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Issue: 11 December 2012



Butterslip Christmas Treats all

Wrapped Up!

Food Favourites Where and what

to eat in Kilkenny



We chat to the Dragon

on growing up in Kilkenny

Confessions of

a beauty Snob Sarah Canning looks

at a few of her fav

beauty products



Kilkenny’s only Irish

International female rugby player talks rugby and teaching

A Gluten

Free Christmas

Deck the

Your christmas favouites the gluten free way

Decorate your home in style!

Stylish coats for the boys




Well Christmas is truly on the way, every where you see Christmas decorations and the ad breaks are full of nostalgic beautifully shot ad campaigns. We are gearing up for a great Christmas here in Kilkenny Magazine. We will have a look at ideas for you to make your Christmas shopping and eating easier! We wish Cover

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all our readers a Happy Christmas. Nollaig Shona Dhuibh. XXX

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10 Confessions of a Beauty Snob! 12 Tis the Season... to glam up 14 Caroline Mahon 16 Bobby Kerr 17 Deck the Halls 18 A Gluten Free Christmas 19 Food Favorites 20 Now we are cooking 23 Overcoats

December Santa Run

as the authors are responsible for distribution. The book is designed by Julie Lombard – it’s beautiful! It’s published by Kilkenny Campus Press, and is dedicated to the ‘people of Syria all those who fight to express themselves freely.’ Christmas Market

Kilkenny’s yearly Santa 5km Run will take place again this December. All proceeds go to Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre Kilkenny. Due to the popularity over the last two years Santa suits won’t be provided so you are encouraged to dress up as festively as possible. Prizes for the best dressed on the day. It’s really great fun and its not competitive at all it’s just a bit of fun so if you have been a long time runner or you are new to running you are welcome. It’s not just for humans either dogs are allowed (or cats if you can make them!). Put it in your diary and get cracking on your Santa suit! Moths against the Glass Moths Against Glass is an anthology of new Irish writing, it’s got all the ingredients to stir, soothe, amuse, and probe. Moths Against Glass is written by the Two Roads group of NUI Maynooth. The students come from Tipperary, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Wicklow and Kilkenny. They study, write and agonize once a month at NUIM’s Kilkenny Campus. From domestic to exotic settings, from brash and comic characters to quiet and more sensual moments, this anthology will keep any discerning reader entertained into the New Year and beyond. This new publication will be launched at St. Kieran’s College on 14th December, come along to hear readings. The book is priced at €10. It will be available in local bookshops in the above counties,

Kilkenny’s Christmas Market ‘At the Heart of Kilkenny City’ Weekends from December 1st through to December 23rd 2012 at The Parade, Kilkenny. Gifts, Craft, Food, Music, Children’s Entertainment and much more…. The festive market will see a variety of traders selling a range of Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and local seasonal food in beautifully decorated log cabins on ‘The Parade’ a bustling market area at the heart of Kilkenny City. To ensure a really festive atmosphere, there will be carol singers and musical entertainment on hand. Musical entertainment includes the Kilkenny Gospel Choir who will perform Christmas favourites and also the fantastic Kilkenny Brass Band. There will also be daily kids storytelling with Mrs. Claus, kids festive workshops and lots more! Mount Juliet Mount Juliet will host its Christmas Village again this year from December the 8th to the 23rd. It will be packed with Artisan food stalls, toys and much more. Also returning is the Santa Train which is an hour long experience around the walled estate of Mount Juliet,

with a magical Christmas Story with Mrs Claus, trip to Santa’s workshop and finally into Santa’s grotto which every girl and boy will receive a little gift. Bookings are now been taken at www. A place called perfect A place called perfect is the second book by local writer Helena Duggan. Its about a young girl who lives in a town called Perfect but it’s anything but. From the beginning Violet hates her new home, it’s too clean, the people are too friendly, everything is too nice... Its a recommended read for all young readers. Available to buy on Kilkenny on Ice Get your skates on! A huge success every year it has been in Cillin Hill Kilkenny. Everybody in the family will enjoy this event, which runs from November 30th 2012 to January 20th 2013. Book early to save time in the queues.

