re a fan of barbecuing then any excuse will have you outside wielding those long tongs and smoking up the air.   While we’re all about Barbecuing at James Whelan Butchers at present because of the ‘Tipperary BBQ Idol’ competition that’s ongoing for the month of July, it’s also a really great way to cook.  Ultimately it means less mess in the kitchen and if you prepare in advance dinner can be ready quickly and healthily.

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Tipperary BBQ Idol

Posted on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

I’ve got great news – The Tipperary BBQ Idol has just been launched thanks to Tipp Fm, ourselves here at James Whelan Butchers and Dunnes Stores.  Besides the fun that we are all looking forward to during this month long competition, there is a fantastic prize attached; a top of the range BBQ, AND FREE MEAT FOR A YEAR!  Worth €1000 What an amazing haul for the winner and all for just outdoorsy cooking over the fire.  So if you are the Keeper of the Flame or the Master of Meat in your house you have to enter.Tipperary BBQ Idol

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Tipperary BBQ Idol

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

James Whelan Butchers and Dunnes stores of Oakville Shopping Centre have come together with Tipp FM this summer to bring you the ‘TIPP BBQ IDOL’ competition.

Are you the envy of your friends with your BBQ skills? Are you the ‘Rachel Allen’  or the ‘Nevin Maguire’  of the BBQ?

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Hot Brazillian

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

You don’t need me to tell you how to cope with Irish summers.  I shouldn’t have to remind you that just because it says June on the calendar you still shouldn’t leave the house without being prepared for any and all weather eventualities – sun screen and bug spray will reside harmoniously with wet weather gear in the boot of any Irish car.

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The Power of Food

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

In Cork City last week I found a little treasure near City Hall.  It’s called L’atitude 51 and is situated in what used to be The Lobby Bar.  Indeed throughout the 1990s and I remember upstairs at the Lobby for the hundreds of great music gigs held there.

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Fun Food not Junk Food

Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

I’ve just finished reading about a new study coming out of America that has just shown how lethargy, and its close cousin obesity, can come from consistently eating processed foods and not just processed foods in huge amounts.

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Irish Beef Masterclass in Brussels

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

On Monday of this week I had the privilege of presenting a masterclass in Irish beef at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence in Brussels. The audience for the masterclass were members of the “Irish Chefs Beef Club” in Europe which was established some time ago by Bord Bia.

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Eat Yourself Well

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

With the chocolate eggs of Easter already a memory, the longer evenings and brighter mornings are just bursting with potential.  I feel summer is only around the corner and with it comes an urge to think carefully about what I’m eating.  Maybe it’s the fact that we can go outdoors again without three layers of fleece lined clothing that makes me feel healthier and more conscious of what I’m doing to and for my own body.  Eating well and feeling well are as we know, intrinsically linked.  This is by no means a new revelation; as Hippocrates famously said, “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”

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Let’s Party

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles | No Comments »

There’s nothing like a little sunshine and a raise in the average temperature to get us all thinking about having a party.  This time of year is also confirmation and communion time so celebrations abound.  2013 is also the year of the ‘Gathering’ and even if you haven’t invited your long lost cousin home from Kathmandu to contribute to the Irish economy, it’s probably a good excuse to have a little local gathering of your own.

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Spring

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

The stretch in the evenings, the early morning sunshine, a carpet of colour in the fields; spring has sprinkled its magic everywhere.  The minute the clocks go forward it heralds the promise of all things outdoors.  Suddenly those lonely looking tables outside urban coffee shops are spilling over with people and life and not just those battling the elements in order to get a nicotine hit.

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Breaking the Rules

Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Who remembers the ‘mixed grill’?  There wasn’t a fashionable restaurant in the land that didn’t carry a mixed grill on its menu back in the 1970s.  It was usually a combination of pork; be it chops, rashers or sausages but, somehow it managed to be evening food rather than breakfast as we’ve come to expect it today.  Sausages, rashers, chops and fried vegetables shouldn’t be confined to the morning.  These are great versatile and quick items that should always be in the fridge to cover any meal emergency.

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