FOOD !, From The Road, Spain, Uncategorized

Madrid Mini-break of Indulgences

With only three days in Spain, Madrid won two of them, and most was spent indulging as a foodie should.  Madrid is no doubt a bustling, modern day city filled with beauty, traditions and cultural experiences but it's also an ancient capital that has seen many changes.  A city whose last 2 centuries have left… Continue reading Madrid Mini-break of Indulgences

FOOD !, Iceland, People, Traditions, Travel

A Taste of Iceland

The remote shores and dramatic environment of Iceland make for delicious but slim pickings in the way of culinary choices and on occasion brings a moral dilemma to the table: but OH! how delicious those choices are.  I journeyed to Iceland hoping to enjoy a varied offering of traditional flavors despite my budget restraints from nightly… Continue reading A Taste of Iceland

FOOD !, History, Ireland, Recipes, Traditions

A Dry Day In Ireland a.k.a “No Pints Friday”

It's Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i'm intrigued at the faith and traditions that move this country and make it rich and sincere. The place is full of beautiful sites, ancient history, interesting people and daily cultrual conundrums of curiosity… Continue reading A Dry Day In Ireland a.k.a “No Pints Friday”

FOOD !, From The Road, Inspiration, Libations, Travel, Via Francigena

A Sign Of Inspiration & Amazing Pork

Monday, 24 March Viterbo, an ancient city built some say by Hercules, definitely civilized by the Etruscans, and since seen centuries of Popes, politics, war and growth. But here i found inspiration and the most delicious pork! I arrived as usual, wandering in search of a church and hoping to find the actual Via Fracigena… Continue reading A Sign Of Inspiration & Amazing Pork

FOOD !, From The Road, History, Inspiration, Italy, Rome, Travel, Via Francigena

The Pilgrimage of the Not-Quite-For-Sure

And so it begins.... As I wrap up 3 overwhelming yet unimaginable days in Rome, today I begin the Via Francigena pilgrimage route (in reverse) from Rome to Canterbury England. For centuries, humans have followed this same route; for nomadic migration, for exotic trade, for war, for religion. I can not tell you for sure… Continue reading The Pilgrimage of the Not-Quite-For-Sure

FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, History, Inspiration, Ireland, Travel

Stoney Hills, Thatched Roofs and Peat Fires

The west of Ireland possess a serene yet melancholy beauty that can engross every sense of ones self. A journey across this country's midland takes you from the rolling green fields of dairy cows and thoroughbreds, through knobby fields of fairy mounds and sheep, across the land of loughs and peat bogs, to a barren… Continue reading Stoney Hills, Thatched Roofs and Peat Fires

England, Extracurricular, FOOD !, From The Road, History, People, Traditions, Travel

Finding the Sacred Pancake

As i was making my way through London City to one of the most extensive collections of food and wine archives i happened upon a large and excited crowd gathered in Guildhall Square. On lookers spanning the perimeter of what appeared to be a race course of some sorts with a waiting horde of men… Continue reading Finding the Sacred Pancake

FOOD !, History, Libations, Traditions

Winter’s Finale & Spring’s Invitation

For centuries, today January 6th marks a transitional moment in the winter spiritual and social calendar. Twelfth Night, Feast of the Epiphany, Yuletide end, Feast of Fools, even the Roman Compitalia to some extent; all marked the end of the winter and religious celebrations with the focus shifted to a fruitful and blessed year to… Continue reading Winter’s Finale & Spring’s Invitation

FOOD !, Friends, History, Recipes

….And To All A Christmas Pudding

“On a silver dish the Christmas pudding reposed in its glory.  A large football of a pudding, a piece of holly stuck in it like a triumphant flag and glorious flames of blue and red rising round it.  There was a cheer and cries of 'Ooh-ah.'" (The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding', by Agatha Christie)… Continue reading ….And To All A Christmas Pudding

Extracurricular, FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, Stops & Stays, Travel

