Quick Link – Darina Allen: Forgotten Skills of Cooking cookbook – chicagotribune.com

Darina Allen’s great Forgotten Skills of Cooking gets a Chicago Tribune review:

The recipes are old-fashioned and mostly Irish. You’ll find a lot of recipes here calling for salting, canning, pickling, smoking and even potting in butter — preferably homemade. Allen is a big do-it-yourselfer. Founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, she’s a born teacher, and her enthusiasm is infectious. Still, be warned: To get the most out of this book, you need to be not only a do-it-yourselfer but also able to handle yourself in the kitchen, the garden and even the slaughtering shed.

via Darina Allen: Forgotten Skills of Cooking cookbook – chicagotribune.com.

A Christmas Baking Slideshow

Long sentences alert!
In what is rapidly becoming a tradition Blathnaid and I bake a mountain of mince pies from scratch (including making our very own mince meat). This year we threw in some gingerbread men (and women, not to mention children), sugar cookies, macaroons, pecan fingers and in spite of my bad handling of the cooking of them, some rather fabulous florentines.

This year also took some nice pictures! Hope you enjoy them.

Full of festive spirit,

Back in the new year with thoughts on e-books, kindle, the Irish trade and Black Swans!