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More great ways to #ShopForIreland

Artisan produce, restaurant-quality dining and fantastic toasties.


Even though we're all practicing physical distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers.

We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland, so we'll be posting every day to highlight great food and drink businesses around the country. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.

Meltdown, Dublin

There’s not much that Maeve O’Malley doesn’t know about toasties – her two cafes in Dublin specialise in this all-time classic comfort food.

O’Malley’s business, Meltdown, is two years old this week. She’s grown it from a pop-up to two permanent locations in the capital, one on Curved Street in Temple Bar and the other on Leeson Street.

The Leeson Street branch has remained open during lockdown on a takeaway and delivery basis. The menu includes the Mac Mama (mac and cheese, bacon, scallions and Monterey Jack) and the Rib Melt (BBQ rib pork steak, mac and cheese, caramelised onion and mature red cheddar). Both are served on sourdough.

Prefer a sausage roll? There are both meaty and veggie options available. And you can also take home a jar of Meltdown Hot Stuff, O’Malley’s new hot sauce made with Irish apple juice and habanero chillies.

Meltdown Leeson Street is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am to 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 7pm at the weekend.

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Currarevagh House, Oughterard, Co Galway

If you live within the permitted driving distance of the gorgeous Currarevagh House in Oughterard, lucky you, because the menu on offer this coming Saturday, April 25th, for takeaway and delivery sounds fantastic.

The price is two courses for €30 or three courses for €35, with bottles of wine from €26. For starters, choose from crab, fennel and apple with dill mayonnaise, or a spring salad of asparagus, broad beans and air-dried pork from McGeough’s in Oughterard. Both come with poppy seed sourdough.

Your main course can be slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with wild garlic, chilli and coriander, or new season spring cabbage with chickpeas, feta and a wild garlic gremolata. Whichever you go for, you’ll also get pommes Anna and sweet carrots.

Finally, dessert is a choice of a dark chocolate, pistachio and peart tart with a sorrel curd, or a rhubarb meringue tart with blood orange crisp. See currarevagh.com for details on how to order, and consider us raging that we don’t live in Galway.

READ MORE: What we're cooking this week

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Image: Facebook

The Cottage Market, Cavan

It’s tough for small food producers and growers these days, but as the old saying goes, if we don’t use them we’ll lose them. So if you can, support the ones in your local area who are coming up with innovative ways to stay up and running.

If you live in Cavan, for example, you’ll be able to click and collect a box full of things like cheese, bread and treats thanks to the people behind The Cottage Market in the west of the county.

Called The Local Green Box, it will be available for collection in Ballyconnell and Belturbet, and other locations may be added if there is enough demand. As the season goes on, the plan is to add salads, fruit, vegetables, herbs, homemade butter, cream and eggs.

The exact content of each week’s box will be posted to the market’s Facebook group every Monday – you can then click, pay and collect your box the following Friday.  You can join the Facebook group or alternatively join the Whatsapp group at tel: 087 7453651 to access the link.