If you have any events that you would like us to mention send us in a little description of it and we’ll try to include it. Email

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These winter warmers and sparkly jewels from Butterslip are just the thing to brighten up your Christmas! To make sure your Christmas Sparkles pop in to Butterslip for some perfect presents - We’d love to find some of these goodies under the Christmas Tree... x

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Fashion, Beauty, Health

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Grey Padded Coat River Island

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Padded and quilted jackets have always been a staple of the winter wardrobe, they have always been practical to keep warm in the depths of winter. There is a resurgence of the padded or down filled coat/ gilet, with most high street stores stocking a variety of colours and styles. If you are curvy go for something with a belt to define your waist. Equally this will work for the boy figure to add curves. Don’t think lagging jacket, think style with warmth, a win win situation!

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Confessions of a beauty snob… BY SARAH CANNING

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Lips & Nails

Eyes & Brows

Tis the season… This party season it’s all about the glitz and glam. The more shimmer and glitter you’ve got, the better! It’s the time of year that we can go OTT and get away with it. I would like to share a few of my favourite make up products that I’m using at the moment, and each and every one of them are perfect for the festive look. Base & Foundation First off, start with a good base. I’m using smooth skin perfecting primer by NYC in shade 684. It gives a nice dewy undertone without looking too much like Edward Cullen

This pallet from NYC is my number one product right now. At just €3.99, this is a steal. It comes in a variety of colours which are tailored for blue, brown and green eyes. I chose the brown

eye pallet, and although I have blue eyes, I found the colours warmer toned which suit the look I want to achieve for this time

It’s all about mauve, reddish and burgundy tones this season. Opt for a nice shade of nail varnish to match with your lips. I am wearing ‘Tell me a berry tale’ lip colour by Catrice, and ‘Savile Row’ by Nails Inc to match. Burgundy shades add instant drama and are less harsh and easier to wear than black. I would like to end this month by wishing all our readers a beautilicous Christmas! I hope your stockings are bursting with some of the fabulous products we’ve seen over the past few months. Until next year…. X

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Secondly, a good foundation is key. Invest a few more cents in foundation, because you usually get what you pay for. I love Hello

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tIS THE sEASON... TO GLAM UP There’s no denying it any longer. Christmas is once again upon us. Lights are being strewn up aplenty and festive ads are slowly taking over our televisions. However, along with this, brings the ageold question: What are we going to wear? There used to be a time when all we worried about was the ‘Christmas day’ outfit but nowadays we need to find a wardrobe for the entire festive season. There’s a multitude of days and events to consider. Which is why I recommend starting stockpiling now! Luckily enough Kilkenny boasts a wealth of variety so there is something out there for all, no matter what your age or size. Plus with online shopping so readily available you have an endless selection at your fingertips. With it being Christmas it’s very easy to get lost in a mountain of sequins and glitter and while I recommend a little of both it’s important not to let it take over your entire festive season wardrobe. This season’s catwalk

brought us a glorious selection of suits in all shapes and forms. Miu Miu, Prada and Stella McCartney all worked the trend, which means it has spilled nicely onto the High Street.

1+ 2 For a unique take on the more traditional trousers suit, offer a luxurious velvet edition. Pairing it with a sparkly top underneath would work wonderfully and ooze glamour. 3. For a festive approach to the trend, why not try these mirrorball leggings by Maison Margiela for H&M. They offer a little Christmas glitz and by pairing it with a simple tee and blazer, you’ll still have your Christmas sparkle but subtly so. 3. Of course a little black dress is never far from anyone’s wardrobe and even more so at Christmas time, but instead of sticking to the traditional, why not try out some of the more embellished numbers? From leather and baroque, to peplum and sequins, River Island offers all, and for quite a tasty price too.This sheath dress won’t stray far from the traditional yet the decoration

on the shoulders and neckline give it that extra kick. 5.Peplums are still popular and this one is perfect for slimming any figure and adding curves for those who are lacking.

