There were lots of good things to do with growing and cooking and eating taking place in Waterford last weekend.
Being MC for the COOK programme at the GIY GROW Fest meant that I was in the right spot to catch all the demos, but I had to run away briefly to catch keynote speaker Joanna Blythman, author of, most recently, Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets.
Also, I have to give a shout out to No 4 Blackfriars which, as it was around the corner from our kitchen, I treated like a canteen, with regular visits for 3fe coffee, soup, sandwiches and even the best cup of tea that I’ve consumed in a long, long time. I also discovered, at a knock-your-socks off vegetable dinner in Momo on Saturday night, the Seagull Bakery in Tramore. I also discovered their stall at the market and am currently being nourished by Sarah’s sourdough breakfast loaf, with lots of nuts and seeds and dried fruit – it’s just what you need in the morning. Well worth checking out.
And get your hands on Joanna Blythman’s Swallow This. Essential reading.
I’ve been nominated for the AA Foodie of the Year award, which takes place tonight. Check out the shortlist on the AA website here – I’m proud to be hanging out with these people!
At 3.30pm this Friday, 18 September, Kristin and I will be doing a talk on Irish craft beer and cider as part of Culture Night at the superb Hodges Figgis bookshop on Dawson Street in Dublin. We’ll also be on hand to sign copies of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider, if you’re starting to think about (whisper it!) Christmas. There may also be some Double Chocolate Porter Brownies (recipe on p182 in the book) on hand for tasting. Just saying.