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“Quacking” good duck: The latest in store at Aldi

Fancy an alternative to chicken? Why not try some duck.

Aldi have Silver Hill Aromatic Duck Breast Fillets (€5.00 / 350g), now available across their 108 stores nationwide.

Fresh from the Steele family farm in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, these award-winning duck breast fillets are 100% Irish and fully traceable from farm to fork.

The ducks at Silver Hill are hand-reared and fed on a natural diet, without any additives, resulting in meat that is succulent, tender and full of flavour.

The boneless fillets are also quick to cook and particularly suited to fruit or piquant glazes, so you can cook up a simple duck dish in minutes – roasted, sautéed, braised or barbecued, the choice is yours.

Silver Hill Duck Breast Fillets


My fascination with food stems from survival – and video games

One of the most unusual reasons why I love food so much, apart from the pure joy of preparing it, is my fascination with survival.

I’m a geek at heart, and when it comes to gaming I love to immerse myself in a world where I have to fend for myself and survive in the wilderness (hat-tip Minecraft and Lost in Blue).

Food plays such an important part of our existence and sometimes I like to imagine what it would be like to have to come up with a food source and construct a make-shift shelter.

Could I survive? I’m not talking about running to a supermarket and raiding it clean, but what could I actually make from the most basic of ingredients, straight from the wild?

Despite what a lot of post-apocalyptic games and books lead you to believe, often times it’s not about what’s in store, but what’s in your backyard. And wild food can be just as delicious as anything found on shelves.

Growing up in Kerry I was spoiled for choice when it came to trying out nature’s finest and I would rarely give up the opportunity to try something that was on the doorstep.

Periwinkles, sea spinach, samphire, elderflower and wild garlic became regular features on my foraging adventures and I’d always wonder about what else the world had to offer.

I adored, and still do love putting on wellies and traipsing through fields – consulting my books on edible plants and get an even bigger kick creating something with them (elderflower is currently in season too!).

I can safely say that video gaming and post-apocalyptic literature contributed to my love of food.

Survival will always be one of the main reasons why I pursued my interests and I think that’s what’ll keep me going in years to come.

Consider what Ireland’s outdoors has to offer – you won’t be disappointed.

Gluten and wheat free range now available at Aldi

Aldi have announced a HAS NO… range that includes foods such as cakes, cereals, breads, biscuits and pasta for coeliacs.

Specially developed for those with a gluten or wheat intolerance, the range consists of everyday essential groceries and delicious sweet treats.

The new range at Aldi includes HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Cornflakes (€1.99 / 350g) and HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Fusilli (€1.49 / 500g) which is 100% corn pasta shaped and suited to rich meat or ricotta based sauces.

Also included in Aldi’s new range are the HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Wholegrain Rolls (€1.99 / 3 pack) and Aldi’s HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free White Baps (€1.99 / 3 pack), perfect for picnics, packed lunches or summer barbecues.

Aldi’s HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Loaf (€1.99 / 400g) is soft, fresh and available in either a white loaf or multi-grain loaf which is perfect for a lunchtime sandwich.

As well as that for those with a sweet tooth, HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Muffins (€1.99 / 2 pack) are available in citrusy lemon or delicious chocolate and make a tempting treat and HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Queen Cakes (€1.99 / 165g), which contain a mixture of plain and chocolate flavour topped cakes.

Why not enjoy a slice of Aldi’s HAS NO…Gluten & Wheat Free Madeira Cake (€2.49 / 320g) with a cup of tea?

You can also choose from variety of biscuits from Aldi including:

  • HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Milk Chocolate Digestives (€1.49 / 200g)
  • HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Digestives (€1.49 / 170g)
  • HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Ginger Cookies (€1.49 / 150g)
  • HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Jammy Rings (€1.49 / 200g)
  • HAS NO… Gluten & Wheat Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (€1.49 / 150g)

Food Works: Ireland’s Entrepreneurs Creating a Recipe for Success

New and innovative food and drink products are soon to be launched by some of Ireland’s most creative entrepreneurs.

Participating in Food Works, a training and development programme run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, the new products include dairy-free ice-cream, biodegradable gum, sustainable seafood butter and premium Irish vodka.

Food Works was established in 2012 and was set up to identify a export-orientated entrepreneurs who want to be part of Ireland’s growing food and drink industry.

As part of a series of workshops and one-to-one mentoring, successful entrepreneurs were offered practical business advice that was required to develop their concert into a world-class food product with great export potential.

Just some of Food Works success stories


Elivar, the world’s first range of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals tailored specifically for athletes and active sports people over 35 years of age participated in the inaugural Food Works programme.

The company, owned and managed by Donal Hanrahan and Len Dunne, has since secured investment through Enterprise Ireland and the Halo Business Angel Partnership and is currently focusing on sales in the UK market.

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IASC (Atlantic Seafood Company of Ireland), a Cork based company who produce a range of Irish shellfish butters using Irish mussels, brown crabmeat and wild foraged Dillisk seaweed, also participated in the programme.

Branded as the world’s first Umami butter, IASC’s versatile products are used as traditional butters and / or a natural flavour-enhancer and ingredient for fish dishes, steak, risottos and chowder etc. In addition to listings with 30 Musgrave’s outlets nationwide, the products are currently used by more than 300 foodservice outlets and restaurants across the UK and Ireland. IASC also received EI HPSU investment.

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The award winning Orpens Cider is the brainchild of Matthew Tindall and Chris Hill, two former wine industry professionals and another Food Works success story. Orpens completed the programme in 2013 and following a successful initial trial, in February this year they secured a listing with 65 Tesco stores nationwide, growing their presence in the Irish market.

They have recently secured a distributor in the UK and the export market is now the key priority for them.


Included in this year’s programme are: Patrick Shelley, founder of Origin Spirits and formerly Commercial Director LVMH Moët Hennessy Russia is launching a new upper premium Irish vodka for international markets; Robert and Louise Doyle from Irepak, the company behind a new non-fat gluten free greek yogurt with high protein content aimed at active men; Simon Lynch and Quincey Fennelly, co-founders of Wicklow Wolf craft beers and Liam Ryan and Eamon Murphy from Mr. Gum Innovation who have developed a biodegradable chewing gum.

While the companies and entrepreneurs are at various stages of development, each is working towards exporting their products within the next 12 months.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Registration for Food Works 2015 is now open.

Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc will run a series of “drop in clinics” across Ireland to assist potential participants with their applications.

For more information on the clinics or to register, visit www.foodworksireland.ie.

(Image via Ardfern through Wikimedia Commons of St George’s Market, East Bridge Street, Belfast)