Modesty gets the elbow in my quest for glory!

Blog AwardsThough it goes against my natural instinct to boast (honestly, it does), I really have to shout a little bit about this one. On Saturday night, I went along to the Blog Awards Ireland 2014. I really hadn’t expected to win anything, though, secretly, I was wishing for, and trying to not think about, a win in the Best Food and Drink Blog category.

I was shocked and delighted to win the Food and Drink category and flabbergasted to win the Best Blog award too.

So, please forgive me for a little excitement and tooting my own whistle, blowing my own horn,  throwing my hat in the air and generally acting like a child locked into a sweetshop.

Thanks indeed to the wonderful Amanda and Lorna at Blog Awards Ireland for organising a great event, Glenisk for sponsoring and also to those far-sighted and wise people who made up the judging panel.

Now, where’s that Wellington boot full of champagne?…..

Normal service will resume tomorrow.

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  • Fame enhanced! Well done. Are we to co-operate on your cookbook?

    • That would be fun Pip. All I need is a benevolent sponsor and a ghost writer.

  • Congratulations on both fronts Conor! 🙂

    • Thanks Barb. It has been a blast. I can’t wait to see what you did with those Char Siu Spare Ribs. I’m hungry just thinking about them.

      • Amazing aromas filled my house from the time I made the marinade to cooking….These are good cold too! And, good to cut up the meat for use in fried rice!

  • Well done, so well deserved for entertaining and upping your reader’s culinary game 🙂 I hope you got a life time supply of yoghurt too 🙂

    • Thanks, those Glenisk people are very generous, to say the least. They won’t mind my saying that they are nice folk too.

  • Well done again Conor. Lovely to catch up with you on Saturday!

    • Thanks Fiona. Likewise. Thanks for your advice too. I have a lot to think about.

  • Toot away, Conor! I enjoy your blog and obviously so do a lot of others. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations 🙂

    • Thanks Clothesline,
      I really don’t know what else to call you! Your comments are always welcome.

  • Congrats!! You deserve it. The blog is awesome and your hardwork is recognized. Enjoy it!

    • In truth, I have been enjoying it for the last couple of days. And thanks for the nice thoughts.

  • Oh well done! It’s always nice when the evening exceeds your expectations. 🙂

    • Thank you Virginia. Saturday certainly well exceeded them!

  • Bravo, Conor! Well done…many congratulations sent your way. 😀

    • Good girl Nancy. I appreciate the thoughts.

  • Congratulations 🙂

    • Thanks MD. And thanks for the support over the past couple of years. It has been, and will continue to be, inspirational. You do such interesting stuff yourself, using great unusual ingredients.

  • Congrats to Conor

    Thoroughly deserved

    • Thanks Peter.
      Good of you to say so. So good of you to supply my props too. I really appreciated that.
      Talk soon my friend,

  • Ah, modesty is overrated 😉 Congrats again, both awards were so well deserved!

    • Thanks Donna,
      It was good to meet, however briefly, on Saturday.
      Very nice of you to say so.

  • A trophy and everything? Swanky!
    Congrats–you do have a fabulous blog!

    • Yinzerella,
      It’s blogs like yours that break me up and make me realise that there are far more than one way of looking at life.
      You keep doing that.

  • Congrats! Well deserved!

    • Thanks Motley,
      Just had a look over at yours. I’m a follower now. You are posting on a subject close to my heart.

  • Congratulations again — I wasn’t expecting anything else. After all, yours is the only Irish blog I deem worthy of following 😉

    • Highest praise from the Sous Vide King. Thanks Stefan. I haven’t forgotten the challenge either. I just need to find a worthy piece of fish. Then I’ll be on it, I promise.
      Best to Kees,

      • I’m looking forward to that. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. I sent multiple bags for a reason — give it a spin with a simple piece of (frozen) salmon first at 43C and be amazed 🙂 Best to ‘the Wife’ 🙂

  • It was all those totally gratuitous slicing, chopping and pouring shots that did it…. Congratulations, richly deserved, I feel. I hope you’re going to be proudly displaying those trophies before they eventually morph into doorstops?

    • Thank you Kate. You do know that I learned everything I know about pouring from those fellow Texans of yours, Richard and Baby Lady McGary. The world champions of the pouring shot. As for the door stops, please, I’m too proud of them!

