Eat Only Irish: Cork buffalo mozzarella and La Cucina’s Irish menu
Eat Only Irish? Why of course, when you can pick up the most amazing Irish buffalo mozzarella in Cork’s English Market. The Real Olive Company stall has just started selling the creamiest balls of mozzarella made using raw milk from a herd of water buffalo which are based on the Lynch farm near Macroom.
Dairy farmer Johnny Lynch, together with the Real Olive Company’s Toby Simmons, are the men behind the cheese which is undoubtedly the freshest mozzarella that I’ve ever managed to get my hands on.
The good news is that it seems to be available at all the markets with a Real Olive Company stall so, even if you’re not in Cork, you don’t have to miss out on this treat.
Friday’s mozzarella made it onto a cheat’s pizza (chilled, ready made dough from Iago, also in the English Market, supplied by – I think – Arbutus Bread) with some Gubbeen chorizo. Next time I’m buying two balls: one for the pizza and the other to tear into a simple tomato and basil salad so that we can appreciate it’s sumptuous texture both cooked and uncooked. When eating Irish tastes this good, why would you want to do anything else?
– A ball of fresh Irish buffalo mozzarella costs just €2.50. Well worth it.
– For more on the Eat Only Irish for a Week campaign, check out www.eatonlyirish.com
For a well-thought out Eat Only Irish menu, check out what Italian Foodie is offering in La Cucina – I’d highly recommend the Ummera smoked chicken pasta salad (pic here!), crunchy with pinenuts, punchy with rocket and tossed in a fresh, zesty lemon and mint dressing.
Yesterday I also got a taste of their main pasta dish – thanks TJ! – with pancetta and fennel & chilli Italian sausage from Crowe’s Farm. The menu also includes producers like Yeats Irish Cream Cheese, Jim Cronin (salad), St Tola (cheese), Murphy’s (ice cream, of course) and Glenisk (cream).
Unfortunately I was too late to get my hands on Laura’s brownie for desert but I’m not exactly complaining – look at these happy grins on people about to tuck into their tubs of Murphy’s ice cream!