A little while ago I told you that I had a feeling that 2013 was going to be a very promising year and that I had some awfully big news to tell.  Well, it’s now April and I am still standing by that feeling.  Today, the big big big super exciting news is just under a month away, and I am beginning to feel so excited I could literally pop or is it burst?  Either way I am jump up and down in your pajamas kind of excited folks.

Here is why.  In the first week of May, Photogirl and I are heading off to Dublin, Ireland to take part in the amazingly wonderful Plate to Page 2013 Food Photography and Writing Workshop.  We will be away from home, our we-will- hold- the- fort- hubbies, and our precious kiddos for ten glorious days.

Could. You. Not. Just. Faint???

You must go the website, to read all about what is in store for us on this course.  We are truly expectant to be taught so much.  But, even if you are not interested in this at all please do it anyway if only to see the dazzling venue where we will be hosted.

Book-ending this wonderful Ireland experience is a full day of shopping in London, a visit to my wee cousins and now brace yourself, not one but two you are so very spoilt days exploring Paris, said to be one of the most breathtaking cities in the world.

Could. You. Not. Just. Faint???

I am beyond excited.   I have to give a shout out to Monsieur R who has so generously gifted our flights to Heathrow as well as an “oh my word” one night treat in a classy London hotel.  Without your help this trip would quite simply not have been possible.  Thank you.  I find myself completely lost for words.

My mind is a whirl of wondering at the moment.  For instance, how close to an Irishman do you have to stand to have the luck of the Irish rub off on you? What are the best things to see and do in Dublin?  Is Zara having a sale?  Is H&M and Top Shop close to our hotel?  How many pairs of shoes are too many for a ten day trip?  How do you say “please can you take a photograph of me in front of the Eiffel Tower” in French?  It’s a wonder I am sleeping at all.

To get into the Irish swing of things, I made my little clan Irish colcannon for dinner.  Let me just say that these mashed potatoes are without a doubt the most delicious, calorific mashed potatoes you will ever eat.  Ever.

We ate ours with new season carrots and pork bangers, but I guess that with a just a glass of Guinness you would be good to go to.

Eaten cold the next day, of which I obviously have no experience, it is like a yummy potato salad.  I think.

500 g green or white cabbage
500 g potatoes
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
180 ml cream
Salt and black pepper
½ cup melted butter
  1. Wash the cabbage and cut it into thin strips.
  2. Cook the cabbage in salted water until wilted but still with a tender bite.
  3. Leave to drain well.
  4. Boil the potatoes in their skins until soft.
  5. Peel and mash the potatoes.
  6. Fry the spring onions and the cabbage in 1 tbsp. butter for a few minutes until fragrant and softened.
  7. Pour over the cream and while stirring heat until the cream begins to thicken a little.
  8. Pour the creamed cabbage mixture over the potatoes and mix well.
  9. Season to taste.
  10. Just before serving, make a little well in the center of the colcannon and pour in the butter.
There may be more blessed gals around, but at the moment I think probably not.
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