Spilling the beans
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
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
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