Welcome to the Summer Edition of JacobCrackers guide

Summer is finally here : In this month’s issue we bring you some hot recipes  to compensate for the lack of glorious sunshine and if you are considering where to celebrate your wedding, Ross Golden Bannon has some places sussed out for you.

Mona Wise takes a trip down memory lane by visiting Kirwans while Ed Jolliffe tells us all we ever wanted to know about wine.

We take a break this summer and will return in September with our new and updated format and your portal to a beautiful life through good eating , exquisite travel and beautiful things .

As usual we review as we see things and dish out The Good, The bad and The unmissable..

Happy reading & have a great summer

Robert Jacob

Cover Photo: Mona Wise


types of weddings

Four weddings and a spit roast, different types of weddings

by / / in Features, June 2016, News
The traditional wedding day has had its day. From the trend of marrying abroad to micro-ceremonies followed by big parties, there are nearly as many types of weddings as there are couples getting hitched.Recent marriage equality legislation brought its own changes, not least of which is that the pledge of ... Read More


Kirwans Lane Seafood Bar

Kirwans Lane , In the heart of Galway for over 20 years

I remember fighting the crowds lined up on a Saturday night in Galway shortly after Kirwans Lane opened, more than 20 years ago now. I was living in the US at the time, but was home for one of those obligatory visits. I had dragged my American other half with ... Read More

RASAM | From India with love

INDIA, one of the World's most diverse nations, 17 Written languages, birthplace of 4 Religions, 1.2 billion people, with an ancient Culture and long Culinary traditions, Indian Cuisine seems to be surrounded by an aura of mystery and myths but the truth, was and still is a Regional and Seasonal ... Read More


Added Speakers at Food on the Edge 2016

Added Speakers at Food on the Edge 2016

by / / in Events, June 2016, News
More excellent chef speakers have been added to the Food on the Edge symposium, taking place in Galway on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th October 2016.They have also released a video showing a little of what Food on the Edge is about. Early Bird Tickets are available until end of ... Read More
€10,000 raised for charity at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2016

€10,000 for Charity at the Irish Restaurant Awards

by / / in Features, News
The Restaurants Association of Ireland is delighted to announce that €10,209 was raised for charity at the Irish Restaurant Awards held on Monday 16th May in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Dublin.The money, which was raised through guest donations, will be divided between the Irish Restaurant Awards 2016 official charity partner ... Read More


Frequently Asked Questions About Wine

Frequently Asked Questions About Wine

by / / in Drinks, Wine
One of the joys of the sommelier’s role in a restaurant setting is the engagement with customers. Young; old; experienced wine drinkers; first timers; keen collectors who have their own cellars; regular customers with whom you may have a great rapport; new customers who you want to make feel welcome.Every ... Read More


Win a copy Social Suppers by Jason Atherton

Win a copy Social Suppers by Jason Atherton

by / / in Competitions, May 2016
Winner of the 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Award, Best Innovative Cookbook"Jason is one of the greats. He's the best of both worlds: the prowess of a Michelin-starred chef with accolades from every corner of the globe, but also the person you want to be preparing your Sunday supper." ―Thomas KellerMore ... Read More
Win a copy of Social Sweets by Jason Atherton

Win a copy of Social Sweets by Jason Atherton

by / / in Competitions, May 2016
Featuring more than 100 recipes, Social Sweets is a heavenly collection of desserts from Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton. Showcasing a variety of beautiful and contemporary recipes from his London restaurants, this volume is a celebration of the flavours and techniques from across the world which have inspired him.As well ... Read More



Fish Curry by Nitin Gautam

Fish Curry Recipe by Nitin Gautam from Copper & Spice in Navan Marinade the fish Mix all the Marinade ingredients into a shallow bowl, and add the salmon fillets. Allow the fish to marinate for 2-3 hours.Coconut Curry Method Heat the oil in a saucepan over low to medium heat. Add ... Read More
Fennel and Seafood Salad

Fennel and Seafood Salad by Hari Ghotra

Some brand new summer recipes by Tamarind chef, Hari Ghotra. They’re a great example of of light Indian food rather than the stereotype stodgy curries.Hari specialises in North Indian cuisine with the aim to simplify recipes without losing authenticity. As well her upcoming appointment as Chef of Michelin-starred Tamarind's new ... Read More
Hari Gobi Tikki Broccoli Cakes

Gobi Tikki Broccoli Cakes by Hari Ghotra

Tamarind chef,Hari Ghotra.'s example  of light Indian food.  Hari Gobi Tikki Broccoli Cakes Ingredients 500g broccoli 4 medium potatoes, washed with skin on 1 tbsp oil 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp salt 2 green chillies, finely chopped 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp chaat masala 3 spring onions handful fresh corianderMethod 1. Place potatoes with the skin on into a ... Read More
Mint Lassi Yogurt Drink

Mint Lassi Yogurt Drink by Hari Ghotra

  Mint Lassi Yogurt Drink Ingredients 500ml yoghurt Greek yoghurt water Handful fresh mint leaves 1 tsp black salt 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds mint leaves to garnish ice cubesMethod 1. Put the yoghurt, mint, a splash of water into a blender and blitz to make a smooth drink. add more water if required.2. Roast the cumin seeds in a ... Read More
Pistachio Praline Parfait Pistachio Ice Cream

Pistachio Praline Parfait by Hari Ghotra

 A regular contributor to Great British Chefs. Tamarind Chef  Hari Ghotra brings us some  brand new summer recipes Pistachio Praline Parfait Pistachio Praline 100g caster sugar 55g unsalted pistachios baking parchment vegetable oil for greasingParfait 2 large free-range eggs, separated 50g caster sugar half a vanilla pod 200ml double creamRaspberry Sauce 100g sugar 200g raspberries 1tbsp lemon juiceMethod for Pistachio Praline 1. Grease a sheet ... Read More
Smoked Tomato Chutney

Smoked Tomato Chutney by Hari Ghotra

  Smoked Tomato Chutney Ingredients 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 tsp kalonji seeds 1 tsp salt 2 dried red chillies 1 green chilli, chopped 10 tomatoes lump of smoking charcoalMethod 1. Heat oil in a pan and add the garlic.2. Fry until it starts to brown.3. Add the kalonji seeds, salt and chillies.4. Stir then add the ... Read More