There’s a great variety of stalls at the Leopardstown market on a Friday these days. If you’re food shopping for the week, as well as our lovely range of cheeses, there’s a choice of two organic veg growers, Jenny McNally and Dennis Healy. There’s organic meat from Coolanowle and spanking fresh fish from Out of the Blue to tempt you also. There’s seasonal berries and master bakers, including the recent addition of tasty gluten free cakes. If you work in Sandyford, why not pop across for a bite of lunch. Choose from falafel, thai or a delicious pie or quiche from the Gourmet Grub Bakery. Runs every Friday from 9.30-2.30, with ample customer parking.
This wonderful summer keeps giving and giving and I am running out of fresh ideas to accommodate all the strawberries we’ve had! But why should I feel under this grotesque unnecessary pressure says you? Well maybe because it is so unprecedented that I want to make the most of what nature gives, that I know too well that it will be over too soon at least for another year. As a child, a dusting of sugar and Chantilly cream was the only way, in the early “noughties”, who hasn’t been given a plate of minimalist art nouveau “Strawberries and crushed meringues” with crème fraiche (yes Seamus, I am talking about you) as now, I really enjoy them at breakfast with yogurt and honey. Making the top 20 of antioxidants it is also famously known for its high vitamin c content. All in all, the goodie two shoes of the health world , so, the other day, when I came across a strawberry and mascarpone tart recipe, I wanted to know more, cross over to the dark side of the fork… It was with no regrets, a real treat, with a big dollop of Burke’s Honeycomb ice cream
• 1 sheet of short crust pastry
• 250g Mascarpone cheese
• 130 g of sugar
• 1 vanilla pod
• 50g ground almonds
• 1 handful of strawberries
• 4 eggs
• 5cl of lemon juice
Beat the eggs and the sugar together, add the almond and fold in the mascarpone without any fuss. Cut the vanilla in half lengthways and scrape the seeds into the mix. Add the lemon juice. Spread the sheet of shortcrust on a buttered and floured tart dish, pour the mix in the middle and place halved strawberries here and there. Bake at 180c for 25min but check with a knife that it is cooked, just in case.
We are really happy to launch our new website and online shop. This is a work in progress and you will see lots of additions and updates over the coming months. You will find lots of information on our favourite cheeses, wines and other foods along with recipes and news on events that are going on. Sign up for our newsletter to get a monthly email and keep up to speed with what is going on in Irish food.
If you can’t make it into one of our shops you can now order many of our cheeses, crackers and wines online. At present we are only delivering within Ireland, but we hope to expand deliveries in the coming year. The orders are put together with the same care and attention as when you are served by one of our cheesemongers in-store.
Thanks for dropping by.
Sunday May 26th
Sheridans Cheesemongers hosted our fourth Irish food festival on Sunday 26th May, here at our Virginia Road Station headquarters in Co Meath. A huge array of Ireland’s top food producers were here to sell, sample and talk about their wonderful foods. The idea of this annual event is to bring together the people who make the foods and the customers who love it. The criteria for the stalls are that the food is made in Ireland, is of great quality and that the people behind the stalls are the people who made the food.
It was a day of family fun and celebration that brought together over eighty of the best artisan food producers from around Ireland and was supported by well over five thousand enthusiastic food lovers. Families wandered from stall to stall chatting to the producers and tasting the magnificent array of Irish made foods.
People travelled from all over Ireland to visit the fair, these food loving pilgrims were joined by a massive turnout from the local communities of Meath and the surrounding counties.
As well as the food stalls where customers were able to buy and sample the products, there were plenty of stalls cooking hot food and lots of space for picnicking which was well utilised as the sun smiled on us (for most of the day!). We also had an amazing line up of workshops with Irish food producers and chefs, as well as free children’s entertainment, live music courtesy of “Early House Jazz” and traditional fair games organised by the local GAA club.
