It goes without saying that chefs love food. But what do chefs cook at home?
Trevis L Gleason has gathered together nearly thirty of the chefs of Dingle, County Kerry – named as Irelands inaugural “#1 Foodie Town” by the Restaurant Association of Ireland in 2015 – and asked them just that.
Not only do we find out what these talented chefs would cook, the accomplished author wends us through the backstory of rogues and family men and women alike who live in the world behind the swinging doors. You will learn why they shifted their lives to Dingle – many of them from other countries – and the stories of traditional foods and avant-garde gastronomy from the personalities who have come to make Dingle an unlikely culinary outpost on the edge of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
You’ll meet the talent under the toques, the passion behind every plate. Dinners from Dingle is made up of recipes for exquisite 3-course menus for six with recipes of renowned chefs and talented comers alike. From famous restaurant kitchens to favourites of everyday West Kerry dinning, the best of Dingle’s food scene is represented in this beautiful book.
Menus range from a pizza party for the kids and cousins to a traditional roast duck dinner with all the trimmings and several other favourites from the tables of the chefs’ mothers and grandmothers. There is even a dramatic preparation of leg of lamb roasted in front of an open fireplace and served with an American twist on an Irish classic – Sweet Potato & Mustard Green Colcannon!
With rich food stylings and artistic photography to accompany mouth-watering recipes. We do trust that its beautiful pages will become dog-eared from use as the recipes become family staples and dinner party standards in your home!
Julie Malone - The Dingle Druid - Dingle Co. Kerry
Nestled in the Irish countryside overlooking the serene view of Dingle Bay lies a cottage with a half door. It is in this magical setting that Juli Malone creates her Dingle Druid natural beauty and aroma products. Juli grew up in Dingle deep within the Irish countryside and from childhood has felt inspired by Mother Nature. In her beautiful garden she grows all of the plants that she requires to make natural beauty products. Honey bees live on the land with her and provide the beeswax and honey that she uses in her soaps and balms. We love that the pure clean water added to each lovingly made batch of all of her creations is fetched from her very own well! We have been excited to send you some of Juli's 'Gratitude Spray' to enrich your Thanksgiving with a bounty of treasures from the Irish Countryside that will create feelings of relaxation, peace and harmony, joy and of course, gratitude. Juli brings you Irish Dandelion and Irish Nettle essence from her garden to enable you to accomplish your wishes and to invoke feelings of resilience and completeness. You must read the card attached to each special bottle and you will also learn that the Dingle Druid Rosemary Essence will help to remember your souls dream and to awaken and recall who you truly are. It will bring clarity and help you to remember your ancestors and their teachings.
Enjoy it. We adore it.
Ewe Sir - Molly Ellis - Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry
Ewe Sir is an Irish paper goods and textile range by the lovely artist Molly Ellis. Her wildlife art is designed with the individual character and personality of each animal in mind to awaken Irish nature in the hearts and homes of the owner. Each piece stitches together the connection between human and animal to evoke a kindred spirit. Molly lives on the Irish coast in the picturesque town of Caherciveen in the west of Ireland. Her home is beautifully situated at the base of a forest and Molly loves exploring the wild nature of the Irish countryside.
Molly's illustrations are inspired by her devotion to animals and birds and her desire to capture their spirit and personality is realised in her creations . Molly trails the countryside, forests and Irish coasts hoping to glimpse and study each little creatures unique traits.
We really wanted to send you a pair of Christmas Cards in The November MyIrelandBox so that you will have time to send them to a friend or family member on time for Christmas Day. Of course, you could always do as we do and frame one to make a lovely festive decoration.
Ulster Weavers - Northern Ireland
Ulster Weavers Home Fashions is a home textiles company based in Holywood, Northern Ireland and this maker can trace its history back to the nineteenth century.
The Ulster Weaving Company was originally founded in 1880. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, the Company continued to spin, weave, bleach and finish the high quality linen for which Ireland and Ulster had become famous the world over.
During the 1960’s the Ulster Weaving company brought these years of textile expertise to the kitchen textile sector – specialising at first in Irish Linen Tea Towels and over the years expanding the range to include all types of kitchen co-ordinates, bags and giftware.
Ulster Weavers Home Fashions prides itself on the production of high quality linen and textile products. Every product is designed in Northern Ireland and the company still relies on the knowledge 135 years in the production of textiles. This tea towel was just perfect to include in the November MyIrelandBox when many subscribers are expressing gratitude and making toasts! Pass this Irish made tea towel around the dining table and read out the Irish toasts to each other! Have fun!