2016 is Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink – aimed at encouraging more tourists to visit by showcasing the delicious food and drink that is produced here. Since tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, I’d thought I’d share with you some of my favourite foody treats that are made locally. To be honest, like a lot of people I take it for granted that I can buy these foods in the local shop and it’s easy to forget just how tasty they really are. This list is not exhaustive by any means, there are too many to mention. I should also warn you that they aren’t exactly healthy but they sure do taste good !
From the left clockwise:-
- Tayto crisps made at Tayto Castle – there is no other cheese and onion crisp quite like it. A strong flavour but dangerously addictive ! Visit the Tayto website for more details.
- Hilden beers – my husband is particularly fond of Hilden Hop and Hilden Twisted Hop, all locally produced at Hilden Brewery, the oldest independent brewery in Ireland located on the outskirts of Belfast.
- Poor Bear ice cream by Mauds – deliciously creamy ice cream filled with honeycomb nuggets. I could eat it by the bucket load
- Soda farls -you can easily make these but the shop bought variety is very good. A very versatile bread but best in its simplest form – toasted with lashings of butter. The picture here is of the Paul Rankin soda farl made at Irwins Bakery in Portadown.
Another one of my favourite treats are fifteens. I make these on a regular basis as they are very easy and quick to make, are very moreish and are always well received by family and colleagues at work. All you need are digestive biscuits, glace cherries, marshmallows, some condensed milk and coconut and then follow this simple recipe. They should look something like this.
Hopefully this has given you just a taster of what this little place has to offer. If you would like to know about the 2016 year of food and drink, you can visit the Discover Northern Ireland website which gives details of events happening throughout the year which celebrate the best of our local produce.