For the Christmas table I go for quality rather than quantity – buy good, local, seasonal food so that you all leave the table feeling satisfied and spoiled rather than stuffed! We are lucky in Ireland to have so many great producers and here is my ultimate list of go to producers...
Product: On The Pigs Back Pâtés and Terrines
Price: Chicken Liver Pâté, Tub 180g €4.90
Terrines, 100g/€2.90 - €3.50
Available: On The Pigs Back, The English Market, Cork; Fallon & Byrne, Mortons and Sheridan’s Cheese Shops in Dublin and Super Valu’s Nationwide
Description: Velvety smooth Chicken Liver Pâtés and Course Duck, Pork and Venison terrines.
Product: Clodagh’s Farmers Market Chicken Liver Pâté
Price: Chicken Liver Pate, Tub 180g €4.95 / kilner jar 300g €9.95
Available: Clodagh’s Bakery in Arnotts and Clodagh’s Kitchen in Blackrock.
Description: Award winning chicken liver pate that I started making 15 years ago to sell at the farmers markets. Rich and smooth with mustard seeds and carmelised onions folded through it.
Product: Seasonal Vegetable Box from Sarah Merrigan of Home Organics
Price: €19.50 a box
Available: www.homeorganics.ie or call 01 4060034
Description: Seasonal Irish organic vegetables from Wicklow farmers Denis Healy, Marc Michel and Oliver Kelly available for delivery Dublin wide.
Product: Caroline and Eddie Robinson
Price: Vary on produce
Available: Farmers market in Coal Quay, Cork City on Saturdays
Description: Caroline & Eddie Robinson are vegetable growers, with a small 30 acre farm in Templemartin, near Bandon, County Cork. They grow all their vegetables naturally without the use of chemicals.
Product: Cait Curran Organic Vegetables
Price: Vary on produce
Available: Galway Farmers Market on Saturdays. Call 091-844973
Description: Cait grows a wide range of organic fruit and vegetables that she sells at her stall.
Product: Ted Brown Crab
Available: Avoca Stores, Cavistons in Glasthule, Dublin; Rene Cusack Fish Shops, Moran’s Shop, Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Description: Fresh Irish crab meat sourced and caught in Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Product: Friendly Farmer (Ronan Byrne) Free Range Bronze Turkeys
Available: Pick them up at his farm in Athenry, at Galway Market in Galway City & Ronanstown Centre in Dublin. Call Ronan on 0876203765.
Description: Slow matured bronzed turkeys raised outdoors on a farm in Athenry, Galway.
Product: Hells Kettle Farm Organic Free Range Bronze Turkeys
Available: Pick them up at their farm in Donard, Wicklow or call 087 990 1104 to arrange www. hellskettle.ie
Description: Spending most of their lives outdoors foraging on their hazelnut platts gives these Bronze turkeys a great life and a great taste. Reared on a diet of GM-free meal and all the grass and herbs they can eat at pasture.
Product: Termonfeckin Free Range Bronze Turkeys
Price: 10-28Ibs €49.95-€100
Available: Deliver nationwide from their farm in Co. Louth. Call 087 742 9042 (free delivery for purchases over €90) www.termonfeckindelicious.ie
Description: These outdoor reared free range turkeys are hatched in June and raised from late August on grass and wheat diet. They also prepare dry cured hams by hand using salt and sugar producing ham that is tender and full of flavour with no added water .
Product: Gubbeen Ham
Price: Hams are €8.84/KG
Available: Available at farmer’s markets in Mahon Point, Bantry, Skibbereen & Schull Harbour Cork. Delivery all over Ireland. Visit www.gubbeen.com.
Description: Free range rare breed pigs. Gubbeen unsmoked ham is reared by Fingal Ferguson in their piggery in West Cork.
Product: Old Farm Hams
Price: €14.50 per kg
Available: They deliver nationwide from their farm in Call 086 8100 125 or visit www.oldfarm.ie
Description: Free range rare breed pigs. They forage and root eating a natural diet. To supplement their diet the pigs are also fed a selection of locally grown barley (with no gm additives), excess vegetables from a local market gardener and, molasses
Product: Burren Free Range Hams
Price: Hams are €15 per kg
Available: Directly from their farm in Kinfanora, Co. Clare or at the following markets in Ennistymon, Clarecastle, Kinvarra Christmas Market and Liscannor Christmas Market. Call 086-881 59 74 or visit www.burrenfreerangepork.com
Description: Free range rare breed pigs, raised on whey from a local cheese maker, as well as fruit and vegetables and grass and roots that they forage for themselves.
Product: Tom Durcan’s Spiced Beef
Price: €14.50 per kilo from the shop or €3.29 for 6 a pre-sliced pack at Super Valu’s.
Available: Tom Durcan’s shop, English Market in Cork or Super Valu’s nationwide Call 021 427 9141 or visit www.tomdurcanmeats.ie
Description: Starting in October, Tom mixes his secret spice cure, infusing salt and spices, including pimento, in boiling water, before cooling and adding the meat. Joints are left in the cure for at least a month, and preferably two months, stirred every day to ensure the marinade infuses throughout. Tom chooses his meat from the eye of the round cut, next to the topside.
Product: Jane Russell Sausages
Price: €3.50 per 220g
Available: In retailers throughout Ireland including some Supervalu outlets, Dunnes Stores Dublin, Avoca, Fallon & Byrne and more. For more information visit www.janerussell.ie.
Description: Prime Irish Handmade Sausages made with natural lamb casings, fresh lean Irish pork, mixed ground pin-head oats & a special blend of spices.
Product: Belvelly Smoked Salmon
Price: €5.50 per 100g
Available: Pat Whelan’s Butchers, Avoca Monkstown, English Market Cork, Midleton & Cobh Farmers Market or online www.frankhederman.com
Description: Organic beech smoked salmon from Belvelly Smokehouse in Cobh Co. Cork, which is the oldest traditional smokehouse in Ireland.
Product: Burren Smokehouse Irish Organic Salmon with Honey, Whiskey & Fennel
Price: €9.95 per 160g pack
Available: Avoca Stores, Donnybrook Fair, Morton's Ranelagh, select SQ, Dunnes Cournelscourt. Call 065 7074432 or visit www.burrensmokehouse.ie
Description: The organic Irish salmon comes from the world's most exposed fish farms, four miles off the coast at Clare Island. Their salmon is smoked using oak in their smokehouse in Lisdonvarna, Co. Clare