Friday, 5 October 2012

Other Food On The Menu

For the food fans - some of these pics are from a while back (like about 5 months!) but I thought I'd include them as they're of mouth-watering food which I thought you'd enjoy.

Out for dinner at Ballymaloe Restaurant, main course

Dessert time - making me happy!

Load up your plate with sweets - raspberry fool, stewed rhubarb, homemade ice-cream and more

Breakfast in Galway at a funky cafe

Out for dinner in at Ard Bia in Galway, very cool restaurant, starter

Main course

Menu from the restaurant, sorry folks couldn't rotate it!

We returned the following morning to the restaurant, which became a cafe, and served a lovely breakfast and had sweets on display to tempt us

Tea time at Ballymaloe House

One of the best ways to cook a pig

Home made brioche - if you ever get the chance to make this you should!

Pizza from Antonios - a local pizzeria

Quite refreshing

Delicious sponge cake!

British Cheese Awards in Cardiff

A weekend away from the farm, an interesting time talking to other cheese-makers, a short stay in Cardiff.

The trip started with a road-trip with the farm manager Andrew all the way to Dublin where i stayed at a bnb and then flew to Cardiff Friday morning.
It was straight to work upon arrival in Cardiff, to the "Cheese tent" within the Castle walls.

Day one (Friday) was the Trade day - to talk to prospective buyers, or those people representing restaurants, deli's, supermarkets etc.  It was a relatively quiet day for me unfortunately with few reps tasting or asking questions, but I was told that the Trade day was always quiet.

Day One: Marion from Killeen (cutting her Award-winning goats cheese) talking to reps
Friday night was the Annual Award Dinner where we all gathered to eat and to have the awards presented to the winners of each category.  Ireland did well, taking prizes for Best Modern British, Best Goats Cheese, Best Flavoured Cheese and a few others!

Menu for the night

Me and Siobhan from Ardsallagh Goats Cheese

Veronica (Milleens Cheese), Tom the cheddar maker and Dick who makes Coolea cheese
Day two (Saturday) was open to the public and was much busier! There were crowds of people thronging through the tent sampling and talking and enjoying the general ambiance.

It did seem to me to be somewhat of a cheese-buffet for those going through, as you can see in the above picture.  Our cheese did sell quite well on that day, and the people there loved hearing all the stories behind the cheeses.  The rest of the crowd would just wander through with a drink in hand and enjoyed all the cheese samples on offer.

I really did enjoy meeting other cheese-makers, all hard-working, smart and most of them have a wonderful sense of humour.

Sunday morning I flew back to Dublin and spent the day wandering around the main streets of the city, enjoying the sights, doing a spot of shopping, while waiting for my ride back to the farm.