Monday, February 11, 2013
Green Saffron Spices
I am always been impressed by the way Midleton’s Green Saffron treat their customers at the local farmers markets. There might well be a queue building up but if you are at the front and have a query, Arun will give you his full attention and all the info you want to make the best use of his sensational spices, freshly imported. And not just Arun, as the same standard of service is also provided by all at Green Saffron.
And if you are still in doubt, they will have an explanatory leaflet for you to take away to help you make your Korma Sauce or Murgh Tandoori or any of dozens of spicy meals. Armed with the info and the ingredients, you'll find it so simple to cook up a fresh and authentic Indian storm.
And now, it has got even easier. If you’d like a little extra help with your spicy cooking, check out the new videos of Arun rustling up some great meals with his spices and sauces here. Arun is delighted with the way they have turned out: “A big thank you to Robin Murray of Nomos Productions for creating them. Let us know what you think.”
Don’t delay. Check them out today. Already a dozen videos have been posted and more are promised. And while on the site, why not check out the dozens and dozens of recipes already there. Spice up your life!
And not with just any old spices. The difference in Green Saffron is that the spices are brought in whole from farms in their native lands and the fresh spices are mixed into beautiful blends so that you can make a delicious Indian meal in your home kitchen. Variety is the spice of life and Green Saffron has both the variety and spice and you may also buy online. Well worth checking out.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Operation: Transform the Chicken!
Back in the jour, there was poulet fumé. En vacances in France, it was a treat but nothing to write ( it was long before Twitter) home about.
Indeed, we had to come home and fast forward a fair bit to find something to write home about. And that was the smoked chicken from Anthony Creswell in Ummera. Indeed anything Anthony smokes is worth not just writing home about but bringing home with you.
Sampled a fair few of his delicacies over the recent holidays before getting down to the chicken. What to eat with it? That was the question until I began browsing through the latest Aldi newsletter and spotted the potato salad they had printed as part of their association with RTE’s Operation Transform.
This has proved to be quite a popular programme and the 6th series gets underway this very Tuesday evening. Dr. Eva Orsmond is one of the key people and her recipes appear in the Aldi booklet and all the info will be on the programme’s website.
In the meantime, I have attached a copy of the potato salad that did indeed go very well with the smoked chicken, even though Eve suggested you use it with her pan-fried salmon dish. In any event, it is quite versatile and very tasty!
Speaking of matches, I tried another one over the holidays and indeed, must say I am very pleased with it. Have you still got some Christmas pudding in the house? Good. Don’t use it until you get your hands on a bottle or two of A Winter’s Ale from Mitchelstown’s 8 Degrees Brewing Company.
The Ale, which is “reinforced” by some Green Saffron Spices, is stronger than usual. But don’t worry. This doesn’t call for a lot. We shared a bottle between each pair. Pour into a small glass, even a wine glass, and sip it with your steamed pudding. Gorgeous. That was the verdict here. Well worth a try.
Operation Transform starts Tuesday 8th January at 8.30pm on RTÉ One
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Local Food Company Wins Major Bord Bia Award
~ Green Saffron win at Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards ~
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 Arun Kapil (right) of Green Saffron, the spice company based in Midleton, Co. Cork, has won the Entrepreneurial Award at Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards 2011, taking place in Trinity College Dublin tonight. In 2007, Arun Kapil set up Green Saffron, a company which specialises in premium, farm-fresh whole spices and blends for use in home and professional kitchens.
Eight Irish companies in all were honoured at the Bord Bia awards ceremony, which attracted over 220 senior representatives from the food and drink industry. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD presented the awards. Speaking at the event, Michael Carey, Chairman, Bord Bia said “in spite of all the challenges we face – it is also probably the most exciting time ever to be in our industry. The increase in exports would be impressive at any time but against the backdrop of global economic uncertainty and our own domestic difficulties it is truly remarkable. Equally remarkable are the achievements of the award winners, who have demonstrated success in areas critical to future growth, from innovation and branding to sustainability and entrepreneurship.”
The Food and Drink Industry Awards, held in association with Rabobank, were open to all food and drink products manufactured in Ireland. This year, Bord Bia received a total of 184 award entries across the six categories. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD presented the overall category award winners which included: (See Notes to Editor for profiles)
· Innovation Award – Natasha’s Living Food for Kale Crunchies, a healthy crisp alternative made from dried locally grown kale
· Sustainability Award – Country Crest, a family owned business, situated in north County Dublin. As part of its environment philosophy, Country Crest includes a wind turbine, water recycling, and a wildlife pond. The company aims to be energy self-sufficient by 2015.
· Branding Award – Largo Foods for Tayto, Ireland’s Number 1 crisp and snack brand and Ireland’s 5th largest grocery brand (Nielsen). Over 3 million bags of Tayto are sold in Ireland each week.
· Entrepreneurial Award – Arun Kapil, Managing Director, Green Saffron.
· Export Award – Jameson Over one billion glasses of Jameson are consumed around the world each year. Jameson is a global brand with a presence in over 120 markets.
· Domestic Success Award – Flahavan’s Flahavan’s, one of Ireland’s leading private companies, has been milling quality Irish oats for over six generations.
