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Photography: Heather Gill

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A Comforting Italian Trifle

Photography: Stuart Ovenden

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Monday, 19 October 2009

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Bord Bia - The Irish Food Board

BordBia_logoBord Bia (the Irish Food board) is the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry’s trade development and promotion organisation. It has its headquarters in Dublin, but also has international offices in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris and Shanghai. Established in 1994, the Bord Bia aims to grow the success of Ireland's world class food, drink and horticulture industries by providing strategic market development, promotion and information services; and acting as a link between Irish food, drink and produce suppliers, and existing and potential customers throughout the world. As well as operating a quality assurance scheme for beef, pork and bacon and egg products, Bord Bia's objective is to develop export markets for Irish food and drink suppliers and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables world-wide.



Nino FrancoAnyone who has visited the magical city of Venice has most certainly encountered the famous wine of Prosecco. The legendary estate of Nino Franco, located in the celebrated region of Valdobbiadene,  has been producing Prosecco wines for more than three generations.  With an ancient stonewalled vineyard, a beautiful villa B&B, the charming town of Valdobbiadene, Venice an easy 1hour ride/ train away,  and the steep hills surrounding them, a visit to the Nino Franco winery is a visit rich in food wine & travel story inspiration. An opportunity for a P2P participant & their guest to spend the night at the sumptuous with a private wine tasting w the Francos will be announced during the weekend.

Unquestionably one of the top producers of Prosecco today, the quality of the man is to be found in his wine.Primo Franco, grandson of the original founder, Nino, professionally and lovingly moved this estate into the twenty first century, setting the example to other producers. These proseccos are found on the list of some of the top restaurants and fine independent merchants through out the world. Contact the winery for info. The range of the 7 labels of Nino Franco prosecco is available in the UK via UK importer and Rustico is imported into Ireland via James Nicholson American wine critic Robert Parker scored Rustico 89/100, saying: "Rustico is clean and fruity, with a creamy texture and a lemon and melon aftertaste." In 2012, Wine & Spirit magazine awarded Rustico 90/100, saying The gold colour and peach nectar scent predict this to be rich, but a potent, nutty savour keeps it balanced. It finishes clean, tight and grippy- a mouthwatering aperitif”

T witter @ninofranco1919

Donald Russell

Founded in 1974, Scottish Royal Warrant holder Donald Russell is the UK’s premier mail order butcher and has built its reputation on supplying quality meat to hotels, restaurants and homes across the UK. Donald Russell use their skill and knowledge to produce meat with excellent marbling, tenderness and flavour, and today delivers quality beef as well as lamb, pork, game, poultry, seafood and chef-prepared ready meals direct to customers' doors.

Donald Russell has uniquely high butchery standards, trimming away all unnecessary fat, silverskin and gristle, leaving only the finest meat and fat for taste, which means that you get far more meat for your money. They use traditional methods to mature their beef for up to 35 days (depending on the cut), allowing time for the rich flavours to develop and for the meat to become incredibly tender.

Call 01467 629666 to order (Mon -Fri 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm) or log onto to see their fantastic range.


NomuLogoNoMU Brands was created by lapsed, professional caterer Tracy Foulkes in Cape Town South Africa. What started as an experiment in packing some of her own key blends and products, used in most of her catering, once branded as NoMU, suddenly accelerated and within a year Tracy was already shipping international orders. NoMU has since then carved out and retained a notable edge and reputation in the South African food industry for leading edge food branding and innovation.

The multi award-winning range of products range from Vanilla Paste and Extract, to a variety of Hot Chocolates, Spice Blends, Dippers, Instant Pesto and even a set of super-concentrated liquid stocks called ‘FONDS.’ NoMU has also recently ventured into publishing, now releasing their very popular range of ‘Recipe Cards’ in a RECIPE BOX format, combining modern convenience and style with an oddly sentimental and more tactile practicality.

More information can be found on their website or alternatively follow them on Twitter on @nomuchirps, or become a friend on Facebook,


Rococo logoIn 1983, Chantal Coady dared to follow her dream: to share with others her love for chocolate. Over three decades, four shops, and many, many delicious chocolates later, she has certainly shared her dream with thousands of customers from around the world - all the while supporting ethical trade for cocoa farmers.

