Archive for August, 2008

Barry’s Cole Slaw

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Ihensmagine going into your garden and picking all the vegetables for your dinner. Well, that’s what I did at Tom Barry’s small holding outside of Ennistymon.  Tom and Dorothy generously loaded the boot of my car with all of these vegetables, floury and waxy potatoes and gorgeous cabbage. So, whether it’s all organic and fresh from your garden  or  fresh from your Green Grocer this salad is a burst of late summer flavors and colours.

Barry’s Cole Slaw: gluten free

Grate:

2 cups peeled carrots

2 cups cabbage

1/2 large raw beetroot

peel and dice 1large cucumber

peel, core and dice 2 cups apples

chop 1 Tablespoon of curly parsley and 1 Tablespoon fennel leaves

Mix all together, sprinkle with a little salt and fresh black pepper. Add enough green goddess dressing to coat. Refrigerate and let the flavors come together. Optional: 1/2 cup currants……..1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts.

Harvest Time

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

It’s been an interesting 2 weeks since my last road trip from Athlone to Cavan. Coming Home to Cook is now in 150 locations. Jim Tynan at Jim’s Kitchen and Foodhall in Portlaoise www.kitchenfoodhall.com. has sold 11 books in a month, and says customers are very interested. Many other shops are reporting good sales.   I’ve received a lot of great press – see Media section and I have a lot of cookery demos planned for the upcoming months – see demos and events.  One of the highlights is the Clare Harvest Banquet on September 19. It is the first annual benefit of this kind in Clare and every single ingredient of this 4 course buffet will be from the banner county.  I volunteered to  make the vegetarian entree and I’m excited about producing something tasty and nutritious from only local ingredients for 300 people.  2 other events I’m participating in are the Seed Savers Apple Harvest Day www.Irishseedsavers.ie and The Dingle Food Festival www.dinglefood.com. It will be great to be down in Dingle with the cousins for that!                                                                                                       I had a spectacular day on Inis Oirr last friday. As the weather this summer has been horrible, it is my one memory of a whole day of fun in the sun. Inis Oir is the smallest of the Aran Islands and has a unique feel to it. We visited Mairead Sharry, who is the kinitter, spinner and weaver at the Doolin Farmers Market and Crafts Fair. www.doolinmarket.blogspot.com.  Mairead and her son run a tearooms in the family cottage overlooking the ocean, surrounded by old stone walls on this Irish speaking island just 30 minutes off the coast of Doolin.           I had a great market in Doolin the next day. I served the Indian Potato Cauliflower  soup, from the cookery book, to my menu and was sold out in a few hours.  This week I will be making the Butternut Squash Soup and Apple Rhubarb Crisp (rhubarb and apples from Tom Barry’s farm) for the Doolin Market. This week I finally met Irene Lee, who is not only  a disributor of  Burren maps and books but owns a kiosk at the Cliffs of Moher. She took Coming Home to Cook for the Cliffs, now making the book available in all the major visitor spots in Clare.                                                                                                     The Kilrush market is brimming with potatoes, cabbages, carrots, beetroot, onions, turnips, parsnips, broadbeans, hericot verts, fresh herbs and a lot more.  Harvest time is the perfect opportunity for creating new recipes -see recipes for a delicious new salad and hurray for Irish Apples!  Summer is over, the kids are going back to school and we’re all hoping for a sunny autumn!

rain rain go away

Monday, August 11th, 2008

I’m on the road again and wishing that  I had some good ice cream just about now! I recently spoke with  Kieran Murphy of Murphy’s Ice Cream in Kerry.. I know the Murphy’s from my Nyack, NY days. Kieran, mom Christine, dad Finbar and Aunt Carol were regular customers at Mary’s Cafe. I catered many events for them at the Weleda Headquarters and we became good friends.  In the mid 1990’s Christine was visiting Dingle and I suggested she look in on my cousin, Mary Curran. She introduced herself to Mary,  was welcomed in for tea and a chat by the fire. I’ll never forget Christine stressing to me how I had to get back to Ireland asap as this way of life was becoming a thing of the past and how lovely and gracious Mary was. Sadly, I didn’t return to Ireland until a few years after Mary and Joe had passed away but I have been welcomed warmly into the family by their son James.                                                                                                                   Now, Kieran and brother Sean have a thriving Ice Cream business in Dingle and Killarney and this summer have also launched a book, The Book of Sweet Things is a beautiful book of ice cream and dessert recipes. Check it out on Kieran’s award winning blog www.icecreamireland.com   I’m working my way through the book and will post my favorite recipe soon. The only thing that’s stopping me from getting some ice creeam now is the storm raging outside.                                                            Back to business – Coming Home To Cook is now in Athlone at Planet Life. Laura Kelly and I have a mutual friend in Clare and Laura owns a very cool healthy foods shop and cafe. In Mullingar the book sits on the front counter in Just Books on Pearse St., Nuts & Grains on Friars Mill Rd. and Wild Earth Natural Health Clinic on Dominick St.                                  Coming up this week – an interview on Raidio Corca Baiscinn 94.8 FM South Clare.I will be interviewed at 9:30 Wednesday by Kathy Nealon on the Women’s Hour.  Also, on Wednesday I will be in the food section of Waterford Today and Friday will be in the Feel Good supplement of the Irish Examiner. check out my website www.marysheehan.com.  for more info on the book. And, please send sun!

local fruit salsa

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

This is a recipe that is similar to the one in Coming Home To Cook. I made this today at the Doolin Farmers Market Demo. As you see, most of the ingredients are local and seasonal. The fresher the better! I put an * next to the veggies from small West Clare Farmers. It is gluten and dairy free.

