Archive for November, 2012
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…”
We have a limited edition of 5 books available for €50, of which all funds will be donated to Movember Charity. Back in July, 20 chefs/cooks from around the country including our own Mo Bro Evan, came together on their hairy journey to produce this cook book to raise vital funds and awareness of men’s health. The crew of Macreddin watched and inevitably laughed at Evan as his facial fluff eventually turned into a moustache. So if you want to get your hands on one of these very limited books (NOT AVAILABLE IN SHOPS ) then call 0402-36444 with your donation of €50 and we’ll pop your cook book in the post to you.
Next weekend, November 10th & 11th, go wild in Macreddin Village at Wild&Slow2012, a unique festival presented by Slow Food Ireland, celebrating all that is good about Irish foods – fresh, local, traditional & wild – in a WinterFest Style Market, that will run from afternoon into crisp dark evening.
This is the second year that Wild&Slow will be held in Macreddin Village, and the market will feature more than 30 wild foods stalls. There are also 17 Wild Foods Workshops taking place over the two days, covering everything from Photo-stalking in Wicklow National Park to Mixing Cocktails with foraged wild ingredients, and presented by Irish food champions and icons such as Darina Allen, Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Sally McKenna, Ed Hick, and our own Evan Doyle and Tim Daly.
4 goat’s cheese crottin.
250 gr baby leaves
¼ loaf of white bread
Sprig of fresh thyme
2 tbls of dijon mustard
4 tbls red wine vinegar
2 tbls garlic cloves
10 tbls sunflower oil
Season as you like with salt and pepper
1. Dressing – mix mustard, vinegar, seasoning, shallots and garlic. Then buzz in the oil
2. Croutons – cut bread into cubes, toss in pan with butter until golden. Touch dry with kitchen paper.
3. Bake goat’s cheese at 180 c or gas mark 6 until melted and golden.
4. Toss the leaves in the dressing and add croutons. Finish off with the cheese and a sprig of thyme.