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With so many farmers coming to town to man their market stalls, I did the trip in reverse last week and visited a farm shop, the one at Waterfall Farms which is situated in Ballyshoneen, Waterfall.
Sounds deep in the country, yet it’s just 15 minutes or so from the city centre, very convenient to Bishopstown and Ballincollig. And you won’t get lost if you follow this map and directions!
It is a pleasant trip through the country roads and there is a warm welcome, especially from the woman of the house who, by the way, bakes a smashing health loaf. That welcome continues, even though nowadays much of the business is done direct with shops and restaurants such as Nash 19.
Having met the friendly dogs in the yard, we headed into the shop and the great selection of vegetables: parsnips, turnips, carrots (including yellow ones), broccoli, kale, onions and so much more.
But not just vegetables. Hen and duck eggs and great to see the top notch juices from Cahir’s Apple Farm on sale here.
And before you go, don't forget to take a look at the selection of second-hand books there. All the proceeds go to charity.
Loved a classic
Coq au Vin @Greenescork last
night! And a glass of Jumilla Monastrell. French dish, Spanish wine, local
ingredients, 5 stars.
That’s the way
I summed up Wednesday’s meal in Greene’s Restaurant in McCurtain Street. But Twitter’s
140 characters may have been better used had I included their Paris born chef Frederic Desormeaux.
I had noticed his expertise and innovation during a stop at the
restaurant during the Cork Gourmet Trail and had promised myself a return visit.
I wasn't at all disappointed.
I am amazed that queues don't form outside Greene’s on aregular basis such is the quality of the
food, the ambiance of the place with it big glass window by the waterfall, it’s
comfortable restful decor and its friendly, informative and efficient service
It wasn't the best of nights weatherwise yet still that waterfall added a
certain je ne sais quoi to the occasion as we sat at our window table. There
are two menus here, an Early Bird that has four courses (with choices) for €27.00
and the A La Carte.
We picked the latter on this occasion and made our order. Our wait was shortened
by the appearance of an amuse bouche: a little round fishcake on a beautiful
sauce. We also had a bowl of tasty breads.
Wines were ordered: a glass of Rioja Tempranillo and one of Jumilla
Monastrell, each around the six euro mark. They have a wide ranging wine list
and quite a few are available by the glass, some by the half bottle.
CL chose the Gratinated Mussels with Garlic & Lemon Butter,
Parsley Crust (€9.00) as her starter. Excellent and very tasty, a great change
from the more usual Moules Marinieres in one version or the other.
Mine was perhaps a bit more substantial but also very very tasty,
quite a mix of flavours (the tomatoes were absolutely top class) and all in all
a terrific starter: Grilled Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Serrano Ham on
Grilled Asparagus, with caramelised Cherry Tomatoes on Mini Pizza Pastry,
Rocket Pesto (€10.50).
We’ve had a quite few Coq au Vin over the years, most notably in
the Dordogne the summer before last, and I can honestly say that the Greene’s
version is the best yet. In France, you tend to get the tougher bits of older
chicken. But in Greene’s they use local free range chicken in the most fantastic
sauce. Had a few doubts about the mashed potato but it proved a perfect
partner, helping take up the sauce. We had a spoon as well – you didn't want to
leave any of it behind!
The menu description: Classic Coq au Vin - Free Range Breast of Irish
Chicken Cooked in Red Wine, Smoked Lardons, Baby Onions, Girolle Mushrooms served
with Creamy Scallion Mash (€21.00).