Archives for March 2016

Pressure Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Pressure Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

We’ve been getting our meat on of late, and after we recently created a tasty slow cooked beer beef brisket dish for Easter, we’ve been busy in the kitchen again creating a pulled pork recipe with a wonderful cut of pork butt from the Lynas Food Outlet in Belfast.  Rather than slow cooking the pork (as is often the norm with BBQ pulled pork), we got our pressure cooker out and cooked this pulled pork dish in less than an hour – that’s right, less than an hour!  If you don’t have a pressure cooker you could slow cook the pork for 4 – 6 hours.

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Live LAGOM – A 3 Month Update

IKEA Live LAGOM Storage Containers - Pikalily Blog

We’re now 3 months into our Live Lagom project and it’s time for a little update. Our big focus during the project was to reduce the amount of food we waste on a weekly basis, and to also look at upcycling old furniture that we have stored in our shed. Over the last 3 months the biggest push for us has been on managing food waste. We’ve been trying to keep a closer eye on what we are buying (not always as successfully as we would like), and more importantly, what we are making for our daily meals. We discuss our progress a little further below.

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Slow Cooker Beer Beef Brisket Recipe

Slow Cooker Beer Beef Brisket Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

Last week we got a wonderful Easter meat pack from the great folk at Lynas Foodservice.  It was our first trip down to their Beflast food outlet store and we were left more than impressed by the great selection of food on offer, particularly the meat section.  We left with a frozen leg of lamb, pork butt and beef brisket, along some packets of vegetables, ready to make a number of Easter feasts.

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Easter Sunday DIY Chocolate Decorating Fun

Easter Chocolate Fun - Pikalily Food Blog

As we’ve grown older, the excitement of Easter has gone from counting eggs to counting days off work.  With many houses around the country coming down with chocolate and Easter eggs over the next few days, why not get a little bit creative in the kitchen and make your own Easter chocolate creation.  Like most Easter’s, we welcome family to our home in Newcastle, and this year is no exception.  With young kids running about the place, still high from the sugar rush of their Easter chocolate hunt, finding activities to do on Easter Sunday can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.  This year, we’ve got just the solution for you.

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6 Great Easter egg buys at M&S


Easter Eggs at M&S - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

We were recently invited along by Marks and Spencers to check out their fabulous range of Easter Eggs and it’s safe to say we were blown away by how exceptional these eggs looked.  With something for everyone, including limited edition eggs, M&S really have mastered the feel of luxurious chocolate eggs for the Easter season.  Read below to find out 6 of our favourites, and be sure to watch the video at the end to see just how much effort has gone into crafting these little marvels.

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5 Places to dine in Antrim and Down this Easter

5 places to eat in Antrim and Down - Pikalily Food Blog

March is the month of heritage and traditions in the Northern Ireland 2016 food and drink calendar, and one tradition enjoyed by many during the Easter holidays is dining out with friends and family. With a few days off work ahead for many of us, it’s the perfect time to plan a few outings with family and friends.

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Interview with Belfast Telegraph Food Writer, Joris Minne

Joris Minne Food Interview - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

We recently interviewed the lovely Allison and Will at Abernethy Butter as part of our interview series for the 2016 NI Year of Food & Drink, and next up we have one of Northern Ireland’s most respected food critics, the Belfast Telegraph’s Joris Minne.  We quizzed Joris on everything from his love of food to the local NI foodie scene, and also got some tips for fellow food writers and bloggers.  Check out Joris’s thoughts below.

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