The Fabulous Food Adventure – Co. Armagh
This sunny episode takes us to the heart of the Orchard County to Magheralin. Our location this week is the elegant Georgian Villa, home to the Mather’s family for six generations.
The gardens are glorious and the weather fine so our team decide to get the coals on for a late summer barbecue. First stop is at Forthill Farm with Kenny Gracey and his Longhorn rare breed cattle. The beef is so succulent that Kenny puts a challenge to Barry and Jenny.
The challenge is to cook different cuts of beef from the most inexpensive chump to the dearest fillet and to have a taste test at the barbecue. His argument being that the cheapest cut which is at a third of the price, is just as good as the most expensive sirloin or fillet! (Recession friendly cooking).
Barry And Jenny discover the secrets of the perfect pastry with our next food producer, Roisin Hendron from Pastry Works where they make chicken and leek pie. We then stop off for salad at Donnelly’s Horticulture and pop into a strawberry farm for desert on our way home. Back at base we have a refreshing taste of local beer from Clanconnell Brewery and as our cooking commences local mushroom man Seamus Cassidy from The Mushroom House drops in with a delivery of stuffed mushrooms which our duo pinch for the barby.
Our diners this week are the hard working staff from the local 80-acre Donnelly’s farm and are mostly Eastern Europeans and students. They all eat heartily and are entertained by the traditional Irish local children’s group The Hendrons.