Savour Kilkenny kicks off tomorrow, Friday 22 October, with the first Irish Foodcamp and we’re nearly ready to go! Kristin of Dinner du Jour and I have a slot – there we are at 11.45am in the Slaney Suite of Kilkenny’s Ormonde Hotel – and we’ve been busy working and designing, coding and tweaking on our new foodie project for the last couple of months.
Old Millbank Smokehouse smoked salmon, O’Flynn’s sausages with Bad Boy banana ketchup, seafood pie from Taste a Memory, pâté from Flynn’s Kitchen on Arbutus Bread: just a few of the savoury offerings at tonight’s LocalMarkets.ie launch in – where else? – the English Market. There were also teensy pots of strawberry mousse from Bitesize, the Sugar Café‘s macaroons, cheesecake from Glenillen Farm and neat little bags of Mella’s fudge, all to be washed down with vinous offerings from Bubble Brothers and The Wine Buff.
There was a rich, savoury smell in the autumn air as a band marched down the crowded streets of Kanturk, leading a white and crimson velvet-gowned troup. The members of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Pudding had travelled from France to pay tribute to the gold medal-winning black pudding of father and son butchers Jack and Tim McCarthy.
There’s a veritable feast of great food events on in the next while…Eat Cork: 23 to 26 SeptemberIf last night’s launch in the English Market was anything to judge by, there will be plenty of good eating and drinking around Cork over this weekend. A tasting menu in Augustine’s Restaurant, food trails and foodies on foot, big and small bites (€5 and €3 respectively) at the food market on Grand Parade, an assortment of English Market workshops at Market Lane, a gala dinner with Ross Lewis (Chapter One) and Pat Kiely (Les Gourmandises) and, my favourite, a Spread the (sourdough) Culture competition. Lots to eat and do around town. More information: Eat Cork on Facebook.
Remember I mentioned in April that McCarthy’s Butchers in Kanturk took gold at at the annual awards held by La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin in Normandy? Well, that medal is coming home to Kanturk tomorrow when La Confrérie, the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Pudding, arrive for a full regalia Pudding Parade at 5.30pm down Strand Street to the Main Street.
A bag of butter beans on the kitchen shelf was the inspiration for this month’s Irish Foodies’ Cookalong. Soaked overnight, then thrown into the pot by themselves – or with some onions, carrots and celery – for about an hour the next morning, the beans needed little attention other than checking the water level every so often. And that’s the hard work done for this Greek Bean and Tomato Stew, which is based on a recipe by great Australian cook Jill Dupliex. The rest of the prep just involves making a simple tomato sauce, adding the beans and serving with some feta sprinkled over.
Events at O’Brien’s Chop House in Lismore are very well done. Long tables with lots of random strangers (who turn out to be anything but after a few minutes talking), food served family style in large dishes, beer and wine on the tables for self service: it’s all very relaxed, terribly well organised and enormous fun. That’s why the Husband and I leaped at the last minute chance to go along to a Beer and Curry Feast there last Friday.