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Things That Grow: A Tale of a First Time Gardener

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett When I came home from Korea, and after all the drama of July and August was over, my brother-in-law asked me if I would be interested in gardening as a way of keeping myself busy until I figured out what I wanted to do. I said that I would but I knew nothing about it. He lent me some books (which I have yet to complete!) but I never got around to actually planting anything. Then, about two weeks ago, I was visiting their family and he was showing his children how to plant some herbs and tomatoes. I watched, enthralled by the process and somehow came away  not only with some very handy knowledge but also with a little miniature green-house windowsill thingy (I don’t actually know what they are called and must remember to find out), some pots for planting and lots of seeds. On Wednesday and Thursday last week, …

In My Kitchen – February 2016

Hello, everyone! How was your January? For those who do resolutions, how are they going? What were they? For those who fast during Lent, are you ready? Can’t believe it’s Day 1 already! It’s the beginning of February which can mean only one thing: it’s In My Kitchen time! In My Kitchen is a great monthly blogging event originally hosted by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who has passed over the reins to Maureen @ The Orgasmic Chef. In My Kitchen showcases the kitchens of a group of food writers and bloggers. If you are interested in joining, please follow the instructions from Maureen available on her February 2016 post linked above and make sure your entry is in by the 10th of the month. As mentioned above, I have had a busy January. First up, were my new years resolutions that I so far have kept up with: I began with a baseline of 10,000 steps and everyday I add 100 more. I am now 14,000+ per day and quite frequently I over-achieve my goal. So in my …

Hikes, Movies and Easy Baked Cheesecake – Guest Recipe

  The only way cheese is dessert is when it’s followed by the word cake. ~ Michele Gorman This recipe is from my friend, Maria, who I met in Korea. She has been visiting me for the last week and a half, and I’ve talked about how we made gimbap for my family last weekend. It’s been a busy week as I was preparing for a course that I will start next week (more on that in the next In My Kitchen) but we still found time to hang out, see some sights and, of course, have some food moments, which included chips and a batter burger at a take-away and tea and scones at a Dublin institution. The weekend was packed full of fun things as we went on two hikes, one to Howth, which is my favourite place in Dublin, where we saw porpoise and cormorants, and the other to Poolbeg lighthouse. It was my first time going out there and it was quite a walk (6 miles round trip!). The wind howled, pushing and pulling …

Bringing Korea to Ireland: Slightly Peppery Avocado and Smoked Salmon Gimbap with Lemon

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . . ~ CS Lewis When I was living in Korea, I frequently had my friend Maria come to stay. Whenever she stayed it was a weekend of catching up, tons of food and lots of experimentation. We would sit at my little tables, chopping boards and knives at the ready and prepare anything from curries to stir-fries to experimental desserts. Despite the readiness of our knives, our tongues tended to wag a bit too much and we’d end up taking forever to chop, instead sharing stories about our past and current lives, exchanging cooking ideas or discussing teaching achievements and problems. It was always great fun and we’d both take away enough food for several meals the following week. In fact, she was my faithful helper when I made the rather wonderful meal that  I shared with you in the June 2015 In My Kitchen – we ate Egyptian, Indian, …

Kale and Chickpea Soup with Lemon – a Tribute to Selma

“Will I tell you the story of Johnny McGorry? “Yes” “Shall I begin it?” “Yes” “That’s all that’s in it.”  ~ My Dad For years, if we asked my dad for a story, he’d usually start out as above. Thankfully, he would end up telling us a story but never one about Johnny McGorry. Luckily for you, the story I am about to share is a bit longer than the tale of Johnny McGorry but has a sad middle and a cute ending. Shall I begin it? Once upon a time, there was a little boy, known to all as The Jam. One day, just this week, as he was going to his violin lesson, his Mammy gave him a beautiful red apple. Would you believe this apple was so delicious that it tasted even better than chocolate?  As they walked down the street, The Jam munching on his apple, the unthinkable happened: the apple slid out of his hands and fell with a thud to the ground. The Jam was devastated. All he wanted was to pick …