ARTISAN OPTIONS #3 – Goodness Me

Over the past few years, a new wave of Irish food producers has emerged onto the scene, largely in thanks to initiatives such as the SuperValu Academy and Grow with Aldi. Recently, on a visit to Cork, we came across Goodness Me – tasty & hearty pastries filled with delicious, healthy fillings.

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I bought a couple of boxes of each flavour; Mature Cheddar Cheese & Onion and Ratatouille & Quinoa. Each box contained two of the hand-crafted pastries with a 20 minute cooking time from frozen. They freeze each pastry straight away to utilise natures pause button and lock in all of the natural goodness with no need for any artificial additives or preservatives. With the pastry frozen unbaked, they popped out of the oven as fresh as if I had baked them from scratch by myself.

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A quick Google search brought up the story of how the owners, from the tip of the Beara Peninsula in Allihies, West Cork, were inspired by Cornish miners who had found an ingenious way of bringing their dinners to work by wrapping them in a pastry casing, an edible lunch box so to speak. Intrigued by this concept, they went about creating their own savoury pastries with a modern twist.

Although seemingly not readily available in Galway yet, keep an eye on SuperValu stores in your local area and upcoming promotions in Lidl.

Do you want to read about more Irish Artisan products? Check out our Artisan Options #1 and #2.
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Artisan Options #1 – Janet’s Country Fayre

While we enjoy eating out, we equally love cooking at home. At the minute Ireland is in a fantastic position where there are a wide variety of Artisan producers across the country. We’re going to introduce some of our favourite options that are out there, starting with Janet’s Country Fayre.

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One of Ireland’s leading artisan producers of premium chutneys and relishes, Janet and her team produce a unique range of traditional & contemporary style products in a modern purpose built production kitchen in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow (just south of Dublin in the foothills of the Sugarloaf Mountain).

They cook their products in the traditional method of slow reduction over several hours to give the perfect flavour and finish of texture. All of the products they make are gluten-free and produced without any artificial additive, bulking agents or any setting agents.
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Their brand is distinctive, with a mixture of square jars under the Janet’s Country Fayre label and another selection of items under Janet’s Just Delicious range. All of their fantastic products are available in both large retailers and smaller stores throughout the country.

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I would highly recommend you pick up some of their selection. They’re widely available in Galway including in Joyce’s Supermarkets, McCambridge’s, Brigit’s Garden, Morton’s in Salthill & a selection of Supervalu stores. #GalwayGrub