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Ep. 6, Season 2: Taming the Soybean

Vegan chef James De Burca launched De Burca’s Tempeh in 2022.. Photo: Ellie O’Byrne

Tis the season to make New Year’s resolutions…..considering cutting down on meat, or going plant-based altogether in 2023?

Join vegan chef James De Burca of De Burca’s Tempeh in Kilkenny: James is on a mission to prove that Tempeh, an Indonesian soy-based protein food, is as delicious and versatile as it comes when it comes to replacing meat or adding plant-based proteins to our diet. De Burca’s Tempeh is Ireland’s first commercial Tempeh company, and James uses French soy beans and a Tempeh starter from The Netherlands to keep his food miles low. Only one problem…Ellie thinks she doesn’t like Tempeh!

James whips up a Thai Tempeh Larb, Tempeh Bacon and Tempeh and aubergine Involtini to prove the food’s versatility and deliciousness….

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Ep. 5, Season 2: Sustainable wines at The Wine Shed

Fionnuala Harkin of Wines Direct runs workshops at The Wine Shed in her husband’s tool shed in West Cork. Photo: Ellie O’Byrne

Join us for a special festive episode of Green Bites: it’s Christmas and a lot of us are thinking about what wines to serve for our Christmas feasts. Does sustainability feature in your choice? What is a sustainable wine? Who is making it, where is it grown and what does it taste like? Fionnuala Harkin and Ellie taste three organic and biodynamic wines from vineyards in Europe that are going the extra mile to protect their environment and farm in harmony with the natural world.

We tasted:

La Sapata `Petiant Artizanal’ Rosé from Di Filippo Wines in Romania, €22.50

Balestri Valda Soave from Laura Rizzotto in Italy, €17.05

Le Grenache de Jean from Château La Baronne in Corbières, €19.90

The cheese:

Durrus Óg

Delice de Bourgogne, €4.70 for 160g from Sheridan’s cheesemongers.

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Ep. 4, Season two: Microdairy

Sinéad Moran and Mick McGrath of Gleann Buí Farm, Co Mayo. Photo: Ellie O’Byrne

“Bigger farms and less farmers is where we’re heading; when you’ve no control over the price, all you can do is get bigger.” Meet Sinéad Moran of Gleann Buí farm in Co Mayo. Sinéad and her partner, Mick McGrath, started selling raw milk from their microdairy in 2021. Is there a model here that produces milk sustainably, supports a family and provides quality local food?

Having recorded this episode when Sinéad and Mick were milking ten cows on a two-cow mobile milking unit and delivering to doorsteps in 2021, we get an update a year later: what’s worked…..and what’s changed?

NOTE: AT THE END OF THE PODCAST EPISODE, IT’S ANNOUNCED THAT SINÉAD IS CONDUCTING A FARM WALK FOR TALAMH BEO ON SEPT 26. THIS IS AN ERROR!

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Ep. 3, Season two: the Honey episode

East Cork beekeeper Hanna Bäckmo. photo Ellie O’Byrne.

The honey episode sees Ellie buzzing around between Dunhill in Co Waterford, where the East Waterford Beekeepers’ Association (EWBA) has just opened a new teaching apiary in Dunhill Ecopark, and where EWBA chairman Donal Lehane talks through the challenges faced by the native Irish Black Bee and how better farm management can bring benefits for bees and honey production, and the HQ of Hanna’s Bees in Little Island for a season-by-season honey tasting with Hanna Bäckmo, currently a finalist in the sustainability category of the Irish Made awards.

Donal Lehane, chairman of East Waterford Beekeepers Association. Photo: Ellie O’Byrne.

Why is only 8% of the honey eaten in Ireland coming from Irish apiaries, what can be done to support Irish beekeeping? East Waterford Beekeepers’ Association will be holding their first ever honey show this month at Waterford Harvest Festival.

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