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12/04/2018

Wild Garlic - a Chef's Delight

Wild garlic is a forager’s delight, found in the woodlands around Dunbrody from early spring to the end of May.  One of our favourites walks is through the trails in Tintern Abbey where there is more wild garlic than we’ve ever seen.

The health benefits are numerous.  Widely known for its antibacterial, antibiotic and possibly antiviral properties and containing vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Studies have also shown that it may help reduce blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease

Here’s the Dunbrody Wild Garlic Pesto recipe from Kevin Dundon:

300g (10½oz) wild garlic (about 1 large handful of cloves)

15g (½oz) parmesan cheese, grated

Juice of ½ lemon
½ tsp coriander seeds, crushed
250ml (9fl oz) olive oil
Salt and black pepper

 

Tip: Try using coriander (cilantro) as an alternative if you find wild garlic hard to locate.

Whizz all the ingredients in a food processor, or purée with a handheld blender, until the mixture is smooth.

The pesto will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Although it will darken slightly in colour over time, it will still be delicious – the flavours will just be more mature. Perfect for drizzling over home-made pizzas, salads, soups, grilled meats & fish or anything that takes your fancy.

We love to use it on freshly-baked brown bread lathered with butter and then drizzled with pesto.

For the Foodies

Thoughout the year we offer some great dates for your diary - you can book any of these on their own or as part of a package: Call 051.389600 to book. 
 
Dunbrody Christmas Market Every Sunday from Noon - browse the artisan crafts and local food producers. There's lots of great gift ideas from Kevin Dundon's Christmas cakes, puddings, chutneys and books to hand-made jewelry, cards, walking sticks and spices.  A great gathering of local crafts people, foodies and artists every Sunday. The perfect way to spend a Sunday - followed by Jazz Brunch in the Local afterwards or maybe Afternoon Tea in the hotel.  The market will take place every Sunday.
 
New Year New You Our two night package includes accommodation, breakfast til Noon both days and dedicated 3 hour Detox Spa programme on one of the days From €325pps Click here to book
 
Chicago! Friday 22nd March - a night of Gangsters, glamour, cocktails and fine dining along with West End's David Shannon singing live in the Harvest Room...all your favourites from Chicago and a few more too. Event only at €95 pp or with accommodation from €195pps Book Here
 
A Night with the Phantom Saturday 23rd March - the phantom returns to the Harvest Room. With champagne cocktails pre-dinner and a fabulous Opera themed menu to match the live performance with David Shannon of songs from the Phantom and few of our other favourites to finish the evening as well. Event Only €125 or with accommodation from €225pps
 
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