During Wine Lecture, our esteemed lecturer, Colm McCan mentioned he was attending the “Variations on a theme ” night in Jacques, Oliver Plunkett Street, as part of the International Wine and Food Society launch of their 2015 calendar. He was looking to bring some students in to see what it was all about.
Jane Murphy from Ardsallagh Cheese spoke about her business, how she got started, and how it expanded. She is passionate about her product, and not afraid of sticking to her guns, and doing it her way.
She was absolutely perfect to talk about, and showcase her cheese on the five tastes. On one course we had the cheese with a kind of cooked potato and beetroot mash/ pancake. The little bit of chilli on top helped lighten this dish. The lamb chop was beautifully cooked and the addition of the goats cheese did not make the dish too much which was surprising.
My favourite was the sweet course, it was so simple. Some slightly sweetened and seasoned with vanilla cheese, stuffed into a date, on top of a round of blood orange. The colours, textures and flavours were so good we were practically begging for more. We also found a bottle of this wine on the menu. And were delighted!
The two sisters Jacques and Eithne made us feel so welcome, and their staff were so very good at their job. It was lovely to see Billy Lyons in attendance, even if Clare was in absentia. I am seriously considering joining, and looking at the itinerary, I’d better join quick before word spreads.