Hickey’s Blaa, from the longest established Bakery in Waterford
With the addition of Hickey’s Blaa to our online shop, Darren Hickey the fourth-generation baker invited us to take a look at how the coveted Blaa unique and now Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) status is made - If it's not made in Waterford it's not a Blaa. FACT!
The bakery is currently managed by Darren’s father, Brian, handed down from his father, Toby, who took over from his father, Mr Hickey (John). Mr Hickey is remembered by Colin and Kevin delivering those freshly baked floury breads. One multigenerational local family business to another giving that unique local knowledge and expertise that cannot be found on a production line.
Similar to our own store Hickeys have loyal customers and staff that have been there longer than the current management. The Bakery keeps with traditional methods and breads, their speciality is the blaa which are still made in the traditional way. Each blaa is individually hand rolled, there is a lot of work involved but that is what makes the texture and taste stand out.
Their Turnover’s and traditional Soda Bread are also made using the same ingredients that were used 50 years ago, with no preservatives or saturated fats - just pure wholesome natural ingredients with recipes dating back centuries.
Hickey’s Bakery 6 Blaas 350g
Here at Ardkeen Quality Food Stores we are passionate about the quality of our Blaa! Hickeys have being making hand crafted Blaas for over half a Century. Hickeys follow their traditional family recipes and baking methods which gives them a unique and distinctive flavour and also means they do not freeze or use artificial preservatives.
The Blaas are baked and delivered fresh each morning so you get the freshest product possible with next day delivery throughout the Island of Ireland.
Inch House Black and White Pudding 300g
Traditional handmade black and white pudding from family recipe handed down mother to daughter using locally sourced ingredients, 300g
Grantstown Red Cherry Tomatoes 250g
Grantstown Nurseries is based in Co. Waterford . It is a family business with a tradition of innovation and the highest horticultural practices. Grantstown Nurseries supplies the finest tomatoes with a wide range of varieties
Keogh’s Dubliner Irish Cheese & Onion 125g
The Keogh family believe that good things come from mother nature and that is why we have been working the land growing delicious Irish potatoes for over 200 years. We are now hand cooking Irelands finest crisps in small batches on our farm, ‘from crop to crop’, drown and cooked with love in Ireland
Hand cooked potato crisps with Dubliner Irish cheese & onion
- During harvest we pick our potatoes and turn them into fresh crisps on the same day… delicious!
- We hand cook our crisps in tiny batches using pure fresh sunflower oil.
- We do our very best to source natural flavours local to our farm.
- The darkness of our crisps alters throughout the year due to the level of natural sugars in our potatoes!
- Our crisps are totally free from MSG
O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co Dry Cured Rashers 300g
Awarded 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016 & 2017
At O'Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co., we know a thing or two about bacon. We know that the tastiest rashers are dry cured by hand in a traditional way which stops them shrinking the pan. Using our unique family recipe, we dry cure Irish pork with natural sea salt to enhance the flavour. Our rashers contain 30% less salt that the average rasher and as we don't add water, no phosphates are needed. The result, proper rashers that taste and cook like they should.
Jane Russell’s Handmade Dry Cure Rashers 200g
Dry cured back rashers Traditionally cured lean Irish pork loins with no added water, phosphates or nitrates.