Support Local Food Producers While Cooking at Home

Let’s face it, we all had to brush up our cooking skills this year as we are all definitely cooking more at home. Whether it is a healthy breakfast to start off the day, a quick lunch in your home office or a delicious dinner to unwind in the evening, sometimes it is easy to get stuck for ideas. 

For this #TasteThursday, we have prepared the ultimate shopping list to easily get you through the week and allow you to support your local food producers at the same time, while also giving you a meal idea for each product. We would recommend shopping through Neighbourfood Wexford for a quick and easy experience.

But don’t worry if you don’t fancy cooking on any specific day. There are a number of local restaurants offering a takeaway service at the moment and you can find a list of them >here<  if you feel like enjoying a takeaway meal from your favourite restaurant either at home or out in the fresh air. Or why not enjoy one of our delicious Taste Wexford Hampers, full of local goodies? Choose from our 4 exclusive hampers:

Fancy Fungi

In Fancy Fungi they have been growing mushrooms in Wexford from 1988. They grow the best tasting and best-looking varieties of exotic mushrooms available. Exotic Mushroom They are an excellent source of vitamin B and C complex and are the only vegetable with a good source of vitamin D, so they are a great 

When it comes to cooking, nothing could be more versatile than the mushroom. As a starter, part of the main course, soup, risotto, pâté, sauce or as a great meat substitute for vegetarians – mushrooms are magic! Try this recipe and you will want to eat mushrooms every day.

Recipe idea: Walkers’ Wild Mushroom, O’Neills Bacon & Barley Broth

Ingredients:

  • 200g pack O’Neills bacon lardons or rashers
  • 2 onions
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 3 celery sticks
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 sprig rosemary and thyme
  • 30g pack dried porcini or dried mixed wild mushrooms
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 11⁄2 l chicken stock
  • 175g pearl barley, well rinsed
  • 1 small head spring greens or chunk of Savoy cabbage parmesan or any strong hard cheese, grated, to serve.

Method:

1. Put a large saucepan over medium heat. Sizzle the O’Neills lardons or bacon for 10 mins until golden, stirring now and then. While they cook, chop the onions, carrots and celery into smallish pieces. When the bacon is ready, stir in the veg, garlic and herbs, cover and gently cook for 10 mins.

2. Meanwhile, put the mushrooms into a jug, then fill up to the 600ml mark with boiling water. Leave to soak for 10 mins.

3. Lift the mushrooms out of their juice with a slotted spoon and roughly chop. Turn up the heat under the pan, add the mushrooms, fry for 1 min, then pour in the wine. Let it evaporate right down, then pour the liquid from the mushroom jug into the pan, avoiding the last drops, as they can be gritty. Add the stock and barley. Simmer for 40 mins until the barley is tender. Lift out the thyme and rosemary stalks. Can be made up to 2 days ahead or frozen for up to 1 month. If you make ahead, the soup will need loosening with a little more stock as the barley will thicken it over time.

4. When ready to serve, finely shred the greens and simmer in the soup for 5 mins until tender. Season to taste, then serve with cheese for sprinkling over the top, crusty bread and butter.

Macamore Buffalo

Liam Byrne, a 4th generation farmer and his wife Sinead started their water buffalo farm in January 2016, with a view to bringing something unique and natural to the Irish market.  Liam and Sinead’s herd of water buffalo, are raised on their family farm, 9 miles south of Gorey town, in Ballygarrett, Co. Wexford.

Available products include Strip loin Steaks, Rib Eye Steaks, Fillets, 100% burgers (Gluten-Free), Buffalo dinner sausages, Top Rib Roast, Sirloin Roas, Chuck Steak/Brisket, Lean Mince and Premium Steak Pieces.

Recipe idea: You need to try the BUFFALO BURGER.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz buffalo burger patties from Macramore Buffalo
  • O’Neills bacon rashers
  • Wexford’s cheddar slices
  • Lettuce, tomato & Onion from Regan Organic
  • Wild about Spice of Life relish

Now you just need to cook your buffalo burger rare, medium or well-done to your preference and assemble the best burger you have tasted in a long time. 

O’Neills Bacon

O’Neill’s Dry Cured Bacon Co. in Wexford has won numerous prestigious awards including the Food Writers Guild award, numerous Great Taste Awards, is highly acclaimed by food critics and is the chosen bacon of many of the top chefs in Ireland. The range includes dry-cured rashers, streaky rashers, ham fillets, bacon steaks, sausages, black pudding, bacon jam and bacon loins. 

