As you know I LOVE to find new Irish companies making a difference and something different. Well I found it at Wild About and one of the best eye catching websites I have seen, read their story I had to share, learn alot more on www.wildabout.ie
is a new and innovative Irish company producing Artisan foods, gifts & hampers made from Irelands’ native, seasonal and wild ingredients. Our delicious Artisan chutneys, preserves, syrups, seasoning rubs, cocktail bases and wild pesto are made fresh from ingredients sourced locally, foraged in the wild or grown in our own permaculture gardens in Co. Wexford, IRELAND
is the brainchild of Fiona and Malcolm Falconer.
A few years ago, Malcolm and Fiona Falconer sat with their 3 small children at their kitchen table of their terraced house in South London and decided to change their lives forever.
Sticking a pin in a map of Ireland, they jumped ship and bought a smallholding on the outskirts of Monamolin, Co. Wexford.
Malcolm has a strong agricultural background raised on a smallholding farm in South Wales. He studied Product Design and Engineering at Brunel University and holds a double M.A. from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Malc set about building a timber framed eco house while Fiona, a native of Dublin and documentary film producer, juggled work and setting out the long planned permaculture gardens. Both Malcolm and Fiona have long been keen ecologists.
“Malc grew up with a market garden, he has a great understanding of natural ingredients and flavours, an accomplished chef, he is passionate about getting the real taste out of his ingredients . We set out the traditional market garden, then we set about to develop the Forage Forrest, a native, ecological and sustainable garden where you can eat every plant in the environment. We used organic and heritage varieties from the Irish seed savers association which contain more than 600 rare and endangered varieties.
We went a bit mad with the planting. . . . !”
Some Product Selection….
SPICE OF LIFE
A delicious seasonal chutney with an Indian twist. Great with chicken or fish, in a sandwich or a salad. Try with cheese or cold meat platterss. Add a spoonful to natural yoghurt as a dip or add a dollup to soups, stews or curries for an added depth of flavour.
Ingredients: baby courgettes,onions,vinegar,sugarsunflower oil,garlic,chilli,mustard seeds,root ginger,corriander seeds,ground cumin,tumeric and salt.
More of our own cayenne chillis kicking heat into this raspberry and apple jelly. Try with chicken, ham or pork; great with cheese or on toast with poached egg on top! Add a dollup to stir frys or warm and use as glaze.
Ingredients: apples, sugar, raspberry vinegar, cayenne chillies
Wexford, the home of Irish strawberries is the source of this delicious preserve with a twist. Succulent sweet Wexford strawberries combine with spicy black pepper and tangy balsamic vinegar to make this versatile sweet or savoury preserve. Delicious with grilled mackerel, spectacular with goats cheese and delicious with ice cream. But there is nothing quite like this delicious jam on warm buttered toast.
Ingredients: strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, black pepper
WILD WEXFORD HONEY
Honey doesn’t come much better than this. Provided by native Irish bee breeder, Joe Rath of Ballycanew, this delicious unpasteurized nectar is delicious on its own, over ice creams, fresh fruit salad or in tea. Honey is one of our most valuable medicinal natural products.
Ingredients Wild Honey
Succulent hedgerow blackberries, spiced rum, madagascan vanilla and lemon juice rock this unique autumn preserve. Delicious for breakfast, lunch or tea. Spread on pancakes, toast or scones. Try with soft cheese or even stir through porridge.
Ingredients: blackberries, madagascan vanilla, spiced rum and lemon juice.
Heralded into season by St. Patricks day young succulent nettles are one of our greatest native natural superfoods; scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, clear uric acid from kidneys and purify the blood; great for gout, arthritis, rhumatism, psorisis, asthma. among others. A great source of iron, Nettles are packed with essential vitamins, mineral.s anti-oxidants and are perhaps, surprisingly, incredibly delicious.
This pesto is made with young succulent nettles grown in our own permaculture gardens, simply blanched to remove the sting and then made into this delicious pesto retaining their natural properties.
SEE serving suggestions below
Ingredients: fresh wild nettles, parsley, grana padano, walnuts, garlic, extra virign olive oil
WILD ROCKET PESTO
Dioscorides said that when rocket is consumed often, raw, and in great quantities, it awakes Aphrodite. The Ancient Romans also considered it a potent aphrodisiac and used it to make ‘love potions’!. We can’t gurantee anything on that front, but we can promise that this delicious early summer pesto is simply delicious and great for picnics, parties and pasta SEE serving suggestions below.
Ingredients: Wild rocket, parsley, grana padano cheese, walnuts, garlic. extra olive oil, salt & pepper.
SUMMER HERB PESTO
This delicious sweet fragrant summer herbs pesto is just perfect for those great gatherings, good company and good food. Fresh cut Basil, Corriander.. Parsley combine with fruity extra virgin olive oil. roasted sunflower seeds and squeeze lemon. SEE serving suggestions below
Ingredients: Basil, Corriander, parsley, toasted sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, squeeze lemon.