Failte! This is my first posting. My intention is to keep friends, near and abroad, informed of what life is like in Ireland in the summer of 2008. I also want to use it as a kind of “message board” about my cookbook Coming Home To Cook and to post new recipes.
So, in this blog I will give you news of the farmers markets, my travels with the book, food demonstrations, book signings and any other good food news from the Emerald Isle. I’m trying out new recipes and will share those, too. I would love for you to share your experiences with the recipes you’ve tried. So, let’s start there. On Thursdays I sell at the Kilrush Market. I started last week with the cookbook and samples of the Quinoa salad and the hummos and sesame dressing. Everybody wanted to buy the samples! This week I went back with bottles of sesame dressing and honey mustard viniagrette and containers of quinoa and hummos. I sold quite a few. I did the same at the Ennis Market on Friday and the Doolin Market on Saturday. It seems like I’ve created a little niche for myself. The markets are a great way to get the word out about the book and generally good craic. The other vendors are warm and friendly and have been very helpful.
Biddy Hedderman from Carrigaholt sells gorgeous vegetables and plants. She bought the book and told me this, “Last saturday night the boys went off fishing and my daughter Muireann and I baked the chocolate chip cookies. We made a double batch which was 4 trays. They were for a bake sale on Tuesday but were gone by Sunday! What I liked about them was the moist, soft center with the crunchy outside and the recipe was so easy to follow.” I’m off to Cork tomorrow to promote and sell it in the “home” county so I’ll let you know how they like the Sheehan cookbook and Ballyvourney stories with the Carriganima farmer on the cover. Slan, Mary