Compiled by MARIE-CLAIRE DIGBY
Lily O’Brien’s has opened a chocolate shop in Kildare Village where you can buy the full collection at a 33 per cent discount. The seasonal collection has had a smart make-over too.
If the thought of wielding a palette knife and a bag of Royal icing fills you with fear, there is a free demo on “Baking and Icing Christmas Cakes for Cheats” at Kitchen Complements on South Anne Street in Dublin, today (noon to 3pm). Next Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th, the topic is “Foodie Gifts for Christmas”.The minimalist cake below is from Say it with Cake, the new book from former GBBO winner Ed Kimber (Kyle Books, £18.99).
Book of the week
Marvellous Meals with Mince, by Josceline Dimbleby (£9.99, Quadrille)
There’s nothing penitential about this re-issue of a 1980s classic. Dimbleby is very well travelled and she manages to make mince quite exotic. I like the sound of her onion and yoghurt soda buns stuffed with spiced lamb.
The buzz top food tweets
@JoannaBlythman: Worth following The Global Alliance Against
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@dan_lepard: Woke up with phone, glasses, wallet all safe. But two Snickers bar wrappers on bedside table. I don’t remember that
Yes, there is such a thing ... but there’s a catch, there could be a hairy moment or two at the Pure Brazen pop-up next Thursday night. The four-course dinner, cooked by James Rigby of Rigby’s on Leeson Street, using Pure Brazen’s stocks, is in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s Movember appeal. It is in the cellar at Pacino’s on Suffolk Street, Dublin 2.
Tickets are free, however guests will be asked to make a donation to the cause. Pure Brazen was set up 12 months ago by David Lombard and Darragh Whelan (above). Book on 087-056 6103.