Rucksack Foodie

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An Apple a Day… In A Glass 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 … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

And now for something completely different…..

Most all of you know i’m currently a hobo foodie wandering about Europe on a shoestring budget. But I’m also a P.M.G … Proud Mother of a Geek!! (By the … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · 6 Comments

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 … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 8 Comments

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 … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 4 Comments

Red Red Wine for the Emerald Isle

Over these last couple of months in east Ireland, I discovered an island not only rich in history and heritage but on the edge of an economical rebirth with many … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

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, … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

….and of course a Hapy New Year to you!

Much happiness and good fortune to family I love, old friends I hold dear, and strangers soon to meet. In the New Year may your hand always be stretched out … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

Enchanting Fore Abbey

Venturing the back roads on a rainy, windy day I traveled to Fore Ireland. Home to an enchanting Benedictine Abbey site with a scenic and mysterious bog like location, various … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!

The day after Christmas back home in Missouri includes waking up to a house strewn about with new toys, spending the day indulging on Mom’s Christmas dinner leftovers, and 60% … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Make the best of it…..who knows what’s next!

As I head out this morning to watch the sunrise from Loughcrew on this winter solstice I remember to be thankful for the opportunity  to enjoy the journey in this … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Loughcrew Megalithic Site…Amazing!

(A bit longer post than usual, but worth the read and definitely worth a visit if you wander to Ireland…. For you non-readers lots of pics and video at the … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 8 Comments

For Meat Lovers ONLY….Vegans Be Wary

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 … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Day By The Sea

A gracious friend road tripped me up through Louth County today to find a fisherman. So near to where I have been staying and unbelievable I had yet to see. … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 9 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

Rugby a Short History …OR… You Did What?? (My Mother Is Not Gonna Like This One)

One of the most grueling pastimes around, Rugby is a sport of constant battle, skillful footing, strength, wit and endurance. Bruises, cuts, sprains and breaks are all part of this … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

Shepard’s Pie….A Poor Man’s Dish, That Everyman 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 … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 5 Comments

A wee Irish Tune

It doesn’t take too many pints or “pleases to get an Irishman singing, and I’m finding that pretty much all Irishmen can sing beautifully!! After our visit with artisan butcher … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 6 Comments

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 … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

On the road to Drogheda…

November 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

Hill of Slane

Here, pilgrim, stop; rest on yonder monumental slab, beneath the shadow of that tall, ivy-mantled tower, the belfry of the cathedral….it once was gorgeous with the shrines of Fathers, and … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Dia duit hEirinn – Hello Ireland !

24 hours of transportation in virtually every conveyance short of donkey carts has found me safely ensconced in Slane, County Meath, Ireland. After a tearful family  goodbye at the airport … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 3 Comments

Leaving Missouri’s Rural Utopia

Perhaps Theodre Link had something… at the turn of the 20th century Theodore Link was a prominent architect & artist advocate, responsible for magnificent homes, churches & commercial buildings in … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Essentials !

I want but do I need…….. I want to shop at Straubs and Neiman Marcus but I need to shop at Aldis and JCPennys. I want to fly first class … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Almost ready

19 days until the new adventure begins! The really difficult part has been learning how this blog works, so stay tuned as new features and info and posts will be … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

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