After three decades, three books (about chocolate of course) and four shops later, Chantal and Rococo are still inspiring many through warm and inviting shops, delicately nuanced flavours and creative, beautiful packaging. The Academy of Chocolate awarded Chantal and Rococo for 'Changing the Way People Think About Chocolate,' and the Wall Street Journal recognised Chantal as the founder of the 'New British School' of chocolate.

Always intent on using authentic, healthy ingredients (eg a big 'no' to artificial vanilla and hydrogenated vegetable fat) and sourcing fairly, we're proudest of our latest venture, Grococo, the 'home farm' that is supplying its entire harvest of organic Trinitario cocoa beans to make the fine chocolate used in our house blend.

Facebook: Rococo Chocolates
Twitter: rococochocs


PatronBeeTequila_logo_BWSimply perfect in every way, Patrón tequila is an ultra-premium luxury white spirit that’s delicious on the rocks, and mixes flawlessly into any cocktail. From the highest-quality Weber Blue Agave plants grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, to the centuries-old distillation process, to the signed, handcrafted glass bottles, Patrón is produced with unparalleled attention to detail. Brands in the Patrón Spirits portfolio consist of Gran Patrón Burdeos, Gran Patrón Platinum, Patrón Silver, Patrón Reposado, Patrón Añejo, Patrón XO Cafe (coffee liqueur), and Patrón Citrónge (extra fine orange liqueur), as well as Pyrat Caribbean rums, and Ultimat ultra-premium vodka. For more information, please visit


BrancottBrancott Vineyard is the home of leading New Zealand wine brand, Brancott Estate, the original pioneer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. We were the first wine brand to plant Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the now famous Marlborough region at a time when the region was deemed too far south to plant and grow this grape variety. In August 1973, Frank Yukich of Montana Wines (as we were then known), proclaimed; "Wines from here will become world famous". How right he was. The spirit of curiosity still drives everything our winemakers do and is leading to some incredible wine discoveries, from Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc through to our latest release, Sauvignon Gris.

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Twitter - @BrancottEstate
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EdHickJ Hick & Sons is a family run traditional Irish pork butchery that has been serving Ireland since 1927. The Hick family first came to Dublin in 1919, when three brothers Eddie, John and Henry left Berwick-on-Tweed on the Scottish Border. Their father, was born in Germany and started his apprenticeship circa 1878. Since then, the family have become synonymous with pork in Dublin, and 91 years later still continue to meet our customers' needs. Based here in Dun Laoghaire since 1985, Bren & Ed have recently opened up our factory shop, selling all pork and bacon produce direct to the public at wholesale prices - everything from a half pound of breakfast sausages to a half side of pork! Their bacon jam has rapidly acquired a cult following and has been described by some as "Ireland's answer to foie gras".

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Twitter - @edhick
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orange_moo_logoMOO.COM is an award-winning online printer with a difference. Along with MOO, you can create unique personalized business cards, minicards, postcards, greeting cards and stickers using your own images or photos.

MOO was born out of love of beautiful, high-quality print in 2004 when they decided to combine the values of professional design and uncompromising, high standards and make it accessible on the internet.

With a simple click of your mouse, upload your own photos and create exciting, personal business cards to promote your blog or business and help you network!

The MOO company vision is simple but ambitious: Great design for everyone!

Twitter @overheardatmoo
Google+ MOO.COM


Moorish Brand LogoMoorish Smoked Humous is a completely unique British twist on the healthy, classic dip.Moorish was created by Julie Waddell who is passionate about great flavour and natural high-quality food.

At Moorish, Julie believes in using old artisan methods to create delicious new foods and is passionate about doing things properly. Moorish is made using cold smoked chickpeas, not smoked flavouring. Not bulked out with oil and with no additives, Moorish is simply full of goodness and flavour.

Moorish creates not only the Original Wood Smoked Humous, but Lemon & Dill and Chilli Harissa flavours, as well! Moorish Humous is available at Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason, Wholefoods Market as well as many other find food stores and delis.

