I was thrilled to hear the first Foodtalk on Christmas Day at 1.30pm, just as we were basting the turkey, making gravy and chopping vegetables for dinner.That programme – very topically – was on Livestock, focusing on Irish pork. Jacque Barry (Jacques Restaurant) talked about her love of good quality ingredients and food eaten with family while Fingal Ferguson of the Gubbeen Smokehouse explained how the cycle works on the Gubbeen farm in West Cork – the pasture is eaten by the cows who produce the milk for the cheese, the whey of which is fed to the pigs who are turned into the best pork, sausages, salami and chorizo by Fingal.
The next show, on Seafood, will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm tomorrow, New Year’s Day, at 4.30pm and features mussel farmer and goldsmith Paul Kelly from Kilmackillogue and Tony Daly from The Lime Tree in Kenmare. We’ve also got the scheduled times for the rest of the series so I’ll post them below.
Foodtalk on Newstalk
+ Programme 2: “Seafood” (New Year’s Day, 4.30pm)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessy share their pleasure in eating seafood.
Guests: Tony Daly from The Lime Tree, Kenmare, and Paul Kelly, mussel farmer and goldsmith, from Kilmackillogue
+ Programme 3: “Spices” (Saturday 3 January, 7.30am and Sunday 4 January, 9.30pm)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessy marvel at the power of spices.
Guests: Carmel Somers from The Good Things Café, Durrus, Co Cork and Arun Kapil of Green Saffron, Midleton, East Cork
+ Programme 4: “Wild Food” (Saturday 10 January, 7.30am and Sunday 11 January, 9.30pm)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessy gather up an armload of free, wild food.
Guests: Áine Maguire from Kueppersbusch and Seamus Moran of LoTide Fine Foods, Westport, Co Mayo
+ Programme 5: “Dairy” (Saturday 17 January, 7.30am and Sunday 18 January, 9.30pm)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessy explore all things creamy.
Guests: Aoibheann McNamara, Ard Bia, Galway and Kieran Murphy from Murphy’s Ice Cream, Dingle
+ Programme 6: “Garden” (Saturday 24 January, 7.30am and Sunday 25 January, 9.30pm)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessy marvel at the good things a garden has to offer, and wonders how many more of us will now start to grow our own.
Guests: Henry Stone from The Sha-Roe Bistro, Clonegal, Co Carlow and Ultan Walsh of Gort na Nain Organic Farm, Nohoval, Cork, who grows the veg for (among others) Denis Cotter of Café Paradiso.