It only seems like yesterday that I traveled to the Emerald Isle to visit family and now, find myself unpacking suitcases once again. Of course, no trip would be complete without bringing back some “things”… things that you don’t necessarily need but you have a knack of convincing yourself otherwise. Also, it’s a good time to showcase some of these kitchen treasures from my suitcase with the September In My Kitchen theme, hosted monthly by Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.
While in Ireland managed to visit the Taste of Cavan near my home town and visited stalls of some artisan producers. Lots of home-made jams, cakes, refreshing elderberry cordial, Irish honey, Corleggy cheese (did a cheese making day with them a few years back), cooking demonstrations and lots more. These wonderful homemade shrubs and preserve featured above are made at the Wild Irish Millhouse Farm. The wild blackberry shrub, elderberry shrub and dandelion flower preserve are made with foraged berries and flowers and really taste wonderful. You can mix these shrubs with oils for salad dressings, use in cocktails or pour them over a good quality ice cream. The last time I picked anything dandelion was to feed my rabbits, but they suggested I use this dandelion flower preserve with a mild soft goats cheese. Looking forward to using these lovely products and wished I could have brought back so much more.
In Ireland you cant help but admire the beautiful greenery and the huge old trees that surround the countryside. Now, fitting a complete tree in the suitcase was going to be an impossible feat so I settled for a” bit of a tree” instead! The wooden board above with its ragged edge is from the Irish Bunbury Board collection and each board has a story. This is a copy of my boards story emailed to me and a photo of the tree it was handcrafted from. This is one way of getting a tree into your suitcase 🙂
Log Reference: Species: Location:
110001/Ash /Lisnavagh Estate Co Carlow
The following is a summary of where the above tree or log came from, when and why the tree came down, what action has been taken to replace that tree and any other information of interest.
The species of tree is Ash
Tree location: Monavoath/Upper Troy’s hedgeline.
The tree fell on or about: 21 March 2010
The tree had died standing. Work was being done to clean a ditch between two fields when it was noticed. The roots were rotten. In fact as soon as the bank of the ditch was disturbed, the tree fell, almost hitting the digger!
The log was saw-milled on: 29 March 2011
Most of the trees and shrubs along the ditch have been retained and some new trees are to be planted. There is a potential plan to plant a new hedge on this line in the future.
I was only looking for a knife but ended up with all these old bits of cutlery, some given to me by Mum’s friend from a charity shop and others raided from Mum’s old bag of cutlery. Looks like I need to get the polish out, although I don’t want to make them too shiny.
Picked up a copy of Dianne Jacob’s book Will Write for Food, for me the art of writing does not come easy. Although, I could sit and chat with you all day. All my thoughts seem to go haywire as soon as I put the pen to paper or should I say fingers to the keyboard. Maybe I will gain some new insights after reading this book but I expect it’s for the more serious writer. Do you have this book and did you find it helped you? Picked up some food and lifestyle magazines to enjoy during the quiet times in my kitchen, the Berry and Apple Crumble with Marzipan in the Delicious magazine looks very mouth-watering.
Mum and I visited an antique shop that was literally selling everything in the house except the kids and I came away with this old cracked potato masher and a few little tins. I have no intentions of every mashing any potatoes with this, but do intend using it as a photography prop.
In my kitchen are small muslin bags with drawstrings for infusing herbs and spices into teas, mulled drinks and stocks. Handy that they are reusable. Mum gave me these new Deluxe Moisturizing hand Gloves from Lakeland… a bit late Mum, you should have given them to me 30 years ago. Actually there quite comfy. I was never one for using rubber gloves… do you like using them?
Until next months In My Kitchen hop over to Celias blog and see many other bloggers showcase some of their kitchen treasure, you never know what you might come across, or why not join in. 🙂