One of the best things we have done since moving here is discovered the delights of fresh ingredients. On our list of ‘To-Dos” with any visitors is going to get fresh mussels for dinner. There is nothing quite like driving to the beach, and walking out on the sand when the tide has gone out, collecting a bucket of fresh mussels and oysters, and cooking them! Cleaning the barnacles from the shells is not so glamorous, however, but definitely worth it!
We have tried two recipes – both equally delicious!
The classic mussels in white wine: Fry some onion and plenty of garlic in a shallow cast iron pan, add some white wine and reduce slightly. Add a good slug of fresh cream, some ground black pepper and chopped fresh parsley. Tip in the cleaned mussels, put a lid on your pan, and steam until the mussels are open. Discard any that remain closed. Don’t overcook them or they will be rubbery! Serve with crusty bread and chilled white wine.
For something a bit different, and equally tasty (I have my sister to thank for this one!): Fry a chopped onion, plenty of crushed garlic and some fresh grated ginger. Add some chopped chilli (not too much that it will take over the taste of the mussels, but enough for a little bit of a kick), and 1/2 tsp of tumeric, 2 tsp ground cumin. Stir in 1 cup of water and 1 3/4 cups of shredded fresh coconut. Sprinkle in some fresh chopped coriander. Steam your mussels as in the previous recipe, and garnish with some more fresh coriander.
This sounds like a bit of a strange combination with mussels, but believe me, it’s so delicious you will be spooning up the juices with your mussel shells and drinking it!!
When you try out new recipes, be sure to snap some photos of this finished masterpiece. You can then collect all of your favourite recipes into your own special recipe book. I am in the process of putting together a cookbook using Blurb of all of our favourite family recipes. This will make a great gift for close friends and family! It’s so easy – you should try it too!!
Despite wind and heavy showers, we had a lovely morning out in the Culdaff area.. Here are a few highlights for you!
Time to post a few more photos from beautiful Donegal! As you can see, over the last couple of months, we have had a whole range of weather from snow and ice, wind and hailstones, to sunshine, lambs and spring flowers!
As always, no matter what the time of year, its just stunningly beautiful up here!
Coming up to the end of the school year, I am sure there are many special moments that you would like to treasure for ever. Your child graduating, moving to a new school, your kids winning sports team, or a wonderful field trip.
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The Fedex Man Delivered My Blurb Designer Book!
A few weeks ago, I was offered an early bird trial of Blurb’s new Designer Photo Book Templates and I of course said, Yes! I definitely wanted to make myself a Blurb Designer book! It was a great opportunity to try out designing a book using the online Bookify software. I have used their Booksmart program a few times, and it is really great for being able to control every aspect of your design. But sometimes you just want a quick click and go design.
I decided to make a collection of some of the shots I have taken on my phone since moving to Donegal. I thought it would be a lovely little book to bring with me when visiting other places to show people what it is like here. SO my Blurb Designer book is a collection of photos of Donegal.
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Vera Bradley Teams Up With Tiny Prints!
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My little friend from today
I think Spring has arrived!
February has just come and gone, and despite some horrible windy weather here in Donegal at the beginning of the month, I think Spring has finally sprung! We have had some amazing sunshiny days, and of course I have been out and about with my phone taking snapshots to share with you!
During February, we also had a group of 12 people visit from Minnesota, USA. It was a lovely opportunity to show them around the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. There also took hundreds of photos – mostly of newborn lambs I think! They had a great visit with us, and I think they would like to come back again. It’s actually good to come to Ireland in the Spring and Autumn as flight prices are usually a little bit lower than peak season. There are more and more great flight comparison sites out there like FlightNetwork.com which not only help you to find the best deal, but also have a price drop guarantee. You will also find at these times of year that holiday homes are a good bit cheaper to rent.
The last couple of weeks we have got to visit Glengad, Leenan, and a bit more of Inch Island. I also enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon walk on “My Beach” (it’s what I call it as it is just across the road form our house ). So here are some of my photos from the last month. Hope you enjoy beautiful Inishowen!!