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Music added to menu of supper club

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Music has been added to the menu

A music quiz has been added to the menu of the supper club on Saturday 13 March.

Booking essential.

€25 membership includes three-course dinner followed by tea and coffee. Tips welcome.

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February 18, 2010 at 12:56

Yorkshire pudding recipe – all recipes and food-related items have moved

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I have just published a recipe for quick and easy Yorkshire pudding – as a replacement for mashed potato – on the DublinSupperClub blog

This is where all future recipes and food-related blogs will be.

Thanks for reading!

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February 17, 2010 at 13:14

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The underground restaurant has moved!

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The underground restaurant has changed to the SupperClubDublin and moved to its own blog

Hope to see you there!

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February 16, 2010 at 15:21

Underground restaurant tomorrow!

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At first it looked like I wouldn’t get enough people to make it worthwhile holding the underground restaurant, but on Monday this week the bookings started coming very quickly. The 20 places are now fully booked and I am squeezing in one more too.

Spent last weekend spring cleaning in preparation and yesterday sorting out glasses, crockery, tablecloths, cutlery, napkins etc. I had to take a trip out to Ikea to get extra glasses and cutlery – so it looks like I will be doing this again.

Apart from the spring cleaning, I am really enjoying it all and the food is all coming together.

Thankfully made double batch of chilli last night for ourselves – sneaked a bit of it for my lunch which has kept me going.

I spent today in the kitchen cooking and listening to repeats of Smiley’s People on the BBC listen again website.

Better head back to the kitchen and get some of the bread started.

To see the menu and how it all goes, watch this space!

Written by SOKNH

February 12, 2010 at 17:22

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Underground restaurant Feb 13: Menu takes shape

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I have four bookings for my Saturday 13 February underground restaurant and now the menu is beginning to take shape.
It will be a three-course (minimum) meal – and the choice will be vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Everything, including bread, will be homemade.
The menu is not set in stone yet but the main courses may be Boeuf Bourguignon; and vegetarian chilli with guacamole and tacos.
The idea is to have really good food – not necessarily really out there food.
I will have at least one starter – at the moment I’m thinking of chicken liver pate or hummous with homemade oatcakes.
Or perhaps mini croque monseurs with green salad – inspired by Meryl Streep in ‘It’s complicated’.
The main course will be followed by cheese and several desserts.
I may also have some ‘amuse bouche’ at the beginning and various little cookies at the end.
And there’ll be a selection of different breads.

I can cater for up to 20 and it will be €25 a head – bring your own wine or whatever you like to drink.

If you’re interested, email and I’ll give you any other information you need.

Written by SOKNH

January 31, 2010 at 15:52

Kindle review

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Review: Kindle 2 International

I live in Ireland and have had the Kindle for a few weeks now. Overall, I love it even though there are many things that I would change about it. Would I buy another one if this one went missing – definitely.
Please note that if you try any of the workarounds I describe below it is at your own risk!

The Kindle costs $259 from In addition, there are charges for customs and postage.

Good points

  • Easy to read – paper ink works very well and there is no noticeable eye strain.
  • Easy to turn pages.
  • Easy to download free sample chapter from Amazon.
  • Easy to buy books from Amazon.
  • Most books relatively cheap, about €7.
  • Easily fits in handbag.
  • Print size easy to change.
  • Great having a selection of books to choose from.
  • If someone else in your household has a Kindle, you can share your book library.
  • You can email text, Word and PDFs to your personal account at Amazon and they will be converted into text for Kindle and emailed back to you, when you can drag and drop them onto your Kindle (when it is connected to your computer via the USB cable).
  • Some other file formats can also be converted.
  • You can now drag and drop PDF files directly onto the Kindle without converting them.

Bad points

  • Many Amazon books are not available to readers outside the US.
  • Whispernet internet connection to Amazon store is frequently unavailable – although that may be the recent stormy weather.
  • No cover supplied.
  • Shipped from US with US type plug – come on!
  • Cries out for touch-screen. It would make the space used by the keyboard at the bottom available for the reading screen.
  • Cannot lend books bought to other people unless they are one of your four nominated Kindle users.
  • Because there is no backlight you need the same type of light that you do for a paperbook. But a clip-on light works very well.
  • No free books available from Amazon outside the US.
  • Some PDF files are difficult to read on the Kindle screen.


Free books

You can get free books from Gutenberg ( They provide downloads to books that are out of copyright.  I have installed the free Calibre ( software that is genius at converting these books and uploading them to the Kindle. The format to look for is mobipocket.

There are also lots of DRM free books available at where you can download the mobipocket version and use Calibre to convert them.

Free Irish Times, Guardian, New Yorker, Wired

You can subscribe to newspapers for a hefty monthly fee from Amazon. But with Calibre you can create your own newspapers for the Kindle using the newspapers RSS feeds. This does take a while to set up the first time, but after that they are delivered automatically to your Kindle from Calibre every time you connect the Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.

For example, I created a Kindle Irish Times by using the Irish Times RSS feeds for: Frontpage & News Digest, Ireland, Finance, Features and Weekend. And of the Guardian by using its RSS feeds for: G2, Features, Fashion and Technology

I have also subscribed to parts of the New Yorker and Wired.

Even if you can’t be bothered creating your own News links, Calibre has many of them already tagged and you just click and pick which ones you want.

I don’t read these every day, but when I have an unexpected half-hour free or at the weekend, it’s great to have them easily available all in the same place.
Calibre instructions are easy to follow.

Written by SOKNH

November 25, 2009 at 15:43

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Dodder diary, 19 October 2009

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Colour, light, texture

Click on any of the pictures to see a larger image.

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October 19, 2009 at 13:10

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