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This is the time of year when those luscious black berries appear on bushes along the roadsides of rural Ireland. Blackberries stir childhood memories with most of us, reminding us that the summer is gone and schooldays have come around again.
Having had such a great summer this year the berries are big, ripe and juicey – just the way we like them. There was nothing more satisfying than leaning over the gigantic bushes as a child and getting stung by nettles just to pick the juciest berry on the bush. The sting never mattered as the prize was well worth it.
Irish mammies have lots of blackberry jam recipes for spongecakes, pavlovas, and summer tarts, however it’s always been a good idea to preserve some of your crop to ensure the memory of summer fades slowly. Try not to use shop bought berries as it’s just not as satisfying.
Here’s a simple Blackberry recipe that will have you tasting the summer fruits long into winter.
8 cups blackberries (2 lbs or 1 kg)
1/2 cup water
1/4 lemon juice
4 cups granulated sugar
In a large pot add the blackberries, water and lemon juice and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Add the sugar slowly, constantly stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar is dissolved reduce the temperature to a medium heat until the liquid thickens. This can take up to 15 minutes.
To test if it’s set put a small spoonful of jam on a cold plate(from the freezer), if it wrinkles – you’re good to go!
Get the jam jars out and spoon the jam in.
Make sure to have a nice scone ready to enjoy the fruits of your labour. There’s nothing nicer than trying the fresdhly made jam straight out of the pot!
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After just two years in business one Galway eatery continues to cement its place as one of the best restaurants in the country.
For the second year running Kai Cafe and restaurant has been selected by the critically aclaimed McKennas guide and named as on of the “100 Best restaurants in Ireland 2013” with the couple describing Kai as “Utterly delicious cooking, served with style in a great room”.
About the restaurant the McKenna’s said that Kai is a destination that takes your breath away: “One minute they were open, the next minute they were famous, and everyone wanted to get a table”.
Last year the restaurant attracted a host of awards from the McKenna’s guide including the commendation of being named as the Best Restaurant in Ireland.
This year the eatery has been noted as one of the top 10 social media players leading the way for other restaurants in the country, while continuing to demonstrate a progressive and dynamic approach to the food business.
The food at Kai is described in the guide by highlighting the talents of owner and head chef Jess Murphy: “Jess Murphy’s food has real pizazz. The flavours just jump off the plate and bounce around your taste buds delightedly”.
The prestigious awards are recognised in the industry as an indication of excellence, and quality highlighting only the most creative, dynamic, and original restaurants in the country.
Owned by David and Jessica Murphy, the pair transformed a one time flower shop to a bohemian food heaven, that continues to attract national and international critique.
The restaurant prides itself on using local suppliers and showcasing local produce, and is described well by the McKenna’s guide stating: Kai is “beautifully curated, with a roll call of the best West Coast suppliers, assisting the Murphy’s as they make their unique magic”.
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