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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Top tips for dressing your dinner table on Valentine’s Day

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We were recently asked by Oak Furniture UK what our favourite way to dress a table for Valentine’s Day was.  We’ve included this below along with some steps to enjoying your evening.

Valentine’s Day come’s but once a year and with it comes the daunting task of what to do for the one you love.  Should you opt for flowers or chocolates, perhaps some jewellery or a meal at your favourite restaurant, or maybe even a night away somewhere – decisions, decisions, decisions.  While all of these can certainly earn you brownie points, we feel that’s there’s nothing quite like a homemade meal to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  But where do you begin?

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6 Great Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas From M&S For Under £25

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Finding the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day isn’t always an easy task, especially if you leave it till the last minute.  We were recently invited along by Marks & Spencer to check out their great range of Valentine’s Day gift ideas and we have to say we were impressed.  Below we take a look at 6 foodie gift ideas to consider for Valentine’s Day that will cover all budgets and fit many tastes.

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Our Live LAGOM Story – Some New Year’s Resolutions

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We’re kicking off 2016 with a series of resolutions as part of a project with IKEA that is called Live LAGOM. The project aims to help you live more sustainably, and following a recent project we got involved in with Hubbub and Tesco NI we can’t wait to find ways to try and be more sustainable.

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Getting to know a little more about Abernethy Butter

Abernethy Butter - Pikalily Food Blog

2016 is a big year for food and drink here in Northern Ireland.  We recently attended the launch event from Tourism NI which showcased some of the finest food produce in Northern Ireland, and indeed we’re blessed with some great local food producers here.  One such producer is Abernethy Butter, who hail from the small Co Down village of Dromara.  With this week being National Breakfast Week, and January being breakfast month here in Northern Ireland, we caught up with Allison and Will Abernethy to find out more about their award winning butter.

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A guide to creating a lace design on cupcakes

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Lace is so on trend at the minute!  It is seen everywhere from interiors to weddings to cakes!  It is surprisingly easy to create a lace effect on cakes, biscuits and cupcakes, and all it requires is some Royal icing, a piping bag and a small paintbrush.  Royal icing dries hard so it can hold its shape, making it perfect for intricate patterns.  Hopefully this step-by-step guide will show you how to create the pattern of the moment!

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse marks a new era for Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast

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Last week (Friday 9th October) we attended a media preview of the new Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast. It’s a real statement of intent both for the hotel and the local area to have the famous Marco Pierre White (MPW) associated with Park Avenue in East Belfast. While we didn’t get to see the whole interior of the hotel, the fact it has evolved from modest 2 star to boutique 4 star is testament to Mandy Patrick, the third generation of this family owned hotel which has been in business since 1959. [Read more…]

Wedding cake design – what to consider

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I have been making decorative cakes for friends and family members for a few years now and wedding cakes are definitely a favourite of mine. After making several wedding cakes for other people I couldn’t resist the chance to make my very own in December 2014. My mum helped bake the cakes and I designed and decorated it, all 8 tiers!!

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Time for a catch up

Wedding Slieve Donard - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

It’s been a busy few weeks for us as we got married over the Christmas holidays and then set off on a mini European break for our honeymoon.  As it’s been such a long time since we updated the blog, we figured it’s time to give you all a bit of an update on what we’ve been up to of late.

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Party season has begun at M&S

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There’s just something so inviting about the food court at M&S and on a recent trip to their Sprucefield store we couldn’t resist from helping ourselves to lots of goodies.  As our wedding draws ever closer we decided to stock up on some party food so that we can feed any guests who decide to pop by on the run up to our big day.  With a 3 for 2 offer we certainly got value for money.  If you’re looking for some party food for the upcoming festive season then we’d strongly recommend checking out the range on offer at M&S.  They also have some Christmas party food combos available to order online.  To give you an idea of some of the food you can grab this Christmas at M&S, here’s a list of the food we got.  All of these can be frozen to allow you to get the whole Christmas period out of using them.  We’ve sampled a few of each of them ourselves and the rest are now stored away awaiting guests over the Christmas season.

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