6+7 And for something completely different, why not try Kilkenny’s Shutterbug and their online sister store Folkster? ( Going vintage means securing a piece that nobody else has and ensures you won’t have any ‘twins’ come Stephen’s Night. Shutterbug offers a huge range of on (and off) trend pieces with sequins most definitely on the menu. It also has it’s own Facebook page which allows you to view and buy stock from the comfort of your own home (www. This first top would work a treat under the aforementioned velvet suit, and you can be certain nobody will have this sequined dress in their wardrobe. So there you have it, the perfect blend of ingredients to have yourself a stylish, yet not too traditional Christmas. By Jane Murphy









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Leisure Culture, Interview

Caroline Mahon Caroline Mahon is the most successful female rugby player to come out of Kilkenny. She started off in Kilkenny in her teenage years and went on to play for Ireland. We caught up with Caroline, to talk rugby, life and coming back to her old club... What first got you interested in Rugby?

I played a lot of sport when I was in secondary school and when I saw a poster for a ladies team in Kilkenny RFC I decided to try it out.

What was it like playing for Ireland?

It was such an honour really. I made really good friends and improved my game. However once I stopped playing at that level, I appreciated that it’s not something everyone can do (for lots of reasons) and I feel lucky that I had the opportunity.

money and so limits the frequency of the training sessions. From a club perspective, I’ve been lucky that Kilkenny and UL Bohs are supportive to the development of the womens teams in the club. I chose my clubs well, or got very lucky!

You have recently come back to your original club Kilkenny, how are you finding it?

It’s challenging in a different way. UL Bohs benefits by its close links to the university. There’s a steady flow of players into the club. This year in Kilkenny we lost a number of players for various reasons and it’s difficult to replace them easily. As regards fitting into a new team, that’s been good. The girls were very welcoming and anyway, I believe, girls who are willing to tackle or take a tackle for the team are a good bunch to hang out with.

What is your favourite thing about your home town?

Was it tough working as well as keeping up your training?

It was just what I did! When I was in the thick of the season I didn’t really think about it. I enjoyed the varied training and I needed to do it to make the Irish squad. All of the training was with people that became close friends too, so even weights sessions could be fun. Once it didn’t take from my job, I didn’t mind. Now that I don’t have to do all that training, I don’t know how I could go back to my old routine.

Do you think there is enough support for women’s rugby in Ireland?

There is support there but it’s inconsistent and hasn’t improved the way I hoped it would have by now. There was a time that the Irish women’s team was not under the umbrella of the IRFU and in some ways, there was more freedom in when the squad could train. Now that the IRFU are involved, the set-up is more professional. Accommodation and food is provided for the squad in training but this costs


I love Kilkenny because it is home. My family are here and this is where I grew up. I have ties with Offaly too but Kilkenny is where I feel home.

You’re a teacher what made you take that career path? I wanted to do something with sport and originally had decided on Sports Science. My wise mother guided me towards teaching and I’m very glad she did. I had time to be able to spend training. I can coach teams in school and the holidays are ok too!!

We thank Caroline for talking time out of her busy schedule to talk to us in Kilkenny.

