Home Grow & Cook What You Sow

The Cork News www.thecorknews.ie makes a courtesy visit through my letter box every week and I have to say it is a free newspaper with a difference.  Yes there are plenty of ads but it’s also packed full of local news and great sections on fashion, lifestyle and of course food featuring excerpts from Donal Skehan’s blog www.thegoodmoodfoodblog.com.

I noted last week that Catherine Fennel was doing a book signing at Nangle’s Garden Centre on Saturday morning.  Initially I was unsure if I could make it owing to a trip to A&E to X-Ray a foot (not mine) but luckily all was quiet in the casualty department and we made it through in an hour, happily with no broken bones.

It was a pleasure to meet Catherine who has self-published her book ‘Home Grow & Cook What You Sow’ and my girls had great fun planting the packet of seeds (mixed salad leaves) that came with the book.  To date I haven’t managed to get beyond a pot of basil on my kitchen widow but I have great plans to (eventually) have a glass house with tomatoes, strawberries and vines.  The seeds were supplied by www.brownenvelopeseeds.com who are based in Ardagh in Skibbereen and I read in the Examiner that they are having an open day on Saturday, June 6. 

With only a few weeks left of school I’m relishing my solitary lunches while the house is quiet during the day.  Being lucky enough to work from home I get to raid my fridge and I’ve used left over chicken tikka masala in a wrap with natural yoghurt and some tired goat’s cheese on a bagel perked up with beetroot and chives.

Lately I’ve been dining on a lot of bbq food however as it was back to rain here today we reverted to the comfort of mashed potatoes with pork chops in creamy mustard & cider sauce this evening.  Til next time, Sheila

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