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Winter Warmers at Meadows and Byrne

The seasons have officially turned we are now in winter mode, it is time to think about changing what we are serving for dinner. This time of year is all about winter warmers. Think full-bodied stews, casseroles and soups that are full of seasonal veg. Most of these types of dishes are even better the second day and leftovers are the perfect lunch. Saving you both money and time and impressing everyone with your delicious flavours, what’s not to love! Kitchen & Dining Buyer and self-confessed food-addict Julie is going to give you some ideas here on how you can make the most of your cookware and ingredients this season…...

Simple Sauteed Cabbage

Cabbage is a very traditional Irish vegetable that gets a very bad rep! Soggy, boiled to within an inch of it’s life and served in a pool of salty water… hardly something to shout home about. However, it doesn’t have to be like this, cabbage is a wonderful vegetable that can be exciting again if we give it some love. I have taken to sauteing it in the manner below and served alongside a rich stew or on the side of a slow cooked beef brisket it really is almost joyful! It is ready in less than 20 minutes and I’m confident it will make up for years of over...

Kitchen Focus

Kitchen Focus We all know that better ingredients make better food, but it’s hard to strike the balance between sourcing fresh ingredients and getting the dinner on the table before everyone in the house gets too “hangry” (a mixture of hungry and angry!). Luckily there are a few simple ways to enhance the way we cook at home to make even better food! Thyme To Grow Your Own Having fresh herbs at hand in the garden or kitchen is wonderful. You just can’t beat the smell of freshly picked basil or finely chopped coriander, but the reality is that tending to herbs is often the last thing we think of after...

Kids in the Kitchen – summer activities to keep them busy!

It’s midsummer, the school holidays are in full swing and it’s hard to come up with new ways to keep the kids busy on long summer days!  If you find yourself at home with a full house, we have a few fun summer activities to keep them busy in the kitchen. In a world where everything is ready-made on the supermarket shelves, it’s wonderful to show kids how with the help of an adult, some simple ingredients and methods they can create delicious treats for everyone! Cake time A home cooked sponge cake can be one of the most delicious cakes, especially when topped with fresh cream and jam! With...

Football isn’t the only thing France are Champions of!

Football isn’t the only thing France are Champions of! I’m sure we all know by now that France were victorious this weekend in a little competition called The World Cup. Having followed the French team with interest throughout I was in the mood for some French food for dinner last night. Luckily, French cooking is some of the tastiest out there and when it comes to cookware, it is hard to be the French classic, Le Creuset. So I dug the casserole out of the press, raided the fridge to see what I could rustle up and a version of the classic Chicken Fricassee was born.   A delicious and...

Top Tips for Brunching in Style this Summer

  Channel your inner Duchess or Upper East Side socialite this weekend with a little brunch. Our Manhattan collection hits just the right note for a glamourous and stylish Mimosa and Macaron themed lunch. Think tiny sweet scones, delicious pink lemonade and sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Served up on the classy and chic plates from our brand new Manhattan collection your guests are bound to feel like they are brunching in a top London restaurant. Setting the scene is so important, so ditch the paper napkins and invest in some crisp white napkins, your guests will appreciate the effort. There is nothing quite like a beautifully set table...

We ❤ The Happy Pear!

At M&B we’re big fans of The Happy Pear and this week we were thrilled to discover our lovely Tola will be featured in their new cookbook! The dynamic duo have an amazing way with food and manage to create recipes that are so tasty and healthy at the same time. While we eagerly await their new cookbook we’ve put together our quick tips to style your table top this season! Colour – Be Bold At M&B we believe when you whip up something delicious in the kitchen why not serve it in style! Summer is a great excuse to update your dinnerware and get ready for entertaining. Echo the vibrant colours of...

Easter Dining – Make an Occasion of it

At Easter time Spring is in full bloom and everyone is excited to enjoy the treats brought by the Easter Bunny! It’s a gorgeous time of the year to invite friends and family to gather round and enjoy a special meal so why not do it in style with some special touches to your table. We have selected and styled our favourite tableware for the occasion to give us all a little Easter dining inspiration. Spring Chic…k This time of year is all about enjoying Spring and the sunshine that comes with it. Inspired by sunshine yellows, spring chicks and garden freshness our first look brings together a classic Easter...

Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day

    Breakfast in Bed We are more in love with the fact Valentine’s Day is falling on a Sunday this year than anything else. It’s the perfect excuse to stay in bed all day. If your hoping to be served breakfast in bed make sure you have some nice new mugs, it’ll make it all the more special. Snuggle up in style with our selection a bed linen.                   Lazy Lunch If you are planning on staying at home all day and lounging around you probably wont feel like cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Keep it simple and prepare...

Recipe: Flipping good pancakes

Here at M&B we are more excited about Pancake Tuesday than most children are. The pancake possibilities are endless. Pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.. Yum!   The Ingredients: 100g plain flour Pinch of salt 1 egg 300 ml milk 1 tblsp. melted butter or sunflower oil   The Equipment:                                                 The Method:  Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Crack the egg into the well; add the melted butter or oil and half the milk. Gradually draw the...

SALE TOP PICKS: Grab it before it’s gone…

Going, going… Grab it before it’s gone! With only one week to go in our Winter Sale; seize the day and get yourself or someone else a little something special before it’s over! For the chef… If your collection of pots and pans have seen better days,now is the time to replace them with some shiny new ones. With up to 50% off Kitchen items it makes sense to invest in new utensils and gadgets. | TOP PICKS |                                   For the fashionista… Our Fashion range is polished for work or play – and brimming with after-hours...

How to Use: Pestle and Mortar

Pestle & Mortars are useful tools if you need to grind herbs and spices into a paste or powder, they can be used for crushing berries, nuts, hard sweets and sea salt. Our selection of Pestle and Mortars are solid, robust and designed to last; a great addition to any kitchen. Follow our simple step by step guide for using your Pestle and Mortar to perfection. Granite Mortar and Pestle A lifetime investment, this beautiful Granite Mortar and Pestle is made from solid polished granite with a non-scratch base. It is ideal for crushing a variety of herbs and spices to infuse food with flavour. It comes in a sophisticated and...

Essential Kitchen Utensils

Invest in the essentials – cooking is so much easier with the right tools. But that doesn’t mean you need to pack your kitchen with every kitchen utensil there is out there. With some basic items, you can cook almost anything!We’ve rounded up our top ten kitchen utensils to get you started:1. Knives Sharpen your knife skills. Be confident using various knives in the kitchen.  A sharp knife is an absolute necessity. A blade that has significant length and width will be the best for chopping, dicing, cubing, mincing, shredding, slicing, and scooping. Chopping is accomplished by leaving the tip of the blade on the cutting board and rocking the base (near...