If you or anyone you know has any interest in playing rugby contact the Kilkenny Rugby Club, on Or for contacts for the ladies and girls section call Trish Devlin on 0863593026 or 0876849257 for the ladies

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Karen Maher of The Make Up & Beauty Studio Based in Co. Kilkenny Call out service available to location of brides choice phone: 086 2597777 email: It is impossible not to feel festive now, isn’t it? I recently did a spot of late-night shopping, admired the pretty lights dotted around the city and took in the beautiful backdrop that is Kilkenny Castle. Determined to be on top of Christmas preparations this year, I scouted around for gifts and was delighted to discover some exclusive shops for the season! Prepare to unleash the inner magpie, as it’s not just the Christmas lights that are sparkling but the High Street and side streets which are bountiful with party wear and accessories in the many shops and boutiques around. What a wonderful incentive to treat yourself! I took a wellearned rest and pondered the purchases over a cup of coffee. Across to Patrick Street and The Parade, this is certainly a good destination for gifts and that something special. The Kilkenny Christmas Market takes place on The Parade and is always enjoyable to wander through the stalls, abundant with toys and gifts and sweet treats. It was whilst crossing the bridge to John Street however, that I found the perfect ingredients to gather some much needed spices for mulled wine and gifts. Not only delighted with my purchases but also, to see that craft producers of ‘MADE in Kilkenny’ have opened a Christmas pop-up shop! Located near the Wine Centre (which also looks wonderfully festive), it was beautiful to behold hand-made, affordable gifts; colourful candles, textiles, pottery and you can also adorn yourself with hand-created jewellery, decadent hats and headpieces and much more.



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Leisure, Culture, Interview

Bobby Kerr

We caught up with Kilkenny native Bobby Kerr, who as well as being a successful business man, owning the Insomnia chain is now also a celebrity in his own right as one of the Dragons in RTE’s Dragons’ Den.

the best grass and the best cattle. Artisan food production combined with tourism represents real opportunities for Ireland.

When looking at new investments which do you think is more important, the idea or the person behind the idea?

I personally put the person before the idea. If you can’t trust or work with someone it doesn’t matter how good their idea is.

You also host a radio show on Newstalk every Sunday morning, ‘Down to Business’. Is radio broadcasting something you’ve always had an interest in?

What does it mean to you to be from Kilkenny?

I’m very proud of my Kilkenny roots. Every time I speak in public I put up a slide of a Kilkenny flag. I have very happy memories of going to school and growing up there.

Your family owned the well known and much loved Newpark Hotel for over 40 years. What was it like growing up in that environment and what made you decide to pursue a career outside of the hotel industry? The hotel was opened by my father in 1966 and was in our family for 48 years. I worked there as a kid and then came back as chairman in 2001 until 2008 so I benefited from seeing it at the beginning of my career. It had a great effect on me as I got to understand you have to work hard to succeed at an early age.

How has being in the public eye affected both your personal and business life?


It’s nice when people you never met stop you on the street. I love talking to people so I am quite flattered. My Dragons Den profile has been very helpful to Insomnia as we get lots of publicity without spending money on it.

You are the chairman of Insomnia Coffee. With the downturn in the economy has there been a drop off in coffee sales and if so how have you reacted to this?

There has been no drop in the number of customers we serve but they now spend less. Our €5 or €5.75 deals represent almost half our sales so you have to have a strong value proposition to compete in today’s market place.

Ireland’s food exports have been resilient in the current climate. Do you think there is potential to capitalise on this to boost the Irish economy? There is great hope for Irish Food. We have the best land and hence

Yes, I’ve always been a great fan of the radio. I had to work very hard to get comfortable on air but I absolutely love talking to people about business on air. If I was starting my career all over again I would probably choose radio broadcasting.

If you had one piece of advice to give somebody starting out on their own in business what would it be?

It takes twice as long and costs twice as much so try to allow for that in the early days. Work in your business and stay close to where the customers are so you have a better chance of success.

Kilkenny has recently been crowned Ireland’s best city according to Retail Excellence Ireland. What do you think Kilkenny has above the rest?

It’s clean, well maintained and they market the city very well. They are also blessed with not having too much out of town retail.

Thanks to Bobby for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to us here at Kilkenny Magazine.

Leisure, Culture, Interview

Deck the Halls


(and other places too!)

