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.
Alice appeared on BBC2’s Top of the Shop programme with Tom Kerridge in Season 1 with her famous Sea-salted Caramel Sauce.
She also teaches jam and chutney making lessons throughout the year at various locations. Check out her Facebook page for details.
What They Do
Seasonal jams, savoury relishes, chutneys, jellies, curds and dessert sauces
A wide range of homemade seasonal flavours based on her own recipes
Great Taste Award 2018’ 2 star for the Sea Salted Caramel sauce. 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, Studio Souk and Bite to Savour.