|Marc and Darra|
of Golden Bean.
Food and Drink Spotting
Must say I’m enjoying some great coffee these days.
Many of you will know from recent media coverage that Robert Roberts won a 3 Gold Star Award for their widely available Java Coffee Beans but the coffees that I have at the moment from the long established Dublin firm are from Central and South America.
The Cuban Altura, an earthy smooth flavoured cupful, is now almost used up. Most of Cuba’s coffee is grown for the local market and for some limited export markets. Glad that this came our way.
The September selection from Roberts is the Bolivian Nakhaki, smooth and regarded as “very sweet”. Didn’t really notice any great sweetness, the term is relative anyhow, but found it well balanced and creamy. Up until recently, the coca bean was the main crop in Bolivia but it is now recognised that they have the rich soil and ideal conditions for growing top class coffee. This is one of them!
And the top class standard continued with a recent purchase from the Golden Bean Roastery which is based at Ballymaloe House. I bought my pack at the Mahon Point Farmers Market.
The Yirga Cheffe comes from the highlands of Ethiopia. This is a lovely coffee, bright and crisp, fragrant, with a slightly chocolaty or nutty quality and a bit stronger than you might expect for its light to medium body. Maybe use just a little less coffee when brewing up your cup!
Glenisk partners with the Marie Keating Foundation and supports local communities
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Glenisk has partnered with the Marie Keating Foundation, donating €25,000 to help the charity raise awareness of breast cancer, promote screening and prevention measures, and help those families who have been adversely affected by the illness. Glenisk has created a series of Limited Edition Pink Yogurt packs to highlight the partnership across the company’s Fat Free Organic yogurts, which are available in Natural (500g), Strawberry (4x125g) and Tropical Fruits (4x125g).
In addition, Glenisk has set up a small fund on their Facebook page, inviting visitors to apply for ten community support grants of €250 each. The funds are for events or fundraisers which help to make a difference in local communities around Ireland. Community organisers and charities can apply on Facebook. Further information on all Glenisk products, partnerships and organics is available at www.glenisk.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.
“In association with On The Pig's Back, we are delighted to announce a Cheese & Wine Masterclass taking place on Wednesday 3rd October @7pm upstairs in our Wine Workshop. A Tasting of 6 Cheeses & 6 Wines carefully selected for each cheese to teach you about cheese and wine pairing. You can experiment with the different combinations & find the best match for yourself."
Admission €15. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Send them a message on FB, or call 021 2390219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
Good news for Magnol lovers
For a couple of years (vintages of 2008 and 2009), Mother Nature put a halt to the development of the Château Magnol production. Two hail storms in a row (unheard of by Bernard, their winemaker for 40 years) had drastically shortened the yields, forcing them to put their best customers on allocations for the past 3 years. Time for celebration now though as the 2010 vintage produced 15,000 cases “of an extraordinary quality”. More info from Barton and Guestier here
Don’t forget the 'Margaret River comes to East Cork' event at Ballymaloe, this Thursday 27th September. Well known winemaker, David Hohnen (formerly of Cloudy Bay, which he established, and Cape Mentelle) oversees a Margaret River wine presentation, followed by a 'Fire-cooking Harvest Supper' by Wildside's Ted Berner - more details here at this link.
Dermie's Spanish Baked Eggs with Tomato & Gubbeen Chorizo ...
Gary O’Hanlon, recent winner of the Celtic Cook-Off in Skibbereen, goes all French for RTE. Here he shows his class with Coq au Vin:
Congrats to St Tola who won two Awards this week at the Irish Cheese Awards! Their lovely Ash log won Silver in the New Cheese Category while their classic St Tola Log won Gold in its class!