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The Burren Smokehouse is a family run business set up over 24 years ago in 1989 by Birgitta and Peter Curtin. Their fish is 100% Irish and farmed off the west coast of Ireland.
The smoking process from filleting to packaging is hand-prepared in their small family owned smokery in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.
Mother’s day is just around the corner! So here at the Cornstore at Home we’ve decided to give you an insight into five of our products that will make the perfect gift…
1. Irish Seaweed Bath by Spanish Point Sea Vegetables
Help your mum relax this Mother’s Day with an Irish Seaweed bath. This 100% natural seaweed has been hand harvested, air and sundried right here in Ireland, on the west coast of County Clare.
Baerg Marti Balsamic Vinegars
Baerg Marti’s balsamic fruit and and herb-flavoured vinegars are the perfect finishing touch to any meal including salads, antipasti, meat, fish, cheese dishes, vegetables, sauces and sweet desserts. All balsamic vinegars are fully ripened Swiss- grown fruit with an acidity of 5%.
Available in elegant 100ml bottle, retailing at €29.00.
Simplee Seasonings came alive a couple of years ago when producer Edel over estimated the amount of herbs to grow in her garden. Unable to eat them all and unwilling to let them die, she decided to chop them up and put them in a bowl of sea salt. The result was herb flavoured sea salt that became a must have item by family and friends.
In 2010, Edel was made redundant and decided to go full time at making her salted seasonings, selling locally at first in the Cork region. Today her products are rolling out nationwide with her ‘fresh herb sea salt’ winning a Blas na hEireann award.
Her product range includes whole black peppercorn(€4.70) , garlic sea salt, fresh herb sea salt and chilli sea salt (all €5.35) – all available in-store.
Kilbeggan Organic Porridge
Established in January 2011, Kilbeggan Organic Foods is a family business run by the Lalor family, specialising in the production of organic food products based on an organic oat crop grown on the family farm – Ballard Organic Farm.
Their porridge range consists of two distinct types both coming from the oat grain – jumbo oats (whole oat) & porridge oatlets also called fine or creamy porridge (the jumbo oat cut up into several pieces).
Both types are available in-store at €4.60 per 1kg.
Cornstore Homemade Macarons
French in origin, macarons (often misspelt as “macaroons” because the English word ‘macaroon’ can also refer to a coconut macaroon, so the French spelling of ‘macaron is used to distinguish the two items) are sweet meringue-based confectionery usually filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. They are mildly moist and easily melt in the mouth, and can be found in a wide variety of flavours – our Cornstore macarons come in flavours such as raspberry & chocolate, mint, blackcurrant, elderflower, and pistachio.
Although predominantly a French confection, there has been much debate about the origin of the macaron. Larousse Gastronomique cites the macaron as being created in 1791 in a convent near Cormery. Some have traced its French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France. In the 1830s, macarons were served two-by-two with the addition of jams, liqueurs, and spices. The macaron as it is known today was called the “Gerbet” or the “Paris macaron” and was created in the early 20th Century by Pierre Desfontaines of the French pâtisserie Ladurée, composed of two almond meringue discs filled with a layer of buttercream, jam, or ganache filling.
The Cornstore macarons are created by our pastry chef Janja Kosancoc and it is one of her favourite dessert items – you can read a recent interview with Pastry Chef Janja in the Limerick Post here. Make sure to drop into the store regularly to see what flavour macarons Janja serves up, she often has some surprise seasonal varieties.
Pandora Bell Confectionery
Pandora Bell is a boutique confectionery label based locally in County Limerick in the West of Ireland. Nicole Dunphy and team selects the crème of confectionery, from Europe’s most renowned artisan producers. Chefs have passed down recipes through generations and never compromised on quality or taste. It is this special sweetness Pandora Bell brings to their confectionery, and to Ireland, free from artificial colours, preservatives or trans fats. We love Pandora Bell products in the Cornstore At Home, and their packaging always stands out on our sweet stand, especially the Butter Caramel churns, delicate chocolate filled real eggs at Easter time, and of course their hand rolled Lollipops! www.pandorabell.ie
Today instore… Wild Orchard Sparkling Cloudy Natural Lemonade, Deli-tastic Lunch, & Don David Malbec & Torrontes
Wild Orchard Sparkling Cloudy Natural Lemonade
These locally made traditional cloudy lemonades are produced from all natural ingredients; contain less sugar than most sparkling drinks and, most importantly, they taste great. To create pink lemonade, Wild Orchard have added cranberry for a delicious flavour. www.wildorchard.ie
Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch to-go from our deli counter. Pasta salad with olive tapenade, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and black & green olives, or pomegranate, feta and broccoli salad are just two options for your salad bowl (€4.95) add chickens or prawns (+€2). Other lunch options include freshly prepared sandwiches on your choice of breads, soup of the day (today was swede and truffle oil), with Lunch Combos available of Sandwich/Salad + Soup for €6.95 (ask for your Combo Lunch Loyalty Card.)
Don David Malbec & Torrontes
From Argentina, South America, Michel Torino’s Don David Malbec red and Torrontes white are very popular in our restaurant. The winemaker’s notes on the Don David Malbec Reserve 2010 read: “vivacious red with violet sparkles. A noble tear indicates its firm structure. Plum jam and raisin combined with pipe tobacco, vanilla and toasted notes dominate the aromas. Very well balanced with sweet and soft tannins. Fruity, full of plum and chocolate notes. Pleasant finish.” In contrast, the 2011 Don David Torrontes has delicate floral and rose aromas, with orange peel and toasted bread notes. On the palate, elegant and fresh citrus, peach and anise flavours are shaped by bright acidity and a ripe character. www.micheltorino.com.ar