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Living here in what is often called ‘the sticks’ (or a remote part of the country to the more refined out there!) we don’t often get to see any of the big chef names!  So a couple of weeks back when I heard that Kevin Dundon, just like Santa, was coming to town…. I put the date in the diary!

Not to be missed.

Our local SuperValu in Portumna were hosting a Christmas evening and Kevin Dundon was the star.

Kevin Dundon in SuperValu Portumna

We both really enjoyed a terrific evening.  Hundreds (mainly women – I think possibly 3 or 4 men!) turned up, and Kevin turned on the charm.  For 2.5 hours he cooked up a storm.

There was Cauliflower & Parmessan cheese soup – delicious!

White bowl with Cauliflower & Parmessan Soup

There were Prawn Cocktails, Chicken Wings and Soy and Honey glazed Salmon.  I did have a giggle when I heard people ask if you can make Prawn Cocktail without prawns!  And another comment that the Salmon and Prawns were very ‘fishy’…. not sure what they were supposed to taste like!!!!!

There were Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, turkey and ham pasties, Steak Diane…. and then he moved onto desserts!

There was Baileys Cream Pots, Apple Pie, Cranberry Trifles and Profiteroles….

Profiteroles in glass

My favourite dessert!

Now I am not a dessert person…. but mention profiteroles and you’ve won me over…. and these profiteroles were absolutely gorgeous.

I also loved the spun sugar demo…. I am definitely going to try this some day!  Apologies for the photo, but I think you get the idea – again it was all made look so so easy!

Spun Sugar

If you hear that Kevin Dundon is coming to a SuperValu near you…. get there!  (I believe he’s travelling around Galway again this week.) He made it all so easy and relaxed.  A really enjoyable evening!  And all for free in our local shop anyway!

We came home with 3 different recipe leaflets, etc.

And we are such good students, we’ve already made the Apple Pie which was a big hit.

Apple pie with icecream

And A cooked the Steak Diane and Swede & Parsnip Gratin at the weekend – which even after cooking it himself, he decided was the best meal he’s ever prepared!  And that’s saying something, cos no matter how often he cooks…. he usually doesn’t like it much himself!

Steak Diane with spinachSwede & Parsnip Bake

If you are near a SuperValu do make sure to go along… or even pop in and pick up the recipe leaflets.

For those who can’t get the recipes… I will share! I promise! 🙂

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On Friday last I was at the first ever Irish Food Camp which was held in Kilkenny as part of the Savour Kilkenny weekend.  It was terrific.

View of Kilkenny from Bridge

Eighty-five like minded people gathered to talk and share ideas about all things foodie.  There were four strands of talks running all day.  It was difficult to choose which to attend!  I totally missed Wendy Kavanagh from My Chef At Home’s talk on the next generation of farmers.  Sorry, Wendy, traffic, roadworks and all sorts conspired to delay my arrival!

Sally McKenna (Bridgestone Guides) and Donal Doherty (Harry’s Restaurant) shared their social media tips in the next session.  I finally got to meet Donal in person, having been chatting both on line and by phone for the past few months.  That was one of the most enjoyable things on Friday – finally getting to meet people I had only ‘spoke’ with online, but there were lots of people I didn’t get to talk to either.  Next time!

Then Kristin (Dinnerdujour) and Caroline (Bibliocook) launched the Irish Food Bloggers Association – what a wonderful idea.  All food bloggers of Ireland listed in one location.  Well done ladies on concieving the idea and bringing it to fruition.  So looking forward to watching developments.

Lunch was a fantastic affair.  Everyone brought a selection of things to be shared.  What a spread we had!  I particularly enjoyed the vegetarian terrine which Aoife of The Daily Spud brought.  There was a delicious noodle salad from Claire of An American in Ireland.  I also got to try some of Anthony’s (Ummera) smoked duck – yummy – and David Tiernan’s wonderful Glenbrehon cheese.

And then there was dessert! All sorts of chocolate brownies – Deirdre from The Food.ie brought one’s that included beetroot in them.  The dessert highlight for me though was getting the nod of approval from Gillian of Some Say Cocoa on my chocolate brownies with raspberries through them!  Now that’s surely a seal of approval!

After lunch there was a panel discussion which covered trends and happenings in the food industry in Ireland.  One interesting fact that stuck… did you know that Ireland produces 15% of the world’s baby food?

I finished off the day attending Philip McCabe’s discussion on Honey – the Oldest Known Medicine.  Gosh, what a talk.  I could have listened all day!  Philip had such a huge amount of information that he was willing to share.

There were so many other people that I got to meet – Joanna Schaffalitzky (Smorgasblog) [and to discover I used to work with Joanna’s Dad!] and Tom Watts with his Secret ingredient idea – brilliant!

I so enjoyed Friday that we travelled back on Saturday to attend the food fair on the Castle Plaza.  Again met lots of people; attended the cookery demo with Kevin Dundon – I think he met his match with his 5 year old assistant! 🙂

Kevin Dundon

I couldn’t write without say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mag Kirwan (Goatsbridge Farm) and the rest of the committee for organising such a wonderful event!  Take a big bow – you did really well.

And, of course, we couldn’t leave Kilkenny without visiting Shortis Wong’s.  I love that shop.  It is just such a treasure trove of goodies!

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