Recipe idea: Why not try the O’Neills Mushroom and Ham Risotto, a quick tasty meal.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g Fancy Fungi wild mushrooms, halved or sliced if large
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g risotto rice
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 150ml white wine
  • 1-litre hot chicken stock
  • 200g leftover O’Neills Ham, shredded or use O’Neills Dry Cure Lardons
  • 50g parmesan, finely grated
  • 200g frozen peas
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large sauté pan over a medium to high heat, toss the Fancy Fungi mushrooms in this for 4-5 minutes until golden and cooked. Set aside.
  2. Add half the butter to the pan along with the remaining tablespoon of oil and once the butter has melted add the onion and garlic, cook until softened but not browned.
  3. Stir the rice into the onions to coat, along with the thyme.
  4. Pour the wine into the pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes until it has all been absorbed. Add a cup of chicken stock at a time until fully absorbed and repeat until all the stock has been used up. This will take about 15-20 minutes over a gentle heat. You don’t want it to simmer to rapidly or the stock will evaporate before it gets a chance to be soaked up.
  5. Remove the thyme from the pan. Fold half the mushrooms and parmesan into the rice along with the remaining butter and peas. Allow the peas and mushrooms to heat through. Taste and check seasoning. You may need to add more stock to adjust the texture of the risotto just before you serve. Divide between the serving bowls, top with the leftover ham, remaining mushrooms and parmesan.

Stable Diet

Stable Diet’s delicious products are based on traditional recipes and ingredients. All their products are wheat-free and offer a wide range of breakfast cereals and Flapjacks, and their Granola toasted breakfast cereal has been awarded several times. 

Recipe idea: Stable Diet Granola with Cranberry Pecan and Pumpkin Seed and yoghurt Bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Stable Diet Granola with Cranberry Pecan and Pumpkin Seed 
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh fruit of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Place the yoghurt in a bowl.

2. Add the Stable Diet Granola with Cranberry Pecan and Pumpkin Seed 

3. Add the washed fruit

4. Serve and enjoy!

Tasty Parlour

Taste Parlour, founded in July 2011 by professional chef Mary O’Hanlon,  produces and delivers tasty gluten & wheat free bread, slices, muffins, scones & tray bakes daily using only the finest ingredients available.

Recipe idea: Gluten-free avocado toast on Taste Parlour White soda bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Taste Parlour White soda bread
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Chia seed or another topping of your choice
  • Good drizzle Wild About Wild Garlic Oil

Instructions:

  1. Toast the Taste Parlour White soda slices

2. Cut the avocado in half and smashed it on the toasts

3. Drizzle with Wild About Wild Garlic Oil, add salt and pepper

4. Add the chia seed   

5. Enjoy!

WILD About

Wild about is a multi award-winning environmentally sustainable artisan producer and Local Food Hero creating a range of low carbon, low sugar, sustainable foods made fresh from seasonal produce sourced locally and grown on our sustainable permaculture farm here in Co. Wexford. Ranges change with the seasonal harvests, and we specialize in native wild ingredients, Ireland own superfood.

Recipe idea: Best Dressed Chicken And Green Been Salad.

Ingredients:

  • 4 fillets Regan Organic chicken 
  • 500g green or French beans
  • A healthy splash of Wild About BEST DRESSED Salad Dressing
  • Some sesame seeds or sliced almonds

Method:

  1. Cut chicken breast into strips, coat in Wild About  Best Dressed Salad

2. Dressing and chargrill. Better still, if time allows, marinate for a few hours beforehand in Wild About Best Dressed Salad Dressing.

3. Steam green or French beans for 5 mins.

4. Plunge into iced water to stop them cooking.

5. Put the chicken and beans in a bowl and mix with a healthy splash of BEST DRESSED Salad Dressing. Sprinkle some sesame seeds or sliced almonds on top.

6. Grab your fork and enjoy a delicious, healthy and quick lunch!

Regan Organic

The Regan Sisters grow organic meat, poultry and pork reared with compassion in beautiful County Wexford. Their entire farm is certified organic so no pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones or Genetically Modified products are used. All the animals are reared naturally free-range. Organic vegetables are also available. 

Recipe idea: Roasted Organic Chicken

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) 

2. In a small bowl, mix together butter, lemon zest, garlic and some seasoning.

3. Pat clean the chicken; halve the lemon, squeeze the juice into the chicken cavity then tuck the lemon halves inside the bird along with the thyme.

