The art of survival (and video games)

(Originally posted in 2014. Updated and edited November 2020) When I first got into foraging, it was because of one thing: survival and one of the most unusual reasons why I love food so much is my fascination with wild food and living off the land. I’m a geek at heart, and when it comes…

Word of Mouth: Inspiration aplenty at the Waterford Harvest Festival

A last minute notion struck my Mam and I to head down to Waterford for the weekend for their annual Harvest Festival, that was in conjunction with Grow it Yourself (GIY) International. A celebration of food heritage and culture aimed to suit all tastes, the harvest festival has been around since pagan times acting as…

The Lowdown on Rations in Metal Gear Solid

Warning: Contains spoilers for the Metal Gear Solid series One of the main items to be found in Metal Gear Solid are possibly Snake’s best friend, rations. In fact these recovery items appear in every MGS game. The item usually recovers a substantial amount of health or stamina and are designed to resemble rations that…

Recipe: Quick Chinese Beef Noodle Soup

Warming, hearty and with mountains of flavour, this basic recipe for a quick and easy noodle soup is a must if you’re in a rush. Strictly speaking, if I had a good amount of time on my hands I would definitely make the beef stock from scratch using beef bones but I’ve no problem using…

Top 6 Movies Featuring Chinese Food

“To the ruler, the people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven” – Ancient Chinese Proverb As part of Chinese Week here on the blog, I felt that it’d be a fun idea to sit back and take a look at movies that featured real Chinese food at its core. Forget that synthetic, gooey…

Recipe: Fragrant Buttered Chicken Masala

When I hear the word “spicy”, I instantly know that it’s something I’m going to avoid, but when it comes to using more fragrant and flavoursome spices, it’s a big thumbs up from me. This buttery chicken masala is one of those recipes where I get to throw in a dash of this and sprinkling…

The Survival Series Part 14: Purslane

Surviving in the wild is not easy – not only do you have to weather yourself against the elements, but you also have to find a way to sustain your energy too! This survival series looks at the many wild foods that you can come across on your travels, that you can safely forage and…

Part 25: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Another Sunday, another short round-up of some of Ireland’s best food producers! Celebrating local produce, this week I’m looking at five more companies that caught my eye: Kearney Blue Cheese A deliciously creamy cheese with a balanced blue flavour throughout, Kearney Blue is definitely one for the cheeseboard. Based in Northern Ireland, the cheese itself…

Part 24: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Dairy, meat, fish, fruit – to an outsider you mightn’t believe it, but believe me, we’ve got it! Celebrating the best of Ireland’s producers, this series looks at the vast range of goods we have to offer in our wee country. Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week (a huge…

Part 23: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

Have a love for all things Irish? Looking to try something different? This food and drink producer series looks at some of the many companies in Ireland that are creating the best of the best of local products. Here are five more producers that caught my eye this week: Ardmayle Organic Meats An organic farmer…