A flavour of Persia in West Cork

Flavour.ie

Posted on: 9th October, 2017

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

It’s been quite a year for Flavour.ie with successful pop up events that make the most of collaborations with talented chefs from across Cork, dining in castles, barns, art studios, around the fire and on the beach.

The next food adventure is one that explores Levant cuisine. Levant food stretches from the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey to North Africa and into the Persian countries of Iran, Iraq and beyond. It’s a food that it epitomised by fresh vegetables, aromatic spices, sweet fruits and exotic scents of rose.

Flavour.ie is delighted to welcome to West Cork from Galway Levantine specialist Mitzi’s Mezze, in an exploration of flavours, texture and music inspired by the flavours of Persia in ‘Persiana’. The event takes place on Saturday, October 14 at 7.30pm in Tots Pub, Ballygurteen (10 mins from Clonakilty).

Mary Toomey is the driving force behind Mitzi’s Mezze based in Galway on Ireland’s West Coast. Kate Ryan of Flavour.ie said, “Mary created Mitzi’s Mezze as a way of sharing her love of Middle Eastern cuisine created using the best of Irish food. Starting out as a Supper Club, Mitzi’s Mezze quickly grew on a reputation of fantastic food, authentically prepared using recipes that are meticulously researched, tried and tested. Mitzi’s Mezze is now recognised for her unique style producing excellent food catering for events, cookery demonstrations and classes. I am delighted to host Mary to West Cork in an event that excites my taste buds enormously and I hope will do yours too.”

Persiana places glorious vegetables centre stage of the menu. Ireland in October is in the throes of harvest as we prepare for our winter ahead, and is perfect for celebrating Vegetables with dishes that sing of the summer gone by and in anticipation of the summer to come, and the best of the Autumn bounty.

Diners can choose to go Fully Veggie or A Bit Meaty. Levant food is a style that easily lends itself to tasty vegetarian food so guests can select on booking to have either a 100 per cent vegetarian meal or go a bit meaty for the main course.

Mitzi’s Mezze has created a menu that will pack punches of flavour into every bite, and to satisfy your musical taste buds, a West Cork based drumming group will welcome guests and get everyone into the spirit of the evening, and DJ Paul Cullen will once again produce a music menu to accompany the food menu!

Booking: www.flavour.ie/persiana or phone Kate on 086 205 9360.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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