Spilling the beans

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - BITES - LUCINDA O’SUL­LI­VAN

NO BUT­TER FOR HIM

How we eat has al­ways re­flected our sta­tus. Food and Drink in Ire­land, a fas­ci­nat­ing new book by the Royal Ir­ish Academy, through a col­lec­tion of 14 es­says, ex­plores the col­lec­tion, cul­ti­va­tion, con­sump­tion and cul­ture of food in Ire­land from the early ages.

Did you know that com­mon­ers were not en­ti­tled to but­ter? Or that in a me­dieval deer hunt, the per­son who cut up the car­cass got the shoul­der? The dogs got the haunches, while the landowner got the belly! Cook­ery books re­flected changes in power. In 17th-Cen­tury Eng­land, French-style ‘courtly’ cook­books were the thing un­til Charles I lost his head! See ria.ie

CHOCO­LATE CURTINS

Af­ter a very suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a foot­baller with the Repub­lic of Ire­land women’s na­tional team for more than a dozen years, Marie Curtin has teamed up with her dairy farmer father, Sean Curtin, to pro­duce Tem­ple Dairy, a low-fat choco­late milk to sat­isfy the choc­a­holic in all of us. See tem­pledairy.ie

FEASTA FIESTA

Cork City is the place to be from June 17 to June 26, when its an­nual ex­plo­sion of arts takes place at the Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val. Apart from the en­ter­tain­ment and arts lined up, on se­lected dates you can en­joy the Feasta Fes­ti­val Mar­kets in Em­met Place, of­fer­ing the best of lo­cal food pro­duce, while the fes­ti­val grand fi­nale is a long-ta­ble ban­quet on Oliver Plun­kett Street. See cork­mid­sum­mer.com

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