A Taste of Home

A little over a month I've been "home", hugging my man-son, sharing too many bottles of wine and endless laughs with friends and rediscovering all the wonderful-ness that can be found in this often over looked state of Missouri. Returning in the autumn was my idea time, when the Ozark foothills become spectacular displays of… Continue reading A Taste of Home

FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, Stops & Stays, Travel

Foodie Making Moments

In one of the Soho Literary Festival Panels i attended the question was presented, "Have foodies taken the fun out of restaurants ?" ...Suddenly i found myself cringing a bit at my current persona, and contemplating what my role as a foodie / a chef / a community "ring-leader" has been and the example i… Continue reading Foodie Making Moments

England, FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, History, Libations, Travel

A Part of Something Delicious

Food and community are synonymous in my world. Where each alone is a moment in life,  the coupling together of food and community provide you memories to last. So volunteering to work at the Ludlow Food Festival, UKs original (and one of the largest) slow & local food featured Food Festivals, was a memorable weekend of… Continue reading A Part of Something Delicious

FOOD !, Ireland, People, Travel

More than just Guinness & Cabbage….

The bulk of this journey I have found myself in Ireland. Perhaps it was the comfort I took in familiar views, Ireland reminding me of the hills of home.  Perhaps it was the friendliness  of strangers met in Ireland, the hospitality shared and the endless amounts of craic (good times) to be found. The ancient… Continue reading More than just Guinness & Cabbage….

FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, Ireland, People, Travel

Tractor Pilates and Milking Maid Duties

Off  the grid and on the farm is where I can be found as of late. Exiting what turned out to be an unsavory work stay that had brought me back to Ireland from London, I found my way into a truly rewarding and educating experience thanks to some wonderful Irish friends and came to… Continue reading Tractor Pilates and Milking Maid Duties

FOOD !, France, From The Road, Libations, Recipes, Travel

Absorbing Alsace & Needing A Babel Fish

After a sensational whirlwind week in Paris with the best girlfriends from back home, the tranquil life of the Alsace region was a welcome respite. We all hopped a train on Thursday and headed east for a bit of country scenery, splendid food and wine traveling in Alsace. The eight of us shoved ourselves and… Continue reading Absorbing Alsace & Needing A Babel Fish

FOOD !, France, From The Road, Libations, Travel

Needs become Desire..Alsatian Traditions, Gourmet Delights

Sometimes food and drink gracefully evolve into gastronomical wonders out of the depths of a master chef's kitchen and sometimes it's simplest of form continues as it has been for centuries to exist at our tables strictly for desire. Growing from it's original purpose of simple food supply for survival, food and drink can maintain… Continue reading Needs become Desire..Alsatian Traditions, Gourmet Delights

FOOD !, From The Road, Recipes, Travel

My Sunday In Alsace

A cold and rainy Sunday in Westhoffen France marks the first of a few weeks i'll spend in this tranquil and beautiful place. The Alsace region of France is the France less travel and the true gem of the Rhine River Valley. This 80 mile Route des Vins on the German border is a continuous… Continue reading My Sunday In Alsace

England, FOOD !, Stops & Stays, Travel

In Search of Eel Pie

I didn't have a definite plan of action when arriving in London last week. I had walked the streets before, a few years back hitting most of the tourist highlights on that visit. This time I just wanted to wander and see what surfaced. I usually started my day with some sort of goal in… Continue reading In Search of Eel Pie

England, FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, People, Travel

London Night Out -Punjabi Style

The tastes and sites I've been introduced to because of a simple friendly exchange have been priceless. I met Avtar a second generation southeast Londoner who was traveling for work in a small village pub in Ireland a few weeks back. Everyone was chatting about the football lottery and our jovial exchange about splitting that weeks… Continue reading London Night Out -Punjabi Style

England, FOOD !, Recipes, Travel

First Taste In London Town

I left the shores of Ireland, a notebook brimming with half scribbled stories of even more Irish tastes and delights to be completed upon my return, only to arrive in London and experience immediate sensory overload. The diversity of inhabitants and the offerings available are boundless here and there is so much to explore in… Continue reading First Taste In London Town

Extracurricular, FOOD !, History, Inspiration, Ireland, Recipes, Travel

The Easter Flame or “No Pints” Friday In Ireland

It's Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i'm intrigued at the faith and traditions that move this country and make it rich and sincere. The place is full of beautiful sites, interesting people and daily cultrual conundrums of curiosity . One… Continue reading The Easter Flame or “No Pints” Friday In Ireland

Extracurricular, FOOD !, Ireland, People, Recipes

No Better Place To Be For St. Paddy’s Day!