Moorish website
Julie’s lovemoorish blog
Facebook Moorish Smoked Humous
Twitter Moorishhumous

Jeanne Ambrose and Lindsey Ambrose - Heartbreak Recover Kitchen

Heartbreak Recovery Kitchen offers a how-to guide for cooking up a plan to shake the blues.
Everyone has good reasons to throw a pity party and the Heartbreak Recovery Kitchen shows you how to wallow with flair and flavor. Authors Jeanne and Lindsey Ambrose share enough comfort food in this fun and vibrant cookbook to coax happy sighs from just about any misery-burdened soul. They show you how to juggle life's lemons and create Lemon Margaritas. Or Citrus Beurre Blanc. Or Roasted Lemon Chicken. And then there is the chocolate…

Jeanne Ambrose and Lindsey Ambrose are a mother-daughter seasoned food-writing team. Jeanne is a writer and editor specializing in food/nutrition/health. She’s contributing food editor to several publications including Organic Gardening, Diabetic Living, Grilling 2010 and Italian 2010. She is a former editor and recipe developer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine and currently the editor for Taste of Home.

Lindsey, 25, has been a foodie since she was old enough to grasp a wooden spoon and start licking off the batter. She has cooked for Food Not Bombs in San Francisco and waitressed her way through college, pilfering ideas for inspiration. Lindsey’s travels also have inspired many meals—from Hawaii with its melting-pot cuisine (where she was born), to Mexico, and Italy.

Facebook: Heartbreak Recovery Kitchen
Twitter: @recoverykitchen


edgeware_reg_CMYK_Red_Gray Smith’s in business since 1886 and based in historic Hot Springs, Arkansas USA is a market leader in knife sharpeners. We offer a full range of sharpeners from the basic and original Arkansas Stones mined in Hot Springs, AR to the most sophisticated, and innovative adjustable style electric sharpeners.

The Edgeware brand was introduced to the Housewares Market to fill the need for quality innovative sharpeners at great values for both home and professional cooks. Edgeware® products include a full line of manual and electric knife sharpeners as well as the growing line of kitchen tools featuring the V-etched Better Zester and Graters. For more information please visit


Sunchowder's Emporia

Three years ago, Wendy Read left her corporate job to make jams – and not just any jams, mind you, but complex expressions of fruit derived from a few simple ingredients. With the freshest fruit around, Read makes each batch by hand in copper kettles. Using old French methods of jam making, such as allowing fruit to macerate overnight, Read coaxes luscious flavors out of berries and stone fruits. Since Read doesn’t add pectin, her preserves have a pure, smooth texture: They’re deliciously different from the average jam.  Each jam is Fruit-forward and full-bodied, with light citrusy notes. As if by magic, fresh fruit, sugar and lemon zest combine to make this mouthwatering jams by Sunchowder’s Emporia. The sugar and acid allow fruit to shine at its full flavor potential. The fruit in these jams is so ripe and luscious that it’s hard not to eat them by the spoonful.  Read’s jams are fabulous served on a piping-hot Danish, onto fresh shortcakes or mixed a spoonful with ricotta cheese and cinnamon for dessert. Jam is fun to have around, but hard to keep around when it’s Sunchowder’s Emporia.

We from the From Plate to Page team are delighted to have Wendy on our team of sponsors for the third From Plate to Page workshop in a row. Thank you for your faith and trust in us! 


DongellDonegal Rapeseed Company produces the finest award winning Donegal Pure Rapeseed Oil from crops grown in our cool, local climate.  The rapeseeds are harvested and pressed to give perfect, virgin quality, natural oil.  Perfect for baking, frying and making dressings Donegal Rapeseed Oil is rich in nutritional and health benefits.  The oil is
rich in Omega 3, 6 & 9, a great source of vitamin E and extremely low in saturated fat.

We are very proud of the fact that our oil won a Great Taste Gold award in 2012.  Our new product range of Garlic, Chilli & Lemon Infused Donegal Rapeseed Oil and a Honey & Mustard dressing/Marinade are also proving very popular.

Twitter: @donegalrapeseed
Facebook: Donegal Rapeseed Oil Company