This year; inspired by the success at home and abroad of our Sheridans Irish Brown Bread Crackers; we introduced a new feature showcasing that most quintessentially Irish of foods – Brown Bread. We held a national brown bread competition and had entries from all over Ireland. The judging was overseen by Leila **** from the ICA aided by Maura Sheridan and Seamus Sheridan who had teams of onsite foodies tasting all the breads to narrow down the selection. The Brown Bread Tent also featured an onsite competition for kids from local schools, and guided by Pauric White from the forge Restaurant, the five teams of three lovingly baked their bread to various recipes. The breads were then judged by Donal Skehan. We also had a workshop with Kevin and Seamus’ mother baking her own traditional brown bread along with Richard Graham Leigh who bakes our Sheridans Brown Bread Crackers. All the local schools also got involved in a drawing competition which had “baking” as its theme, and the walls of the tent were entirely covered with their wonderful entries.
Carnaross National School won the schools brown Bread Competition and Maria O’Reilly from Cavan was the Supreme Champion in the National Brown Bread Competition.
Check out Donal Skehan’s behind the scenes footage of the festival featuring the brown bread tent
Our workshops this year were a great success we had two outdoor guided trips, one on wild foods with chef Enda McEvoy and also a trip next door to the Forge to witness sustainability in action with Pauric White.
Our indoor workshops kicked off with a kids baking demo with Nessa Robins where the children got to be hands on with yummy carrot cake buns using local ingredients.
Sausage Making with Ed Hick followed suit and was hugely popular with adults and children alike. Kevin Sheridan entertained everyone along with Cam from Eight Degrees Brewing with unusual flavour combinations, matching Irish farmhouse cheese with a variety of craft beers. Pauric White educated his audience on all aspects of choosing, buying, preparing and cooking fish. The line up was finished off with a sausage taste test, hosted by Ella McSweeney. The audience got to blind test sausages from all the producers at the show, all of whom were on hand to be quizzed about their sausages. We threw in two industrially produced sausages (a supermarket own brand and best selling named brand), and it was heartening to see that quality won out and neither came on the favourite list for anyone attending!
2013 Line Up…
We were delighted to have so many of Ireland’s best and most loved producers in attendance
A selection of producers who attended…
88 Food Co., Aine’s Chocolate’s, Alex’s Pate, Ardrahan Farmhouse Cheese, Ardsallagh Goat Farm, Aruna Sauce Co, Bellingham Blue Cheese, Boyne Valley Blue Cheese, Burkes Farm Ice Cream, Cashel Blue Cheeses, Cahill’s Farm, Castlemine Farm, Coffee Angel, Con Traas Apple Farm, Cookies of Character, Cooleeney Cheese, Cratloe Hills Sheep Cheese, Crepes in the City, Dave’s Relish, David Llewellyn’s Apple Farm, Derrycamma Farm, Doherty’s Butchers, Dunany Organic Flour, Durrus Farmhouse Cheese, Ed Hick Pork Butcher, Floods Butchers, Forge Restaurant, GIY North Meath, Green Saffron Spice Co., Jack McCarthy Meats, Janet’s Country Fayre, Jane Russell’s Straight Sausages, Kilbeg Dairy Delights, Killycoony House Preserves, Killeen Farmhouse Cheese, Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, Lilliput Foods, Lily’s Tea Shop, The Little Milk Co, Man of Aran Fudge, Martin Sawiki Breads, Mella’s Fudge, Mic’s Chilli, Natasha’s Living Food, Olivia’s Chocolates,Organic Herb Co, On The Pigs Back, Pollocks Pickles, Richard Hogan Fruit and Veg, Rogan’s Smokehouse, Susi Foods.
