Posts Tagged ‘Portroe Dive Centre’

The past few weeks have been hectic… all in a good way.  We’ve been cooking, doing deliveries, been interviewed and photographed, and doing all the other routine daily stuff which makes the time just fly by.  And it looks like the coming weeks of May are going to be equally as busy.  So we definitely cannot complain.

The hectic spell started with Alfie doing a big cook-off in Portroe Diving Centre.  They had a major Dive Equipment trial day.  A great opportunity for divers to come along and try out some of the amazing equipment that was available to try for free.  However, neither of us were diving…. we were on the food drill.

We had a lovely surprise while we were down at Portroe as some of our old crew from the diving school days in Dublin, decided to make a day trip down to catch up with us when they heard we were doing the cooking!  Thanks guys – it was so lovely to catch up and have the same old laughs! 🙂

Someday I will write about our lives running a diving school in Dublin.

Portroe Dive Centre

The weather was wonderful.  A bit cold.  But clear blue skies and sunshine.  Have you ever been to Portroe quarry?  I think it is such a beautiful spot.  Bleak, stark but beautiful all the same.  Every time I go there I think what a beautiful space for art or photography workshops – the light is amazing.

The Coastguard Helicopter

We’d originally thought of doing a spit roast, but then Alfie thought he’d have a great range of ‘tasters’ for his burgers!  So burgers it was!  Alfie has been working on various burger recipes for some time.  We’d had some food bloggers here last year to try out two types, but I think this time round he has nailed the recipe!

The burgers got a big thumbs up from a bunch of hungry divers in April, and last Saturday they were put to further test!!!

For months we had been trying to find a good date for Mona & The Chef (with kids) to come visit, and finally last Saturday suited everyone.

Thankfully, once again the day was dry and there was some sunshine.  Again no warmth though! Are we ever going to get Summer?

The Wise family arrived…. the kids were delighted to meet the new stripey baby pigs.  They helped Alfie feed all the pigs (and even sneaked a few extra bits to the pigs too!)   The pigs were never as well fed as they were on Saturday last!  Hand-picked nice bits from the magic trailer, hand delivered to each pig!  You should have seen the state of the clothes going home!  Hope we’ll be forgiven! 🙂

Baby stripey pigs

The dogs have new friends for life!

Harry, Jack and Winnie

Alfie once again cooked his burgers…. which received the following comments….

Jack (7):  “Dad’s are best”   Diplomat in the making here.

Simone (10) “Just the best burgers ever’    A charmer!

Louise (6)   “There as nice as Dad’s”  The peacemaker!

Rory (8)     No comment.  The lawyer!

Alfie's pure Irish Pork Burger

And the recipe:

  • 1 lb pork mince  (20% fat content)
  • 30 grams breadcrumbs
  • 1 med. onion sliced, and softened.
  • 1 med. egg beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds – crushed
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chilli flakes – crushed
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp lard (optional)


Mix all the ingredients together.  At this stage you can either divide and shape your burgers, or leave the mix in a bowl.  Either way leave to refrigerate overnight to allow flavours to infuse.

If you decide to leave the mix to refrigerate overnight and make your burgers the next morning, you can place in the freezer for an hour or two, so they hold their shape better.

And while the boys did the barbecuing, the girls all got involved in making salad!

Mona & I making salad

Serve up with a colourful salad!

Colourful salad

Thank you to Mona for some of the wonderful photos!

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Farmer Alfie went back to his roots yesterday!  We spent the day at Portroe Dive Centre, so Alfie got to hang out with divers for the day!  Boy, was he a happy chappy 🙂

Alfie sitting on wall, having a cup of tea

Farmer/Chef Alfie taking a breather

Portroe Dive Centre which is about 40 minutes away from us, opened up just 6 months ago so they had a bit of a party yesterday to celebrate and to thank those who have supported them.

Divers' bubbles breaking the surface of the green hole

It was also Project Aware‘s International Underwater Clean Up day.  So all the divers were taking rubbish and anything that shouldn’t be there out of the quarry – there was quite a haul!  I think I counted three ovens!

pile of rubbish taken from quarry.

While Farmer Alfie didn’t get to go diving – he was the chef in charge of the pig on the spit – he did get to spend hours chatting to divers.

I got meet and chat with some lovely people too.  Thank you to the man from the Irish Coastguard crew for the great advice on cameras.

I have memories of going to Portroe probably about 10 years ago with a bunch of divers. While it was always a beautiful picturesque spot, getting in and out of the water (known as the ‘green hole’) was always dangerous.  Now, however, you can walk right to the waters edge, jump in for your dive, and there is a platform and steps to get out of the water.  Piece of cake really!

Getting in and out of the quarry

The sun shone down on things yesterday, and about 80 people turned up for a great day.  Some people even managed to squeeze 3 dives into the day.

There was a great atmosphere .  The spit roasted pig – which we, at Oldfarm Pork, sponsored  – was quite an attraction, and had many of the kids intrigued!  A huge thank you once again to Zip Firelighters who sponsored the charcoal.  

When all the diving and eating was done, the day finished up with a free raffle for a dive computer which was sponsored by Suunto.

Divers sitting down to eat

Well done to the team at Portroe Dive Centre – Rory, Barbara and Peter – for organising a magnificent day.

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