The Lucey household from Cork are delighted by the response they’ve acquired to their fundraising cookbook, penned through the COVID lockdown.
The e book, which was launched in April 2020 to lift cash for The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Youngsters (ISPCC) charity, has been nominated within the Resorts Cookbooks class for the 2021 Gourmand Worldwide Finest within the World awards. The award ceremony is because of happen in Paris, the house of gastronomy, in June 2021.
Many households through the Coronavirus pandemic ate and cooked collectively extra typically than at some other time. Chef Katy Lucey of the well-known Gougane Barra Resort in Gougane Barra and her daughters, Jane and Ali, cooked to beat the band!
Neil Lucey met Katy Vaughan on the GMIT lodge college in Galway. They each come from hospitality royalty. Katy hails from Lahinch, Co. Clare, the place her mother and father, Rita and Eamon Vaughan (Eamon was from Vaughan’s Resort), additionally ran Mr. Eamon’s seafood restaurant. Katy’s cousin Michael Vaughan now runs the luxurious boutique lodge and restaurant Vaughan Lodge. Katy and Neil married in 1991 and took on the Gougane Barra Resort in 2005.
The Gougane Barra Resort has been in Neil’s household for 5 generations. His mom Breda’s maiden identify is Cronin, and Breda is the Cronin hyperlink to welcoming guests to Gougane Barra for 5 generations. Breda and her daughter Maria run Cronin’s Bar and Café subsequent door to the lodge with a powerful emphasis on home-baking. Feisty Breda carves the roast lamb for the lodge restaurant each Sunday within the season. It’s nonetheless very a lot a household affair and all three of the Lucey youngsters, Conor, Jane and Ali labored within the lodge throughout their college and school holidays.
The Luceys. the union of two mighty hospitality lineages, outdid their authentic donation purpose of elevating €5,000 for ISPCC Childline and have raised virtually €15,000 for the reason that launch of the charity e-cookbook. They’ll hardly consider it and are delighted with folks’s generosity.
The thought for the fundraiser was impressed by the preliminary success of on-line recipe movies shared by the household on Fb firstly of lockdown. Their e book options recipes akin to “Mrs Cronin’s soup”, “Ali’s gluten-free chocolate cake” and “Katy’s brown soda bread” (virtually everybody who ever tasted Katy’s brown bread had requested for the recipe, in order that was a “must-do” recipe).
Katy has at all times loved sharing her recipes. With the movies and the e-book, her recipes have now gone viral with a whole bunch of hundreds of views all world wide, together with Dubai, America, Australia, and Canada.
“We needed folks to have the ability to convey a style of Gougane into their houses as a result of we knew we’d be shut down for some time,” defined Jane Lucey.
This gave them the encouragement to proceed and Katy felt “we needed to point out folks how straightforward and pleasurable it’s to cook dinner healthful meals at house with easy elements, and we have been simply delighted to share our conventional household recipes which had been handed down via the generations on both sides of the household”.
With all of the household’s hands-on deck, it was Ali, Katy, and Neil’s youngest daughter who truly got here up with the concept of making the e-cookbook. Katy wrote the 15 recipes, Jane had duty for videography, design, and manufacturing, and Neil sorted the technical facet of the manufacturing. The household determined all donations can be in support of ISPCC Childline.
“We consider you will need to assist the ISPCC throughout these tough instances as a result of their work is making such a distinction; empowering, supporting, and defending younger folks,” stated Katy.
On July 24, 2020, the household hosted a digital e book launch from their kitchen – and donations started to pour in instantly.
“Cooking with Katy: Gougane Barra e-cookbook” gained the Irish first prize for the perfect lodge cookbook and has been shortlisted for the ‘Gourmand Worldwide’ World Cookbook Award.
Katy identified “extra folks have donated to obtain our cookbook since we introduced the information of the award, which is implausible for ISPCC Childline.” You may donate till April 2021.
The e-book comprises solely private household recipes. I hope IrishCentral readers may have as a lot enjoyable making an attempt them out as I did. My household have been so delighted with Katy’s soda bread. I simply by no means acquired it proper earlier than and had virtually given up on discovering the correct soda bread recipe for me.
The e-cookbook is being printed for the time being and also will be accessible very shortly in printed type and will likely be in the stores via the lodge’s on-line store. You may entry the e-cookbook after making a donation to ISPCC on-line right here.
It’s fantastic that individuals from all world wide have been capable of savor a morsel of West Cork throughout lockdown, offering one other nice connection to house for a lot of in a time when it’s virtually unimaginable for the diaspora to get again house.
In “Eire the Finest 2018, the Insider’s Information to Eire”, printed by Collins, the Gougane Barra Resort was described as “the purest hospitality you would ever think about”.
Neil and Katy additionally acquired a beautiful latest assessment in John and Sally McKennas’ Guides.
It’s prime of my private bucket listing of locations to go to in West Cork, in I hope a not too far distant future…
After all in Paris, we’ll all be cheering Katy on in June – particularly Niamh Vaughan her cousin from Liscannor in County Clare, a Advertising and marketing and Communications specialist who now lives in Paris.
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