Michael Martin and John Paul Pritchard hit on a winner when they began to make organic herb and spice blends for the Irish market. These two artisans used the exotic appeal of the food of foreign climes, plus the kitchen gardens of Ireland, to influence their product. Established in 1997, OHco in County Wicklow is an award winning range, which inlcudes the famous spice and herb blends and an exclusive collection of flavoured oils. T
Look out for the award winning Herbes de Provence Oil, and the prettily named Irish Garden Herb Oil - mix of the most common herbs of this country which adds a taste of Ireland to all dishes. Best quality spices like vanilla pods and peppercorns come from farther afield - but always from top organic producers. Five different seaweeds from the north west of Ireland are sourced for a special seaweed seasoning. Use this to flavour oil for dipping your bread, or to add a salty tang when sprinkled on fresh fish or meats. Seaweed is becoming a big thing for it's health properties, and this seasoning is the way to get started in introducing it to the diet on a regular basis. Other kitchen essential seasonings include Coarse Sea Salt, and Herb Sea Salt, both of which add that certain something to everyday cooking. Spices like the Cajun mix, Harissa Spice or Indian Curry spices create authentic ethnic flavours. Lemon Verbena and Ginger Rub really perks up fish or chicken. The highly acclaimed and best selling Brooklodge Spice Rub was specially developed by Michael and Evan Doyle of the award winning The Brooklodge Hotel, which is home to Ireland's only certified organic restaurant, The Strawberry Tree.
If all that has whetted your appetite, you can find these stylish products at independent good food outlets. Good Food Ireland Approved Providers like Fallon & Byrne, Donnybrook Fair, Caviston's and The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, and Kay O'Connell's Fishmongers in the English Market. The Brooklodge Hotel also has the full range. The ethos here is to supply to and support specialist food outlets which have the same values of quality and individuality. In turn, this gives a sense of the special and unique value of the products - and lends that same appeal to the resulting dishes. A jar or bottle of one of these tantalizing artisan blends really adds something to the kitchen cupboard. Simply reach for it to flavour or dress home cooking. You'll have a feast to savour.
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OHCo IRISH GARDEN HERB OIL 250ml
OHCo BROOK LODGE SPICE RUB 110gOHCo DUKKAH SPICE & IRISH SEAWEED
OHCo ATLANTIC SEAWEED SALT 200G