Heading west along the Cork Road you first get a glimpse of the beautiful Comeragh Mountains at Carroll's Cross. A haze of purple fills your eyes, as the heather glows in the sunshine. This is a special place for me for many reasons, I know the area like the lines on my hands and I was lucky enough to be shown every nook and cranny by my Grandfather who spent his life living and working among the Mountain. It is also the home of Willie Drohan who runs a farm at the bottom of Mahon Falls. He and his brother in law Aidan Dunwoody have started to market their lamb at Farmers Markets and good Supermarkets around the Waterford area.
“This is not factory lamb, they eat the heather and wild herbs which gives it such a unique flavour” were the words used by Willie, his forefathers have been farming the same land for generations and in my opinion the Lamb coming from this beautiful, unspoilt part of Waterford is the purest Lamb in Ireland.
So now that Easter is coming and Lamb will be in season, please look out for this and cook it simply. Try stuffing a leg with slivers of garlic, anchovies and sprigs of rosemary. The anchovy will disappear in the cooking and leave behind a lovely salty flavour. Or roast a rack until medium rare and serve with wilted spinach, roasted baby carrots and potato gratin. Simple food you will remember for a very long time.
Q. tip; to get your hands on Comeragh Mountain Lamb, try Ardkeen Food Store, Ardkeen Food Market (it is on every second Sunday) or Super Valu in Carrick on Suir.....