Market newsletter 12 April 2012
We hope you had a good Easter and that you enjoyed the break. Read on to find out what new goodies will be at the market on Saturday
White tulips always remind me of Easter!
Wednesday opening at the market:
We are developing our plans to open on Wednesdays, but in the way of these things, it is taking a bit longer than originally planned! We'll keep you posted on starting date.
Free this evening?
If you are in the vicinity of the Addison Lodge this evening (Thursday) there is a pub quiz going on there in aid of the local Vincent de Paul branch. All welcome along, starting at 8 pm
All stalls due this Saturday, except for Puddleduck Produce, and an emergency supply of jams & relishes is with Sarah-Jane at the Old Tarts xx Stall next door...
Our Spanish Tapas Stall will be cooking up paella at the Cafe on Saturday, so come along and see Alicia make this classic Spanish dish - you will be able to buy by the portion to bring home or have at the market.
Ed Hick is making fresh salamis today, lovely beechwood smoked deliciousness! And Ed's Bacon Jam is featuring on Breandann's Pizza 'H2G Special' this weekend, which is a Calzone which also has Cooleeney Gortnamona Goats Cheese, Red Onions, Peppers, and Mozzarella. Drizzled with Basil oil. Breandann was experimenting with this one last Saturday, and the results were fab!
Kate was delighted with the interest in her new stall last week - The Wild Flour Bakery - and she has promised to make a lot more of the macarons for Saturday, as lots of people had to go away empty-handed! She only uses free-range eggs, and promises never to use battery-hen eggs in her produce...So, on sale this week:
- Dark chocolate macarons with sea salt caramel, and some interesting sounding chocolate & passionfruit
- Individual lemon poppyseed cakes
- Lavender shortbread (made with handmade butter from North County Dublin)
- Pear and almond muffins
- Spinach, Cashel blue cheese and pinenut muffins
- Individual Earl Grey layer cakes
- Biscuits for cheese
At the Fruit & Veg stall, the first of the Irish cucumbers will be available - yay!
Curry Sauce Company want to let you know that two of their curry sauces will be in short supply for a week or two - Malaysian Rendang & Thai Green - so it'll be first come first served!
At the Pantry, we wont have any pate this week, as we reckon everyone had so much of it last week that nobody will want to see it this weekend! We will also have fresh supplies of Ballymore Organic Farm milk - organic pasturised milk in glass bottles (which does add to the cost, unfortunately), and we will have a limited quantity of their raw butter, with cream and yogurts in the pipeline!. Heres a recent article to give you the lowdown on Ballymore Farm.
The photo above is of Aidan, who runs the farm with his wife Mary and their business partner Joey. Last week, people were taken aback by the cost of the raw butter, and indeed it is an expensive item - but no more expensive than good cheese (by weight) and the taste is wonderful, and the best news of all is that raw butter is a wonderfully healthy food to eat! Heres the science on why
Wine news and offers
Here are the wine offers for this week - read what Hakan has to say about them:
These newest additions to our wine list are from Terra Alta, Catalunya in Spain where Cellar Batea is located. Focusing on Garnacha Blanco and Garnacha Negro and a small dose of international grapes these wines represent the "new Spain" with its pure and straight forward flavours!
Vallmajor Blanco, made from Garnacha Blanco is fresh and crisp with lovely hints of white stone fruit. Perfect for warm spring evenings and summer salads!
Vallmajor Tinto is a blend of Garnacha Negro and Syrah and shows upfront dark fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla on the finish. Try it with spicy meatballs in tomato sauce.
Weekend Offer €10.99
Or 6 for €60, mix and match!
Cafe fare - as we reckon Saturday will still be fairly cool, we are still doing a soup - Thai Brocolli, and our hot dish of the day will be our herby lamb & red wine casserole
And last but not least - we had the charity draws at the market last Saturday - one for the Irish Motor Neuron Disease, which was won by Beatrice Behan and the other for the Niall Mellon Trust, won by Hubert Gordon. We heard that Beatrice donated her basket to the staff and patients at St. Francis Hospice in Raheny on Easter Sunday - what a lovely gesture!
BTW, in case you are interested in the GIY movement or indeed Bee-Keeping, the next meeting is on the 18th of April - 'John McMullan, Hon. Secretary of Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers’ Association will talk to us about bees, their role in pollinating our gardens and what beekeeping involves. The meeting will take place in St Patrick’s College in Room A101'. Let me know if you want contact details.