This Sunday, October the 02nd, is not only our final monthly Food Market of 2011, but it’s also Euro-Toques Family Forage Day. It should all be great craic and you can get full details HERE. Why not spoil yourself a bit and stay overnight? B&B is available for €60 pps at BrookLodge Reservations
Archive for September, 2011
President Mary McAleese has overseen the conversion to organic of the Kitchen Gardens at Aras an Uachtarain. Yesterday the Organic Trust awarded the gardens official organic status, and our Evan was on hand to witness this unique occasion, which mirrors Michelle Obama’s conversion of the Kitchen Gardens in the White House to organic also. Follow the link for more info http://www.organic-trust.org/news/detail/aras_kitchen_garden_organically_certified_by_organic_trust_ltd
I know I’m biased, but I thought the BrookLodge and Macreddin Village, looked absolutely stunning on MasterChef Ireland last night. Our Chefs, Tim, James and Jeff put in great performances too, and it was a genuinely fascinating challenge. Not only did it show Evan and Mary, and the contestants out foraging wild foods, but it also showed that we operate real kitchens, where we debone our own meats and fillet our own fish, There’s a repeat on RTE Two at 5.30pm, or you can catch it on the RTE Player now http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1113673
And then there were nine… If you’ve been following MasterChef Ireland on TV, then you know that it’s been whittled down to the last 9 contestants. Tonight’s episode was filmed in Macreddin Village, and should be a good one.
See http://www.rte.ie/tv/masterchef/episode06.html and tune in on RTE Two at 9.30pm.
This is a great time of the year to go Wild Foods foraging, and attached are two pdf’’s - Wild Foods – Rowanberries and Wild Foods – Elderberries, which will help you enjoy this unique and rewarding pastime. They are designed for any ‘Joe Soap’ to use…. The ‘What it looks like’, the ‘How to find it’, the ‘Irish history behind it’, the ‘Traditional methods of preserving it’ and the recipes are all there.
You can keep the finished product for you, your friends and family through the dark winter months, or you can set-up a stall (or share one) at Slow Foods Ireland’s, Wild & Slow Festival 2011, will take place in Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow on November 19th & 20th.
Presented by Slow Food Ireland and celebrating all that is wild in Ireland in a WinterFest Style Market, it will run from afternoon into crisp dark evening, complete with Wooden Stalls, the odd glass of mulled wine, wood burning braziers and roasted chestnuts – enough to keep everyone happy. In addition to the fantastic Wild Foods that will be on sale from the stallholders, there will be Wild Workshops, Tastings, Talks and Demonstrations…something to spark the interest of all.
Although the inaugural year of any event should be small and concise, all events need to think BIG….and so all hands are required to deck, for this Event.
So it’s a wonderful excuse for you and yours and any kids that you can roundup, to get out this weekend and start harvesting for Wild & Slow 2011.
There’s lots of info at http://wildandslow.com/
Happy foraging and warmest regards
This week is National Organic Week, so where better to spend a day or two than in The BrookLodge – home to The Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s only Certified Organic restaurant? Just follow the Book Online link.
The just released issue of Food & Wine Magazine, contains ten pages of Evan’s Wild Food’s recipes, and information on foraging, with some beautiful photographs, all shot on location here in the BrookLodge. Grab a copy from your nearest newsagents.
The Taste Council of Ireland and Bord Bia, held their inaugural Summer School, last week in BrookLodge. The theme was The Future is Food, and speakers and chairpersons included The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Simon Coveney T.D., Dr. Aine Macken-Walsh from Teagasc, Kevin Sheridan from Sheridan Cheeses, Darina Allen (no explanation needed!), Margaret Jeffares from Good Food Ireland, and Chairman of the Taste Council, our very own, Evan Doyle. Prof. Pat Wall UCD said “That if people spent as much on food as they do on cosmetics, then they might actually look better”. The photo shows our our own Foods Dsplay that we had on the day, and there is a selection of photos on facebook if you follow this link http://www.facebook.com/BrookLodge?ref=ts#!/media/set/?set=a.242394772470036.58086.106270112749170
If you want to get the real “Macreddin Experience”, why not visit or Village Food Market this Sunday from noon? The weather looks like it could be quite good, and you can chill out with an organic spit-roast pork bap, and a glass of prosecco with a dash of wild elderflower cordial. For some real indulgence, stay the night for just €60pp B&B.