Raspberry and Chocolate Preserve, Oh My Darlin’ Clementine Marmalade and Partridge in a Pear Tree Chutney. With names like those, how could you resist just trying the samples at The Green Apron stall in Limerick’s Milk Market?
One taste and you’ll be hooked on these award-winning artisan preserves that are made, 21 jars at a time, in Theresa Storey’s Ballingarry kitchen.
People make regular pilgrimages to the market to stock up on jars of Theresa Storey’s preserves. My own store cupboard is comfortably lined with jars of Apricot, Orange and Almond Conserve, the aforementioned Raspberry Chocolate Preserve (I’m not the only addict – just mention it on Twitter and see what happens) and her Bombay Tomato Pickle, superb with 12 year anniversary curries.
I spent a cold, sunny January morning with Theresa as she stirred her most recent batch of Seville orange marmalade. She fed me coffee and jammy, buttery toast while we we talked of the jam making revival, punk domestics, ICA ladies and how wii-connect could help pass on preserving skills.
You’ll find The Green Apron every Saturday at the Milk Market in Limerick city and online at www.greenapron.ie. Go quickly and you might get to pick up a jar of the very marmalade you can hear her stirring.