Posted in I'm Enjoying

I’m Enjoying…. in June 2013

I’m Enjoying….

….Lemon Curd
Heaven Preserve Us Lemon Curd jars
Is there no end to amazing Irish food producers?  Heaven Preserve Us have a beautiful array of preserves selling at Irish Farmers Markets including this amazing lemon curd. {produced in Ovens, Co. Cork}.  I used my jar of lemon curd to make an ahhmazing Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova – and yes, I do say so myself 🙂

….Apple Juice
Mealagulla Apple Juice
I came across two of my boys and their pal at the Mealagulla Orchard juice stand at the Cork Summer Show last week.  They weren’t just trying to snaffle free samples but were digging around in their pockets to club together to by a large bottle between them.  Made from locally grown apples in Ovens, the Mealagulla Orchard Apple Juice is delicious and with 11-year-old boys willing to part with their hard-earned pocket-money to buy some it comes with a big thumbs up from them and from me.

….Fromage Frais
Fromage Frais Kilbeg Dairies
It can be very difficult to get your hands on some plain fat-free fromage frais. (How something this creamy can be fat-free? Don’t ask me!) Produced in Ireland by award-winning Kilbeg dairies you will find it in the cheese section.  It was just what I was after for the filling of my Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova.

….Bakestone Café, Deli & Bakery
Bakestone Café
This brand new food offering at Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre in Fota Retail Park, Carrigtwohill sees Joe and Maura Carey (owners of  The White Horse Bar and Restaurant, Ballincollig) joined by Chef Ali Honour.  They’re offering food and entertainment {Sunday Brunch is accompanied by a live jazz trio} in an almost arboretum type setting with a café that spills out into the foliage of the garden centre on the fine days.  I for one will go anywhere for a decent cup of coffee, I usually drink decaf at home, but when I’m out I’ll be after a hit  of something strong and delicious and they’ve a speciality range on offer here.  Come for a coffee stay for breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.  Bakestone is open 9.30am til 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sundays.

….Apron Strings
Apron Strings Cookbook by Nessa RobinsWith much anticipation I finally got my hands on Nessa Robins cookbook.  You can check out one of Nessa’s recipe and a writeup on Apron Strings here.

….FEAST: A Dinner Journal
Feast Magazine Cover
This is one for the coffee table.  Breathtakingly beautiful this masterpiece from Donal Skehan {& team of Ross Golden Bannon, Sharon Hearne Smith, Jane Matthew and Sofie Larson} will be one to collect.  I could see myself tearing out pictures to frame them (though where would I put the children’s pictures then!).  Exquisite photography and appealingly clean yet cosy layout will have you losing yourself in its  surrounds.  Feast is available to peruse for free online for a limited time via Donal Skehan’s website and hard copies can be ordered from MagCloud.

….Cork on a Fork
Cork on a Fork by Fenn's Quay

FREE. FREE. FREE.  Doesn’t everyone love something free?  Fenn’s Quay are giving you a copy of their beautifully presented collection of recipes in ‘Cork on a Fork’ free to download here.

….Food Festival Season
Flavour of Killorglin poster
While there are now a plethora of food festivals the whole year round the summer is rampant with them.  With the finer weather (fingers crossed) bringing us out in search of a quality day of entertainment there is nothing like a wander around a food festival to satisfy you.  One such festival kicking off 5th July through to 7th July is Killorglin Festival.  Events planned for the weekend include music, taste tours, smokery tours, angling exhibits, lectures and unique collaborations between food and drink providers. Sure what more could you want?!  Check out the details on their beautiful website.

Well I hope you get a chance to get out there over the coming months and enjoy blissfully bright hours discovering new products and food festivals for yourself.

Talk to you in July! Enjoy, x Sheila

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Posted in Baking Day

Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova

Stunning.  The presentation and contents of this jar of ‘Zinga zang-ah’ lemon curd is simply stunning.
Heaven Preserve Us Lemon Curd Jar of
Produced locally to me under the label ‘Heaven Preserve Us’ in a place called Ovens in County Cork it is sold at farmer’s markets so if you’re lucky enough to come across their stand I recommend you snap some up.
Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova 4
With Father’s Day last weekend there’s nothing says we care about you more than putting some thought and a little time into a handmade gift so in our house we decided that a lemony cream filled pavlova with raspberries would be the order of the day and I know it was appreciated.
Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova 1
Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova 3
Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova 2
Lemon & Raspberry Pavlova

You will need:
6 egg whites
300g caster sugar
pinch salt
For Filling:
200ml Fromage Frais
150ml whipped cream
4 tbsp. lemon curd
250g fresh raspberries
Line two baking trays with baking paper or silicon liners
Preheat fan oven to 150
Whisk the egg whites in an electric mixer on a medium setting until they begin to stiffen up
Gradually add in the caster sugar and salt and beat on a high-speed for around 8 minutes until it really stiffens up and looks shiny and white
Divide the mixture onto the two baking trays and smooth it out into rounds.  I kept one  smooth and then used the spatula to pull up peaks on the second which adds an interesting look and texture to the top half of the pavlova.
Cook in the oven for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and leave to cool on the trays.
When cooled carefully assemble the pavlova by filling the centre layer with the combined fromage frais, cream & lemon curd mixed together with two-thirds of the raspberries.  Top the pavlova with the remaining raspberries and drizzle over some lemon curd.

‘Til next time, Sheila