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Ireland is about more than Guinness

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018 4:40pm

The other day, while browsing through some TV channels. I came across the Food Network and as it happened, Paul Hollywood’s ‘City Bakes’ was on and he happened to be in Dublin for that episode.

Supported by Tourism Ireland, he met Clodagh McKenna, Paul Kelly and Patrick Ryan as well as Padraic O’Gallagher. All well-known food people in Dublin and I was happy to see Padraic being featured with his Boxty Restaurant, as I simply love his take on the old-fashioned spud.

Being a huge fan of Patrick Ryan of Firehouse Bakery, I was also delighted to see him featured (if you are serious about bread, check out his baking courses on Heir Island) with his wonderful breads.

But the rest of the show was the same old, same old. I understand that Ireland is too big to have the whole country covered in such a show but we surely have more than Guinness (saying that, they showed a pub I haven’t been to yet).

I remember when Keith Floyd visited Cork – he was amazed by the richness of our pastures and the glut of amazing produce available.

Don’t get me wrong, the show was grand and Paul Hollywood is always a feast for tired eyes but I also think that this was a missed opportunity by Tourism Ireland and the Tourism Board to showcase more than what everybody already knows about food in Ireland.

But moving on from my rant – my friend Wendy came for a visit from Sweden and the whole girl-gang met at another friend’s house to welcome Wendy home. It was a great occasion, as we don’t get the opportunity too often to meet.

We sat around a small table on mix and match chairs, the table covered in food and drink and there was a lot of laughter and chat going around. I sat back and thought ‘this is what friendship is all about’.

No one took a mobile phone out to check any status (we took loads of photos though) and we all talked and listened.

It also showed me that food doesn’t need to be complicated to be good. Dips, crackers, pickles, olives were arranged nicely around the table and we were all digging in while sharing memories and making new ones.

The whole evening was so relaxed that we almost forgot to go home. A big thank you to Derval for her hospitality.

And talking of entertaining at home, we still have a few places available at the newly opened Wooden Spoons Cookery School near Blarney. On Friday 9 November I will be showing guests how to create nice tasty tapas for Christmas entertaining while on Thursday 15 November, I will be sharing some ideas for edible gifts that can be made in time for the big day.

Please check out Facebook Wooden Spoons if you like more details. Hope you can join us.

 

Upcoming

food events:

 

3 November

Cork & Kerry Food Form

9 November

Christmas Tapas Workshop

9 November

Cork Wine & Craft Beer Fair

9 November

A Wine Goose Chase

11 November

Visit to Bluebell Falls Goats Farm

12 November

Community Food Initiative Showcase Kilfinane

13 November

Homegrown Wade Murphy, Adare

 

For more details on these and other upcoming food events, please visit biasasta.ie.

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