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Food on our retreats

The food on all our courses is strictly vegetarian.  We pay great attention to the quality of ingredients we use and have spent a lot of time sourcing suppliers. Most (over 90%)of the ingredients and fresh produce we use are organic or home grown. We make a point of using local produce both from the island and Westport (including delicious farmhouse cheeses and 'real' butter available to us from an island farmer in the summer). We  work on the principle that fresh is best, and are growing all our vegetables and some of our fruits in our gardens and polytunnel. We have milking sheep, and in the spring and summer, we produce our own milk, yogurt, kefir, and some of our cheese.
We are a member of GM-free Ireland Network and as such never use GM products.  We value good, clean and fair food and work to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread taste education and support producers of excellent foods.
Drinking water comes from a private spring near the house. All our bread is home baked using organic flours.
Important: We do not cater for special diets other than vegan. If you have any special dietary requirements, please bring your own supplies, as they will probably be impossible to get on the island. We will do our best to accommodate vegans, although they won't be able to eat all of what we cook, as we sometimes cook with dairy or eggs. If you are on any other type of special diet, it might be possible to use the kitchen in one of the houses to cook your own meal.  Email us before you book to discuss this.

Fresh chilies  Guacamole  Ratatouille, indian style :)  Fresh strawberries from our polytunnel

This is an example of menu served on a Christmas course:
Brunch:

  • Freshly baked organic spelt bread
  • Freshly baked organic wheat and rye sourdough 
  • Home made muesli
  • Tonka bean flavoured oat and wheat porridge with  dates and hazelnuts
  • Cinnamon flavoured quinoa and millet porridge with coconut and raisins
  • Stewed fruit with cardamom
  • Organic yoghurt
  • Guacamole
  • Selection of local cheeses
  • Selection of organic spreads and homemade jams
  • Selection of organic herbal teas

Dinner

  • Homebrewed elderflower champagne
  • Beetroot and coconut soup
  • Home grown pumpkins stuffed with couscous, wild mushrooms and pistachio nuts
  • Braised red cabbage with caraway seeds
  • Home grown steamed vegetables
  • Baba ganoush
  • Apple and almond chocolate cake (dairy and wheat free)
  • Mulled organic fruit punch

A number of people who have attended our courses in the past suggested that we run vegetarian cooking courses and share some of our trade secrets :). This year, we are running a number of short cooking courses over some weekends, and a longer "Mindful eating" course in the summer. Check the Courses page for details.

Kitchen shelves