Archive for the ‘Organic & Wild Foods’ Category

The Italian Connection – Macreddin Village Market

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Macreddin Village Market

(Ireland’s only free-to-stallholder Food Market)

Welcomes back

Armento Village

Our southern Italian Cousins

This Sunday, October 6th from 12pmArmento Market 2009Now, all we need is our Great Stallholders,

your Great Custom

and some of their Great Sunshine!

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Wild Crab Apple & Rose Hip Jelly

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The Strawberry Tree Restaurant – September/October Recipe

Harvest time is always precious, whether down on The Farm or along The Hedgerows, The ‘big reap’ really only gets to be ‘BIG’ on certain years when everything falls nicely into place.

There are so many parameters outside our human control; temperatures, humidity and sunshine are natural occurrences that we have to leave in the lap of the gods.

After 3 years of rain and the coldest start in April, the gods and Mother Nature really have smiled on us, at last!  The Farm reap 2013 has been just super but our Wild Foods Harvest has been bumper, the best since 2006.

None, more so than the Crab Apple…we have seen small boughs break this year with the weight of the fruits.

Here’s a recipe that marries two wild members of the Rosacea family together; The Wild Crab and The Wild Rosehip. We love recipes like this…one harvest, three results!

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WHAT GOES IN

1.5 kg Wild Crab Apples, prepared

.5 kg Wild Rose Hips, prepared

Cinnamon or spices, to taste, if you wish

1kg sugar

Water, just enough to get the juices running

HOW IT GOES

Simmer rosehips in a pot for 2 hours, press through a sieve. Chop the apples bring to the boil and simmer separately until soft. Combine the rosehip pulp, crab apples and juice and strain liquid through muslin, without forcing, overnight.

HOW TO FINISH

First, take the clear liquid, place in a pot with sugar on a 50/50 basis (1 Lt. Liquid to 1 Kg sugar) stir and boil rapidly until setting point, 106 degrees. Skim and pour into sterilised jars, cover, and store in a cool dry place.

Second, twist the muslin and force the pulpy mixture through, pour into sterilised jars, cover, and store in a cool dry place.

Third, take the pulp, press through a sieve to remove cores and seeds. Spread this on a dehydrator tray or baking tray. Dehydrate or place on baking trays in as low an oven as possible, overnight or until dry.

 WHAT YOU GET

One set of ingredients, three results and no waste!

A clear Wild Rosehip and Wild Crab Apple Jelly: That works beautifully and simply toasted with a goat cheese, or as an old-fashioned ‘Fruit Butter’ accompaniment with a vintage cheese. Also works a treat with pork, turkey or chicken and makes a great accompaniment with a traditional meatloaf or as the sweet ingredient if you’re making your own muffins.

Also a Cloudy Wild Rosehip and Wild Crab Apple Cordial: Perfect as a chilled cordial with water for the kids instead of the mainstream stuff, just add your own ‘sugar syrup recipe’ to slightly sweeten. Also perfect for the adults as ‘a teaspoon of autumn’ with a glass of bubbly. Chill well after opening or if needed, freeze.

Finally, a Dried Wild Rosehip and Wild Crab Apple Leather: Cut into cubes or thin slices, you can use it with your Granola or Muesli in the morning; check it out in your bread or scone recipes.

Evan & Tim

CRAB APPLE

Photo’s: courtesy of Evan Doyle  

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Pickled Wild Marsh Samphire

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Strawberry Tree Restaurant – August Recipe

Well, Wild Sea-Marsh Samphire and Wild Sea-Rock Samphire have become so popular recently…being highly identifiable, these plants are now the new fashion! Indeed, it seems that Marsh Samphire has now been domesticated farm-wise and is available in the shops!

However, you can’t beat the taste of The Wild and there are lots of emails and queries coming in to us here daily, as to where it is wise to pick this fabulous Wild Crop.

