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nettles are BACK

 

COMMON WEED
OR NATIVE SUPERFOOD ?


 

Most of us will have haunting memories of being stung by nasty nettles.  Nettles really aren't that bad, honest!.  Native to Ireland, 'common nettle' grows in abundance hedgerows, fields and gardens.  Resillient and invasive, what we don't give them credit for is Nettles are simpy packed with essential minerals, iron, a good source of protein, a great source of Vitamin A, B1, B2 (the mental agility vitamins) packed with polyphenols,antioxidants. Nettles are clinicllly proven to help reduce blood pressure, they clear the uric acid from the kidneys, great for the treatment of Gout, also beneficial in the treatment of Arthritis, Prostate, Asthma,  Psorisis.  They grow in every hedge in the country AND THEY'RE FREE !

 
 
 


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GET YOUR NETTLE LOVIN' ON !

Nothing quite beats this for a conversation starter, madly refreshing drink and amazing cocktail mixer.   The ideal dinner party drink, for it serves many masters.
NETTLE NOJITO
Simply dilute (6-10:1) with sparkling water, fist of ice and a squeeze of lime for a monsterously refreshing drink, great for the non drinker, driver or pregnant woman.
NETTLE MOJITO
Add a shot of white rum and a straw for the Nettle Mojito lovin' party animals,
PERFECT NETTLE MARGARITA
Shake up equal measure of Nettle Syrup, Tequila and fresh squeezed lime with ice
(remember to put salt around the glass rim, class !)

 
 
 
 
 


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WINNER
GOOD FOOD IRELAND / BORD BIA
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2014


 

OMG! OMG! OMG!

 

Just off the ferry from the BBC Good Food Show in Olympia, we limped our way into our glad rags and off the Shelbourne Hotel for the Good Food Ireland Awards.  Margaret Jeffares and her team at Good Food Ireland are a powerforce in promoting and supporting the best of what we as a nation have to offer.  We were delighted to have been nominated for Producer of the Year, but in such awesome company, it was a safe bet to hit the bar and have some craic!  And indeed that we did in the wonderful company of Rachel & Philip of Tinahely Farm Shop, the effervessant dynamo of Paul & Siobhan the Foods of Athenry and the very beautiful Kate O'Hara of Kate's Kitchen in Sligo. . .

The night was marked by a quite unbeleive event, not the blazingly good company, nor the world class food, not even how remarkably funny Enda Kenny was. . . the night stands out because remarkably, the Producer of the Year 2013-14 was called as WILD ABOUT. . . .. . OMG !  as evident from the head on me in the press shots !




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LONDON   BOUND

The windscreen was cracked with ice and you couldn't fit a wafer thin mint in the back of the Wild about van as we left the rural tranquility of Monamolin, setting out for our old stomping ground in Old London Town.  Equal measures of fear and excitement as we head for our biggest adventure yet, trading at the BBC Good Food Show at Olympia.

Slightly daunting setting up in the vast vaccume that is Olympia, But soon enough we found our feet as our fellow countrymen came out in force!



the multi award winning, crazy Corleggy Cheese,


the deliciously decorated Glenillen Farm team


the Mad Munster Munchers that are team Clonakilty.

 
 


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ALL IRELAND
FARMERS MARKET CHAMPIONS !

SUNDAY 30 JUNE
Crowds thronged along the Slaney River in the glorious sunshine this weekend

to sample the best of Irish produce in the ALL IRELAND FARMERS MARKET COMPETITION. The annual event hosted at the Wexford Strawberry Festival was established to recognize the vital role Farmer's Markets play in supplying fresh, locally produced foods, and to create a showcase for distinct regional speciality foods availble throughout Ireland. The competition is open to exhibitors from Farmer's Markets across 32 counties.

Quality Irish traders from all over Ireland, such as Butlers Ice Cream, Dungarvan; Foods of Athenry, Galway : Ballyhoura Mushrooms, Cork; The Organic Herb Co. Wicklow came to showcase their wares to the great


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LONDON BUZZ

We're absolutley Buzzing!  None other than the legendary Maitre Chef des Cuisines chose 'Wild abou't Rhubarb Syrup for his welcome aperitif for the Good Food Ireland UK launch at Mosimanns, Belgravia.


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