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Win an eCoffee Cup

Let’s get this out of the way…. this is not a sponsored post… it is, however, a family promotion.

You see my brother and his wife have just recently been awarded the franchise for the Ecoffee Cup in Ireland.

The airwaves seem to be completely filled with details in the past month of how the ‘single use’ cup, which was 30 years in use last year, is destroying the planet.   In three short decades, it is estimated that over 2 trillion of them have ended up in landfill – oh, in case you’re wondering, that’s 2,000,000,000,000.

I have commented before on trips to the city that everyone is walking with a coffee cup in one hand and the mobile phone in the other.  I left the city life before that became such a thing!

It is great to see so many businesses becoming more waste conscious.  I heard recently that Cork City Council has banned the use of ‘single use’ cups in their office… a great move!  I’ve also read that many cafes and take-aways are offering discounts to customers who bring their own cup…. that’s extra good news for your pocket too!

To tell you about the Ecoffee Cup…. it is re-usable.  Not only is it re-usable though, it is made from bamboo fibre which is naturally organic.  Yes, ORGANIC.   Over 1,000 farmers in China have been contracted to grow bamboo to make these cups. Bamboo fibre is also naturally sterile, and free from BPA and phthalate (nasty chemicals in plastics that can leach into your tea or coffee!).  Even the cup’s silicone lid and wrap are biodegradable.

For all the world, the cup feels like cardboard, and it looks really good too.  There are so many designs and colours to choose from.  A personal favourite would be the William Morris range.  The entire cup is also dishwasher safe, and with care should last you years.

William Morris eCoffee Cup

If you want to be a environmental hero, you can rush straight over to John’s (my brother) website = The Coffee Lady and purchase your mug.  They are available both on a retail and wholesale level.  As an aside… they’d make a great Valentine’s gift too!

OR you could leave a comment below as John has given me a beautiful William Morris cup to give to one lucky reader …. only available to post within the island of Ireland (sorry!).  The winner will be drawn next Sunday 11th February… so you could have your eCoffee Cup in time for Valentine’s Day!

How did it go?

As regular readers know we changed our business model last year.  It took us a lot of chatting and discussing with friends before going down the new route, but we decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

The major change was that we now ‘grow to order’.  Rather than selling meat piecemeal, customers can now book half a pig or a full pig, and come November or so they will have a freezer full of delicious free range pork and ham.  So how did it go?  It went very well so much so, we are now offering lamb in a similar way.  If you are new to the blog… we grow our animals completely free-range, using organic meal and use no herbicides or pesticides on the property.

The Pig Whisperer aka Day Dreaming Foodie

As you can imagine we stressed and worried about how smoothly it would all run.

  • In previous years, when we had pigs coming and going on a regular basis I never ‘obsessed’ about their weight.  However, I have to admit that I was convinced these guys were not growing at all.  I guess it was looking at them every day, knowing that they would all be going to slaughter around the same time…. they seriously seemed to just not grow!  Of course, they did, but as the saying goes ‘the watched pot….’
  • The system of growing to order, having a deposit, and issuing a balancing invoice prior to collection/delivery, is definitely less stressful than selling the meat ‘piecemeal’.
  • The major bonus for us, was that we got to meet pretty much all the customers.  Some came to collect and we sat around and had lunch.  Some even came and stayed over for a night.  So from that point of view it was wonderful to meet and spend time with like minded people.
  • And of course, the bonus to the customer was that they got to choose exactly how they wanted their meat butchered, AND they could spread the payments over the year.

This year (2018) we will be taking orders again.  We will grow your pig and/or lamb to order for you.

You can order a half pig or a full pig.  You can get together with friends or family, and share the cost/meat between you.  When the time comes we will send you a ‘cutting list’ so you can decide how you’d like your meat prepared.  Your meat will be ready for you at the end of November/early December….. just in time for your own Christmas ham!

Costings are the same as last year.  A deposit of €150 when booking.  A half pig will cost you €12.50 per kg.  A full pig €10 per kg.  In 2017 a full pig weighed out at around 50 kg.

Oh, and just so you know …. half a pig butchered will fit in 3 drawers of an under counter freezer.

To fill you in on the lamb we grow – we have been growing Zwartbles sheep for ourselves and family over the past few years.  The meat is totally delicious, and now we are offering the opportunity to a wider group.  Again you can decide on a half  (€85) or full lamb (€160) which will be butchered according to your instructions.  A full lamb weighs approx. 35 kg.

Zwartbles wether

So go on, have a chat with family and friends, and give us a call to order your pork or lamb.

Orders will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  Leave a comment below, or fill in the contact form here.

At this stage we cannot even guarantee that we will have enough pork/ham for everyone…. as the pigs haven’t even been born yet!

Friday photo

We’re almost there. Are you ready?

Christmas 2017

Friday Photo

We’ve had snow this week… and lots of people on Instagram loved this photo so thought I’d share…. not it has not been taken in black and white 🙂

footprints in the snow

Friday photo

A busy afternoon in the kitchen….making Christmas hampers.

Christmas Hampers

Friday Photo

When you are sitting in your first floor study, and someone comes knocking on the window!!!

Milk Chocolate Muscovy

Oldfarm Limoncino

My cointreau recipe has been getting much attention recently…. so I thought some of you might also like to try your hand at making Limoncino.  There’s still time to make a batch before Christmas.

Oldfarm Limoncino

I have a plan to try to make a coffee liqueur too… will keep you posted as to how that goes.

Once again this recipe is taken from Paulo Tullio’s book.

I’ve already made one batch this year, and the second batch is ‘brewing’ away.

This does improve with age.  However, it never lasts long enough to ‘age’ in this house.

I make extra bottles to give as gifts, and then keep a supply for ourselves!

Ingredients:

  • 6 x large lemons (rind only)
  • 500 ml Vodka or poitin
  • 200 grams sugar
  • A little water

Method:

Peel rind from well washed lemons avoiding the bitter pith.

Put the lemon peel into a jar with a lid.  (I have used an empty screw top wine bottle.) Cover with the half litre of vodka.  Store for 21 days, giving it a shake every few days.

When the time is up, strain the vodka from the bottle.  Dissolve 200 grams of sugar in as little water as possible over a low heat.  Add the sugar syrup to the strained alcohol and bottle it sterilised jars.

Store in a cool place.

When ready to serve chill and enjoy.