Peter and I attended a really enjoyable event in Bord Bia the week before last: it was a series of presentations and workshops for Irish food bloggers, organised by Donal Skehan of the tremendous Good Mood Food blog. We were treated to demonstrations of pork butchery and cookery, vegetarian cookery from Blazing Salads, advice on blog promotion from Damien Mulley and cookbook publishing from Eoin Purcell, and a really excellent workshop on food styling and photography (something we badly need!).
Much of the focus of the day was on pork as Bord Bia are giving Irish pork a push after the dioxin scare of two years ago damaged its sales. I’m sure you all know that pork is now perfectly safe, and we were shown what good value it is and how versatile in the kitchen it can be. Our lunch was delicious roast pork and slow cooked pork belly, and finished off with the incredible strawberry tart that you see here.
It was a lovely day – we met the writers of some of our favourite food blogs and found out about many more that I’ve been enjoying very much. We came away laden with treats from Irish food producers, including a sage plant that I’ve managed to keep alive for nearly a week now!
Pork Pitta Pockets
A quick and easy pork recipe from Bord Bia. Serves 4.
- 450g lean pork, cut into thin strips
- 2 peppers, deseeded and sliced
For the spicy marinade:
- 1 tbsp curry sauce
- 1 tbsp oil
- Salt and black pepper
- Mixed salad leaves
- 4 pitta breads, toasted
- Olive oil and lemon juice
- Greek style yoghurt or mayonnaise
- Mix the curry paste, oil and seasoning. Pour it over the pork and mix well.
- Cook for 5-6 minutes in a hot pan. Then add the peppers and cook for another minute or two.
- Toss the lettuce leaves in some olive oil and lemon juice.
- Pile into the pitta bread. Top with pork strips and peppers. Serve with some Greek yoghurt or mayonnaise.
Many of our fellow food bloggers wrote about the day:
- Caroline from Bibliocook
- The Daily Spud
- Lilly Higgins (who made the most delicious ginger biscuits to share – will post the recipe shortly)
- I Married an American Farmer
- Damien Mulley
- Not Junk Food
Shout if I’ve missed you out! Donal has handily compiled a list of all current Irish bloggers on Good Mood Food – make sure to check them out.