FOOD FEATURES Ard Mhacha Mushrooms Growing First Fresh Shiitake in Northern Ireland

Ard Mhacha Mushrooms Growing First Fresh Shiitake in Northern Ireland

We spoke to Jemmy McCann of Ard Mhacha Mushrooms who is growing the first shiitake mushrooms in Northern Ireland. Shiitake mushrooms are prized in Asia for their flavour and health properties (their flavour profile becomes more pronounced as they age in or out of your fridge). They are temperamental to grow and you need both experience and patience, qualities that Jemmy and his father Kevin, who has been growing mushrooms for decades, have in droves. 

FOOD FEATURES What is gruyere and how is it made

Where is Gruyère Cheese Made and How is it Made?

Gruyère is a semi-hard to hard pressed cooked Alpine cheese made from cow’s milk, named after the Swiss Village of Gruyères (see our image above). The original cheese is made in Switzerland (though versions are made in parts of Germany, France and the US). An ancient cheese, early records show that it was made in 1115. It can be eaten on its own or used in cooking where it melts beautifully.

FOOD FEATURES How to Choose A Sheet Pan

Kitchen Tools Worth Buying: Baking Sheet Pans

A set of heavy baking sheet pans with good heat conduction qualities are a must in the kitchen. Use them for reheating foods, crisping baked goods, roasting vegetables, baking biscuits and pastry and even serving canapés. They will last a lifetime if you invest well, take care of them and as they age, they’ll develop a patina that will increase their ‘non-stickiness’.

BAKING Cake Tips

How to Make Your Cake Baking Foolproof

We all have disasters when we are baking cakes – that’s how we learn to bake. There are a few tips and tricks to reduce the number of times that things go wrong from reading the recipe first (obvious but critical) to not combining metric and Imperial and cup measures. Here’s our hard-won advice.

FOOD FEATURES How to Cook Mushrooms

HOW TO COOK | Mushrooms

Sautéing mushrooms can be a bit ‘hit and miss’. You need to cook them first to give up their juices, then turn up the heat to concentrate their flavour. Here are a few tips so you can get the best out of wild and farmed mushrooms. Including recipes for garlic mushroom, a mushroom spread you can keep in the fridge and creamed bacon and mushrooms that you can toss through cooked pasta.

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