As Christmas is descending quickly upon us it’s time to deck the halls, the living room, the kitchen and everywhere else in the house with holly, baubles, swaying santas and the like. Here are a few ideas to give your home some festive cheer Christmas Robin

This bristle effect Christmas robin looks nice and cosy and would make any sitting room or kitchen more Christmassy - €13 - Next, McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny

Carve it up

Get your carving groove on with these famous Bunbury Boards we particularly like this Chunky Oval Medium board - €62.95 - Kilkenny Design Centre, Castle Road, Kilkenny, or

Good China

Christmas is always a good time to produce the “Good China”. This Glimmer Dinner, 12 piece set with metallic gold detail will ensure your guests experience luxury dining. Made from Porcelain they are dishwasher safe to 50 degrees. €52 - Next, McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny

Cosy up

This large lambswool throw in Wicklow Tartan design from the Heritage Collection with it’s warm rusty reds and leaf greens combine to give a warm country feel and it’s 100% Lambswool - €78.50 - Kilkenny Design centre, Castle Road, Kilkenny

Giant Velvet Bow

Welcome your guests into your home with this lovely velvet bow - €3 - Heatons, Market Cross, High St., Kilkenny

Ho! Ho! Ho! Scented Candle

Give your home a Christmas aroma this year with the finest wines, the deepest snow. An intense, seasonal scent all round with top notes of incense and amber. Burn Time 35 hours. - €11.95 Yesterdays, Patrick Street, Kilkenny


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Christmas House Lantern

For a gentle and pleasant light in the living room. - €10 - The Toy Box, Kilkenny Retail Centre, James Street, Kilkenny. www.

Hanging about It’s not Christmas until you have the tree up covered in all things glittery. Check out these gorgeous decorations available from The Gift Horse, Patrick Street, Kilkenny Wooden Christmas caravan

Ideal for your mantelpiece or windowsill - €15 - The Toy Box, Kilkenny Retail Centre, James Street, Kilkenny. Holding all the cards!

Show off your Christmas cards with this adorable card holder. Handmade in Ireland, it hangs vertically and can hold approximately 10 cards. €22.95 + postage –

Food & Drink

a Gluten Free Christmas Fortunately I’m not a coeliac myself, but the hubby is; when he was diagnosed back in 1998, we had to make what we thought were major changes in his diet. It was not that hard as it turned out. Today he is healthy and well, and the Coeliac condition is not as rare as we once thought. The restaurants are now ( or should be ) aware of the condition, so most dishes can be catered to the Coeliac’s needs.

Christmas used to be tricky, especially if you love plum puddings, cakes, mince pies, and the good old stuffing! Now there are recipes easily available and user friendly, which us important especially if you need to cater for the hoards of relations, it needs to be simple. Check out these Gluten free condiments recipes; bearing in mind, to check the ingredients list, if you need to go shopping for the various ingredients to ensure everything is gluten free.

Spiced Brandy Butter A perfect accompaniment to your gluten-free Christmas Pudding or mince pies. Ingredients: 8 oz (227g) Unsalted Butter 8 oz (227g) Caster Sugar 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon* 3-4 Tablespoons Brandy

* Please check the Food List for suitable glutenfree brands.

Method: 1.Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and pale yellow. 2.Add the cinnamon and brandy and blend thoroughly. 3.Chill in the fridge and serve with mince pies or Christmas pudding

Gluten free gravy Ingredients: 25g/1oz butter 1x15ml tbsp Mild olive oil 1 small onion (finely diced) 1 stick of celery (finely chopped) 1 carrot (finely chopped) Turkey giblets (rinsed) 4 black peppercorns


1 bayleaf 50g/2oz Glutafin Select Gluten Free Multipurpose White Mix or any gluten free brand flour 2x15ml tbsp redcurrant jelly

Method 1. Gently sweat vegetables in the butter and oil for 5 minutes to soften without browning. Add giblets and cook for a further 5 minutes to brown meat. Pour in 1L vegetable stock or water and seasonings. Cover pan and bring to a gentle simmer for 45 minutes. 2. Stir Glutafin or other brand gluten free White Mix into 3x15ml tbsp of the turkey cooking juices in a pan over a gentle heat to make a paste. Gradually stir in stock and any additional turkey cooking juices and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in redcurrant jelly and an optional couple of table spoons of white wine just before serving.

