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Month: June 2014

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Plum & Cider Popsicles

I don’t know about you but this heat is getting to me.  Perhaps these plum & Tempted? cider popsicles will do the trick.  Why make popsicles from anything else?

Another tasty treat from Chef and Food Stylist Jette Virdi.


2 fresh plums

1tsp vanilla paste/essence

1 bottle of Tempted? cider of your choice
We used the Dry Cider but any of them will do.  In fact, I recommend making a variety.



Cut plums into quarters removing stone and pop into a saucepan with a little water and the teaspoon of vanilla.



Cook on a very low heat until plums turn to mush and it turns quite thick rather than watery. Leave to cool.


Once cooled, split between the 4 popsicle makers and put into the freezer for 5 minutes. Take out and top up with cider then freeze overnight.


The result: Refreshingly sweet and tangy ice pops for those lazy Irish summer days.  Enjoy!



Jette Virdi is a regular contributor to Easy Food Magazine and Image Magazine and is co-founder of The Workshop People, a one-stop-workshop for an evening of bespoke food, DIY, meeting new people, plus a couple beverages, all under one roof.  You can follow Jette @WoodandC or visit her website

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Four Provinces Brew Co. Launch Party!

Join us in celebration of Four Provinces Brew Co’s first beer, The Hurler Copper Ale, this Thursday at L. Mulligan Grocer.  Come meet brewers Andrew and Feargal and enjoy some of their tasty new beer on us!

Who Four Provinces Brew Co.

What The Hurler Copper Ale Lanuch Party

Where L. Mulligan Grocer 18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

When Thursday 5 June 18:30

The Hurler Copper Ale will only be available at L. Mulligan Grocer until its official release 9 June. So this is your chance to be the first to try Ireland’s newest craft beer!

Reserve your case and/or keg now by emailing