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Enjoy caviar for charity… sort of

Katy McGuinness

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

Tasty: Goatsbridge Trout Farm’s rainbow trout caviar
Tasty: Goatsbridge Trout Farm’s rainbow trout caviar

Enjoy caviar for charity… sort of!

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Journalist Miriam Donohue recently returned from eight months spent volunteering in Kampala with Hospice Africa Uganda. The mission of the charity is to end the pain and suffering faced by thousands in Africa due to poor health services, and to ensure that seriously ill people there die pain free, in peace, comfort and dignity.

Miriam's sister is Mag Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm in Co Kilkenny, which produces high-quality rainbow trout and trout caviar. You'll find Goatsbridge products - including delicious smoked and barbecued fish, which sell under the Eat Trout brand - in supermarkets and on the menu of some of Ireland's best restaurants. If you have never tried the caviar, you are in for a special treat and it would, incidentally, make a terrific gift for any Irish foodie.

A few months back, Mag says that she opened yet another fish-recipe book that did not include rainbow trout in its index. "I felt," she says, "that it was time to stop moaning about it and do something, once and for all!"

She decided to compile a fish-recipe book of her own to redress the balance, and to ensure that it contained almost nothing but trout recipes. The result is Fishwives, featuring a selection of recipes from women in Ireland and Uganda.

Among the contributors are Darina Allen, Clodagh McKenna, Georgina Campbell, Lucinda O'Sullivan, Catherine Cleary, Suzanne Campbell... and yours truly. I'm in excellent company.

My recipe is not a trout recipe and not even my own, but it is my absolute favourite fish recipe: Lucas Hollweg's smoked haddock gratin, which I guarantee is the most delicious fish dish ever, laden with cream, Parmesan, spinach... and calories.

Goatsbridge is funding the entire cost of designing and producing the book, and proceeds from sales will go to Hospice Africa Uganda. The initial print run is 3,000 copies. The book will sell at €20 per copy and €15 from each sale will go to the charity. (The other €5 is the print cost.)

Mag and Miriam have set an ambitious target to raise €40,000 for Hospice Africa Uganda, to be channelled through Hospice Africa Ireland, a board which fundraises and supports Hospice Africa Uganda. Fishwives is being launched at the Savour Kilkenny Festival on October 28 in the Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle, but can be pre-ordered at goatsbridgetrout.ie.

Aran Islands artisan produce

The Dillisk Goats’ Cheese being produced by a herd of 100 saanen and nubian goats on Gabriel Faherty’s family farm on

Inishmore was a big hit at the Specialty Fine Food Fair in London earlier this month. For stockists see arangoatcheese.com

Mushroom stuff

Mycophagist, Bill O’Dea, is leading a mushroom hunt at Kilruddery House just outside Bray, Co Wicklow on Sunday, October 2. Tickets are €70 and include foraging, picking, instruction on mushroom identification, cooking and, most importantly, lunch. mushroomstuff.com

Hatch & Sons Supper Club

September’s Supper Club at the Dublin spot is on Thursday 29. It’s a barbecue with smoked mackerel pâté, steak, butterflied leg of lamb and sea bream, with cheese to finish. The cost is €35 per head, to include food and all wine. Bookings: (01) 6610075

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