Apples and Plums

applejuice I had a very welcome visit from Con Traas yesterday, the man behind The Apple Farm. We have been long time fans of his Karmine Apple Juice, but this time he dropped in some bottles of his sparkling apple juice (photo above), which is sold only at the farm shop in Tipperary.

plumsIt’s an absolutely delightful product – earthy and a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.

In addition, he dropped in 6 kilos of plums, which are small and flavourful.

That means we will have a couple batches of plum ice cream coming up soon, and it should be a great flavour as we come out of summer.

I’m thinking a plum and brandy ice cream? I’ll post a recipe as soon as we’ve figured it out…

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Wikio’s Top Gastronomy Rankings

This list came to my attention via Cottage Smallholder who posted a list of the top UK and Irish blogs as ranked by Wikio for August, 2009. I thought it might be fun to pass it on, since there are many blogs on the list that are new to me (as well as a few of my favourites), and I hope you enjoy them!

1. The Guardian – Word of Mouth

2. Food Stories

3. Ambrosia and Nectar

4. Hollow Legs

5. eat like a girl

6. spittoonextra

7. A Slice of Cherry Pie

8. Cheese and Biscuits

9. World Foodie Guide


11. The Foodie List

12. Londonelicious

13. Domestic Goddess in Training

14. Dinner Diary

15. Cherrapeno

16. Antics of a cycling cook

17. Thring for Your Supper

18. London Eater

19. Joanna’s Food

20. Greedy Gourmet

21. Intoxicating Prose

22. Kavey Eats

23. Annes Kitchen

24. Chocablog

25. Crumbs and Doilies Cupcakes blog

26. Ice Cream Ireland

27. Baking Cakes Galore

28. Coffee and Vanilla

29. Culinary Travels Of A Kitchen Goddess

30. The London Review of Breakfasts

31. Becks & Posh

32. An American in London

33. The Cottage Smallholder

34. Good Food Shops

35. Gastronomy Domine

Ranking by Wikio.

Passing On

hearse Today, although many in Dingle were still smiling after the result in yesterday’s All Ireland Quarter Final, there was also sadness due to the untimely passing of local solicitor Peter Callery.

Peter welcomed us to Dingle when we came and helped us with settling in and with setting up Murphys Ice Cream. He was outspoken, opinionated, and controversial at times, and we enjoyed his company. We will miss him.

Rest in peace.

All Singing, All Dancing Ice Cream Fans

You never know what you’re going to find, going into work, and I find each day still has a few surprises. This morning, I came in to the following outside of our Dingle shop:

It was a great start to the day!

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