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The Mayo Ingredient….and Street Food Festival

Drawing it’s inspiration from our county’s larder, we’re running two cookery demos over the month of June entitles ‘The Mayo Ingredient’.

Both demos will include recipes featuring wonderful local produce from the likes of Velvet Cloud (yogurt and cheese), Achill Sea Salt, Gerry Hasset’s smoked fish, Kelly’s puddings, vegetables from Glasraí, eggs from Claremorris and much more.

At the first of the demos on Wednesday June 5th, we’ll be visited by Breda from Cuinneog Dairy and making some fruit soda bread, ice cream and a salad dressing using their wonderful buttermilk.

At our demo on Tuesday 18th, we will be joined by Fiontann from Wildwood Vinegars, and very much look forward to sampling some of his amazing bottled wild flavours.

This latter demo is a fundraiser for the ‘Mayo Street Food Festival’, a wonderful one day event and gathering of local restaurants and producers to be held this year at Bridge Lane, Castlebar on Sunday, September 8th. In the lead up to the big day, the county town’s leading food and drink ambassadors are teaming up to host a series of exciting food events to raise much-needed funds for the festival. Events on the food series calendar between now and September will include this food demo but also foraging, a wine evening, food quiz, comedy bingo, and more yet to be announced. If you or your company would like to get involved and support the Mayo food scene by becoming a festival or event sponsor, please get in touch by emailing mayo.street.food.fest@gmail.com.

Both of our demo evenings include supper, a glass of wine and notes from the demonstration. Limited tickets priced at €35 must be bought in advance for each evening are available by calling our delicatessen on 094 9286072. Demo starts at 7.30 pm.

Our demo on the 18th is a fundraiser for Mayo Street Food Festival, which takes place in Castlebar on Sunday 8th September.

 

Cafe Rua’s Award Winning Mayo version of a Scotch Egg

Here’s the recipe for our Mayo version of a Scotch Egg.

We feature it as a a special in New Antrim Street and it recently won best in Connacht in a competition entitled ‘Eggs for Anytime’ run by Bord Bia.

CAFÉ RUA KELLY’S SCOTCH EGG

Makes 4

Ingredients

– 6 eggs
– 400g sausage meat – Kelly’s breakfast sausages
– 130g Kelly’s black pudding, crumbled
– 2 tbsps chopped mixed herbs (chives, sage, parsley and thyme, rosemary are all good)
– 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
– splash of milk
– 100g flour
– 100g breadcrumbs
– vegetable oil, to cook
– 4 slices brown bread
– 50g mixed leaves

Method

1. Put four of the eggs into a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for five minutes, then put straight into a large bowl of iced water for at least 10 minutes.

2. Put the meat, pudding, herbs, and mustard into a bowl – you’ll need to add very little seasoning, as the sausage meat will already contain salt. Mix well with your hands. Divide into four.

3. Carefully peel the eggs.

4. Beat the two raw eggs together in a bowl with a splash of milk. Put the flour in a second bowl and season it with salt and pepper, then tip the breadcrumbs into a third bowl. Arrange in an assembly line.

5. Lightly flour an egg, pat out some meat mix on a lightly floured board and carefully encase the egg in it. Repeat the process for all the eggs. Dip each meat-covered egg in flour, then egg wash, then breadcrumbs.

6. Fill a deep saucepan pan a third full of vegetable oil, and heat to 170°C (or when a crumb of bread sizzles and turns golden, but does not burn, when dropped in it). Keep the heat under the oil moderate throughout cooking, so the crumbs achieve nice dark golden colour, yet the meat is cooked thoroughly. Cook the eggs, a couple at a time, for eight minutes, until crisp and golden, then drain on kitchen paper before serving.

7. Serve with mixed leaves and some brown bread.

 

Boxty

Boxty causes rows.

There are wildly differing recipes throughout Ireland, and everyone seems to have an opinion on the matter of what qualifies as ‘authentic’ and ‘traditional’. Generally made using an unusual mix of cooked and raw potatoes, there is evidence to suggest that the idea may have originated in the west of Ireland, but the tradition is also strong in the northerly counties. In her excellent book, ‘Ireland’s Green larder’ author Margaret Hickey proposes that the idea of grating potatoes would have been an expedient perhaps turned to during famine times as an alternative to throwing away soft potatoes.

At Rua, we make our Boxty once a year, and always around St Patrick’s weekend. The recipe comes from Nuala, our head chef in our Spencer Street café, who has made it for over 10 years for both our café and for sale in our shop.

Nuala’s Boxty

Makes approximately 5 cakes.  A quarter of a cake is ample as part of a full breakfast.

RECIPE

– 2kg spuds
– a small onion, finely chopped
– chopped parsley,
– 2 eggs, lightly whisked
– seasoning

Method:

– Sweat diced onion in butter and when soft add chopped parsley, cool slightly;

– Peel and coarsely grate potatoes;

– When done, squeeze the excess water from them – an unused tea towel or J-cloth is good for this;

– Add cooled onion and parsley to grated spuds, add beaten eggs, seasoning and mix well.

– To cook, fry on hot pan with some butter and a little oil to prevent butter burning.

– Shape into thick pancake shape on pan, and use a spatula to carefully flip over to do same on other side until golden brown.

– Serve hot with butter or salt, or cut into pieces and serve as part of a full breakfast.

 

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