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Cake Sale











On the last Sunday in November, the TY Home Economic Students from St Joseph’s School took over our shop on Spencer street and filled it with their delicious bakes for their annual fundraising Cake sale.

cake-sale-st-josephs-crew-2-7-12-16Under the tutelage and direction from their teachers  Ms. Tuffy,  Ms. McLoughlin and Ms. Hurley, the girls commenced preparation for the Bake Sale on Tuesday the 22nd of November by making the cookie dough. On Friday, 15 students gave up their time, energy and skills for a days work and baked and packaged the cookies, sliced the rocky road, made crumble and weighed all the ingredients which Rua supplied that would be needed for their Sunday bake off! cake-sale-biccis-7-12-16

At 7 am on Sunday morning, 24 students piled into the Home Ec. kitchen at their school and started baking for the bake sale later that day. The day was hectic but productive and the students worked non-stop. Another group of 12 TY students – the Sales team –  arrived at Rua in groups of 4 per session and took care of business, meeting and serving the eager customers with all the baked goods, which consisted of Brownies, Rocky Road, Coffee and Walnut squares, Apple Crumble, cookies, Lemon Madeira and Orange Drizzle squares. The day was a huge success and with all the cakes selling out,  the initiative raised much needed funds for the school.

Rua was proud to host this talented class of bakers for another great Cake Sale, and happy to help supply them with all the ingredients for the cakes. Thanks also to suppliers La Rousse , Pallas, Lavin’s fruit, Musgraves, Aurivo Dairy and Claremorris Free Range Eggs for their sponsorship of ingredients.





Christmas Entertaining Demo


Seasonal table decoration ideas


On Wednesday, November 23, we hosted our annual Christmas food ‘pantomime’, an evening filled with loads of ideas for entertaining your family and friends this Christmas.


Christmas Entertaining Demo notes

The evening commenced at 7.30 with everyone who attended getting a prosecco and clementine cocktail and Colleen got us kickstarted with a talk about the myriad of delicious drinks available for the season, covering everything from Sherry to Mulled Apple Juice.

Sarah from De Burca’s butcher gave us the low down on roasting meats, making a delicious gravy and had a some great stories about dealing with challengingly small ovens.


Goatsbridge Trout sample dish

Aran followed Sarah with a few ideas using the wonderful products of Goatsbridge Trout Farm in Kilkenny. He also put together some great ideas for some delicious seasonal salads which might provide welcome relief in the days following the main event.


Ana makes meringue

Ana from the Rua bakery demonstrated the different meringue techniques and put together a delightful and celebratory Pavlova ‘wreath’ with some clemenetines, cranberry curd and toasted pistachios, a real Christmas ‘show-stopping’ dessert.

Carol Anne from our deli talked cheese and showed off the fabulous Mont D’or, our favourite cheese for this time of year.

Finally, Colleen finished the demo by putting together ideas for seasonal table decorations using fresh, seasonal foliage and fruits.


Pavlova wreath

Our evening concluded with a lovely supper of Tom Durcan’s Spiced Beef, horseradish dressing, winter slaw and jewelled barley salad followed by some of that Pavlova.

If you’d like to know more about our demos at Rua, please email us at and we’ll put you on our mailing list for future events.


New Book – Fishwives


Mag Kirwan from Goatsbridge Trout has compiled a selection of delicious fish recipes for her new cookbook, ‘Fishwives’. The recipes are from women in Ireland and Uganda, and we’re extremely proud at Rua to be included with a simple recipe from Ann Mc Mahon.

We’ll be featuring our ‘Smoked trout sandwich’ from the book on our menu in Rua Spencer Street for the week of November 14th, which can be enjoyed with our compliments to anyone who buys the book during the week.

The Book is priced at €20 and includes a great selection of recipes from 78 ‘Fishwives’ including Darina Allen, Georgina Campbell, Imen Mc Donnell and Sally Mc Kenna. A brilliant Christmas gift for a great cause.

Now available to buy at Rua Deli or online here:

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