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COOKERY DEMO – Vegetarian Cooking – Part 1, 25/1/17

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Vegetarian cooking – Part 1

Despite it’s title, our first food demo of 2017 is not just for vegetarians but for anyone looking for inspiration to create some delicious meals focusing on vegetables as the key ingredients.

We’ll be joined on the evening by one of our favourite local producers, Michael from Velvet Cloud, who’ll be bringing some of their delicious Sheep’s milk yoghurt and Rockfield cheese from their farm near Claremorris in Co Mayo. We’ll be using the yogurt in a variety of ways, including  delicious coriander yoghurt sauce and a yoghurt and raspberry cake.

Other recipes for the night include Cauliflower steaks with romesco sauce, a really delicious Vegan veggie burger, as well as salads and condiments like a veggie Kimchi.

As always, our demo night includes a light supper and glass of wine as well as a full set of notes of everything covered in the demonstration. Tickets for the evening are limited and available to purchase from our delicatessen at €30.

We’re also running a full vegetarian menu on Friday 27th January in New Antrim streetclick here to see the menu . Book a table on 094 9023376

Velvet cloud link

Vegetarian Menu link




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.


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