Monday 23 April 2018

Food files: Five minutes with Theo and Jack Kirwan

Theo and Jack Kirwan, the two brothers behind Sprout & Co.
Theo and Jack Kirwan, the two brothers behind Sprout & Co.
Fortum & Mason
Corleggy Cheese
Improper Butter

The two brothers behind juice business company Sprout & Co have opened up a new café on Dublin's Dawson Street based around seasonality and Irish ingredients.

Healthy food that doesn't compromise on taste

We have tried so many 'clean eats' places around the world and the majority lack flavour or spark. We like to create tasty dishes that are developed using seasonal and pure ingredients.

Juicing is here to stay

It is an amazingly tasty way to get half a kilo of greens into your body in a five-second drink while actually enjoying the process. People can really see the health benefits from drinking cold pressed juice on a daily basis.

Casual restaurants are beginning to be taken as seriously as fine dining restaurants are

The recession led to chefs having to create concepts on a smaller budget and what has come from that has been really interesting.

Onions are a very underrated ingredient

They are so versatile and can make a dish really special if they are cooked well. Sauté them, caramelise them, dehydrate them, deep-fry them, marinate them, each process creates completely different flavours which are all really good.

Eating clean promotes a positivity within people

Your energy levels increase and your physical appearance improves too. The food has to taste good though, otherwise it's just depressing! It's become fashionable to be healthy nowadays.

Sprout & Co Kitchen is at 63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. See

Seasonal eatings 

Fortum & Mason

'Tis the season of fine foods and if you'd like to give your festive fare a luxurious swing, Fortnum & Mason goodies are available exclusively at Brown Thomas. From Christmas coffees to plum puddings, the gorgeous packaging is on par with the products within. Festive spiced biscuits (above), €12.

This month we're...

...Dining in style

Named after a character in Flann O'Brien's book, The Third Policeman, DeSelby's is a new wine and restaurant bar on Dublin's Camden Street, which features stunning décor, especially the stained glass pieces. Irish-inspired flat breads and line-caught fish sandwiches are on the menu for lunch. They're also open late on Wednesdays to Saturdays and the wine list is standout. 9 Lower Camden St, Dublin 2, 087 138 8766

...Getting crafty

The National Crafts & Design Fair is taking place this weekend in Dublin's RDS with more than 500 participants. The Christmas Food Emporium features over 100 artisan producers showcasing their wares, including Corleggy Cheese and Pandora Bell chocolates. Tickets are €10 and can be purchased on the door. See

...Buttering up

The people behind the wonderfully entitled Improper Butter, UCD graduates Elaine Lavery and Hannah O'Reilly, have launched a limited edition range of festive butters for Christmas. The Boozy Brandy Butter (€3.49) is as good on scones as it is on Christmas pudding. Available at Supervalu stores and independent stockists. See

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