Donal Skehan

GIY Sow & Grow Launch

This morning I headed out to Rathfarnham on the south side of Dublin to visit a school where Innocent smoothies and GIY Ireland were launching a brand new campaign to get school kids growing their own veggies, Sow & Grow.  After a few years growing my own veggies, I’m a complete convert and a big believer that anyone can give it a go.  It’s one of those incredibly rewarding activities and if you are a food lover it’s the obvious hobby to add to your to do list.  After a few mishaps, my theory is always to grow things you want to eat and things which grow quickly.  Peas, salad leaves, potatoes, cabbages, and strawberries are fail safe in my books and now is definitely the time to get sowing.

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Checking In!

Call off the search! I’m still here and still kicking! I know it’s been a while but hey as any blogger will know there is always at least some point where you would much rather scratch your eyes out than write a blog post.  More importantly though I’m back and I have found my food blogging mojo again.  I suppose I should let you know what’s been going on behind the scenes since my last post nearly 2 months ago!  The major project which has taken up so much of my time has been the new book which I’ve been working on full time since mid October.  It was one the tighter deadlines I’ve had for a book to date, but in some ways the pressure was a good thing, it meant far less faffing about and creating up imaginary tasks which were of course far more important than finishing the book.  Between October and the end of November I was chained to a desk writing the 100 recipes that make up my third book, which was nicely broken up with some intensive recipe testing in the middle.  I have to admit that although cooking that sort of volume of varied food in quick succession can turn the whole process into a bit of a blur, I did manage to structure the days so they had a nice pace of writing half the day and then pottering around the kitchen tinkering with recipe measurements before dinner.

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