2 cups pineapple – chopped fine

1/2 cup sweet radish*

1/4 cup corgettes*

1/4 cup shallots*

2 Tbl. fresh garlic*

1/4 cup spring onions (scallions) *

1/2 cup tomatoes*

1/4 cup coriander*

1 Tbl. fresh squeezed lime juice

1/2 Tbl. red pepper flakes

pinch of salt

Chop all of the veggies into small pieces. Add to the pineapple. Mix with the lime juice, pepper flakes and salt. Refrigerate and let the flavors absorb.

Seaweed and Cooking Demo

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Update on the seaweed bath: Magnificent! Although, I was squeamish at first,( was that something moving under there?) but after picking out a few snails, I quickly got very used to it and had to force myself to slither out of it as the water cooled down.  Not only is it a great skin softener, it made me feel different in a way I can’t describe.  What is it about the Irish elements that are so moving? The sea, the earth, the wind, even the soft rain have an intensity. I can’t wait for thursday! Thank you Paddy! If you stop coming to the market I may have to move to Dingle!                                                                                                         Today was the Doolin Market and I gave a food demonstration. I made a Vegetarian entree and 2 side dishes from Coming Home To Cook. I cooked the Potato Quinoa Cakes and Maple Squash and let everyone try it with the fruit salsa. I used local, seasonal ingredients and bought grocery store items from the Supervalue in Ennistymon and some health food items from Meanwells Health Foods in Ennis. I cooked quinoa and showed people what it and spelt looks like raw, cooked and how it is used in the recipes. People sampled the 3 salad dressings, hummos, tofu patties and sesame sauce.  At one point, there was a group of 25 people all intently listening and tasting. I had help from a delightful little girl, Aisling, whose mom, Kate is the Market’s Cheesemonger. Kate is working her way through the book, making all the recipes and Aisling was begging her to make the potato cakes tonight.   I sold the book and I’m planning the menu for next weeks market, August 15. Go to my website www.marysheehan.com for a look at the entree I will be cooking, Tofu Cutlets with a Port Wine rosemary sauce.  If you’re in the area, The Doolin Market at the Russell Community Centre is a really fun, lively place to be on  saturday from 10-4. I will be giving the Demo at 1:00. Join in!

Living Naturally

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Ishay-on-rockt was a good week for feeling the true essence of living in the Burren. I took a spectacular 6 hour hike in the Burren with 2 very special Dutch friends on Sunday. I couldn’t feel my legs on monday and then the pain set in.  But, despite a huge bruise from falling on one of the thousands of ancient rocks it was a day I won’t ever forget. There’s no way to describe the Burren from the middle of it. There is a sense of total isolation,  no people, no structures, only yourself, the rocks, wildflowers, a lone portal tomb, a bull in the meadow, wild goats grazing in the distance.  Magic and history – it’s everywhere here.   That wonderful day was preceded by a fun market at Doolin, a lovely session followed by a spontaneous sing song in the Roadside, and a walk at sunset to the deserted famine village on the sea in Fanore.   Today presented me with another opportunity for immersing myself in nature “literally.” At the end of the Kilrush Market, the Dingle Fishermen presented me with 2 heaping bags of seaweed for “my bath.”  Instructions: get the water as hot as possible, put both bags (yikes!) of seawood in the tub, let steep for 30 minutes,  pour a glass of nice wine, light the candles, immerse herself and relax.  I wanted to learn more about cooking with seaweeds this year but I guess this is a good way to start. Time to pour the wine.

Be a Green Goddess

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Green Goddess Salad Dressing – gluten free

The markets are brimming with fresh green veggies of many kinds. Rocket is my favorite salad green. It’s tart and crisp and holds up to a thick dressing. I came up with this version of Green Goddess when a gardener friend gave me a handful of basil and I found just a little balsamic vinegar in the cupboard. It’s a little sweet with a bite of vinegar.

Makes 3 cups or 700ml.

In a blender combine until creamy:

1 cup chopped fresh basil or mint

1 1/2 Tbl. chopped red onion

2Tbl. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbl. low fat sour cream

1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise

8 Tbl. plain yogurt

6 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbl. honey

Quick Conversion Chart: 1 Tbl. is 15 ml. 1/4 cup is 60 ml. 1 cup is 240 ml.