01

Oct,

15

The Lough Neagh Eel, my new book.

Today is publication day.  It’s been a few years since I published a book, and today, I’m please to say, I have a new book out.  It’s a book all about the Lough Neagh Eel, the story and recipes.  All to start my journey to record 2016 – Northern Irelands Year of Food and Drink.

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17

Sep,

15

Michelin stars come back to Belfast

Belfast is fast becoming a food capital of the world, Northern Ireland with it’s spring of artisan food products are winning a host of awards for quality and innovation.  And, 2 Michelin stars have come back to Belfast after a 4 year lapse.

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25

Jun,

15

Why I picked Punjana Tea

Anyone form my native Northern Ireland will know the jingle.  “Pick Punjana Tea”.  Why?  Because it was part of our growing up and heritage.  But It’s more than that as I discovered.  Many at home would condemn the rain, but as I have learnt recently its one of the main ingredients that makes ‘Our Food So Good’ as Food NI use in their marketing campaigns.  You see rain makes the grass grow, that makes the beef so good, the flour so good and that leads to breads and everything else we produce on the farms in Northern Ireland unique and world class.  Other brands of drinks need to create an ‘occasion’ for consumption in their marketing like “eleven thirty” , but when nature produces a daily stop in Northern Ireland with the rain, Punjana had a natural marketing campaign.  That’s why we all know to “Pick Punjana Tea”.

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Hastings Europa Hotel Belfast

24

Apr,

15

The hotel that brought the people together

There is a saying that bad things have to happen to allow a new beginning.  That’s the story of the Hastings Europa Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  I could tell you all about the awards the hotel has won, or the just how comfortable the ‘cloud’ beds are, but that’s not the story.  This is a story of a man with vision, who brought people together to empower them with food.

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03

Apr,

15

Northern Irish food in China

Readers will know how much I love the food and culture from my native Northern Ireland and also how I often travel to China to present TV and launch food products for Great British and Northern Irish brands in China.  What a surprise when I stumbled upon a Northern Irish restaurant in China.  A Home from home, I was even greeted at the door in my mother tongue of Ulster Scots with a big smile by Eddie the Chinese owner who lives in Belfast now saying in broad Belfast tone ‘bout ya’, slightly different to the ‘Ni Hao’ I have been greeted with the past 10 days.  Welcome to the land of BT8 in Shenzhen, just above Hong Kong.

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21

Mar,

15

2016 Northern Irelands Year of Food

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has served up a new initiative aimed at giving more tourists an appetite to visit Northern Ireland.  And I for one am excited the world can discover Northern Ireland’s food and beautiful scenery with it’s many tourist attractions.

Announcing that next year, 2016, will be Northern Ireland’s Year of Food, the Minister called on everyone to get involved in giving visitors a taste of what makes our local menus so special.

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