|Myself and Raman plating up.|
The judges were Arun Kapil of www.greensaffron.com & Sunil Ghai, the well-known chef from anandarestaurant.ie
We had great fun with The Beatles playing and a comedian and a very supportive, appreciative audience. Uncle Ben's supplied goody bags filled with all sorts of rice and sauces. The Kal showrooms are superb and a must see for anyone thinking of upgrading or installing a new kitchen.
My lamb curry recipe can be found here http://www.foodbornandbred.com/2012/06/rainy-recession-rib-ticklers-for-wummer.html#.T_mtvJHhfP4
The following day it was a very early start and off down to Redwood, Co Tipperary to Oldefarm. Margaret and Alfie produce free range pigs in the most idyllic setting here. They run courses for people interested in getting their own pigs and have a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a real passion for food. Their pigs are happy pigs, leading a healthy outdoor life rooting and foraging the way nature intended. Their pork and bacon has to be tasted to be believed and they make their own sausages. Alfie also makes a damn good burger. I tried my best to get the ingredients but think there is a magic ingredient in there somewhere he was not telling me about!
They can be found at www.oldfarm.ie. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to real food produced from happy, healthy and gmo free pigs. Margaret also writes a really great blog www.ayearinredwood.com filled with terrific recipes and stories about life rearing pigs and lots of other animals.
At the course yesterday they had a woman who had flown over from northern Portugal to participate. So the Oldefarm brand has become truly international.