Being in and out of Ireland over the past few months, I've really grown comfortable in this familiar but foreign land, due mostly in part to the warm folks that make up this ancient land of faith, passion, and pride. And on no other day of the year will you sense all that with an… Continue reading No Better Place To Be For St. Paddy’s Day!

FOOD !, From The Road, Ireland, People, Stops & Stays, Travel

Dingle for a Day – Not Long Enough

The scenic beauty of Kerry Co. Ireland presented its lovely welcome just on the other side of Tralee,  where the wetlands stretched out into the bay and the Slieve Mish Mountains rose majestically, guiding my way out the peninsula to Dingle. Dingle is a remote part of Ireland and despite the hoards of tourists that… Continue reading Dingle for a Day – Not Long Enough

FOOD !, From The Road, Ireland, People, Recipes, Traditions

A Day At the Farm…Dinner Inspired!

A sunny day in Ireland, so I took full advantage and wandered a wee road trip out to the very small hill top village of Ardcath to see a man about a sheep. I had the pleasure of meeting Derek Brangan and his sons at a recent Wild Game Potluck Dinner. A country girl at… Continue reading A Day At the Farm…Dinner Inspired!

FOOD !, From The Road, Ireland, People, Recipes, Travel

A Taste of the Wild Side

One of the many reasons I decided to revisit Ireland this month was to attend the annual Game Night Dinner at Dolly Mitchell's Pub, and was it ever a night to remember ! Winding my way through the back hall of this century old roadside pub, crossing out the back door and into a barn… Continue reading A Taste of the Wild Side

Extracurricular, FOOD !, From The Road, History, Ireland, Recipes

Goatskins, A Martyr & Homemade Pizza… Ingredients For Love

Every conceivable cliche' of love known to civilization is at it's maximum use potential today, as love and admiration become a tangible commodity.  I could ramble on about the gross exploitation of emotion and contrived gestures of appreciation...but I won't (your welcome) I will however share a bit of history on the day (with an… Continue reading Goatskins, A Martyr & Homemade Pizza… Ingredients For Love

England, FOOD !, From The Road, History, Libations, Traditions, Travel

An Apple a Day… In A Pint of Cider Please

The Forest of Dean in west England holds many tasty discoveries; artisan cheeses, rolling green hillsides of plump lamb & mutton, farm after farm of fruit orchards, and most note worthy cider making. Cider is very basic - fermented apple juice. Simple as cider may be to make, it has an interesting and ancient history… Continue reading An Apple a Day… In A Pint of Cider Please

England, FOOD !, People

Cupping Joe

For a mainly rural area of quaint villages and hillside farms often referred to as the "poor man's Cotswolds", in the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire region in England, the range of artisan foods and the high quality of such is exciting. And that includes some of England's finest roasted coffee ! Peter James spent many years wielding a chefs… Continue reading Cupping Joe

FOOD !, Libations, Recipes

Feels Good & Tastes Heavenly! Akvavit !!!

16th century Danish nobleman and home-brewer of sorts, Eske Bille may have originally only had intentions of improving the herbal elixir left over from the Black Death but little did he know he was to be the forefather of the original snaps/schnapps otherwise known as Akvavit to the Danish. This smooth beverage gains it's name… Continue reading Feels Good & Tastes Heavenly! Akvavit !!!

England, FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, Inspiration, People

Feast by Fire

"Fire is elemental and primitive; the most miserable situation clears up when somebody gets the fire going." - Dorothy Hartley, Food In England 1954 The Gloucestershire hillside fields were covered with a morning frost, reflecting beautiful colors only seen when the Sun is kissing the  Earth good morning and good night. The colors reminded me… Continue reading Feast by Fire

FOOD !, Friends, Ireland, Recipes, Traditions, Travel

Brown Bread on The Hill

One of the wonderful friends I've met while here in Slane is Eamon. A tall, strapping, football loving Irishman, who's family has lived on the Hill of Slane in the shadow of the historic ruins since the 1930's. Growing up running the hills with other village boys, battling with wooden swords among the stone walls, throwing… Continue reading Brown Bread on The Hill

Extracurricular, FOOD !, Gear, Ireland, Stops & Stays, Travel

Waking the Senses in Carlingford Ireland

Despite the short, cloudy days - Ireland this winter is wonderfully mild and perfect for outdoor exploring. Yesterday I was treated to a road trip compliments of my pal Freddie, to awaken the senses and shake off the damp. We ventured north to Carlingford Ireland which lies just across Carlingford Lough (actually a huge estuary) on… Continue reading Waking the Senses in Carlingford Ireland

FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, Ireland, People, Traditions, Travel

For Meat Lovers Only

Being raised in a house full of hunters, dating a few riflemen and cowboys - I've eaten my fair share of woodland bounty. Never being a big fan of game meat, I did enjoy cooking it for those who did. Since being in Ireland my palate has been convinced otherwise! Thanks to artisan butcher Peter… Continue reading For Meat Lovers Only

Extracurricular, FOOD !, History, Ireland, People, Traditions, Travel

Mr. MaCabe and His Fresh Veg

The Irish historically have been a people to develop and perfect skills of  life unlike most other cultures of early existence. The Celts were navigating the earth and building sacred sites mathematically based upon astronomy long before the Egyptians. The neolithic site of Newgrange, just up the road from where I'm staying predates the Pyramids… Continue reading Mr. MaCabe and His Fresh Veg

FOOD !, Friends, Ireland, People

Last Weeks Deliciousness

Last week as I was enjoying my pants being a size smaller i found myself indulging on some of Ireland's most delicious and sometimes not-so-healthy foods. Here is a quick look at some of that deliciousness! ....well obviously I'm not going hungry yet!! And last but not least, I must introduce you to RosaLee a… Continue reading Last Weeks Deliciousness

FOOD !, From The Road, History, Ireland, Recipes, Traditions

A Poor Man’s Dish, That Every Man Loves

The Shepard's Pie is a loved dish throughout Ireland and across the British Isle. It's origins stemming from the Middle Ages when minced meat pies were in favor.  Most likely the invention of a frugal housewife, the term "Shepard's Pie" is not seen in a written context until 1870, according to The Oxford Companion To… Continue reading A Poor Man’s Dish, That Every Man Loves

FOOD !, From The Road

Cooking according to Aga

The Aga is not a stove, nor a range , nor an oven. It is a household tool, a domestic servant that is a wonderful and useful jack of all trades yet ill equipped to be a master of any - an Aga is a part of daily life. Patricia says " We've learned to… Continue reading Cooking according to Aga

FOOD !, Friends, From The Road, Ireland, Traditions

Peter & The Whole Hogg Farm

Sourcing tradition and quality when it comes to food is a very easy task when in Meath County Ireland! Meet Peter Whelan, of The Whole Hogg Farm, located near Slane Ireland. Peter and his wife Susan began raising the ancient breed of Irish Grazer pigs, aka Tamworth pigs seven years ago and has since brought… Continue reading Peter & The Whole Hogg Farm

FOOD !

Black Puddin’ on the Grill

Visited with Peter Whelan at his "Whole Hog" farm this afternoon, where he raises and sells the ancient and rare Irish Grazers pig (aka the Tamworth pig). http://www.thewholehoggs.com An artisan butcher, Peter is passionate about keeping the Irish traditions of butchering and meat products alive and available to his community. After the visit, we stopped… Continue reading Black Puddin’ on the Grill