Saturday, October 20, 2012

Back home in Modern Ireland


As I'm back home in Dublin this week I'm doing all sorts of crazy stuff like drinking copious amounts of (real) tea, eating homecooked meals, lots of chatting. And, oh, there was a book launch. As you do like.

The Goodall's Modern Irish Cookbook launch to be precise. Here's how I reacted when I first found out I was going to be in a book. 

I'm quite calm about it now.


It's a modern Irish cookbook with recipes from 43 Irish bloggers.  Two of my lunchbox recipes are in there - madness! Now I've always known that the way to a man's heart is through his lunchbox...but I didn't know it would get me into a buke.

Kate Lawlor, Head Chef in Fenn's Quay, Cork and me
Photo thanks to the creative Evin

So this Thursday in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin the offical launch took place. For only €2.99 you can dowload a digitial version here. Or order a hard copy for €12 (plus post and packaging). All proceeds go to two very worthy charities, Cork Penny Dinners and Crosscare. And for that you get 50 recipes, ranging from light bites to full dinners. And lunchboxes (ahem). I might have picked up a FEW copies. Chances are if you know me you'll find it in your Christmas stocking this year.

The best bit about Thursday was getting to meet the lovely people I chat to on Twitter. And we didn't have to restrict our conversations to 140 characters. Such a novelty. I'd love to know, is it just me, or was anyone else nervous about meeting people they've just 'spoken' to on the internet?

A special thanks is due to Margaret and Goodall's for everything. Plus she's a Cork lady. Now you can't go wrong there.

We chatted, we ate, we took photos, we tweeted. And I'm still smiling. Thanks everyone.

That little heart breaker, LB (not you Michael before you start) is Evin's adorable little boy. Even more gorgeous in real life. I kid you not.

Roisin from Goodall's, Emma, Adam and Caitriona

Nessa and me striking a pose

Irish Examiner Friday 19 October


  1. Very nice post and such a fun day. Maybe a reunion celebration next time you're over from London (or any of us are over in London)!

  2. Thanks Evin! Such a fun day. Looking forward to a reunion, and LB will have to come along :-) You're all very welcome in London and I'll be tour guide!

  3. High five and well done!! The blue dress looked gorgeous on you :)

    1. High five right back at you Edith! So lovely to meet finally. Thanks so much! Wish we could have chatted for time!

  4. Congratulations!! It looks like you had a fantastic time!

    1. Merci! It was fabulous, it went far too quickly. Hopefully next time we'll get to meet :-)