Thursday, May 13, 2010

Strandhill Food & Craft Market

We're very excited to see a sparkling new food market has just begun in Sligo. Last Sunday May 9th, the first Strandhill Food &  Craft Market took place at Sligo Rugby Club.

The market will take place every second Sunday from 11-3pm at the Rugby Club, so make sure to make it to the next one to support local producers and enjoy great food and crafts. The next one takes place on Sunday May 23rd.

Strandhill Food & Craft Market on Facebook 

Bloom In the Park

We just spotted this great event in Dublin this June, hopefully we'll make it, it looks great!

Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, returns to the Phoenix Park Dublin this June bank holiday weekend for 5 days (Thursday 3rd – Monday 7th June). This year’s event will include over 20 spectacular showgardens, 50 floral displays and a large scale artisan farmers market. With something for everyone, visitors to Bloom 2010 can also look forward to live cookery and craft demonstrations, free gardening advice / workshops and kids go free!

The Food Market is now firmly established as a key attraction at Bloom. With over 40 artisan food producers, the market highlights the very best that small artisan producers from around Ireland have to offer. The producers themselves will be on hand to provide tastings and give tips on how to prepare tasty dishes using their products.
The market will include a huge variety of foods from homemade jams, handmade chocolates and baked goods to farmhouse cheeses and the finest Irish honey. The Food market also allows producers to introduce new products such as speciality oils, tasty sauces, more traditional fare such as smoked fish and of course all the ingredients for a delicious bank holiday weekend fry-up… not to mention a bit of relish to go with it! This year’s Food Market will be Bloom’s biggest yet!
Find out more tasty treats and delights at Bloom

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Seaweed to go!

Since the launch of   Prannie Rhatigan’s book the 'Irish Seaweed Kitchen’ there has been a considerable increase in the popularity of some of the seaweed products we sell in the store. We thought it would be a good idea to share some of them with you, and perhaps if you are already using them you could leave a comment below and share how you use seaweed too!

About The Seaweed Industry 
(interesting facts about Seaweed from Michael Guiry’s Seaweed Site)
In 2003, the Irish seaweed industry employed nearly 500 people (full-time and part-time), exported 85-90% of its produce, and had a turnover of over €12 million. This somewhat unusual industry had a very high employment: export ratio, activity was mostly concentrated on the western seaboard, and most collection took place in areas that are – by European Union standards – severely disadvantaged

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New additions to our daily menu

Over the past two weeks we have been very busy testing and sampling some new seasonal ideas for our daily menu. We're really pleased with the results and they've been getting great feedback from you guys in the shop. 

The Very Berry Breakfast Potlittle pots of homemade mixed berry compote , with greek yog & homemade gronola on top €2.95

Our fresh new salad range: these change daily just like our sandwiches. Our favourite salad at the moment is a broccoli, feta,cherry tomato & toasted hazelnuts, with a homemade french dressing!! Just delicious. Salads with no meat are €3, while with meat are €3.50. Make sure to pick up a complimentary tub of dressing, the perfect amount for your lunch.

We also have a beetroot & almond salad with a yogurt dressing, moroccan cous cous salad & the homemade sundried tomato hummus / spiced chick pea pate. Mouthwatering treats to keep you going during the day!

As well as the above, we have our sandwiches (€2.75) and soups(€2.50).

Let us know on facebook which is your favourite!

New to the store: Natasha's Living Food

We’re delighted to announce we’ve recently added Natasha’s Living Food products to the store. The chef behind these tasty and very dynamic products is none other than Natasha Czoper, who you will also find in the kitchen at the Ukiyo Bar on Exchequer Street in Dublin.

 The Raw and Living foods movement is a diet based on naturally grown wild or organically and sustainably raised fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains.

From Natasha:
My range of Raw and Living foods are completely free of animal products, and chemically processed or pasteurised ingredients. I use fair-traded ingredients wherever available, and I also use organic. I NEVER use flour, dairy, wheat, eggs, meat or fish, which is great for people with these allergies. I do use nuts, and I love to use superfoods.
Most importantly, during the preparation of raw food dishes, nothing is cooked, at least in the traditional sense. Raw foods contain live enzymes that aid digestion, which activate as they are consumed. Heating foods to temperatures beyond 118 F causes those enzymes to die, and destroys nutrients, minerals, amino acids and vitamins, and alters the natural metabolic structure of the food. 
The beauty of raw foods is that the ingredients are very simple. Because nothing is processed, everything comes in its raw, natural state.
In my kitchen in Stoneybatter, you'll find sacks of seeds and nuts, fantastic raw cacao nibs and Lucama powder from Peru, hand-pressed coconut butter from the Philippines, agave nectar from Mexico, and with fruits and vegetables grown as locally as I can get them. 

This week you’ll find Natasha's products on display on the table in front of the coffee machine. Please make sure to ask us any questions you have about the products, we're all ears!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kooky Dough now in stock!

We're delighted to announce we know have a selection of the delicious Kooky Dough in store. We've already had some customers in to try them out, and they've confirmed they are so easy to bake... and eat of course. Have a look below as Sophie from Kooky Dough explains how simple it is to bake them, as well as some tempting chocolate ways to play around with the