Black Bean Chilli and Chocolate Sorbet

 OK – here’s the first of our Mexican Fiesta ice cream flavours. I can see your eyebrows raising, and I know it’s an odd one, but everyone here thinks it turned out delicious! Black beans, after all, have a bit of a chocolate flavour, and the chilli spices really make the flavour complex and delicious. Since it’s a sorbet, it’s all about punchy flavour!

Murphys Black Bean Chilli and Chocolate Sorbet Recipe


  • 300 gm sugar
  • 300 gm chocolate (70%)
  • 100 gm black beans
  • 500 ml water
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh, chopped ginger
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • A pinch dried chillis (to taste)
  • A few sprigs fresh coriander

What to do:

  1. Put the beans and 1/2 litre water into a small cooking pot and bring to the boil. Cover and leave overnight.
  2. (The next day) Add the spices to the beans and continue to cook until the beans are soft.
  3. Keep adding water to maintain the original level. You will need 1/2 litre of the stock!
  4. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  5. Remove the beans from the heat. Drain the stock (liquid) and measure it. It should be 500ml. Top up with hot water if necessary.
  6. Mix the sugar into the hot stock, stirring until dissolved.
  7. Add the hot stock/sugar mix to the melted chocolate in small parts, stirring until you have a smooth emulsion. The chocolate will clump at first, but just keep adding the liquid and stirring until it is smooth and glossy.
  8. Blend the beans until smooth.
  9. Stir the pureed beans into the stock/sugar/chocolate mix until completely incorporated.
  10. Cool the mix completely.
  11. Freeze using a domestic ice cream maker or cover and place in the freezer, stirring every two hours to break up the ice crystals.


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Mexican Fiesta Ice Cream Flavours

 We’ve come up with our list of Mexican Fiesta ice cream flavours for the Food Festival in October. (Drum roll please!) They are:
  1. Vanilla (Mexico is the original home of this exotic orchid)
  2. Cajeta (Goat’s Milk and Cinnamon Caramel)
  3. Chocolate (Praise be!)
  4. Kahlua Coffee
  5. Praline Pecan
  6. Mango Sorbet
  7. Pay de Coco (Coconut & Almond ice cream)
  8. Mexican honey and vanilla
  9. Black Bean Chocolate Sorbet
  10. Guacamole
  11. Chocolate chipotle
  12. Corona and Lime
  13. Classic Margarita
  14. Arroz con Leche (rice pudding ice cream)
  15. Green Chilli Ice Cream
  16. Baked Plantain (or banana if I can’t find ripe plantains)

I’ll be posting some of the recipes soon!

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A Late Taste of Terra Madre

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Forgive the lateness of this (not very bloggy, I know!), but here’s a video my brother Sean took of Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, who was at Terra Madre. Petrini spoke as part of the organics conference…

One interesting snippet Sean brought back, is that it has been proven that the milk of cows who graze on grass has much higher concentrations of healthy fats and less dangerous fats than those fed on grain. Great to see those Kerrys grazing in these parts!

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Flood of Entries for Food Awards

As of yesterday, we’ve had 500 + entries for 1st Annual National Irish Food Awards (Blas na hÉireann) (to be held in Dingle during the Food and Wine Festival). And more are still pouring in (the deadline for having posted it was today). It’s a greater turnout than we ever expected, and it’s really amazing to look at some of the entries and realise yet again the breadth of what we have on offer in this country when it comes to food.

We also have lined up the most amazing judges for the event (we’re keeping that confidential, but let’s just say we’re not wanting for top talent in terms of journalists, chefs, and industry figures.)

I’m really looking forward to it now, although I’m still a bit sad I’m barred (by being an organiser) from entering our ice cream!

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Festival Fiesta!

 Sean and I have been talking about what we’re going to do for the Food Festival in October. Last year, we took out all of our regular ice creams and did 16 shades of chocolate. We’re thinking this year we might go with 16 Mexican flavours. It is, after all, the home of both chocolate and vanilla, and there are all sorts of tasty treats such as cajeta. I’m thinking a tequila and lime sorbet, Aztec chocolate, and perhaps a guacamole ice cream served with tortilla chips. That’s just for starters… Any ideas welcome!

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Epicurean Entrepreneur?

Food producers of the future take note!

If you have talent in the kitchen, a food product up your sleeve and a wish to be on TV, RTE has announced a six part series, Recipe for Success, that will have 15 home cooks battle it out to have their own gastronomic creations stocked on the shelves of one of Ireland’s leading supermarkets.

They are looking for contestants, and certainly you couldn’t dream of getting more publicity for your product launch.

You can download an application here.

Then, if it all goes well, you can enter next year’s food awards!

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