and orange juice. 5.Stir well, cover and leave to stand overnight. 6.Transfer to a 3 pint greased pudding bowl. Steam for 5 hours

To steam pudding in oven: Put two long strips of tin foil crosswise on work top or table. Place roasting tin on foil. Sit pudding bowl into the tin and fill with boiling water to within 1” of top of tin. Then bring tin foil around to form a parcel, which should be airtight to prevent any steam escaping. Place in preheated oven at 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 for the same length of time as above. There is no need to top up with water during cooking Photography by Ben Dearnley

Rice and Nut Stuffing

Gluten Free Plum Pudding Ingredients: 75g / 3oz Tritamyl Gluten-free Flour 75g / 3oz Shamrock Light Brown Sugar 175g / 6oz Margarine 3 Eggs (lightly beaten) 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice (gluten-free) 500g packet Shamrock Luxury Fruit Mix 1 Apple (Grated) 100g packet Shamrock Ground Almonds 175g / 6oz Breadcrumbs (gluten-free) 150ml / 1/4 pint Whiskey 150ml / 1/4 pint fresh Orange Juice Method: 1. Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. 2.Add the lightly beaten eggs and mix well. 3.Stir in the flour and mixed spice. 4.Next add the fruit mix, grated apple and ground almonds. Mix well. Finally, add the breadcrumbs, whiskey

An ideal stuffing with Roast Turkey or Goose and is Gluten Free Ingredients: 315g cooked brown rice 375g minced pork or sausagemeat 2 tbsps finely chopped parsley 60g toasted flaked almonds Juice of one lemon 125g sultanas 1tsp dried mixed herbs salt and pepper to taste Method: 1.Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined.

Enjoy your gluten-free Christmas!

By Gina Renehan

Food & Drink Every month we’ll look at where you can get a bite to eat, a hot beverage and unique food that can only be found in Kilkenny.







22 Parliament Street, Kilkenny An establishment which has high standards of quality and service; proprietors, Jennifer Quinn and Therese Maguire would like to welcome you, to their fine Italian Dining Experience. Located in Parliament Street, a short walk from the city centre. After a hard days shopping, or even as a stop off for the early bird before the theatre; why not treat yourself to a very reasonably priced menu. All of the menus have a wide variety of pasta and pizza dishes, as well as chicken, fish, pork and steak dishes. Something that will definitely suit every taste palate. They also cater for the coeliac as they have gluten free pizza bases and pastas available, and also a variety for the vegetarian, all of which is an added bonus. Prices for a set menu for a Saturday night for two courses is €22.95 and for three courses its €26.95. The early bird menu prices are; €19.95 for two courses and three courses is €24.95. Gustare!

25 James Street

20 High Street, Kilkenny

Park Carlow, Co. Carlow

Located in the heart of the city, you have to stop by The Fig Tree, for that well deserved shopping break. This Cosy Café has a great range of Panini’s and wraps, hot food and beverages to choose from, including a wine menu. All available at a very good price. They also have a wide variety of yummy deserts, some of which are gluten free. They also have their own brand chutneys and dressings. The Fig Tree has a lovely relaxed atmosphere; the staff are very helpful and obliging. There are tables both upstairs and downstairs you can sit back and relax with your coffee, without feeling rushed. The perfect place to re charge your shopping batteries.

Sunshine juice is a Carlow based company, which has been producing the freshest smoothies and juices for over ten years. The company has gone from strength to strength. Paul Walshe originally set up the business, in his family’s converted milking parlour, and has since set up a custom built juicing facility on his family’s land. The various fruits they select throughout the year are whatever fruits are in season. This will ensure that the fruit will always be at the best quality of ripeness, for the production of the juices. The juices and smoothies are 100% natural with no artificial colours or preservatives. They also supply a wide range of bakery goods as well as quality confectionary. The company distributes nationwide, with their fleet of temperature controlled vehicles, so businesses will have an efficient delivery schedule, to ensure the best of fresh products are delivered.

