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Last year was my first time growing my own potatoes. I ordered a few heritage varieties from Seed Savers, varieties that would be difficult to find in the shops, some early and some main crop. I planted them late enough in the season so as to avoid any lingering frosts as we are prone to here in the west. They grew readily with the plentiful rain and flowered in white, yellow, and some in a glorious purple. When the leaves faded and died back it was time to harvest. It was lovely to see the children’s delight at sifting through the soil and discovering hidden potatoes, like a messy Easter egg hunt… potatoes with skins so thin that you could brush them off with your thumb. The taste of those freshly dug little earlies, with butter, ground pepper, and fat flakes of sea salt was amazing.
New research from Bord Bia has revealed that supporting local businesses is a key consideration for members of the public when eating out, which may go part of the way to explaining why there is nearly always something of a queue up the stairs for a coveted seat in this small, but perfectly formed, cafe on Spencer Street in Castlebar. With the same research showing that over two thirds of the population rated the use of Irish and local produce as important when eating out for a meal, if you venture over the border to Mayo, Rua's impeccable pedigree of the origin of all elements on the plates delivers. And then some.
Sundays at The Skeff Bar and Kitchen are changing. The Skeff has recently introduced a whole new Sunday food menu that will run all day on Sunday. The menu is made up of all the top selling dishes from all its menus broken down into Small Bites, Big Bites, Sandwich Bites, and Sweet Bites, so no matter what you are looking for The Skeff Bar and Kitchen has you covered.
Salthill Traditional Fish and Chips has done it again, this time in Galway city. Its new store in Forster Street, close to the tourist office, has all the traditional fish and chip offerings people have come to love in Salthill.
Since I started this column a few months ago, I have had a few culinary questions e-mailed to me, and I have decided to start up a new feature on the food and wine page, Ask The Chef. If you have a chef question that you would like an answer to, no matter how trivial, please e-mail me on [email protected] and I will endeavour to help you.
Seamus Bracken is a great man to discuss the preparation and delivery of a great steak, particularly if it’s a well cooked rib-eye which he describes as “pure heaven” with just the right amount of fat.. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous tender piece of meat if it’s been cooked beautifully. And, it’s a piece I would drive miles to appreciate.”
Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply did not know where to go shopping. The women of Galway know that happiness is available to purchase in sizes small, medium, or large at Born in Newtownsmith, not least of all because of The Boutique Kitchen, the in-store cafe where you can fortify yourself for a day's shopping with breakfast, beverages, and brownies without needing to leave this shopping haven.
An HB ice-cream fun day will be held on Saturday in Bridit's Gardens, Rosscahill in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.
The last few years seem to have seen an explosion in the market for eating out on Sundays. Once upon a time it was not considered acceptable to make others work on a Sunday, but I think that day is past (for good or ill), Perhaps it is because so many people do not get a chance to sit down together during the week and they feel that their treat is to eat out together on Sunday. For some it is absolutely every Sunday, for others it is the occasional treat. I often ask restaurant and hotel owners what their business is like on Sundays, and I am regularly astounded by the number of covers they do on a Sunday, it is enormous. Often it is an excuse to bring together extended family for a meal out without breaking the bank, and most establishments make particular efforts to see that children are catered for, thus making it less stressful on parents.
Finnerty’s butchers, which is located on the ground floor of the Eyre Square Shopping Centre and in Oughterard, has just scooped a top award at the All Ireland Craft Butcher Product competitions. It won supreme champion in the sausages and puddings section, quite an achievement when you think that there are about 500 butchers in the association and about 300 in the competition. Nevin Maguire was the main judge at the event so we can assume that the winners were all pretty impressive. I had often passed by the shop but never shopped there, so I decided to call in and try some of the award winning products. The main shop is in Oughterard and it has been supplying locally sourced meat for the last 50 years and supplies many of the main Connemara hotels like the Abbeyglen, Renvyle House, and Cashel House.