Roast veg salad
We were in the kitchen yesterday meeting with our resident head chef, Michael to have a look at the new roast vegetable salad coming to stores soon. Packed with heartwarming roasted winter vegetables and fresh lemon and orange dressing, this salad is the perfect blend of filling, nutritious and delicious. Try it for yourself at home by following along with the recipe below or head to our stores now and enjoy the same homemade goodness. This salad is vegan friendly and does not contain gluten.
1 sweet potato
1 butternut squash
1 red onion
1 cup pumpkin seeds
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
Squeeze of agave syrup
Table spoon of mustard
2 table spoons olive oil (optional)
Chop the sweet potato, butternut squash and red onion into small cubes. Place on a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes or until soft and golden brown. In a bowl, mix the kale, roasted vegetables and pumpkin seeds together and set aside. For the dressing, mix all of the ingredients together using a whisk and place on the side or store in a container and refrigerate to use later as needed. When you are ready to serve, pour the dressing on top, mix thoroughly, top with salt and pepper as desired and enjoy!
If you try this out, make sure to send us a picture using the hashtag #kcpeachesrecipes
We are proud to launch a KC Peaches Speciality Guest Coffee in two of our stores this Autumn Season. Together with the our suppliers Java Republic, we have chosen a unique Brazilian Coffee: Sitio Capoeira - Jeriquara.
This single origin blend will be available in Pearse St. and St. Stephen's Green from Tuesday the 12th of September as a guest coffee to our current blend.
About The Farm:
Sitio Capoeira is a family-run farm owned by Fernandes & Jose Malta. Fernandes’ family have a long history in coffee production going back generations on high quality.
The farm is based in Jeriquara town, city founded in 1883 and which name means “Turtle refugee” in Brazilian Indian language. Coffee production is the most important agricultural industry within this municipality and the wider region of Alta Mogiana.
Alta Mogiana traditionally produces specialty coffees due to a combination of its favourable climate, high altitude and farmer expertise. And Sitio Capoeira it is not an exception.
Why this coffee it is so unusual:
Fully sun-dried coffee is a rare find in Brazil and this coffee started life as a happy little accident.
After running out of space on their drying patio, farmers were forced to leave some of their coffee on the truck awaiting processing. Three days later when the space had cleared they carried out a very slow and carefully monitored drying process until the optimum moisture level had been reached. Upon tasting the new coffee for the first time they were blown away. This three day slow fermentation period had allowed the coffee to obtain an intense fruity profile rarely seen in Brazilian coffee.
This single origin blend will be available in KC Peaches Pearse St. and St. Stephen's Green from Tuesday the 12th of September as a guest coffee to our current blend.
So, in 2014, I made the move to Ireland to work with KC Peaches. This afforded me the opportunity to greatly expand my skills in coffee origin, processing, preparation and latte art. The coffee industry is a growing phenomenon in Ireland, consumers are becoming more precise about their coffee blend choices, milk type and brewing methods, and KC Peaches is a great place to learn. The company nurtures the passion and growth of their staff, focusing on consistency in all aspects of customer, coffee and food service.
I explored many aspects of the KC Peaches business in different roles, but when KC Peaches partnered with Java Republic to provide natural, locally sourced, seasonal coffee, served to the highest standard, the time was right to focus on my first calling- the barista. Working with the Java Republic team, my coffee knowledge has been raised to new levels, learning from Q graders, SCA and AST trainers. Capitalising on these opportunities, my ambition is to be one of the top baristas in Ireland. It will be challenging but hard work always pays off.
This year sees me take a step closer to my goals, I will compete in Aeropress and latte art competition 2017. This is a first for me, preforming at the highest level. I favour the pour over method made with V60 and I’m really big fan of fully washed coffees -especially from both Kenya and Ethiopia. I will bring these methods to the event, where hopefully they will prove successful. I have always been an achiever, professionally, in sports or any other aspect of life and I hope to perform well in this year’s competition. I am sure it will be a learning experience that will help realise my ambitions. I believe in success through hard work and dedication, if you want something, work hard and you will achieve it, there are no shortcuts. It’s true in life and latte, great coffee doesn’t just happen!
Loic has been instrumental in our expansion and has been recognized by several publications for his superior craftsmanship. Loic’s inspiration comes from his French culture and is influenced by the French Riviera. As with all chefs working with KC Peaches, Loic is dedicated to working with only fresh and seasonal produce.
One of Loic's most popular sweet treats is the Cheesecake Brownie which has made a name for itself among the people of Dublin. Another speciality of his is the seasonal Mixed Berry Tart. For Bastille Day Loic has put a spin on this seasonal tart and turned it into a French Flag tart using delicious blueberries and raspberries. He is also giving us a taste of France with a traditional Tarte Tatin and mini Macarons.
Drop by and celebrate Bastille Day with KC Peaches. We're giving away a free coffee when you purchase a slice of French mixed berry flag tart.
We will also be sampling Loic's delicious French treats at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm in all four of our cafés.
Happy Bastille Day!