Home cook finals

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ICA mem­bers have a chance to qual­ify for the All Ire­land Home Cook Cham­pion 2018 ti­tle at this year’s Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships. Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will have one hour to cook a dish of their choice from a list of in­gre­di­ents pro­vided for the cook off. The list of in­gre­di­ents will be emailed 10 days be­fore­hand to al­low the con­tes­tant to de­cide what they’d like to cook or to get in some prac­tice. They will cook in the ICA mar­quee along­side Chef Adrian. Con­tes­tants must be 18 or over on January 1, 2017 and can’t have worked as a pro­fes­sional chef/cook for the pre­vi­ous 10 years. En­tries for the cook off at the plough­ing are ex­clu­sively open to cur­rent ICA mem­bers. The win­ner at the plough­ing cham­pi­onships will go onto to the All-Ire­land Fi­nal 2018 at one of Ire­land’s top agri­cul­tural shows – venue yet to be de­cided. For more info, email john­martin­event@gmail.com or phone 087 268 1635. Mary Kennedy from Bridgetown Guild in Clare is one of eight quar­ter-fi­nal­ists through to the semi-finals of the Na­tional Brown Bread Bak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. These take place at the Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships on September 19 and 20, when two con­tenders from each day will be cho­sen to com­pete in the fi­nal on September 21. Mary, along with Cáit Keat­ing from Dungarvan, will be fly­ing the flag for Mun­ster and hop­ing one of them will bring the na­tional prize down south. Mary isn’t at all fazed by the prospect of mak­ing her brown bread in front of an au­di­ence. And, while she learned how to make brown bread from her mother, she has picked up a lot of new tips in prepa­ra­tion for this com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have to use Aldi prod­ucts as much as pos­si­ble. I was a bit con­cerned about the bread turn­ing out moist. But my sis­ter, Breid, had a tip for me for that. I was also con­cerned about whether the b r e a d wo u l d r i s e , so my friends gave me some hints, as d i d my se c o n d a r y s ch o o l Home Eco­nom­ics teacher. She judges the bak­ing at our lo­cal agri­cul­tural show in Bridgetown. I met her at the show in July and asked could I pick her brains.”

At this stage, Mary won’t re­veal the tips she has re­ceived but she con­firms they’ve all worked. In Bridgetown Guild since shortly after it formed in 1983, Mary has won prizes for h e r b ro wn bre a d at l o c a l shows. “I mainly en­tered to sup­port the shows,” she says. She is one of 15 mem­bers of Bridgetown ICA and joined soon after ar riv­ing in the lo­cal­ity.

“On my f irst Sun­day at Mass in Bridgetown, this lady wel­comed me and said they’d just formed a guild in the vil­lage and would I like to join. I thought ‘I’m in my 20s — my mother’s in ICA!’ But I went along and found it was my own age group. We were all hav­ing ba­bies to­gether. The guild has mainly been about the fun and friend­ship and the big thing is the con­fi­dence we’ve gained,” says Mary, adding that Bridgetown ICA isn’t so much into arts and crafts but is very com­mu­ni­ty­ori­ented, help­ing out in the lo­cal­ity when asked.

The other six quar­ter-fi­nal­ists who will bid for the best brown bread baker ti­tle later this month are Sheila Nolan from Bal­lon, Co Car­low; Ellen Keogh, Ark­low, Co Wick­low; Vi v i e n n e R i g l e y , B a l l i ck - moyler, Co Car­low (rep­re­sent­ing Laois); Mary Con­way, Aclare, Co Sligo; Anne Downey, Birr, Co Of­faly; Rita Alves, Drogheda, Co Louth.

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Na­tional Brown Bread Bak­ing com­pe­ti­tion semi-fi­nal­ist Mary Kennedy from Kil­laloe, Co Clare, a mem­ber of Bridgetown ICA guild.

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