Sunday, 25 November 2012


We hear this slogan everywhere "support local", but the thing is, if we don't we will be in danger of loosing our food heritage to big global food corporations. We in Ireland have the best of raw ingredients in the world, we have some of the best farmers, best chefs and a passion for food that has to be harnessed and the only way we can do this is by supporting local butchers, fish mongers, grocers, bakers and anyone else that is involved in creating great food for us to eat.
I came across a fantastic product this week made by a brilliant woman, Julie Calder-Potts, its Irelands answer to maple syrup. A thick pure organic apple syrup made in Highbank Orchards in Co. Kilkenny ( this stuff will go with almost anything, roast pork, porridge, pancakes, ham, and I recon it would be a match made in heaven with pan fried herrings coated in oats. So if you see it buy it and support local.
Another local man who is in business 30 years this week is Billy Murphy, a old time butcher with old time values, he seeks out his own cattle and butchers them to sell in his shop in Waterford Shopping Centre. He goes about his business quietly keeping quality meat and serving loyal customers. His son Aidan Murphy spent two years rattling pots and pans in the Kitchens at the castle learning a trade which he now applies in the cook shop at his fathers butchers shop. So again if you are in the area go in and ask Billy for some of his own beef, you will not be disappointed...

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