Mince Pies Who doesn’t love a mince pie? Its a real sign that Christmas is around the corner. Serve cold, heated with ice cream or cream. Ingredients 350g/12oz high quality mincemeat, preferably homemade 200g/7oz plain flour, sifted 40g/1½oz golden caster sugar 75g/2¾oz ground almonds 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, diced 1 large free-range egg, beaten milk, to glaze Preparation method 1. Lightly butter a 12-hole pie or patty tin. Tip the mincemeat into a bowl and stir so that the liquid is evenly distributed. 2. Place the flour, sugar, almonds and butter in a food processor and process briefly until resembling breadcrumbs, then slowly add the egg through the feeder tube. (Or rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand and stir in the egg.)

3. Bring the mixture together with your hands, wrap in clingfilm and chill for an hour or so. Thinly roll out the pastry on a floured surface. Cut out 12 circles with a fluted pastry cutter, large enough to fill the base of the prepared tin. Press gently into each hole, then fill with the mincemeat. 4. Cut out another 12 slightly smaller discs and use to cover the mincemeat.

Press the edges together to seal. Make a small slit in the top of each, then brush lightly with milk. Chill for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. 5.Bake the pies for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and serve warm. Just make sure you don’t eat too much

Food & Drink

Now We’re Cooking Christmas is the time of year to relax and enjoy some guilt-free indulgence and with this in mind I thought I would share with you an insight into some of the cracking cookbooks around. For those of you who are not so culinary inclined have the best job of all, just enjoying and beholding some of the contemporary and classic suggestions suitable for all ages, abilities and great stocking-filler ideas!

a great book for those who wish to broaden their culinary knowledge and who would enjoy perusing breath-taking photography.

gastronomy! The book features 50 entries of those who strive for the tastiest, most exclusive, most sophisticated culinary experiences around - With wonderful and witty illustrations by Lord Dunsby.

Great gifts

The Gift Horse, a country gift and lifestyle shop based in Patrick Street, always makes for a delightful experience! It was here that I came across these additions:


Yesterday’s on Patrick Street is great for gifts, with splendidly-sourced pieces from around the world. It was here, that I found the following cookbooks, just perfect for the Festive Season…

Scandinavian Christmas Trine Hahnemann

Published by Quadrille Publishing €21.95

Kitchen Hero Great Food For Less!

Trine Hahnemann provides 70 Christmas

recipes and shows us how to decorate our homes and make delicious dishes and celebrate Christmas the Scandinavian way! Did you know that Hygge is the Danish word for cosiness? It’s all about being inside with candles, great comfort food and lots of cakes and sweets. Sounds good to me!

Donal Skehan

Published by Harper Collins 2012 €25.00 Donal’s back with his third cookbook, in which he takes on the challenge of creating easy delicious home-cooked classics, that needn’t cost the earth! The book is easily categorized and features mouth-watering recipes. It is all the more wonderful to see Kilkenny pottery regularly used by the Chef on Television. Keep an eye out for Rosemarie Durr and Nicholas Mosse’s pottery pieces used…

Around the World in 80 Dishes David Loftus

Publisher: Atlantic Books 2012 €25.00


A culinary exploration that will not disappoint! Follow world’s leading food photographer, David Loftus’ journey from around the globe, which features delicious dishes from some friends along the way, such as: Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Gennaro Contaldo, Heston Blumenthal and Atul Kochharhich to name but a few! This is

Notes from a Jam Cupboard Mary Tregellas

New Holland Publishers Ltd €19.74 With over 100 recipes of how to make jams, chutneys, jellies, pesto and pastes and other wonderful ideas – Perfect for Christmas parties! All the more beautiful, with photographs and fascinating anecdotes, a book to treasure.

