“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”.
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Our fantastic 25% off offer in The Strawberry Tree, tipped by Woman’s Way Magazine as a way of saving your hard earned cash
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.
Foraging. Something about that word excites the Explorer, the Girl Guide, the Cook in me. And sunny Ireland has the goods – in abundance. Not so sure which part of the hedge to choose? Not sure what to do with those leaves once back in the kitchen? Brook Lodge Hotel at Macreddin Village is home to Ireland’s only certified organic restaurant (see their truly free-range chickens, above) and they have recently launched a Wild Foods masterclass. Over two days, participants will have the opportunity to discover, prepare and eat seasonally found ingredients – apparently, we have access to over 327,000km of hedgerows across the country: wouldn’t it be nice to know not just what to pick, but also how to cook or preserve it?
Classes run twice a month; the next one commences June 13. Prices (€195 per two people sharing; €230 for single places) include accommodation, breakfast and tuition. For more information, including a full timetable or to book, phone 0402 36444 or visit www.brooklodge.com
The BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow
The kitchn.com recommends Evan Doyle & Biddy White Lennon’s “Wild Food” book as a resource to Newbie Foragers
Nature’s Harvest, Gathering Cooking & Preserving
Written By: Evan Doyle & Biddy White Lennon
‘In this combination field guide and cookbook, Irish writer Biddy White Lennon and chef Evan Doyle focus on the wild foods commonly found in Ireland. From hedgerow to seashore, they share advice for when and how to forage, where to look, how to pick, how to prepare, and how to preserve. This is primarily a book for people living in or traveling to Ireland, but those who are interested in foraging culture around the world might also enjoy it.’
Natural ingredients are everywhere and they’re yours for the taking according to Evan & Biddy’s new book.
See articles attached from Sunday Times March 03rd: Evan talks of when he opened his first restaurant and used wild food ingredients to now in The Strawberry Tree, the ONLY Certified Organic & Wild Restaurant in Ireland. Just this week the chefs of The Strawberry Tree restaurant collected 27 black bags full of wild garlic, all of which will be preserved in jars and used in the restaurant.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the BrookLodge was the winner of the “Best Culinary Hotel” award at the Good Food Ireland Awards in The Shelbourne Hotel last night. RTE’s Mary Kennedy hosted the awards, and they were presented by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. It’s a fabulous honour, particularly when you consider the calibre of the other nominees, which included The Shelbourne, The Merrion Hotel, The Cliff House Hotel and Kelly’s Hotel.
The awards are of particular importance in our on-going efforts to attract discerning food tourists from overseas, as Good Food Ireland is by far and away the leading marketing and promotion grouping for Food Tourism in Ireland, with Redmond O’Donoghue, its Chairman, also CEO of Failte Ireland.
Added to our big three awards so far for 2012 – Georgina Campbell’s “Business Hotel of the Year”, “Best Customer Experience” award at the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medals 2012 and the RSVP Magazine “Best Resort Spa 2012”, we think it highlights the commitment and expertise of our fantastic team.
In the nomination for the award, Good Food Ireland said “When you enter the world of BrookLodge and Wells Spa, you walk into paradise. Yes this place is in its own private little world. Here at Good Food Ireland, we call it heaven. Macreddin Village is in the heart of the Wicklow Valley. You drive in the gate and there it is, a gorgeous village tucked in among the trees, quite out of the way from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet only a short drive from the busy motorway that takes you to Dublin. BrookLodge lies at the centre of this…”