Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Smoking Your Own Food Event


Well what can I say!! What a fab fab day we had at Flo Wagemakers home in Belclare, Tuam last Sunday, and a big thank you to him and his family for being such fantastic hosts! Oh...where do i start? This has got to be the most informative event i have ever seen on smoking food. Flo from Galway Falafel slow smoked (12 hours) two delicious Castlemaine shoulders of pork in his converted oven which was later served in floury baps produced by Jonas Hein from Coolfin Organic Bakery, topped with apple, pear & sultana stuffing and finished off with Ulrich Hoeche's Smoked pear compote...Soooo Yummie, i can still taste it. Jonas then provided us with deliciously oak smoked wild salmon which he smoked himself, and let me tell you....it was devine!! These two boys really stole the show on the day and what a great team they make too!!. We were then treated to Cobie's smoked mackerel which was smoked in her infamous barrel. Admittedly i am not the biggest mackerel fan until i tasted Cobies hot smoked....and boy has she converted me!! Like myself, when most people think of smoking food, they tend to shy away assuming that it is a difficult process to undertake...yes true?? however, a simplified practical demonstration provided by GMIT chef Lecturer; Louis Smith made it look like child's play.Louis also highlighted other utensils which can be used for smoking food, such as; a Wok, Biscuit tin, roasting trays, BBQ, Slow cooker & much more, provided you adopt the the basic application of smoking food. Thanks Louis :-) And where would we be without Kate O'Dwyer's classic Pizzas. My daughter and nieces are still talking about the wonderful pizzas they got to make themselves at the pizza making workshop, and it will be a memory which will instill a passion for food and cooking long into the future! I would also like to say a big thank you to Anne & Larry Reddington from The Galway Goat Farm for providing us with Goats milk for the Cupan Tae, yogurt tasting and yummie Goats cheese for the Pizza which was a delight!! Thank you Guys :-) John Smiths provided us with some homemade craft beer and we hope to have him come along again in the future so we can taste his Smoked hop beer too. Cait Curran & Flo provided us with delicious organic spuds, veg and salads to accompany our delicious feast which was finished off with the lovely delights which were homebaked and provided by our wonderful Slow Food members. Thank you and as usual the desserts would put many a chef to shame :-) Our special guests Elaine & Maeve from Eat West 2013 came along to the event to talk about their new cookery book which will feature recipes from Chefs, restaurants and producers from Galway in aid of ISPCC....So please keep a look out in shops this Christmas, as it will make great pressies and Slow Food Galway have also submitted a recipe in it too!:-) Thanks also to Trevor Moody for all the lovely Photographs he took at the event, which you are able to access on our Slow Food Galway facebook page. Thanks also to Rachel from Rafterys Bar Craughwell for providing us with the crockery and tables for the event. This event would not have been successful without everyone's collaboration and help....so a big thank you to you all and last but by no means least.....OUR VOLUNTEERS ON THE DAY ......TRUE LEGENDS!!! :-)
                       

Monday, 8 July 2013

"Slow Food Story" at the Galway Film Fleadh

We are delighted to announce that as part of the Galway Film Fleadh which takes place in the Town Hall Theatre from the 9th to the 14th July 2013, they will be showing a documentary about the revolution of the Slow Food Movement since its inception in Italy 25 years ago. The movie called "Slow Food Story" will be shown on Wednesday the 10th July at 3pm in the Town Hall Theatre.
Tickets for this movie costs €12 and can ONLY be purchased through the Town Hall Theatre Website.

http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/programme.php?fest=8&ct=special-events&cid=13&t=slow-food-story&id=807

or alternatively you can call their box office on 091-569777. I would imagine that tickets for this movie will sell out fast, so please purchase your ticket ASAP to avoid any disappointment.

The Director of the movie; Stefano Sardo, will be attending the movie which will be followed by a Q&A Discussion that will be chaired by a member of Slow Food Galway; JP. McMahon (ANIAR), along with a panel which consists of; Stefano Sardo (The Director), Seamus Sheridan (Our Local Cheese monger / Actor) and our very own Kate O Dwyer (who needs no introduction!).

The film will be followed by a complementary wine and canapé reception, made from products that reflect the philosophy of the Slow Food movement. The wine is kindly sponsored by ANIAR Restaurant.

Members of Slow Food Galway are invited to come along to Sheridan's Cheese shop & wine bar for a pre-movie wine and cheese reception at 1pm, where you can meet the director of the movie along with other members of the Slow Food Movement here in Galway.

I look forward to seeing you all there
Kind regards.

Maria Mc Neela