Archive for October, 2011

Harvesting the Sloes ,22nd October

Went on the Hunt for Sloes this morning ,Heavy rain and big tides made it difficult.Not a bad harvest.Got around 4 Kg.They were bursting  their skins, from the Frosts this week  ,perfect for the need to prick them now.This should get me around 10 bottles.I will be publishing the sloe gin recipe in the book,if you need it now ,contact me.

Check out the photos

Check out the New Flavour Magazine.I have a few nice recipes featured “Inishowen Rabbit”Tamworth Pork” and Game Pie.

Avalible at ,Morans Centra strand road ,Shipquay Books,David Kelly Centra Trench Road,SuperValue Strand Road.

Special Thanks to Sean Beattie,the author of many Books on Inishowen and Donegal, who kindly gave me recipes from 1850 and from one of the big houses of Donegal.Very interesting recipes.Sean will be publishing these along with the article in December ,I will keep you posted.

Sean Beattie has helped from the onset of this project and has given me some very interesting information on the history of Inishowen.Thanks for that Sean,You can Check Him Out here.

I would also like to thank, Jim macLaughlin,Geographer ,Social Scientist and Author of many books on Donegal and of Ireland .His books have been valuable reference meterial on the fishing industry,aswell as the social and  cutural history of Donegal and  of Inishowen, in my own endevours for this project

Jim is also a native of moville in Inishowen

Jim can be found here

Jim has also a new book Recently published  “Troubled waters”

Troubled Waters: A Social and Cultural History of
Ireland’s Sea Fisheries. Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2010. See


“Dublin On A Plate” Tuesday 18th October

  Had a great night in Dublin last night at Fallon & Bryne.

 “Dublin on a plate”

 Some great food writers there, like Georgina Campbell and Catherine Fulvio.

 Very inspiring talks about using local food produce and regional Irish foods.

 Met Mary Carney,the winner of Irish Master Chef, lovely girl….

Special Thanks to Anne and Micheal Hughs for there great Company and Great Craic!!

Summary of Events – October

World skills

Emmett McCourt - Wordskills

Emmett McCourt, getting ready for Wordskills 2011.

Made it finally to world skills with the team of staff and students at Northwest Regional college.

Emmett McCourt, getting ready for Wordskills 2011.

Lost the pallet of Food for a while! But thanks to Steve the driver who left it at Excel for pick up, we got it in, eventually. Had a fantastic 3 days.
Showcase was an amazing experience, showcased the skills of the students and featured 4 dishes from the book on food heritage, from the Northwest of Ireland,check out the video on this site .Great feedback to the vast crowds at worldskills.Special thanks goes to Geri Martin and Christine Mc Laughlin for getting us there intact, organising and sourcing great accommodation, great craic,( eggs and celery leaf). Special thanks also to our senior management team who attended and supported us, all the staff and students from NWRC, who came to support us. Thanks to the students Joanne, Katrina, Margaret and Ciaran they made it happen!!!!!!!Check out the photos and video here.
Thanks also to Rachel and Dave at worldskills. The support from Paula McIntyre Tony Madden, staff and students at NRC .Your showcase was amazing!!thanks Paula for the sloke!!!In London..Check out the photos!!!
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Nino and staff from SRC Newry, I really appreciate the fantastic feedback. Keep the enigma alive!!

Guildhall press Produced stunning brochures and flyers for the event …Thanks Guy.

Check Out a short preview of our 90 minute showcase on you tube
Whilst in London, we dined at many great places; of note, one was the Spaghetti house, off Leicestersquare and Piccadilly Circus. Real Italian Food !! Had Linguini Gambas with chilli and rocket, served with music bread, again washed down with artisan Italian Beer, “Birra Moretti”. What a night.

Second Night
Second night, we had A New York style, angus steak in Oxford street with Bernaise sauce, melted in Your Mouth!!!!!AHHHHHHHHH, partied the night away down Carnaby street, Great end to the night. The Next Days Highlight!

