The best of Inishowen, Irish food – and the IFBA


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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6 Responses

  1. Kristin says:

    This is a brilliant recap of the weekend – I could feel myself smiling the whole time I was reading it. I had many lumps-in-the-throat moments throughout the weekend as well. Who would have guessed what we were getting ourselves into when we sat in that Portlaoise hotel and decided to ask Donal if we could come to dinner?

    PS – I know, I know, me and my Google maps!

    • Caroline says:

      So many moments to remember – I had to stop or I could have been writing for days more! I also loved the fact that it was a real butchers’ weekend: who would have thought that there were so many characters working in Irish butchery.

      Looking back to that day when we first talked about going to Donegal, it seems like we were getting ourselves into something really rather wonderful. Now we just need to figure out what’s next…

      PS – Google maps were fine, no nightmares there, unlike the bloomin’ raffle tickets that I dreamt about all Saturday night!

  2. Carina says:

    I was inspired by the mention of butter churning (which we did in our Queens classroom in the 70’s) to look at the course offerings in the Leitrim organic centre. And what do I find in the cheese course:

    • Caroline says:

      I didn’t realise they were still using that picture! I look like I’m just about to fall into the pot.

      The Husband and I did the course in 2004 before we headed to NZ as, at the time, he was thinking about making Irish buffalo mozzarella. This was, of course, before the brewing took over…

      We camped that weekend and the Husband has a very I’m-just-after-rolling-into-my-clothes look about him!

  3. Lucy says:

    Nice round up of the weekend there – I did steal some of your descriptions of the dinner couldn’t quite remember all the ingredients. Oh just remembered the clove and cauliflower puree that was pretty special!

    • Caroline says:

      Remember me scribbling away during dinner, Lucy? Well, wasn’t that on the back of the raffle notes which Kristin needed. That will teach me to come out without my notebook! That cauliflower/clove combination was amazing, must try that in a soup.

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