When I head west to Kerry, particularly to the Kenmare area, I often take the long way over the spectacular Healy Pass.
A pit stop is usually needed and the number one call is to Manning’s Emporium in Ballylickey. Last week was no exception and it was a delight to again meet up with the always busy Andrew and Laura and also with founder Val who, handicapped by a hand injury, wasn't as busy as usual!
And what a spread they served up for an early lunch: charcuterie, local cheeses (including Crozier Blue, a favourite of mine), bread, olives, sundried tomatoes and a gorgeous Jalapeno jelly. And, once again, a pot of their superb loose leaf tea.
The previous Sunday, they had celebrated World Cherry Day in style and one of the highlights was the Lustau Amontillado with McCarthy's Kanturk amontillado black pudding. Got a sample of that black pudding and, boy, you’ve got to hand it to the butcher from Kanturk!
And, as usual, Manning’s will have more events for you to enjoy throughout the year. Stay in touch with the enterprising emporium here.
I was asked to make a healthy burger for upcoming pop band 'The MEND". I used beef and Turkey mince to keep the fat content low and added dried cranberries for extra moisture and sweetness. This is a great one to get the kids cooking and teaches them how to enjoy a delicious 'treat' but still make it healthy. View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFMaDz2a-C0&feature=youtu.be”