What others have to say about our festival…
“I had a wonderful day out at Sheridans Irish Food Festival last year. What struck me most was the relaxed family atmosphere which was encouraged by the Sheridan brothers and all their staff, and It was really fantastic to see so many of Ireland’s top food producers there and to see how celebrated they were by all who attended, young and old. Many travelled from all corners of Ireland but there was a lovely sense of the local community coming together to celebrate food”, Darina Allen, Ballymaloe
“My year would never be complete without attending Sheridans Irish Food Festival, it really is my favourite annual outdoor event. The atmosphere which Sheridans create is totally unique in Ireland. Combined with the range of events, workshops and the cream of Irish artisan food producer stands, this is the perfect way to spend a day out.” Janet Drew, Janet’s Country Fayre
“My Family and I come down lock stock and barrell for the festival each year. As someone who has attended many a market across the land it never ceases to amaze me how genuine, relaxed and convivial the Sheridans make theirs. The kids are well used to attending foodie events, but this is the one they always enjoy the most!” Ed Hick, Ed Hick’s Pork Butcher
View some photos from 2013 and previous years here
If you need comfort, why not try to roast (don’t try, just do it!) potatoes, carrots and fresh beetroot on a baking tray, with olive oil and a fresh clove of garlic? 200c for 25 minutes and it is ready. Put a few slices of Wicklow Blue Brie on top, a slice of sourdough rubbed with garlic, chives and olive oil and if you feel like it, a couple of crispy streaky bacon roughly broken here and there.
Piceno Rosso with that… You’ll see…
- 200g mixed lettuce
- 150g Crozier blue cheese, crumbled at room temperature.
- Handful of roughly chopped hazelnuts. You could use a variety of nuts
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon rapeseed oil, or you could use lemon juice and oil
- In a medium bowl, toss together the mixed lettuce, cheese and hazelnuts. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and oil. Pour over the salad mixture and toss well.
Serve alone as a starter or as light supper with crusty bread.
- 1 medium onion – diced
- 1/2 pint (300 ml) of milk. You can replace 1/3rd of the milk with white wine.
- 40g of plain flour
- 40g of butter
- 85g of grated / crumbled cheese
- You can use a single hard cheese such as Coolea or Glebe Brethan. Or mix a couple of cheeses including perhaps a blue such as Cashel blue.
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Splash of Worcester sauce
- Handful of chopped parley
- Melt the butter over a gentle heat in a medium sized saucepan.
- Slowly sweat the chopped onion until soft
- Off the heat add the flour and mix together to form a smooth paste and then cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Very slowly, add the milk, a little at a time, whilst continuously whisking or stirring with a wooden spoon. Add the Worcester sauce.
- Continue to cook over a medium heat until the sauce starts to thicken and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Do not allow the sauce to boil.
- Add the cheese(s) and stir until the cheese melts.
- Add the cayenne pepper and parsley, cook gently for a few more minutes.
- Stir well and then serve.
This sauce can be used in many dishes, such as pasta bake or chicken.
- 1kg potatoes,
- 1 large onion, peeled and diced
- 2 thick rashers of smoked streaky bacon, diced 1.5”
- Rapeseed oil
- ½ glass Eight Degrees Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner.
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 350g Durrus cheese, wipe the rind with a damp cloth, and dice the cheese.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 5.
- Peel and dice the potatoes into ½ inch pieces. Boil for 3-5 mins. Drain.
- In a large heavy pan heat a good splash of rapeseed oil. Fry the potatoes lightly
- Add the diced bacon and onion. Cook until the bacon has begun to crisp.
- Add the pilsner, stir and then add the cubed cheese
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Choose an ovenproof earthenware dish and rub it well with the halves of garlic and some rapeseed oil. Empty the contents of the pan into the dish and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until the cheese has melted and begun to crisp.
- You can also add some thick spinach, chard or asparagus along with the cheese.
- 3 Gelatine Leaves
- 250ml Milk (we used Sheep’s milk from J&L Grubb, the makers of Cashel & Crozier Blue Cheese)
- 250ml double cream
- 1 Vanilla Pod (split lengthways, seeds scraped out)
- 25g Sugar
- Soak the gelatine leaves in a little cold water until soft.
- Place the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds and sugar into a pan and bring to a simmer. Remove the vanilla pod and discard
- Squeeze the water out of the gelatine leaves, then add to the pan and take off the heat. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved
- Divide the mixture among four ramekins and leave to cool. Place into the fridge for at least an hour, until set.
