First off, Connemara Smokehouse. A family run business sourcing, curing and smoking the finest fish they can find. It’s in a beautiful location so well worth a visit for that alone, but obviously above all is their incredibly high standard of fish smokery. They use beechwood which seems to give a more delicate smoke than the tradiitional oak – they were using ash for a while, but it is hard to come by as it’s used to make hurley sticks… They control everything manually, they hand fillet the fish, dry salt it rather than inject with brine and most importantly they remove the fish from the smokers when it’s ready not when a timer goes off. It’s all done in the traditional way and you can tell. The smoked mackerel was particularly good - softer than most and not dried out like a lot of the smoked mackerel that is readily available in shops. We also got some smoked salmon which was brilliant and moreish and some smoked tuna which I was most excited about but was sadly the least impressive of them all. All in all though it’s an incredibly high standard of smoked fish.
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By Lola-Lu’s Kitchen
The world of Lola-lu’s Kitchen has been quiet online of late, but having been busy this summer with work (both of us) we’ve been taking our holidays late. Lola was off on a Las Vegas California adventure – while I headed to the Wild West (of Ireland!)
Here’a few food highlights from my travels in the van with Delo from around Connemara and Mayo. We’d the most amazing time, staying in some beautiful remote spots with the most incredible views. Travelling in September found some of the more popular spots quite deserted.
We caught and cooked some fish (not the tastiest fish, but we caught it, so by god we ate it!) We gained some fishing advice from an old fisherman on the pier, which gave us the boost we needed after fishing fruitlessly for several hours.
|The Old Fishing Hole|
|Getting accustomed to cooking in the dark!|
The Connemara Smokehouse – sitting on the farthest reaches of Ballyconnelly. Populated with a healthy population of seagulls. They can tasting tours with advance notice. The place has a puzzling small chimney for a ‘smoke’ house! We just called in on Monday morning and bought some fresh organic smoked salmon, which we had for breakfast on brown bread with coffee. It was divine – a lovely subtle smoked salmon that melts in the mouth. They also have a special smoked tuna – maybe not ideal for breakfast but I’ll pick some up next time I’m there.
|Breakfast is served|
Smokehouse View and the SeaAfter a long cycle the following day we bumped into the old fisherman unloading a small currach on the pier, having spent several hours at sea that morning. I asked him if he’s had a good day and his response was “ah everyday is a good day for me now’ which was just such a wonderful sentiment – expressed so genuinely. After a little chat he asked would we like some crab claws. Of course we said yes and he produced a large crate of crabs and gave us a huge pot full of claws for our dinner, and looked for nothing in return. So happily we set off from the pier and off to False Bay – a spot where my mum used to take us to play in the waves, with huge basket of tuna and egg sandwiches!
|Clab Claws by Day|
|Clab Claws by Night
|Omey Island – Access via sandbank. Minutes later up to our axels in sand with the tide rising! Not funny, got towed out by some friendly druids, not a happy 20 minutes of my life|
|Cliften Arts Week|
|Detail of Glowing Castle Tower|
|Master of Ceremonies|
What a fantastic weekend at the Leenane Food Festival. We were greeted by James & Catherine O’Neill’s extra mature organic lamb roasting on a spit. Moules Marinière cooking beside us for sampling, oysters to be eaten. Lots of fresh baked breads, pies and buns. A great array of chutneys, jams, pickles and jellies.
Demo with Graham Roberts-Connemara Smokehouse on Albacore Tuna, Eamonn Hoult cooking Soup and Lamb with native seaweed, Jonathan Keane Mill Times Hotel with desserts of fruits, Sushi making with Elisabeth Foyle with children from Leenane N.S., Oran Daly of Portfinn Lodge & Fjord Restaurant cooks lobster & crab claws. Derry Clarke cooked up a storm and more and more and more…..
Click on the image to view gallery…
Clifden Arts Festival 2010 – Clifden Community Arts Week celebrating its 33rd anniversary in 2010, and is a great celebration of the Arts.
Canadian Journalists Develop a Taste for Galway and County
A Canadian media group – including journalists from some of Canada’s major newspapers and travel magazines – is visiting Galway and the West of Ireland this week. Invited here by Tourism Ireland in Toronto, they are here to experience the world-famous Galway International Oyster Festival at first-hand. They will have a chance to sample some new season Galway Bay oysters and will attend the Oyster Festival Gala Ball in the Radisson Blu Hotel.
Also included in the journalists’ itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, are visits to the Connemara Smokehouse in Ballyconneely, a walking tour of Galway city and a visit to Inishbofin island.
Commenting on the visit of the influential journalists, Jayne Shackleford, Tourism Ireland Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to bring these journalists to Galway, to showcase Ireland’s beautiful west coast and allow them to experience the famous Oyster Festival at first-hand. Media visits such as these are extremely important to help build awareness of Galway, and the island of Ireland in general, among potential holidaymakers around Canada. The West of Ireland is a popular region for Canadians and the visit of these journalists provides an excellent opportunity for them to share the excitement and fun of the Oyster Festival, the fantastic visitor attractions and the warm Galway welcome with thousands of potential Canadian holidaymakers.”