Clonakilty Blackpudding. Please, try this seriously good stuff because once you’ve tasted it you’ll be hooked. Even if you think, know, you don’t like black pudding, I promise you will like this.
Rich, savoury, spicy, it’s utterly, utterly delicious. A thing of beauty.
Clonakilty Blackpudding takes its name from a town in West Cork, Ireland, home of this delicacy, where it’s been made since the 18oo’s.
Here’s a delightful little bit of the black pudding’s history taken from the website.
“Ireland is extremely rich in its traditions and one of the finest is Clonakilty Black Pudding. In the small farmhouses of rural Ireland the modest income of the household was subsidised by the making of blackpudding. It was sold to the butchers of the nearby market towns along with eggs, butter and other farm produce.
One such farmhouse was that of Johanna O’Brien at Sam’s Cross near Clonakilty. Her blackpudding was sold to Philip Harrington, whose butcher’s shop was at 16, Sovereign Street (now Pearse Street) in Clonakilty. When Johanna eventually retired from the onerous task of making the very popular blackpudding, she passed her precious recipe onto Mr. Harrington. On the occasion of that momentous event, Johanna had her photograph taken while holding the recipe in her hand. In the late 1880’s Philip Harrington began the production of the blackpudding to satisfy the great demand. The blackpudding was also send overseas to emigrants who longed for the taste of home. The precious recipe was faithfully handed down to Philip’s family and their valued employees.
The 1960’s saw the transfer of the business and staff to Patrick McSweeny, who in 1976 sold the shop and unknown asset of the secret recipe to his nephew Edward Twomey.”
Sadly for the UK, Clonakilty Blackpudding’s not yet widely available here, but there are about 40 independent stockists scattered around the country, many of which have online ordering (try:www.youririshshop.com ) and it’s also recently been launched in Budgens’ stores. The nearest to me is Aubery Allen Butcher, 108 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, who are “Food Heros” in their own right! (more of which, later).
Meanwhile, we must celebrate this deliciousness. I feel a recipe coming on…..watch this space!