- 4 Stems of Rhubarb
- 150g caster sugar
- Zest of ½ orange
- Juice of 1 orange
- 25g Root Ginger
- Clean rhubarb and chop
- Place in a pan with rest of ingredients
- Cook on a low heat for 12/15 mins let cool and serve alongside the set Panna Cotta
- Loin of lamb, trimmed back to just meat (we used lamb from Ryan’s Farm in Ballinlough)
- Small tub seasoned flour
- 2 Tablespoons Irish Mustard
- 2 Slices of batch loaf made into bread crumbs, crusts included
- Fresh chopped Parsley
- Fresh chopped Thyme
- 2 Large Mushrooms chopped finely (we used two lovely wild browncap mushrooms foraged in the garden of the Forge Restaurant
- 1 tablespoon Irish Rapeseed Oil
- Knob of Butter
- Mix the breadcrumb, parsley, thyme & mushroom together
- Pass the loin of lamb through the flour, then coat it in French mustard, ensure to shake off excess mustard.
- Coat the lamb in the herb and mushroom breadcrumbs
- Pan fry in a little rapeseed oil and butter and then finish in the oven for 10 mins @ 180C / Gas 5
Other cuts to use would be cutlets or lamb steaks from the leg
Hazelnut Cream Potato
- 2 peeled Roosters
- 2 tablespoons Hazelnuts (these give a lovely texture and finish to potato)
- 1/4 pt cream
- Boil potato until soft
- Mash well and season with salt & pepper and as much cream as needed to form a creamy but still relatively firm texture (this can vary, depending on the potato and time of year)
- Place hazelnuts in warm pan and roast In oven for 6/7 minutes @ 180C / Gas 5. Allow to cool and rub in hands to take off outer shell , then blend the nuts in a food processor.
- Knob of Butter
- Rapeseed Oil
- Wash spinach well
- In a frying pan, melt the butter with a little rapseed oil, add the spinach until just warmed, season and take off the heat , toss gently and serve
Assemble the dish: Herb crusted loin of lamb, hazelnut cream potato & wilted spinach
- 1 steak hot smoked tuna (we used Sally Barnes, woodcock Smokery Tuna)
- 200g Kilbeg Dairies Cream Cheese / Quark (ie 0 fat)
- 20 Young Nettle Leaves
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 1 Red Pepper
- Roast your pepper under a grill or on bbq until completely black all over, put in a bowl cover with cling film. This helps to remove skin.
- Boil a pot of water with a little salt put in nettle leaves for 5 seconds , remove and place in a bowl of cold water (this takes away the sting of the nettle).
- Remove nettles from water and pat dry with kitchen paper, chop finely.
- Take the pepper from bowl , remove skin by simply rubbing off by hand or with some kitchen paper. Remove seeds and chop in to bite size pieces.
- Mix together nettles, pepper, and cream cheese and lemon juice.
- Present cream cheese on plate with tuna resting on top (here we used a garnish of fresh cut pea shoots from the forge garden, but anything pretty and green will work!)
Can also serve as a Canapé, if the tune is broken in to smaller pieces, individually placed on top of a brown bread cracker with a dollop of the nettle cream cheese underneath!
Serves 6 – 8
- 230g Biscuits (we used Cookies of Character Choc Chip & Hazelnut from Dunmanway)
- 100g Butter
- Put the biscuits in a zip loc bag and the crush with a rolling pin.
- Melt the butter over a gentle heat.
- Transfer the Biscuit crumb to a mixing bowl and blend with the melted butter.
- Press the mixture in to the bottom of a 9” ringform tin, and put in the fridge for a minimum of 30 mins.
For the cheese mix:
- 300g Cream Cheese
- 300g Quark
- 180ml Cream
- Punnet Strawberries (stalks removed and mashed)
- Tablespoon Caster Sugar
- 14g Sachet Gelatine
- 50ml Hot water
- Blend the gelatine and water.
- Blend all other ingredients with an electric whisk thoroughly (approx 2 mins max).
- Then stir in the gelatine.
- Pour the mixture over the chilled biscuit base and smooth with a spatula.
Strawberry Coulis (to blend through – optional)
- Punnet Strawberries
- Heaped Tablespoon Caster Sugar
- Remove stalks and mash the strawberries, blend with sugar, and simmer, stirring regularly for 5 – 10 mins.
- This can then be forked / swirled through the cheesecake mix to create ripples.
- Decorate the top of the cheese cake with Strawberries and whipped cream or cream cheese.