Super Bowl Blue Cheese and Bacon dipper!

Blue cheese and bacon dip-5-Edit
The Super Bowl is here! Families are scrambling in the store for chips and dips, beer of all stripes, and party food to please the masses…and so I thought I would offer up my very own Shamrock & Peach homage to this most American of feasts with a ‘Super Bowl Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip Special’.

Blue cheese and bacon are just made for each other, and compliment beers and brews of all sorts exceptionally well. Just add some crunchy toasts, celery sticks, cucumber, radishes, carrots or snow peas and the folks at your Super Bowl party will thank you with gusto!

After 18 years living this amazing country, we have finally adjusted to the Super Bowl Pageant, y’know, with the guys watching the game and the girls watching ads…

Have fun everyone!

Judie, the Irish Foodie.

  • 8 slices of bacon (apple wood smoked bacon)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
  • 7 oz blue Irish cheese (I use Kerrygold Irish Cashel Blue)
  • 3 Tbsp buttermilk
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • Fine kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Dash of chili sauce

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. lace the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.   Remove from the oven to cool.
  3. Using a blender beat the cream cheese, buttermilk, chill sauce, mayonnaise and garlic together to a smooth consistency.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Chop the bacon and add to the dip (reserving 2 Tbsp to garnish). Crumble the blue cheese and stir in to dip.
  6. Transfer the dip mixture to a 2 cup size medium dish.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the dip is bubbling.
  8. Garnish with reserved bacon and serve warm.
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Northern Irish accent- possibly the best ever?

Yes, it’s official – the Northern Irish accent is possibly the best ever, and this week became an internet sensation when a local Irish news channel stopped a local boy on the way to school in County Derry with hilarious results…

The boy in question, with the spectacular name of Rauiri McSorley (pronounced ‘Roar-eee Mac-Soar-lee’) no less, has a very strong accent and eight million hits on YouTube to prove it!

Yep, it went viral, and this week the Huffingtom Post declared that the Northern Ireland accent is possibly the best ever! Wow!

Have a wee look below, and see what you think…very funny!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/15/frostbit-boy-ruairi-mcsorley-northern-ireland-best-accent_n_6481268.html

Enjoy!

Jude, the Irish foodie

Belfast’s got the food buzz

 

 

Recently I connected with James McIntosh after viewing this really cool video and I could not wait to find out more about this Ulster boy.  We instantly clicked after a brief phone conversation and laughed our heads off when we discovered attending the same primary school and growing up a few miles apart.  It’s a small world after all!   Just like me James is really passionate about promoting Northern Irish food and his energy is contagious.   Check out the link below to view James’s blog sharing about an upcoming conference at one of my favorite Belfast foodie destination’s (St. Georges Market)!  The unique indoor Victorian market is held each weekend and it is a must see and do destination for all foodie travelers visiting Northern Ireland.  So, I hope this encourages you to take a few more extra days while in Belfast to shop, explore and dine while in our ‘wee’ part of the world!  Hope you enjoy a few pictures from our last trip home!

 

Here is the link to follow James

http://jamesfoodblog.com/james-mcintosh/belfast-focus-on-food-conference/

Happy Monday and stay warm!

Judith the Irish foodie

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Irish traffic jam with Shamrock and Peach tours

 

With all the buzz of the new Season 5 Game of Thrones it reminded me of a funny encounter we had last summer on Shamrock and Peach tours. We were on our way from the Giants Causeway to the Dark Hedges when a herd of dairy cows took over the road.  Our driver Mark was laughing so hard as all our tour guests started to frantically snap their cameras.  For the Irish locals a dairy cow traffic jam is a normal occurrence in the countryside.  Our coach driver worked on all the Game of Thrones cast providing transport to and from all filming locations for Season 4 so he was able to supply us with a few good stories.    Fans of Game of Thrones were blown away to see Ballycastle, home of the real Lady Catelyn Stark and Varys, Cushendun Caves, Ballinty (Pyke) Harbor and of course the Dark Hedges Aka The Kings Road.

“Of Ulster and Ireland, land of mystery and Mirth, full of the Joy and Living”  – quote by Gary McLoughlin Shamrock and Peach cook book

Joy in the Journey!

Judith

 

Go Green Smoothie (green tea, cucumber, lime and mint)

Detox Green Smoothie

Lean Green Smoothie

The holiday parties are over and its time for the lean green smoothie!  Renew, cleanse and detox the body with this delicious and refreshing brew!   Try a green tea smoothie to kick start your day for weight loss, increase energy or to cleanse the body from toxins. I am truly a classic Irish girl black tea drinker and plenty of it may I add. But for me,  Its time to change things up for the new year and detox my body after all the feasting. Interestingly, the caffeine content of green tea is lower than black tea.  All teas also help flight against the effects of free radicals that are thought to cause heart disease and cancer.  Hope I validated my choice of going green without any bias?

Green Tee Smoothie with cucumber and mint

  • 1 cup green tea (chilled)
  • 1 cup cucumber (peeled, seeded and diced)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • Sprig of mint (stems removed)
  • 2 Tbsp organic agave nectar
  • 2 ice cubes

How to make it

(makes 1 serving)

  1. Add the prepared green tea to a blender then add the cucumber, lime juice, mint leaves, agave nectar and ice cubes to smooth and puree.
  2. Pour in to a tall chilled glass and serve right away.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint or twist of lime.

Happy New Year Detoxing!

Judith the Irish foodie

 

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2015!

Welcome 2015!

So, here it is – 2015, and my hope for you is that this coming year will be one of joy, blessings and…filled with really good food. Of course!

2014 definitely had it’s moments for me, that’s for sure, but I enter this new year full of hope and joy. My calendar is busy, my ideas are flowing, my passion is undiminished and my heart is full. I could ask for no more, and I am feeling very inspired indeed.

I also have the framework for my second book underway, and I am SO excited about this, so…stay tuned.

So, happy new year!….and enjoy this image that my husband took last night of all the kids who were at our new years party – the image was made with each kid making the shapes with their phone! Pretty cool I thought.

Enjoy, onwards and upwards!

Judith