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Big Red Kitchen

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Some cooks have the touch. Nicola Smyth is one of those cooks. It doesn’t matter whether she is fashioning a scone mix, or simmering some strawberry jam, or brewing up some lemon curd. Whatever she does, it will have that essence, that goodness, that gimme more! factor. The lemon curd will be zesty, lemony, spritz, vital. The raspberry jam will be poised, correct, moreish, balanced. And you will put them on a Big Red Kitchen scone, and wait for the tea to draw, and the day will suddenly have a quiet perfection to it, a calmness, a time-for-me aspect. Ms Smyth has won many awards for her jams, chutneys, sauces, jellies, cordials and honeys, even though the company is less than several years old. But once you get that vital taste, that moreish flavour, you know instantly that you yourself would give the BRK products an award. Nicola Smyth has the touch.

Nicola Smyth
Simonstown Lane, Navan, Co Meath
+ 353 1 6978092

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