Category Archives: Food Pairings

Donegal Catch, Craft Cider Battered Haddock Fillets.

I’ve encountered beer battered onion rings & Guinness stew before – but never Craft Cider Battered Haddock.

Tea time c/othewhiskeynut

Always happy to try out something new this Donegal Catch & Armagh Cider collaboration made my plate.

The batter was noticeably on the lighter & slightly sweeter side.

‘Orchard like’ in reference to fish is a bit of a stretch – but it did make for a very tasty experience.

Craft Cider Battered c/othewhiskeynut

I think I’d have these again!

An innovative pairing from Donegal Catch & Armagh Cider.

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Lidl De Luxe Beer Battered Onion Rings

Maybe it was the pubs being closed?

Yearning c/othewhiskeynut

Spotting these Beer Battered Onion Rings in my local Lidl reminded me of pre-pandemic carefree days.

They made my basket.

They made my oven.

They made my plate.

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They brought back memories of the good days,

And yearnings of days yet to come.

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Dunnes Simply Better, Barrel Aged Feta Cheese.

Browsing the cheese aisle in my local Dunnes Stores a feta cheese caught my eye.

Barrel Aged Feta c/othewhiskeynut

‘Barrel Aged’ it stated.

What barrels & for how long?

Turns out beechwood for a minimum of 60 days.

Beech Barrels c/othewhiskeynut

I couldn’t discern any wood influence – but enjoying the feta brought me back to lazy beachside days in Greece tucking into a wholesome & fresh feta cheese salad after the previous nights entertainment.

It’s not just whiskey that’s barrel aged!

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Tipperary Irish Whiskey Artisan Ice Cream, 1%

Irish Whiskey comes in many shapes & forms with exciting new releases appearing on an almost weekly basis.

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Yum yum! c/othewhiskeynut

One innovative idea I came across in my local Lidl was Tipperary Irish Whiskey Artisan Ice Cream.

How could I resist?

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Sounds good! c/othewhiskeynut

A serving was prepared – neat to begin with – although extra toppings of strawberries, cream & even a dash of single malt were later enjoyed!

The ice cream was exceptionally smooth, creamy & lucious.

A hint of maltiness came through the rich vanilla base.

Made in Tipperary using whiskey sourced from Kilbeggan Distillery – this ice cream has no artificial additives or colouring.

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Small batch ice cream. c/othewhiskeynut

A highly entertaining dessert that can be enjoyed in numerable ways.

Delicious!

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Union Hall Smoked Salmon Pate infused with West Cork Irish Whiskey, 2.5%

The diversification of Irish Whiskey continues with this delightful smoked salmon pâté from unionhallsmokedfish.com.

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Delightful! c/othewhiskeynut

Infused with West Cork Irish Whiskey – a venture founded by former fishermen itself – this is not an entirely unexpected food pairing.

I found it a light salmon pâté – yet bursting with flavour.

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Can I have some more? c/othewhiskeynut

The fresh citrusy salmon was accentuated by a gentle soft smokiness which gave depth & complexity to the mix. Quite what the Irish Whiskey brought to the palate was hard to judge – but I found it irresistible.

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The back label info c/othewhiskeynut

I’d have easily polished off the whole lot if it wasn’t for the other half reminding me to leave some for the guests – who also enjoyed what was left!

I’ll need to get some more!

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Erne Larder, Irish Whiskey Marmalade, 2%

What better way to enjoy breakfast than indulge yourself with Irish Whiskey Marmalade on yer toast?

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How could I resist? c/othewhiskeynut

Erne Larder is currently available in the Lidl chain of stores and I happily spread a liberal amount all over my sourdough toast earlier.

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Whiskey Marmalade! c/othewhiskeynut

The marmalade has a solid consistency – it doesn’t run over the toast – is fairly dark in colour and comes with orange peel in the mix to give added bite & texture.

The nose was rich & inviting, heavy with orange, a hint of malt & fresh zestiness too.

The taste was wholesome, bursting with flavour & full bodied.

If this was a whiskey I’d be saying it possessed character, depth & added flair.

A very satisfying way to start the day.

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NB – Please note the 2% refers to the percentage of Irish Whiskey – source not stated – in the recipe, not the ABV of the marmalade.

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Ingredients c/othewhiskeynut

Dunnes Stores Traditional Whiskey Smoked Irish Ham

If you’re out shopping for some sliced ham – as I was – and you come across a Whiskey Smoked one – there can only be one response – buy it!

Now it might be a gimmick.

It might not be up to much.

But it sure is worth a punt!

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A proper sandwich. c/othewhiskeynut

I happily slapped a few slices in a sandwich layered with mayonnaise for a taster.

Very nice!

To be fair no whiskey has been used in the smoking. It’s the whiskey wood chips that provide the fuel source for the aromatic smoke after the spirited liquid has been removed.

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3 days maturation – sorry – curing! c/othewhiskeynut

Trying the ham ‘neat’ did reveal some subtle smokiness which gave welcome added flavour.

Suited my palate just fine!

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