Any of you who have been lucky enough to visit Ireland’s Ancient East will know that it a stretch of land that’s simply bursting with fascinating heritage and folklore, and this month it was my pleasure to bring just a little bit of that treasure to your doorstep.
Below I’ve listed the six lovingly crafted treats that I chose to represent this wonderful slice of the Emerald Isle, each selected to bring a touch of joy into your lives - wherever in the world you may be!
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Coming in hot this month is the deliciously fiery Red Jalapeño Jelly, from County Meath’s “A bit on the side.”
This award-winning spread is one of six mouth-watering artisan choices crafted with top quality local ingredients, each boasting their own distinctly delectable taste palates. It was a difficult decision, but we plumped for the Red Jalapeño flavour to spice things up a bit – and simply loved the vibrant pop of colour that the jar lent to our Ancient East box.
If you can hold off for long enough, this jam would be the perfect accompaniment to any festive cheeseboard – with its spicy sweetness complementing the flavours as opposed to masking any cheesy goodness.
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If you simply can’t wait to dig in to the Jalapeño Jelly, (and we don’t blame you!), we’ve added some exquisite crackers for this very purpose. These multi-seeded beauties hail from Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, who have shops in Dublin, Connacht, Waterford, and Meath – the latter two being situated in Ireland’s captivating Ancient East.
Brothers Seamus and Kevin Sheridan have been selling the very best of Irish cheese since 1995, and over the years have expanded to include European varieties, as well as some truly scrumptious side offerings – such as the very crackers that are now hopefully tucked into your pantry.
So, slather them up with your favourite cheese and chutneys (see above) for a grazing platter with just a little touch of Ireland at its core.
The inspiration for the gorgeous wooden teapot stand comes straight from the ancient stone passages of Newgrange, with the intricately delicate Triskele symbol which adorns the ancient walls.
This particular design was hand carved by the deft fingers of Pearse Caulfield of Caufield Country Boards – a unique family-run business in County Meath. The cosy warm colour of the Irish wood is the perfect platform for your afternoon pot of tea, and a gorgeous little table decoration for when you’re not indulging in a cuppa.
However, if you’d rather display it more prominently you can also hang your triskele on a wall – as a homage to the stone passageways of the fascinating site of Newgrange.
Dress any outfit up with a pop of colour and a simultaneous dash of ancient Irish heritage with this custom-made homage to the Tara brooch.
The original treasure was uncovered at a stunning beach off the sleepy village of Bettystown in 1850, but is thought to date back as far as 710 AD. It is a striking example of the skilled and elegant metal work of medieval Ireland, and today it proudly rests in the collection of the National Museum in Dublin.
The brooch that is now in your possession was specially crafted for the Irish at Heart community and incorporates delicate Celtic knots entwined within the deep green and aqua colours. It is a contemporary nod to the original heirloom, allowing us to share the history of Ireland with the modern generations.
Next up is a soap fit for kings and queens, with the nourishing Bergamot and Eucalyptus bar being crafted right next to the dramatic Slane Castle. The waters of the Boyne are well known for their healing properties in Irish mythology, so it’s wonderfully fitting that the magical Handmade Soap Company should have sprung from its banks.
Treat yourself to a luxurious lather, that will leave you feeling cleansed and hydrated, with an opulent yet subtle aroma that will linger on your skin throughout the day. Both the scent and the art-deco packaging were inspired by the roaring twenties, bringing that carefree exuberance to the 20th Century, while using sustainable sources to care for the generations to come.
God is truly in the details when it comes to this cuticle oil, which is the perfect finishing touch to the soap is nestled next to. When choosing a product from the Handmade Soap Company I truly couldn’t decide which I loved more, so decided that both were necessary to complete your remote adventure through the Ancient East.
Your oft-forgotten cuticles will delight in the glowing blend of almond and apricot oils, which mingle deliciously with the scent of Bergamot and Eucalyptus. Brush the bends of your fingernails with a drop of this gorgeous potion from the Boyne Valley, and revel in the transformation that you never knew you needed!
Did one of your gifts stand out from the rest this month? Let me know your favourites in the comments below!
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