Mary Sheehan Coming Home To Cook

August 28, 2008

Barry’s Cole Slaw

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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


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

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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 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 and The Dingle Food Festival 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.  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!

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