Thursday, October 3, 2019

Back to Ireland!

View from my front window

Many thanks to Lucy Burdette for stepping in for me while I was traveling. I case you haven’t heard, I’m in Ireland now, for the foreseeable future. My cookbooks, however, are on a ship in Boston Harbor, waiting to sail. And the weather here has not been conducive to wandering in the Skibbereen Farmers’ Market (but I will soon, I promise!)

But the local grocery store, Fields, is thriving (would you believe I have a frequent buyer pass?) so of course I ended up there. I know, you’ve seen and heard about it before, but I had to see if there were any changes. There weren’t, actually, although some of the prepared foods were new, so of course I had to try a couple of them. There were chicken and duck breasts with a variety of sauces, perfect for a single meal. And all they required was heating—which involved the large assumption that I could understand the instructions for my Neff oven. They are not simple, but I did manage to find Bake.

Perfectly clear, right?

And wild game was in! Several years ago I tried cooking pheasant (and included the recipe here, I think). This year I am contemplating quail, which are so tiny that they should take only a few minutes to cook. Anybody tried quail? Because I haven’t.

Assorted fresh game

I think it was ordained that I had to fall in love with a supermarket that had twenty feet of diverse baking products, including more kinds of flour than I knew existed. The only thing missing from my excursion was Battenberg Cake (which I also included her a while ago), which is my absolute favorite. I’m sure it will be back, and so will I.

I promise I’ll provide some real recipes as soon as I get organized! (Connolly’s of Leap now offers house-made Italian pizza, and you can be sure I won’t miss that!)

Coming in January: Fatal Roots, the next in the County Cork Mysteries!


  1. We love going along for the ride on your Irish adventure Sheila! Hope the hurricane peters out quickly...

  2. The view from your window is wonderfully pastoral! And what total fun it is to wander through a fabulous grocery store! Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.

  3. I fell in love with Ireland all over again through your books. Love them and can not wait for the next one!

  4. Have fun settling in! What a marvelous adventure. I had quail years ago on a working trip to England. My young coworker dinner companion was amazed they served him something so small! It was delicious.

  5. What a great view out your window.
    And the grocery store! I know where I'd be, wandering aisles for ages with a happy grin on my face.

  6. What fun! How long are you staying? I look forward to reading the next County Cork mystery.

  7. I'm so excited for you & your Irish adventure! Looking forward to hearing more about your life (& food) in Ireland!