A visit to Mash Direct in Comber, Co. Down – an impressive company with an admirable ethos, a nifty double decker bus and oodles of potatoes
A long overdue post about meeting Abu Kassem in South Lebanon, a farmer who, in the midst of wars and strife, pioneered the cultivation of za’atar – or Lebanese wild thyme – used in the popular spice blend of the same name
It all boils down to soup in the end, with beetroot and potato soup made from the spoils of a visit to to Midleton Farmers’ Market and to Barnabrow House in East Cork, where chef Stuart Bowes is making his mark
It’s all about Tipp, with the recent Tipperary Food Producer’s dinner in Avoca Monkstown, followed by a weekend trip to Tipperary’s Glen of Aherlow and a visit to Con Traas’ wonderful apple farm
My thoughts on Frank Bruni’s New York Times piece on visiting Ireland and the cliché that is the ubiquity of potatoes here, plus a recipe for some less-than-ubiquitous caramelised apple mashed potato.
Foraging – it’s not just about mushrooms, or so I was reminded after a walk in the woods at Farnham Estate in Co. Cavan with wild foods expert Mary Bulfin
A foraging trip puts me in mind of wild potatoes and how, through careful breeding, their talent for survival can be used to help their more domesticated cousins
A visit to the Boyne Valley to see the production of John Rogers’ Newgrange Gold rapeseed and camelina oils is crowned by lunch showcasing the oils as devised by Jeni Glasgow and Reuven Diaz of Drogheda’s Eastern Seaboard