4. Put the chicken on a board and lift the neck flap. Use your fingers to ease the skin gently away from the flesh along the length of the breast. Spread half of the butter mixture under the skin, making sure to work it over the breast. Rub remaining butter all over the bird. Tie the legs together with string and transfer to a roasting tin just big enough to hold the chicken.

5. Roast in the oven for about 1hr 30min, covering halfway through with tin foil. Cook until the juices run clear from the breast and legs. Carefully remove from the tin and set aside somewhere warm.

6. Spoon off most of the fat from the tin and discard. Put in on hob over medium heat and stir in flour. Return to heat and cook for 1min, then remove from heat and gradually stir in wine and stock. Cook for 3-5min, stirring constantly until thickened. Leave to bubble for a few min, season to taste and sieve into a gravy jug. Serve gravy alongside the chicken, with roast potatoes and vegetables, if you like.

7. Strip the carcass at the end of the meal for sandwiches, curry or whatever you fancy making with the leftovers and simmer up the bones, skin and anything else with an onion, carrot, peppercorns, bay leaf for stock.

Ballyhack Smokehouse

Ballyhack Smokehouse is an award-winning purveyor of Artisan Beech Smoked Salmon, Smoked Irish Organic Salmon and Wild Irish Smoked Salmon.

Recipe idea: Smoked Salmon with lemon scrambled eggs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of Taste Parlour Brown Bread
  • Ballyhack Smokehouse smoked salmon
  • Two large Regan Organic eggs
  • 6 TBS single cream 
  • A knob of butter
  • Black pepper and a wedge of lemon to serve

Method:

  1. Lightly whisk 2 Regan Organic large eggs, 6 TBS single cream or full cream milk and a pinch of salt together until the mixture has just one consistency.

2. Heat a small non-stick frying pan for a minute or so, then add a knob of butter and let it melt. Don’t allow the butter to brown or it will discolour the eggs.

3. Pour in the egg mixture and let it sit, without stirring, for 20 seconds. • Stir with a wooden spoon, lifting and folding it over from the bottom of the pan.

4. Let it sit for another 10 seconds then stir and fold again.

5. Repeat until the eggs are softly set and slightly runny in places. Remove from the heat and leave for a moment to finish cooking.• Toast and butter few slices of Tasty Parlour bread. Drape a slice of smoked salmon on each slice and spoon over the scrambled egg. Grind over black pepper and serve with a wedge of lemon on the side.

Ballycross Apple Farm

Whether you’ve visited Ballycross Apple Farm to go pumpkin picking, apple picking or a trip to see the pets on the farm, there’s no doubt you didn’t leave empty-handed. With an abundance of juices, from apple, pear, blackcurrant, elderflower and pink lemonade, there’s sure to be a fruit for every type of taste bud. 

Recipe idea: Check out Trish Deseine’s Braised Red Cabbage with Apples, Red Onion and Ballycross Apple and Blackcurrant Juice recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 75g Butter
  • 1 Small Red Cabbage (1kg or so)  (Thorpe’s Organic Cabbage)
  • 3 or 4 Onions, peeled, chopped finely
  • 3 or 4 Apples, peeled, chopped finely
  • 1 or 2 Teaspoons of mixed spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, as you like)
  • 2 or 3 Juniper berries
  • 2 or 3 Whole cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons golden muscovado sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (Clashganny Cider Vinegar)
  • 200ml Ballycross Apple Juice

Method :

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C
  2. Remove the tough leaves and base of the cabbage and shred it finely
  3. Layer it with the apples, onions and spices in a large casserole dish
  4. Finally, pour in the vinegar and apple juice
  5. Put the lid on the pot and leave it to braise in the oven for 2 or 2 ½ hours, until tender and soft
  6. Season, and serve hot or warm

Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants

Home grown in County Wexford since 1955, Mr Jeffares Blackcurrents are one of the many top fruit growers that take a place in the sunny south-east’s reputation for its famous and inviting fruits. The cold pressed pure fruits are significant to the success of Mr Jeffares Blackcurrant Cordials, and make up a generation of stories.

