Keeping it in the Family – Food Stories From Ireland

Rain and green pastures make for nutritious grass that provides food for cows and brings us the quality ingredients Ireland is known for. Irish grass-fed beef, creamy butter and a wide range of potatoes are just some of the products this small island can be proud of. Those and Guinness! The people are warm and welcoming and they love to chat and have a ‘craic’. That’s what I found when I went on assignment for Dubai Eye 103.8 and took a tour of the country with the Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, meeting the people behind some of the family-run food businesses, entrepreneurs and producers supplying to the UAE with their sustainable practices and the Origin Green stamp of approval.

Here is a selection of some of the radio features that aired recently with personal accounts, recipe ideas, and an insight into running a food business :

Tom Keogh of Keogh’s crisps talks about Maris Pipers, family and what to do with a spud!

suzanne with tom keogh in a field of maris piper potato plants

Ann Rudden, Master Chocolatier, shares her love of fine chocolate and how she built her business to be the award-winning success it is today.

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Flahavans mill has been around since 1785 so I headed to County Waterford to speak with father and son John and James Flahavan to find out about the legacy and what makes their oats so special.

john & james flahavan

irish smoked salmon on oatey brown bread
Fresh Irish smoked salmon on oatey brown bread. Just one of the recipes we can enjoy using oats!

Siobhan Lawless is the inspiration behind Foods of Athenry when she took her love of baking from the kitchen in County Galway and turned it into a successful business whilst raising five children. Siobhan shares the trials and tribulations and how she and her husband with a little help from the kids developed a clean label range with gluten-free and vegan products.

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paul with daughter, grainne
This family means business, Paul Lawless with daughter Grainne overseeing the production of the hugely popular cookie shots or ‘Blondies’.
siobhan with suzanne
With Siobhan Lawless, what an inspiration. A woman who knows her food!

Do you have a story to share? Get in touch with me and share the love of good food.

Suzanne.x

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