“Lucky chip” On Broadway market down Hackney “The Best Burgers I’ve tasted in a long time! Had heard about the food revolution going on at the moment, on the street, with pop up food stands appearing with Hotdogs, Tongue & Cheek, Lucky Chip. Went looking for Lucky Chip, travelled far! What an experience! Worth the distance! This place reeks Culture! 50s 60s 70s music blaring, groovey chicks and dudes. This is the place to go in London!. “Bacon Burger with Brioche Buns and Homemade sauce mmmmmmm tasty”! ,Homemade chips, skin on cooked in rapeseed oil with Wasabi Mayonnaise, Homemade chilli sauce. You might wait, Cause everybody wants one!, Worth the wait. Thanks guy’s real hospitality. The best burgers in London without a doubt! Great end to Worldskills experience in London!

Going on the hunt for Sloes Tomorrow, Foraging Near the Swilly, they are the biggest and tastiest sloes about “Like Grapes” They grow along the shore. They get rich minerals and their nutritive value by growing in sand Along the shores of the Swilly, that mixed with the moist sea air makes them the biggest sloes I’ve ever seen. Hope it’s a bumper harvest, just ready for christmas!, check out the photos! “Lough Swilly Wild Sloe Gin” mmmmmmm order a bottle here!

Summary of Events – September

Great to be back at the North West Regional College, new term and new students! “The Future Chefs of Tomorrow”.
Sean Owens had a great inspirational and motivating talk to students at the college today; everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed it…
Had a great meeting at Belfast Titanic Quarter Belfast Met, for IFEX Chef Skill Chaired by none other than Sean Owens Mr IFEX and Easy fairs Head of operations UK and Ireland Lourda Derry, Getting ready for IFEX 2012, Great to see so many colleges and industry Figures , “A Great Food Event to Come”!
The Heat is on now for World Skills Showcase October 7th, A Cultural Food Journey of the Northwest Of Ireland, busy preparing with staff and students for this showcase, only 150,000 at this event and I was told today, we will be showcasing “The Best of The Northwest” to 25,000“ no pressure! Good Luck to Ian Mc Mahon who achieved selection to team UK in competing at tiling for world skills. Thanks to all the staff and students at NWRC and special thanks goes to Geri Martin Jacky, Danny and Conor from the marketing DEPT at NWRC for all the prep achieved in this exciting and monumental event. This is a unique opportunity for us to showcase the Food, Culture and Tourism sector of the Northwest of Ireland to a Worldwide Audience, in the build-up To Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013!
Working with publishers Guildhall Press – on some promotional material to advertise the book at the World Skills showcase.
Working on new website with Guildhall Press, hoping to add much more content soon!

Summary of Events – August

Seafood festival Guildhall Square
Amazing success, great to see so many suppliers, producers, restaurants and local chefs promoting our amazing local seafood and great natural resources to be found here in the northwest of Ireland.
Thanks to Mary Blake, Elaine Godfrey, Shauna and all the team at Derry City Council who made this happen, special thanks to Ian Orr and Tom Mc Gee of Browns restaurant, John Mc Alister of Halo pantry and grill, Dessie McCallion of the Tower hotel. Donegal Prime fish & Brien Mc Dermott.
This was a great success hopefully “bigger and better next year”!
I was invited to cook at The Great Game fairs of Ireland and Country life style fair, Birr Castle Co Offaly, by Des Crofton, of NARGC and Albert J Titterington. I had amazing two days of Game & Fish cookery demonstrations, Met some great people and had great craic! Check out the Video on venison cookery demonstration on this site from Birr.
Thanks to all the public who supported us at this amazing Game and Country Fair, Thanks also to Noel Carr from FISSTA for providing the Wild Atlantic Salmon for cookery Demonstrations and to Des Crofton for providing all the wonderful Game to cook!