Thursday, 22 September 2011

Mushroom Forage in Wicklow - Irish Times article

A really interesting article in the Irish Times today about foraging for mushrooms with Louis Smith as the forage leader. Louis has led past Slow Food Galway mushroom hunts;

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/property/2011/0922/1224304514975.html

Petersburg Forage

Wind and rain failed to dampen the spirits at the most recent and one of the most ambitious outings of Slow Food Galway.

On Sunday, 11 September 2011, Slow Food Galway had its annual forage at the Petersburg Outdoor Centre near Clonbur, Co Galway. The event ran between 11am and 5pm and included demonstrations on cooking mushrooms (thanks Maria), making cider vinegar (thanks Ciara), preparing jams and preserves (thanks Barbara) smoking mackerel (thanks Kobi), barbecuing lamb (thanks Richard) making fruit alcohol drinks (thanks Cait) and mushroom gathering (thanks to Lenke and Stan).

One of the highlights of the day was the lamb on the spit and indeed the talk on the rearing of Connemara lamb and how it achieved its European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. For more information check out their website http://www.connemarahilllamb.ie/ - the lamb is available from Joyce’s supermarket in Knocknacarra and Athenry.

Towards the end of the day the group split up into wild fruit foragers, mushroom foragers and the non-foragers who were content to watch the sheep dog demonstration by Joe Joyce from Joyce country sheep dog. Thanks to Roy the border collie and the second border collie whose name escapes me (sorry “Lassie”) for showing the sheep who is boss. Check out their website at:

http://www.joycecountrysheepdogs.ie/index.html

Big thanks to Padraic who led one walk and Sarah Hughes who led another herbal walk. Dolores also deserves a shout out for devising the scavenger hunt.

A really superb day with an overwhelming array on food and drink on offer with a special mention for the smoked mackerel, spit roasted lamb and clay oven pizza (thanks Geraldina and her team) in no particular order.

Big thank you to Kate, Deirdre, Barbara and all others who organised the day, all who brought along bread, desserts and chutneys and everyone who braved the elements to turn out on the day.

Check out our facebook page for photos from the day

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.258191494213574.68847.221844304514960&type=1

and if anyone has any recipes from the day feel free to post on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Food-Galway/221844304514960

See you all at the next event!