Sunday, January 31, 2010
Just outside Londonderry, signs of life. Or at least humps.
Arrived near the Causeway. The view from the room.
A short drive before dinner.
Tomorrow, climb some cliffs and explore some castles, for now, some relaxation.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Lunch was from a grocers, bread, cheese, olives and a cold beer. When I checked out the girl asked for my shopper card. I said "I'm from the US" and she said "well you sure don't look it" and I realize that I look VERY much like everyone walking around me, hair, skin, clothing. I passed more than one woman that could be my sister. When the Catholic Children's Home Society folks name you Mary-Brigid it stands to reason you're at least part Irish. :-)
I slept like I haven't in years. Then off for another day of adventure. I'm getting used to the driving and the traffic. I did go for a walk that included a trek across this incredibly busy intersection that had about 12 lanes and tiny little islands for the pedestrians to cross the whole thing. You'd get a light and scoot across one or two lanes to the next island, which had fence rails around it as the cars were whizzing by just feet away, then on to the next. Remember the game FROGGER? That was me.
A lovely pub dinner and then to sleep for an early departure.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The cell does not work at all, and my computer access will be limited as I didn't bring a laptop. (Work has no way to contact me, what a concept :-)
I got a few hours sleep in Dublin by the airport then it's time to head out in a rental car. Ive got it for at least 10 days so a lot of ground can be covered, or not, the joy of no itinerary.
I'd forgotten how mystically beautiful this country is, and how incredibly nice the people are.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Croissants Pain au Chocolat . In plain English that's a croissant loaded with dark chocolate pieces.
I'll be frank, this is NOT an easy recipe to make. The professional pastry chef who wrote the cookbook labels it "difficult". Sort of like cleaning your Ruger Mark III is "difficult", unless you're an engineer and/or work on a Starship. But it's worth it if you have a kitchen to yourself and a few hours some evening.
You can make them all the way through, or freeze before the final rising. Then you can raise them overnight, to have them in the morning for breakfast.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Home on the Deathstar Malted Milk Ball Cookies
You start with a bag of Mountain Man Fruit and Nut Company Malted Milk Balls, not only are they delicious, like all of their products, they are twice the size of most. The chocolate coating is real chocolate (and you can get them in dark chocolate as well) and it's THICK, so it gets all nice and melty as it cooks.
Throw in the chopped up malted milk balls.
It's a soft, tender cookie, slightly crispy around the edges from the butter. The malted milk balls? Well the center takes on a almost honeycomb like texture and the chocolate melts really well and stays soft after cooling. Yum.
The Storm Troopers won't leave a crumb.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
THIS is my idea of breakfast (yes, that's a fried chicken breast , bacon, gravy, egg, cheese AND biscuits.)
Friday, January 8, 2010
Rio Arriba started it with his post on his own barbecue sauce secret. He didn't post measurements so I just used instinct to get the seasoning just so. I tweaked it slightly, not that it needed improvement, just to make it my own with what I had on hand. I replaced the chiopotle, which I was out of, with dried jalapeno and to offset the hot, added some raw honey.
There were bones and sauce on all surfaces when the carnage was over.