      • We Australians produce an awful lot of beef, I know, but no-one has ever accused me of being a Texan before… it must have been something I said. Anyway, good onya mate, as we say down here.

        • Kate, my humble apologies. I have been labouring under a misconception for months now. I can’t even blame the Wellington of champagne.
          As it’s now morning here, I am safe in saying Good Night. Please wake up with forgiveness in your kind Australian heart.

  • Congratulations! Your blog is very deserving of both awards. 🙂

    • Thank you Gwyn. I am a happy chap right now.

  • Well done!

    • Thanks Michelle. I do find Gourmandistan inspirational. A country I should visit.

  • To think, I knew you back when you used a warm-blooded animal on your mast. Congratulations, man. You might be the best in Ireland, but you are also one of the best available in the U.S.

    • Thanks Adam. Unorthodox words. But, what else could I expect from so deep in Texas!
      Thank you,

  • Congrats! I guess now I can say, even though I’m a fairly recent follower, “Yes, yanno, I knew Conor before…” 🙂 Seriously, I do very much admire your blog. It was the pork pie that did it for me!

    • Thanks Frugal. That pork pie was pretty epic, if you will forgive me for saying so myself. Delighted to have you on board.

  • Aww . . . well we all knew the result beforehand!! Congratulations from far, far away!!

    • Thank you indeed Eha,
      You feature in my list of top commenters. Always with wit and intelligence. I enjoy your comments.

  • Nice work Conor. Cracking effort indeed!!

  • Congratulations Conor and well deserved!

    • Thanks Brian. And, thanks for being “one of my regulars” as they used to say in the pub business. Though, not necessarily to you.

  • Richly deserved, Conor. Always a pleasure when I see your latest posting in my in tray.

    • Thanks Adam. Too kind of you.
      Best, as always,

  • Many congratulations Conor. I was delighted to see my crown had gone to such a worthy winner! Best of luck in the coming year and enjoy every moment 🙂

    • Thanks Dee,
      Good of you to comment. Delighted to be (at least for now) wearing it. Hopefully, my head won’t swell too much and stop if from fitting me.

  • Congratulations Conor!
    I finally got around to getting that fish smoker to try out smoking some of the mackerel we have in the freezer. Then for some smoked mackerel pate. I can’t wait. Always look forward to your posts!!

    • Great stuff Emma,
      I think you will be delighted with the results of a paté. It is such a lovely way to use the mackerel.
      Let me know how it turns out please.

  • Many congratulations Conor. The accolades are very well deserved!

    • Thanks Nicki. Now the big problem is what to cook for the family this weekend!

  • Congratulatyions! You deserve it!

  • Congratulations! Well deserved.

  • Grattis, as we say in Swedish (meaning congrats). You are simply the best! 🙂

    • Thanks Meggie. I get great fun from all the communications we have across the globe, almost as intimate as across the table.

  • Well deserved, Conor.

  • Congratulations! No need to understand why you got the award 🙂

  • Well done, Conor, well done! And I must tell you, you do NOT need a ghost writer for a cookbook! Your book can write itself based on your photos and blog/commentary alone, and I mean that! (HOWEVER, if you ever need an editor, I *ahem* have a degree in Journalism…. Just sayin’…) 🙂


  • Wow. Congrats Conor, that is certainly an amazing achievement!! You’re the only Irish blogger I follow so.. well, I think there’s a reason for that 😉 Here’s to another great year of foodie greatness, humour and drool-worthy recipes!

    • Good on you Laura. The rest of the people in the country (well most of them anyway) are pretty decent folk too. I’m looking forward to the fun the next 12 months brings.
      Best as ever,

  • Holy shit I missed this one! I got used to Tuesday posts I suppose. Well done, Blog of the year – who were you up against?

    • Lots of quality. I really was shocked to win. Have a look at
      Needless to say, delighted!

      • Amazing there are loads of finalists. I must confess to being quite pleased to be following such a renowned blogger ! Mind you the odd cake recipe wouldn’t hurt. You know, push yourself…

        • Cake. Hmmm, as they say, the world would be a better place if there was more cake! I must give it some thought.

  • Congratulations and well done!

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