Fish cook book scales the heights

Sean Keanesean.keane@kilkennypeople.ieSeanKeaneKPnews

The Kilkenny producers of Ireland’s only caviar, Goatsbridge Trout Farm launched a unique new cookbook, “Fishwives”, which is supporting a charity in Africa that helps the very sick and dying.

Goatsbridge, outside Thomastown, published the book to celebrate trout, Ireland’s so-called “forgotten fish”, with proceeds going to Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU).

“Fishwives” contains 78 recipes from women from the world of politics, entertainment, business and food. Monies from the sales of the book will help HAU whichworks to ensure a peaceful and dignified end of life for thousands in Africa.

The book is an initiative of Mags Kirwan of GoatsbridgeTrout Farm, Ireland’s biggest independent trout farm and the producer of Ireland’s only caviar.

It is aimed at educating consumers about the joys of trout and to show how versatile, affordable and accessible it is. Fishwives was launched at the Savour KilkennyFood Festival.

The idea for Fishwives came from Kirwan who was frustrated at the fact that so many fish cookery booksdon’t include trout recipes.

“I decided it was time to do something about the lack of trout recipes in cookery books once and for all. As the idea evolved I thought why not celebrate trout andwomen. I did a callout to women from all walks of life for their favoutie fish recipes and Fishwives was born. “

This esquisite book contains 78 recipes – 70 featuring trout. Contributors include well known chefs, food writers and bloggers Darina Allen, Clodagh McKenna, Suzanne Campbell, Lucinda O’Sullivan, Sally McKenna,Georgina Campbell, Clodagh McKenna, Caroline Hennessy, Aoife Ryan and Sofie Skehan, wife of celebrity chef Donal Skehan.

Other contributors are: Former Tanaiste and Progressive Democrats leader, Mary Harney, much loved ex-RTE star Bibi Baskin, Presenter of the RTE One TV “Ear to the Ground” Programme Helen Carroll, newly appointed Chief Executive of Bord Bia Tara McCarthy, Julie Calder Potts of Highbank Orchards, and Mary Morrissey and Helen King, also of Bord Bia.

Recipes in the book, which are beautifully produced by Slater Design in Dublin , range from trout caviar cocktails to fish curries, pies and salads. Kirwan’s four sisters, Miriam, Louise, Joanne and Cathy, have all contributed recipes. Miriam (Donohoe) volunteered with Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala for eight months this year.

Kirwan has spent the last 25 years fighting the cause for trout. “There is still a false perception that trout is somewhat inferior to other fish such as salmon and cod. We have worked tirelessly to educate and promote what I believe is an amazing product.”

She added: “I hope that users of this exciting new book will appreciate what a versatile, affordable and delicious fish trout is. And to know that Ireland is a great place to produce this fish because of our high quality waters and temperate weather conditions.”

Goatsbridge Trout Farm produces trout caviar and high-quality rainbow trout products including cold smoked and hot smoked trout, which sells under the ‘Eat Trout’brand.

Launching the book the founder of Hospice Africa Uganda, 81-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Anne Merriman, thanked the Kirwan family for theirsupport. “We are overwhelmed at this gesture from Mag Kirwan. Every book sold will be enough to care for one patient on our programme for a month.”

“Irish people have been hugely supportive of our charity over the years. We are striving to ensure that no one in Africa dies in pain and discomfort, and we cannot do it without the genorosity and support of donors. I hope this book is a sell out. It will make a perfect Christmas present.

and will help a needy cause at the same times.”