An LA Trip

So I travelled to LA for the LA Times Festival Of Books, an absolutely excellent event.

I was there to represent Irish Publishers at the Imagine Ireland stand and I was accompanied by a host of authors including Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Kevin Power, Peter Sirr, Tom McCarthy, Molly McCloskey, Brian Dillon and Joe Woods. Joe had a dual role, he was also representing Poetry Ireland alongside Jane O’Hanlon.

I had a great time and got to meet up with lots of folk while I was there including the wonderful Kassia and Kirk.

On the Thursday I took a trip down to the beach, Venice Beach, and took some pics. Hope you like them!

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Some Baking Pics

This is not, nor shall it ever be, a baking blog. But I do bake.

Coming up to Christmas I make sugar cookies based on a recipe given to me by my girlfriend’s aunt in Evantson. I also make gingerbread men from Delia’s recipe online. I could lie and say that I do this for the kids, but the truth is, cookies and gingerbread men are great and especially at Christmas.

We also undertake the rather more grueling task of 144 mince pies, made with our own mincemeat (always fun) and my girlfriends pastry (buttery, crumbly goodness).

Whereas I’m a messy kitchen hand, others in the house are not, so I tend to make my cookie dough in advance of baking and I did that tonight (along with wrapping some gifts it really made the night PRETTY  Christmassy) and I thought I’d share a gallery for the fun of it!

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They are both sitting pretty in the fridge right now waiting for tomorrow (or maybe even Thursday) when I break them out, roll them, cook them and ice/sprinkle them! Even more fun on the way!

Merry Christmas,
Eoin

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,
Eoin

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