Here at The Strawberry Tree, we’ve been harvesting Wild Sea-Marsh Samphire for over 25 years…fresh is best but if you’re unsure about where you’ve harvested this fabulous plant, well then pickling is the safest and most traditional way to go.

Evan & Tim Pickled Wild Rock Samphire

 Pickled Wild Marsh Samphire

WHAT GOES IN

500g Wild Marsh Samphire

500ml Organic Red Wine Vinegar

300 g Organic Caster Sugar

Small Organic Onion – sliced finely

One Organic Celery stick – chopped finely

2 Organic Bay leaves

½ tsp Organic Pink peppercorns

½ tsp Organic Fennel Seeds

1tsp Organic Mustard Seeds

½ Organic Red Chilli – Chopped finely

The zest of one Lemon

HOW IT GOES

Twice wash the Wild Marsh Samphire and set aside in a large Container. In a large pot, place Sugar, Onion, Celery, Bay, Spices, Lemon Zest and pour over the Vinegar.  Put on the heat and stir until everything is mixed. Bring to boil and then simmer. Let cool a bit, then poor the Pickle over the Marsh Samphire in the large container.

HOW TO FINISH

Pack the warm Marsh Samphire Pickle into sterilised Kilner Jars, top up with the strained pickle, put the lids back on and it will keep up to 3 months.

WHAT YOU GET

Well of course, pickled Wild Samphire works well with all shellfish, but it is also perfect to keep for when ‘the flats’ start running after September. It is also a perfect treat with honky-heady Irish Blue Cheese or really well, matured Irish Hard Cheeses and finally it is a cool pickle that works really well with slow cooked winter Irish Hill Hogget.

Recipe: Evan Doyle, Tim Daly, The Strawberry Tree Restaurant, 2013  

Photo’s: courtesy of Evan Doyle  

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Winner of 1988 Chateau Talbot – Barbara Griffin

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

 Congratulations to Ms Barbara Griffin, winner of yet another bottle of our 1988 Chateau Talbot priced on the menu at €250. Our Strawberry Tree 25 year celebrations are continuing until the end of the week with 25% discount off dinner, €25 Organic Wines and the Strawberry Tree 25 year menu recreated.

Barbara Griffin Winner 1.

Barbara collecting her bottle of  1988 Chateau Talbot from James

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The Home of Irish Writing online – Mona Wise

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

“As I sit and type these words, I am scraping the plate and muffin wrapper from one of the recipes in Wild Food (The O’Brien Press) a book written by not one, but two of Ireland’s most exceptional food writer/chefs”.

Mona Wise talks Wild Food with Biddy White Lennon & Evan DoyleWild Food Book Cover (Shadow)

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Savvy Tips in Woman’s Way Magazine – 15th July

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Our fantastic 25% off offer in The Strawberry Tree,  tipped by Woman’s Way Magazine as a way of saving your hard earned cash

Woman's Way - 15th July 2013 - Cropped

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Winner of Chateau Talbot – Mr Patrick Long

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Congratulations to Mr Patrick Long, winner of The Strawberry Tree celebratory give away. Patrick is the winner of a bottle of Chateau Talbot, listed on our wine menu at €250. Many thanks to the Long Family for joining The Strawberry Tree in it’s 25 year Anniversary celebrations.

The Long Family Gathering at The Strawberry Tree    02/07/2013

The Longs Gathering at The Strawberry Tree 2nd July..

 Front: Conor, Gill, Catherine, Patrick

 Back: Tracy, Ronan, Catriona, Laura, Dominic

Patrick Long Comment Card

Patrick’s Kind Comments

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The Irish Independent Weekend Magazine – Review by Tanya Sweeney

Monday, July 8th, 2013

We were delighted with our review by Tanya Sweeney from the Irish Independent on Saturday the 6th of July 2013, which underlines our 25th Anniversary celebratory offer. Guests will receive a 25% discount off a recreation of the Wild and Organic menu of The Strawberry Tree that was served in 1988.

