I am ending this ‘best thing I ever ate in Ireland’ series from my Shamrock and Peach Irish tours with a sweet note – ‘Banana Praline Parfait’. The dessert was served at the Beechill Country House Hotel in Derry-Londonderry by Head Chef Ryan Burke. I loved this dessert so much that I recreated it for my family yesterday for Easter Sunday. So thanks to Chef Ryan for sharing his recipe and I cannot wait to dine again in June with some more guests from the US.
One of my favorite things about dining at the Beechill Country House is the quality of the vegetables, fruits and herbs that are grown in the walled in garden on site. The garden has been restored to recreate what life would have been like 200 years ago. Inspiration from the modern menu comes from a historic cook book written by ‘a lady’ by the name of Mrs Skipton (a previous owner of the Beechill). Some of the recipes in the historic cook book are most amusing given the time they were written and a fun buy on Amazon, especially after staying at the Beechill Country House and seeing the restored walled gardens for yourself. After all it’s the power of great stories that make the best food memories!
Finally, I hope to see some of you in Ireland to try some of these delicious dishes created by some of our best Irish Chefs.
Judith the Irish foodie