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The English Food Market, Cork...

I was in Cork good few times, but never properly IN the city. It was the first time that we actually took a stroll down the street, looked around the city centre and the most important went to the English Market. You can read about that place in all guide books, websites about Cork etc. it's a must place to visit (not only if you're a 'foodie').

I didn't expect a lot... Having rather bad experience with Irish farmers/food markets. But I was surprised, a lot! It's not a huge space but you can find anything you want. From all kind of meats, through seafood, chocolates, cheeses (both local and international), chocolates and spices/ingredients from around the world.

We have finally bought a Greek oil of olives (as I don't believe that Italian is the best, sorry to all proud Italians out there!). I've tasted few oils from different countries and I think (my Hubby has the same opinion) that the best oil of olives is from Greece, Israel and countries around that part of the world. It's a taste you can't compare with anything - light and very aromatic.

Besides the oil of olives I finally bought a huge selection of cheeses (which I can't get anywhere else in my area). They were all great, well maybe not all of them but I finally had a chance to try few I was looking for a some time now.

Unfortunately we didn't buy any seafood (although selection was big) or any meat as we had an over 2 hours way back home and didn't have anything to pack it in. We finished our visit in English Market upstairs, eating some lunch - well it was a lunch for my Hubby as he ordered a proper sandwich I spoiled myself a little with... Banoffie pie :) and hot chocolate.

If you'll ever be in Cork English Market should be high on your list of places to visit. I know I definitely be there now each time I'm in the city.
More info about the English Market on their official web site here.

Cheese - French Comté...

OK I know I'm not very often here lately but you know the reason - Baby J :) But I still eat a lot and cook whenever I can - though usually this was passed on to my Hubby and he's good at this so I'm not complaining ;)
I eat a lot(!) of cheeses being it French, Italian, Irish, Polish, Dutch etc. so I decided to share with you my experience (or lack of it ;) ) in that field. I'm not an expert when it comes to cheeses. I like trying different types of it, like finding out the history, how it's made, from what kind of milk etc. so I hope my posts about all those things will be somehow helpful for you and will encourage you to try some as well :)
Oh, just so you know - all the cheeses I'll be posting about were "tried and tested", I'm afraid I will be judging with my own taste so if I'm not fond of some particular cheese please don't let it put if off trying it for yourself! It will be only my opinion and you really should make your own! :)

I couldn't start with anything else but probably the most famous of French hard cheeses - Comté.

The best way I can describe it is: medium soft texture (although it's a hard cheese), nice distinctive but not too offensive taste, you're left with a king of 'woody' after taste in your mouth (like it was a little smoked, even though it's not). You can definitely taste fruity/flowery overtones.
It's great on it's own - I ate it with a fresh baguette and fully bodied red wine (of course French one ;) )

The Daring Cooks #10 Nut Butters...

The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online.

This month's challenge was very interesting. And ye again I left it for the very last minute - made it only today. It's starting to be some kind of tradition for me doing challenges on the day of posting ;) Next month will be different though - as me and another DC member are the hosts! :)
Anyway back to this month - the challenge was great. I picked up the Asian Salad as me and my Hubby love shrimps. We weren't disappointed. It was delicious and very(!) easy to make (this time I did all the cooking while the two of them -Hubby and Baby J - were sleeping...).
I also had a chance to bake delicious peanut butter cookies - for which the recipe you'll find in the previous post.

Oh, thank you all for the wishes reg. Baby Julia :) and she's better now - less colics!!! Yupi!

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Peanut butter cookies...

With peanut butter you either lov it or hate it... I just LOVE peanut butter! Never tried to make peanut butter cookies though, so after seeing in online for many months it was a high time I make some myself... This recipe is very easy and gives a great result. Enjoy! They are perfect with a cup of strong coffe :)

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