week­end bites

Irish Daily Mail - - Food And Wine -

THIS week I’ll be eat­ing… kohlrabi, which is very easy to grow and get­ting a lit­tle eas­ier to find in the shops. It’s a mem­ber of the cab­bage fam­ily and, if picked young, closer to golf-ball than ten­nis-ball size, it has a lovely fresh, crisp tex­ture with a nutty flavour. Thin slices fea­ture on fash­ion­able restau­rant plates; I like it grated and dressed with sesame oil, salt and lime juice. Cut in thin strips, it’s an al­ter­na­tive to cele­riac ré­moulade if you toss them with may­on­naise and mus­tard. CORK’S Greenes Restau­rant goes from strength to strength. Chef Bryan McCarthy, in­set, has just an­nounced his sea­sonal win­ter menu, with an even stronger fo­cus on lo­cal pro­duce than usual. High­lights in­clude Ballinwillin veni­son from Mitchel­stown, wild hal­ibut from Union Hall, for­aged sea veg­eta­bles from Mon­ica Gon­za­les, veg­eta­bles from Kil­brack or­ganic farm and wild mush­rooms from Bal­ly­houra. Even the cus­tard is made with or­ganic milk from Dan Ah­ern’s farm near Mi­dle­ton. Bryan’s cook­ing is ex­cep­tional: com­plex and dis­ci­plined. See gree­nes­restau­rant.com. BAI­LEYS has spawned vast num­bers of im­i­ta­tors, but here’s a cream liqueur with a dif­fer­ence. Five Farms Ir­ish Cream Liqueur is so called be­cause the cream el­e­ment comes from five fam­ily farms in West Cork, which is def­i­nitely a unique sell­ing point. But the qual­ity is so good that this new Ir­ish prod­uct took the Chair­man’s Tro­phy at the in­ter­na­tional Ul­ti­mate Spir­its Chal­lenge. The whiskey el­e­ment, in­ci­den­tally, comes from the other end of the county, Mi­dle­ton. Five Farms is in all O’Briens stores and re­tails at €34.99. AC­CORD­ING to a sur­vey car­ried out for Aldi, Cad­bury’s Roses are Ire­land’s favourite choco­lates, beat­ing Qual­ity Street firmly into sec­ond place. Ja­cob’s Cho­co­late Kim­ber­leys are the top bis­cuit, with USA As­sorted back in fifth place and, amaz­ingly, Cho­co­late Hob­nobs in eighth. In the same week we learned that the most likely sweet to be cho­sen from the Haribo bag is the gummy bear, with rings trail­ing in sec­ond place. Make of all this what you will.

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