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Georgina Campbell celebrates St Patrick’s Day by flying the flag for great local produce

Georgina Campbell

Published 12/03/2011 | 05:00

Carrageen moss with a compote of garden berries
Carrageen moss with a compote of garden berries

St Patrick's Day puts the spotlight on all things Irish in a way that other countries can only envy. And while parades and conviviality tend to take centre stage, the focus also comes on to our hospitality and food traditions.

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For many families, St Patrick's Day will be the first get-together since Christmas, and this fresh-flavoured menu is ideal, uniting a tasty collection of foods that have been part of our heritage for many generations.

The warm salad is a celebration of artisan production on a West Cork family farm (www.gubbeen.com), and what could be more delicious than succulent roast pork?

To follow, a cold dessert of carrageen with a fruit compote makes a lovely, refreshing finale to the meal.

Buying locally produced foods is best for freshness and flavour -- and we're doing our bit for the economy, too.

You'll find information on finding, buying and enjoying the best food all around the country, region-by-region, in 'Ireland For Food Lovers'.

'Ireland For Food Lovers: Everything the Food Lover in Ireland Needs to Know' (GCGuides/ Epicure Press), €20, from bookshops and Ireland-guide.com, p&p free within Ireland

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