A THAI woman who swapped the tropics for West Cork is packing a punch with her newly launched food dressings.
Benchawan Thompson and her British husband Malcolm moved to Dooneen in 2015 from their home in Maikhao Phuket and wasted no time integrating into the Skibbereen area.
Already widely recognised for her craft and artistic abilities having exhibited at the 2016 Cork County Council Knitting & Crochet Craft Awards and winning the Southern Star 2016 Photograph of the Year competition, she’s now set to wow with her culinary prowess.
While cooking food from her native country for family and friends, her thoughts turned to the possibility of setting up a Thai cuisine business.
Having been inspired over several years by the West Cork Food Festival and loving the artisan food of the region, various options were considered.
And so ‘Benchawan’s Kitchen’ was born and is being launched through the National Food Academy Programme, which is sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office and SuperValu.
Having had such high praise for her home made sauces Benchawan decided to start with a range of Thai food dressings and plans to follow with a range of Thai relishes.
The first dressing will feature tamarin, lemon juice and crushed chillies and will work well with salads.
The second is made up of garlic, lime and chilli and is an all-rounder.
For more see ‘benchawanskitchen’ on Facebook.