Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A Taste of Home

Aoife, Ireland

We were home in Ireland for a week's holiday and on a mission to recharge our batteries with good Irish food and drink. Our first night in Dublin we had a great meal (and some cocktails) at Coppinger Row. I heartily enjoyed my spatchcocked poussin and the accompanying chickpea and feta side dish, my three accomplices all had the pasta and meatballs which is also excellent.

Our next stop was the fabulous Wineport Lodge in Glasson, just outside Athlone. Our first night there we had a very fancy meal in the restaurant (I was a good wife and left my camera in the room). Two of the dishes were so good we had them the next night in the bar as well (I was allowed make a scene with my camera there). The absolute highlight was this starter of St. Tola goats cheese fondants, smoked almonds, pickled beetroot and pear veloute:

A goats cheese fondant was always going to be good but the smoked almonds were a revelation; their profound smokey flavour added another level to this dish. The main course of tempura of salmon medallions, tomato, jalapeño & coriander salsa, guacamole and sour cream was delicious but fresh and light. We have great plans to try to recreate this at home.

We visited our families next and had a wonderful meal out at The Source in Sligo town. My parents have been many times but this was my first visit. I was very impressed. Good quality food in large portions, good value wine and very friendly service is always a winning combination. I'll have to go back and investigate further. The potted crab starter was the highlight for me:

My favourite food moment of the trip has to be my mum's homemade chips. You just can't beat them:

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