Irish food has always had a lousy reputation. Most "traditional" recipes appear to be some combination of potatoes, cabbage and carrots, with butter added. Goodness knows I've eaten my share of watery stews and overcooked roasts there.
|The view from my breakfast table|
But I digress. I wanted a real kitchen because I wanted to cook. And cook I did. We stopped at the local quick-mart type place at the only gas station in Leap, a tiny village on the south coast, nearest the cottage. They were well-stocked with almost everything you could need (including socks and hot water bottles (yes, they still exist)). The bread was freshly made and extraordinary, but you had to remember to get there early in the day if you wanted any.
|Friendly fishmonger with skate|
The first book in Sheila Connolly's County Cork Mysteries, Buried in a Bog, will debut in February 2013. She may have to include recipes! Or at least go back and taste a few more.