stumble through figuring out how to use the new features after the site upgrade,
I’ve got a backlog of posts and pictures that I’ve been anxious to share.
It also has taken me a week to recover from my weekend in Cork, Ireland,
as a guest at the Kerrygold
Ballymaloe Litfest, where I was a speaker in this year’s
line-up. I’d only been to Ireland
once before and was immediately taken with the country; the
terrain is beautiful, the drizzly weather means large expanses of
green grass and you’ll find cows grazing just off the side of winding
roads. I learned how to make a real Irish Coffee,
and best of all, I ate remarkably well with most foods coming from
local farms and producers who had just pulled their vegetables from their
gardens, which appeared on their dinner tables just a few hours later.
When you mention you like a “brand” of something in the area, such as Gubbeen
sausage, people will invariably respond – “Oh, yes – Fingal (Ferguson)…he does make
a fine sausage, doesn’t he?”
is the famed cookery school started by Darina Allen
in 1983, who wanted to showcase the bounty of Ireland to the world. And
what a bounty it is! I arrived a day before the festival started to get
settled in, and even before I sat down for the first meal, food started
showing up everywhere, including platters of foods yanked from their
gardens for visitors to nibble on. I think during the weekend I ate at
least three dozen radishes. Come to think of it, make that about three
dozen per day.