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Homespun Quinoa
Homespun Quinoa

For this week’s Thursday Tasting we have two beautiful Irish products. Homespun Quinoa Crunch and Rockfield Sheep’s Cheese, both of which are firm favourites here at Ardkeen Quality Food Store.

Born out of a passion to create plant based nutritious products, Homespun Quinoa Crunch is owner Erica Sheehan’s award winning nutritious and delicious twist on granola. The seeds of a flowering plant in the Amaranth family, Quinoa provides protein, dietary fibre, B vitamins, and dietary minerals in rich amounts above those of wheat, corn, rice or oats.

Coming in two distinctive flavours: ‘Goji Berries, Cashew and Coconut’ and ‘Pecan and Cranberry’, Homespun Quinoa Crunch is wheat & dairy-free, high in fibre & vitamin E as well as a source of iron and folic acid. It is handmade in Ireland by Homespun.

Whether enjoyed as a cereal, snack or topping on fruit, yoghurt or porridge, it is a delicious way to bring quinoa and other nourishing plant-based proteins into your daily diet.

Velvet Cloud Sheep's Cheese
Velvet Cloud Sheep's Cheese

Speaking of yogurt…

We have been stocking Velvet Cloud sheep’s milk yogurt here at Ardkeen Quality Foods Store since its launch (much to the delight of consumers and chefs all around Ireland it has to be said!) a number of years ago. Well the good folk at Rockfield Farm, Michael and Aisling Flanagan have only done it again with their sheep’s milk cheese, Rockfield Farm hitting the shelves recently.

Handmade on the family farm in Claremorris, Mayo, using only two ingredients: fresh sheep’s milk from their own flock of Friesland and Lacaune ewes and live probiotic yogurt cultures, this small batch three month aged semi hard cheese is a delight.

When compared to cow’s milk, sheep’s milk has higher concentrations of proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins and has higher levels of “heart healthy fats”.  Because of the unique properties of sheep’s milk, it suits many with digestive challenges or who are allergic to cow’s milk.

Perfect for summer dining, Rockfield Sheep’s Cheese is versatile, working well as part of a dish or on its own. For wine pairing think a Spanish Albariño or for something a little different, try a chilled Fino or Amontillado sherry. We may even have one to taste on the day ;-)

So, pop in for a taste of these two delicious products and of course a chat, from 3.

See you then!

Julie

  • Homespun Quinoa Crunch with Goji Berry, Cashew & Coconut 275g

    Homespun Quinoa Crunch with Goji Berry, Cashew & Coconut 275g

    A nutritious and delicious twist on granola, blending quinoa pops, super seeds, cashews, coconut and vitamin rich goji berries.

    €5.95

  • Homespun Quinoa Crunch with Pecan & Cranberry 275g

    Homespun Quinoa Crunch with Pecan & Cranberry 275g

    A nutritious and delicious twist on granola, blending quinoa pops, super seeds, juicy cranberries and crunchy raw pecans.

    €5.95

  • Velvet Cloud Rockfield Sheeps Cheese 130g

    Velvet Cloud Rockfield Sheeps Cheese 130g

    Rockfield Sheep's Cheese

    This creamy sheep's milk cheese is handmade on their farm in Co. Mayo. Made from pasteurized sheep's milk.

    €4.75

  • Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 450g

    Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 450g

    • 100% Natural
    • Made on the farm in Mayo

    Why Sheep’s Milk?

    Digestion friendly sheep’s milk yogurt offers a tasty alternative to cow’s milk yogurt.

    Our naturally creamy sheep’s yogurt contains no additives, milk powders or sweeteners. All we add is yogurt cultures to our pure Irish sheep’s milk.

    Deliciously different….

    While our rich and luxurious yogurt is perfect on its own. It also makes for a great start to the day poured over your favourite cereal or fruit. For dinner try a dollop in savoury dishes or use it to top potatoes for a richer flavour. 

    €4.70

  • Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 130g

    Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 130g

    • Live Yogurt Cultures 
    • Digestion Friendly 
    • High in Protein

    *Live cultures can improve lactose digestion 

    • 100% Natural
    • Made on the farm in Mayo

    Why Sheep’s Milk?

    Digestion friendly sheep’s milk yogurt offers a tasty alternative to cow’s milk yogurt.

    Our naturally creamy sheep’s yogurt contains no additives, milk powders or sweeteners. All we add is yogurt cultures to our pure Irish sheep’s milk.

    Deliciously different….

    While our rich and luxurious yogurt is perfect on its own. It also makes for a great start to the day poured over your favourite cereal or fruit. For dinner try a dollop in savoury dishes or use it to top potatoes for a richer flavour. 

    €2.40

  • Albarino Piedra Del Mar

    Albarino Piedra Del Mar

    Bodegas Terras Gauda Piedra del Mar Albariño is a delicious wine with seductive aroma of mandarin, grapefruit, pineapple & blossom.  This wine in one word is ¡delicioso!  A culinary wine that tastes great with everything that comes from the sea but also with white meats too.

    €13.49

  • LOLO Albarino Rias Baixas 75cl

    LOLO Albarino Rias Baixas 75cl

    Have you ever sat down under a tree and pondered life? Who am I? Why am I here? What shall I drink later? Well the answer to the last question is simple, Lolo is the ultimate white wine to savour with fine food or on its own. The classy Albarino grape lends itself as the perfect match for seafood. It is refreshingly dry and with crisp fruity flavours that balances the richest of sauces. By the way I am Lolo.

    €14.95 €12.89

  • Mezze Lavosh Flatbreads Seaweed 100g

    Mezze Lavosh Flatbreads Seaweed 100g

    Crisp wholemeal lavosh flatbreads with a sprinkle of seaweed. Made with wholemeal & unbleached flours, Irish extra virgin rapeseed oil and Irish Atlantic seaweed.

    Fantastic on its own, or with favourite dip or chunk of cheese. 

    €3.45

  • Mezze Lavosh Flatbreads Spelt & Seed 100g

    Mezze Lavosh Flatbreads Spelt & Seed 100g

    Crisp wholemeal lavosh flatbreads given extra crunch with nigella & sesame seeds. Made with wholemeal & unbleached flours, Irish extra virgin rapeseed oil and sea salt.

    Fantastic on its own, or with favourite dip a chunk of cheese. 

    €3.45

  • Mezze Lavosh Flatbreads Za’atar 100g

    Mezze Lavosh Flatbreads Za’atar 100g

    Crisp wholemeal lavosh flatbreads dusted with tangy & aromatic za'atar seasoning. Made with wholemeal & unbleached flours, Irish extra virgin rapessed oil and sea salt. 

    Fantastic on its own, or with favourite dip or soft cheese. 

    €3.45

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