Edible Ireland started in 2011. Written by Kristin Jensen www.edible-ireland.com/ What is it about/why did you start it? Ireland has been good to me and I love calling it my home. I also love Irish food. Coming from the US, where the food travels 1,500 miles on average to reach your plate, I believe that on this small island, all Irish food is local food. With Edible Ireland, I want to explore the vibrant food scene here – the people who grow it, produce it, cook it, serve it, sell it and champion it – and tell the stories and share the recipes behind the country’s food and artisan producers. Why do you love living where you do? If I had drawn up a wish list of the ideal place to live and had stuck a pin in a map, I couldn’t have picked a more perfect place than where I live now in County Louth. It’s the best of all worlds. It’s only an hour’s drive to Dublin or to Belfast, half an hour from the airport and a 10-minute drive to the motorway,
so it’s easy to get out and about and enjoy all the city has to offer. And yet I also get all the advantages of living in the beautiful Irish countryside, with views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains and the Irish Sea. Even after living in Ireland for 15 years now, I still have to pinch myself - I can’t believe I’m actually lucky enough to live here and have this life. Tell us a bit about your upcoming book: I’m co-authoring a book with Caroline Hennessy (from the Bibliocook blog), The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider, to be published this autumn by New Island. The book will do what it says on the tin and will cover everything from how beer and cider are made to profiles of Irish craft brewers and cider makers to how to match beer and cider with food right through to tips and recipes for how to cook with them.
The Donkeys Hind Legs started in June 2013. Written by Paula Conneely www.thedonkeyshindlegs.com What is it about or why did you decided to start it? I love to talk, and I love to write, so this is the place where I can literally talk the hind legs off a donkey! Why do you love living where you do? I’m from Dublin, but always say that I was meant to live over here on Inis Óirr (the smallest and most eastern of the Aran Islands). Every day brings the feeling that anything is possible in this place, which is full of history, tradition, community, raw beauty and wonderful peace with the sea at its every boundary.
Spring 2014 Isle 13