The Irish Independent Weekend - 6th July 2013

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The Strawberry Tree – Celebrating 25 Years

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Strawberry Tree Pic - 25 Years

The Strawberry Tree Restaurant of Macreddin Village celebrates its 25th Anniversary this July 2013. The Strawberry Tree is the only Licensed Organic Restaurant between Ireland and the UK and as such our menu is made up daily with produce that our Organic Farmers and Producers can provide to us with each morning. This has been written on every Strawberry Tree Menu since 1988. So what’s on the menu or more to the point, what’s not on the menu! Conventional foods are not allowed in our kitchen of The Strawberry Tree, so you can be sure that the ingredients supplied to us by our Organic producers not only taste better but we believe are fresher than their conventional counterparts.

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The Strawberry Tree Menu – July 1988

For the month of July we want our guests to celebrate our journey of 25 years with us, by offering each guest 25% off their Dinner in The Strawberry Tree Restaurant all midweek nights (Sunday – Thursday). Guests can also avail of specially selected Organic Wines at €25 a bottle. After dinner, guests will be given the opportunity to visit The Strawberry Tree’s, Walk-in Wild Foods Pantry, the only one of its kind in Ireland, where the guests can see the wonderful preserved foods by our foragers for the kitchen of The Strawberry Tree.

 

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Inis Turk Delights of Wild Elderflower and Poitin

Monday, July 1st, 2013

THE STRAWBERRY TREE RESTAURANT, JUNE/JULY RECIPE

Well, the Elder is in full bloom, everywhere you look, every ditch and hedgerow is dappled with those wonderful white blossoms. Their evening scent, when it gets really heady and competes with the perfume of The Honey Suckle, is just a treat to engage with.

The Elder Flower is our second big wild food harvest for The Strawberry Tree Kitchens every year. We’ve been busy making, Elder Cordial, Elder Wine, Elder Sparkling Wine, Elder Vinegar and much more, to replenish our Wild Foods Pantry for the year ahead.

Of course, with any bountiful harvest…we also get an opportunity to indulge in whims. Our Wild Elder Flower Fritters have been on the menu for the last few weeks. But so too has this wonderful Summer-Sunshine recipe for our version of Turkish Delight.

Evan & Tim

24A INIS TURK ELDERWHAT GOES IN

1 Cup of Wild Elder Flowers (no stalks)

20g leaf Gelatine

700g Granulated Sugar

130g Corn flour

30g Icing Sugar

Juice of two Lemons

300ml Water

A few drops of Rose Water

3 tbsp Poitín or Vodka

 HOW IT GOES

Soak the Gelatine leaves in a shallow dish of cold water. In a heavy based pan, heat gently and dissolve the Sugar, Lemon juice in 200 ml of water. In a bowl, mix 100 g of Corn Flour 100 ml of water until smooth, stir into the sugar syrup and return the to a low heat.

Squeeze the Gelatine to remove excess water, and then add it and the Elder Flowers to the mixture and whisk until the Gelatine has dissolved. Bring the mixture very slowly to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring almost constantly.

Remove once the mixture has clarified a little and become gloopy. Stir in the Poitín and Rose Water leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Mix 30g of Corn flour with the Icing Sugar, to make a ‘dusting powder’.

Line a shallow baking tin with baking parchment, fill with mixture and dust.

HOW TO FINISH

Leave in a cool place until set. Once cooled, place in the fridge for a few hours until it become slightly rubbery. Cut the Inis Turk Delights into cubes with a knife and dust with the remaining dusting agent. It should keep in the fridge for 3 – 4 weeks.

WHAT YOU GET

Some of us remember the treat of Turkish Delights at Christmas. This is our x-rated adult version! Homage is to Inis Turk and makes absolutely no reference to Poitín that might or might not come from in or around that location. Inis Turk Delights work a treat at the end of dinner with a musky dessert wine.

Recipe: Evan Doyle, Tim Daly, The Strawberry Tree Restaurant, 2013  

Photo’s: courtesy of Evan Doyle  

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