Blades

Some new beauties to add to the collection

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Representin’ at the Barista Champs

Well done to Ger for being a JUDGE at the Irish Barista Championships this year. He’s been a competitor many times so its a pretty impressive move to be on the other side of the table. And an honour at that.

G’wan Ger!

Hats off to Colin from 3FE for another glorious win and well done to Bruno from Brother Hubbard and Vini from Urbun for giving him a run for his money.

Be mine

Reveal yourself, Oh Valentine……..

the lads are scrappin’ each other over who the ‘3 Hotties’ are!!!

Mandarins Clementines Satsumas Tangerines

A Mandarin is a fruit. Clementines, Tangerines and Satsumas are types of mandarin. Just so we’re all clear on that one. (I actually had to look it up). Whichever one you manage to get your hands on they are at their best this time of year. Well we’re actually coming towards the end of their glory unfortunately.

Oh so sweet and delicious, I was reminded of their utter delight on a recent trip to Antwerp where a dessert of Ginger Crisp, Mandarin Sorbet and White Chocolate stood out as the winner of an already outstanding meal at l’Epicerie du Cirque. The photo doesn’t do it any justice….

 

 Just as nice was coming back to Dublin to find some new arrivals of clementines in our Veg Suppliers. They took prime position beside the till in the Fumbally for the few days that they lasted.

Eggs

We make a lot of eggs. In general.

This is what they normally look like:

Not this:

This is what they look like when your egg shelf collapses in the kitchen

Hello 2013

We’re back open on Monday 7th after a lovely two week break. Jaysus it was well needed, and well deserved for all our staff. That mental and physical relief is so important. The Italians are divils for closing up shop for weeks on end to take their holidays. Well they’re damn right, it certainly rejuvenates the creative juices.

Very much looking forward to getting stuck back in though and doing some great things with food and coffee in the year ahead.

A bientôt

 

 

 

 

Deirdre and Norman

Deirdre and Norman have been farming their land in Carney, Kildare organically since 1989. We’ve known them since 2008 when we first started to run the cafe in the co-op and have been meaning to go down to visit them pretty much since then. We finally managed the trip last week (always a pleasure to get out of the city on a really cold crisp sunny winter day).

We’ve set up weekly deliveries to the fumbally with whatever they have in season, this week we had the pleasure of some leeks, parsnips and some amazing cavolo nero. Hopefully some bok choi on the way next week and some sweet as hell beetroot.

Deirdre talks to her plants( and to the fairies, but thats another story). But when the farm still looks great in winter despite the mud, wet and lack of color then you know theres some good vibrations around the place.

We’re glad to be finally  visiting the suppliers we have been wanting to use since the beginning but just havn’t found the time. Now looking forward to bringing the rest of the kitchen down to have a sconce around the farm once the warmer seasons kick in.

Cleaning up the streets

Really glad to see a new addition to the view from our windows, and a lovely bit of street art to clean up the streets.

 

Figs

We bought a fig tree back in July, on which one solitary, proud fig has been maturing for the last four months. It finally gave way and fell last week.

 

 

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When things were so simple

This is what we started out with when we were still waiting for half our kitchen to arrive. I sometimes think, wouldn’t it be amazing to just do those two things for ever. But then would  the people come for just that? If they did would you get bored of it?

The Fumbally 2021