Kerrygold and Cashel Blue were also honoured with a Special Award in recognition of their co-branding, ‘co-opetition’ initiative in the US market. The Irish Dairy Board, owners of the Kerrygold brand, has recently joined forces with Cashel Blue in a new co-branding and distribution agreement to build brand awareness and market share in the US. Speaking at the event Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia commented “this is an excellent example of co-opetition as a business strategy and how a large multinational exporter can collaborate with a niche player to develop a mutually beneficial brand offering. Kerrygold has added an artisan product to its portfolio while Cashel Blue is leveraging an established international brand with global distribution channels. It’s a win-win situation and we look forward to working with more companies on this exciting new model to develop our exports further.” Bord Bia is actively supporting the principle of co-opetition, where food companies work together to create synergies resulting in cost savings, improved returns and/or increased market distribution.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
AT THE MAHON POINT FARMERS MARKET
Great to see newcomers Glenilen Farm (left) at the Mahon Point Farmer’s Market this morning, even if their fantastic cheesecake wasn't on display. Had to settle for their Panacotta at the very reasonable price of 4 euro for two pots!
There were a couple of farmers showing off their vegetables, just out of the ground. This time it was the turn of Ballintubber (below). Their cauliflower just cried out for a home.
Dan Aherne, another East Cork producer was next door. Their fillet steaks were gone – “they go first” – but there was considerable consolation as I helped myself to a couple of T-bones.
Martin Conroy of Woodside contributes to the new 12 mile menu at Midleton’s Sage Restaurant and tells me he is delighted with it. “It was packed last night.” Woodside have quite a range of products from their free range pigs and, among other things, we like his burgers.
Also called to Iain O’Flynn; this time we were concentrating on his soups. He had two new to me so we gave them a go: Courgette and Parmesan and also Pea and Mint.
Also visited Gubbeen, Arbutus Bread, Rose Cottage, Green Saffron and the Old Millbank Smokehouse and more. By then, the bags were full, the arms at full stretch, so off home to plan the next few meals. With this kind of produce, they should be good.
Friday, July 22, 2011
CORK ON A FORK
|Local food, local lingo|
Enjoyed a classy Cork on a Fork meal at the ever reliable Fenns Quay this week. This good value menu, even better now since the VAT reduction, includes mostly local food, such as spiced beef, and the menu card itself is “spiced “ up with some local lingo.
You are encouraged to have a starter by “Give it a lash boy” and a dessert by “Era, go on so”.
The food too is served with a smile and certainly put a smile on my face. Enjoyed my starter of Spiced beef and shredded beetroot. On the other side of the table, her regular Warm Chicken Salad lived up to expectations.
Mains for me was one of the evening’s specials: Baked Hake with herbed basmati rice, sautéed French beans, courgette with fennel and salsa rossa. A terrific combination, light and satisfying.
The other mains was Braised Irish Lamb Shank with Green Saffron Spiced Potatoes. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the spiced potatoes really added to the dish. As they say around here: “Savage Cabbage.”
We agreed on dessert: Lemon pudding served with Baldwin’s Ice-cream and a tiny jug of chocolate sauce. Presentation was inviting and the combination – that ice cream is gorgeous – went down a treat.
Wines were Pazos de Ulloa DO Ribeiro 2009 and Domaine d’Angayrac Costieres de Nimes 2008, each at €5.50 a glass.
Cork on a Fork: 2 courses €22.50; 3 courses €27.50.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The fragrant Green Saffron stall is a regular stop for me whenever I’m in either the Mahon or Midleton Farmers Market.
Met Arun (did you see him on RTE yesterday making a tempting gingerbread?) in Mahon last Thursday and spotted a couple of granolas for sale. These were new to me and, with some advice from the man himself, I settled for a pack of Breakfast Granola, rather than the more expensive luxury one!
Paid just over 4 euro for 500 Gms and I am delighted to say that I am really enjoying my purchase. It certainly has spiced up breakfast time but please don't be put off by all my talk of spice. The Green Saffron Juicy Fruit Spice blend is moderate but does provide a pleasant taste and a pleasing aroma even early in the morning.
The full ingredient list: Rapeseed Oil, Jumbo Oat Flakes, Figs, Golden Syrup, Light Brown Soft Sugar, Rye Flakes, Barley Flakers, Butter, salt, Pistachios, Almonds, Sultanas, Rosewater and Green Saffron’s Juicy Fruit Blend.
Tempted? I bet you are. Try it and let me know what you think.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Green Saffron, the Route to Fresh Spices. That’s what the leaflet says. But there is a whole pile more coming from the Midleton based Indian food company.
Arun is the public face of Green Saffron and you can find him at a string of local markets (Cork, Limerick, Dublin...), selling his products and often with a free recipe thrown in. They supply the retail (via many outlets) and wholesale markets, including top Irish and British restaurants. See the website for details.
Hellie, a great friend of this site, is an Arun fan: “You should try making the Green Saffron Curry from the spice mixes - amazing! Arun is fantastic and with the instructions given to you what could go wrong? Try the Korma, Oudi Murgh or Tandoori. All to die for!”
Met Arun myself at one of stalls recently and took the easy way out, buying one of his takeaway Tiffin Tubs that contained enough John Rogan Lamb for two, also a pack of aged Basmati Rice plus a couple of Naan bread. We enjoyed that meal and the cost? Just a tenner.
Oh, by the way, if you are a bit nervous about doing your own curry, then Arun has a solution: an invite to a monthly Curry Night with himself and General Manager Gail where they do the cooking and you watch and then eat. Again, see the site for details.
It is just an amazing service, from a company that supplies big names such as Richard Corrigan and Raymond Blanc but obviously values the little names as well.
Check out my review of Green Saffron Spices Ltd - I am cork - on Qype