Alice McIlhagger was previously a Geography teacher and DoE Planner. She is now a mummy at home in a rural village running her own small business from the kitchen table and cooking on her old red AGA while the children are at school. She grows as much of the ingredients as possible in her garden. The strawberries are always the funny shaped ones from a farm a mile from home. She is part of a community gardening group and she also forages for fruit from the hedges around Portmore Lough nature reserve in the autumn.
Her business has grown from her interest in home cooking foods for her own family with ingredients that have travelled as short a distance as possible. She has jammed every autumn for many years and developed many techniques and tips to get a good set without needing to use added pectin. The jars are then all hand labelled and decorated with mostly re-used fabrics and finished with a pretty ribbon.
What They Do
Seasonal jams, savoury relishes, chutneys, jellies, curds and dessert sauces
Strawberry Jams, Marmalades, Raspberry and Plum, Mixed Summer Berries, Spiced Summer Berries, Damson Jam, Red Onion Jam with Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Sweet Chilli Sauce, Roast Red Relish, Christmas Cranberry Chutney, Mulled Wine Chutney, Damson Jelly, Damson and Apple Jelly, Hedgerow Jelly with Homemade Sloe Gin, Russet Apple and Mint Jelly, Butterscotch Sauce, Sea Salted Caramel Sauce, Coffee Caramel Sauce, Malted Chocolate Sauce, Lemon Curd, Lemon and Lime Curd
Food Hygiene rating of 5 Shortlisted for Best Marketing Initiative Lisburn Business Awards Bronze Website Award Mumpreneur UK Great Taste Award 1 Gold Star 2016 for both Malted Chocolate Sauce and Coffee Caramel Sauce 2016 Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards Finalist for Raspberry and Plum Jam Gold at the Irish Food Awards 2017 for SeaSalted Caramel Sauce
Where To Buy
Yellow Door Delis, Cafe Vic Ryn and a range of independent delis across N.Ireland. Craft fairs are listed on the website blog. Limited ranges at www. indiefude.com and at Studio Souk and Bite to Savour.