I’ve never really covered food on the blog, I’m not sure why as I love it (clearly I do if you’ve seen photos of me), I’m also a massive advocate of a family meal as well, which whilst its tough if you are a working family, its important to try and make time where possible. Clonakilty Food Company recently got in touch to see if we’d like to taste their new Clonakilty Ispini Sausages (and a few other products) and to see if our family we be just as impressed with them as much as they are.
Clonakilty Food Company shares its name (and is also based) with the town of Clonakilty in West Cork, Ireland. Renowned for their famous Black Pudding and using a recipe which dates back to the town in the 1880s, Clonakilty took ownership of the secret recipe from the town in 1980s as Blackpudding became more popular in both Ireland and the UK.
Over recent years, Clonakilty have introduced White Pudding, Bacon and now Sausages, all using premium Irish Pork and in the case of the Black Pudding (Beef).
We were sent a hamper which included their Ispini Sausages, Black Pudding and also White Pudding as well as several other groceries. That said we wasted no time in replacing our usual sausages in favour of the Ispini when cooking a family favourite of Bangers and Mash.
The children can be a little fussy when it comes to Sausages so I was a little sceptical whether or not they would be a success however once grilled and added to my self confessed smooth mash, some cabbage and a bit of gravy and the kids devoured them without hesitation. In fact as the Ispini come in a pack of 16, it was rude not to cook them all at once and as a result the few we had spare were soon gobbled up by H.
They have a subtle real rich taste but are not too overpowering as I’ve experienced with some premium sausages previously and priced around £2.90 are bang on the money too (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun there). Available at all good supermarkets, why don’t you check out the Clonakilty product range next time.
As we were also kindly given some Black and White pudding, I also whipped up a little Irish breakfast for Mrs F (as I’m not a fan of the Black Pudding – yuk) involving some soda bread, avocado, egg, tomatoes and mushrooms which she loved… extra husband points for me.
Do you like Black Pudding? Have you seen Clonakilty in your supermarket, if so, let us know in the comments below.
Until next time
NB: We were provided with a hamper of Clonakilty products in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are our own.