Recipe idea: Check out Mr Jeffares Blackcurrent and Raspberry Blondie recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 75g Butter
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 150g White Chocolate
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence
  • 250g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 20 Frozen Raspberries from Kearns Fruit Farm

For the batter: 

  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 150ml Mr Jeffares Irish Blackcurrant Cordial

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven at 180C. Line an 8” square tin with greaseproof paper
  2. Melt the white chocolate in a small bowl, over a saucepan with boiling water on a hob
  3. In a large separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar for around 3 minutes
  4. Add the chocolate to the mixture and stir well
  5. Using a sieve, add in the flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract
  6. Pour half of the batter into a separate bowl and add the cordial, to give the blackcurrant flavour to the blondies
  7. Go back and forth, dolloping bits from each batter until you have used half of both of the batters
  8. Place half of the Kearns Fruit Farm raspberries into the batter and dollop the rest of the batter into the tin, using the same method as before
  9. With a fork, carefully mix the batters together and sprinkle the rest of the raspberries into the batter, pushing them gently down so they’re not exposed to the surface
  10. Place the tin into the oven and allow it to bake for approximately 45 minutes
  11. Leave in the tin to cool before you cut them, and enjoy!

Naturally Cordial

Mouth-watering whole fruit cordial business, Naturally Cordial, is one of the many local producers in County Wexford that has a strong place in Ireland’s local food and drinks industry. Using fresh fruits grown from the establishment’s neighbours and friends, Naturally Cordial is up there with some of the best leading Irish producers also collaborating with Dunnes Stores Simply Better range in stores.

Check out Naturally Cordial’s Strawberry & Cucumber Limeade recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Naturally Cordial Strawberry, Cucumber & Lime
  • Soda or Sparkling Water
  • 2 Limes sliced
  • 250g Strawberries from The Village at Wheelocks, quartered
  • 1/4 Cucumber sliced
  • Bunch of fresh mint and ice

Method:

  1. Dilute your Naturally Cordial to your preferred taste with the soda or sparkling water
  2. Add the limes, strawberries from The Village at Wheelocks and cucumber to the mixture with lots of ice
  3. Serve immediately in your favourite glassware with a sprig of mint!

Bean and Goose

What’s better than a slab of chocolate? A slab of chocolate made with love from the wilds of Wexford. Sisters Karen and Natalie set out to give the traditional chocolate making a go, and somewhere down the line, curated and asserted themselves and their business with a stronghold of luscious chocolate, enriched with a wealth of delicacy, single origin chocolate and ombre’s of complimenting flavours inspired by Ireland’s many seasons. 

Recipe idea: Check out Bean and Goose’ go-to hot chocolate recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 375ml Whole Milk
  • 40ml Water
  • 30g Sugar
  • 2 * 80g Bars of Bean and Goose ‘Mexico’ 66% (chopped into chunks)

Method:

  1. Pour Milk, Water & Sugar into a saucepan, gently heating it until the mixture is just below boiling point. 
  1. Lower the heat & add the chopped 66% Bean and Goose ‘Mexico’ chocolate. 
  1. Stir until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat & emulsify using a stick blender.

Bean and Goose suggest adding some spice variations to the recipe…

Cardamom hot chocolate with rose scented cream

Crush 4 Cardamom pods & add the seeds to the chopped chocolate

Whip up a batch of double cream & stir in a 1/2 teaspoon of rose water

Top hot chocolate with cream & a few dried rose petals

Cardamom hot chocolate with rose scented cream

Spiced hot chocolate with nutmeg cream

Add 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder to the saucepan before heating the milk, water & sugar mixture

Try using different types of chili – ancho or chipotle, are perfect with Mexico chocolate

Whip up a batch of double cream

Top hot chocolate with cream & a grating of nutmeg

Zaeire Artisan Chocolates

With a wealth of knowledge throughout her time in various countries, Leigh, owner of Zaeire Artisan Chocolates, settled in County Wexford and let her love for chocolate unravel as she set eye on an adventure from her kitchen in 2013, where her business grew. Now, the chocolate holding has developed and won Leigh a wealth of awards for the flavoursome artisan chocolates that are inspired by her past in South Africa, and her present in Ireland.

Recipe idea: Check out Zaeire Artisan Chocolate’s mouth-watering truffle recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml Double Cream
  • 200g Milk Chocolate
  • 50g Dark Chocolate
  • 115g Unsalted Butter

Method:

  1. Place cream in a saucepan and bring it to the boil.  Melt chocolate gently over a simmering bowl of water, add cream and whisk
  1. Cut butter into small cubes, add to the mix.  Whisk until smooth.  You can add flavours at this stage if desired.  Pour mixture into small bowl and refrigerate for a few hours
  1. Once the mixture is set, spoon out and roll into balls on parchment paper
  1. The truffles can be rolled in crushed nuts, coconut or dipped in melted chocolate.  
  1. Allow to set and then enjoy!