The Iconoclast’s Guide to Foodies Alexandra Parsons

Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd €14.50 A hilarious take on those who like to think of themselves somewhat a genius of

Weekend Baking

Meg Rivers

Published by Ryland Peters & Small €21.95 This book is a must-have for those who love to bake! It features a great array of recipes from the simple sponges and flapjacks to sumptuous desserts, all using great quality seasonal ingredients. Especially love the Wheat-free Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte and Amaretti cookies.

By Kate Newcombe

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Pub of the month: O’RIADAS This charming little pub in Parliament Street is the perfect place to go for the drink after the hard day’s shopping. Go sit on the bench style seats at the back of the pub, with a pint of the “black stuff”, for which O’Riadas is famous for. If you are on your own, the friendly bar staff are there to make you feel at home. If you catching up with a friend; you can have that overdue chat in the comfort of the pubs natural relaxing atmosphere, you will not 20 hear the pumped music you would

hear in the more modern pubs. Its appearance on first walking in will bring you back in time. You can tell it is steeped with the history of its once being a grocer’s in the past. The grocery’s are gone now, but it is has hurling memorabilia on the walls. Traditionally a talkers pub, but if there’s a hurling match on the TV then, the talking comes to a halt. A great job has been done though out the years; on keeping it as it should be; a little traditional gem, in fitting with our medieval city. If you are visiting Kilkenny then you

must pop into O’Riadas, to try the infamous “Black Stuff”. O’Riadas, Parliament Street, Kilkenny

If you see one thing this month... THE GIG

Jerry Fish & the mud bug club December 15th tHE sET, kILKENNY

THE Film

Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings December 2012

Tinker Bell meets Periwinkle and ventures into the winter woods with her and Tinker Bell’s other friends to Fans will be finger snapping, toe tapping find the secret of fairy wings. The story to the musical genius that is Jerry follows Tinker Bell as she learns more Fish and his Mudbugs. Jerry and the about Pixie Hollow. She helps bring Mudbugs return to Kilkenny to perform some animals across a magical bridge to in the Set Theatre. Jerry’s voice is like the winter fairies land. Eager to explore, chocolate for the ears, smooth and the she’s warned that if she crosses, her taste of more off it. Their new album wings will freeze and die. Not to be “the beautiful untrue” is on sale now. stopped, Tinker Bell bundles up and If features guest vocals from artists returns to the bridge to explore the such as: Imelda May and Carol Keogh Jerry Fish lists his influences as “Beat other side. There, she meets the winter poetry, dog, bone and sailor stories, Tom fairies and discovers a secret about her Waits, Dean Martin, Dr John, Jacques own past. Brel, Ray Charles, One Mint Julep, “The Secret of the Wings” is a brisk Mingus, Ellington”, and his sound as “indie lounge lizard schmooze, mariachi adventure with a 75-minute running swampadelica”. Fans who grew up with time. The animation is strong and an Emotional Fish are sure to be fans of colourful, which is fully in line with the Jerry’s new music. Book tickets early depth of detail you’ll find in the other via to avoid disappointment. Tinker Bell films. Tickets cost €20

THE play

Christmas Eve Watergate Tel: 056 7761674 12th December - 16th December Weds 12th, Thurs 13th, Fri 14th at 10am & 11.45am Sunday 16th at 3pm Admission €7.50

Following last year’s successful Watergate production, “Christmas Eve” is geared towards children from the age of four onwards. It tells the story of what happens on Christmas Eve, in the Claus household. Also includes characters such as Captain Hook and Frosty. Relive the magic of Christmas oh and the kids should enjoy it too. For more booking information check out the watergate’s website www. or call them on 056 7761674. Alternatively you can call into their book office on Parliament Street. Its just down from the Smithwicks Brewery tour building or across the road from The Pumphouse and Cleeres.

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