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Meme Catch-up

One of the great things about blogging, is interacting with other bloggers – it’s inspiring, friendly and creative. There’s lots of ways of interacting – leaving comments, email, even just reading, but there’s also lots of memes lurking around, encouraging us to disclose more than say, our latest dinner recipe, or meal in Soho, and to participate in this wonderful thing we call the blogosphere, but I’ve fallen behind and have a few to catch up on.

So, now folks, it’s time for some extreme participative blogging. I am going to catch up on my memes. Brace yourselves, or ignore and wait for my next post. I promise not to take too long :-)

MEME 1 & 2

Trig from Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef invited me to participate in 7 Things About Me and Ginger from Dinner Diary invited me to participate in Five Things About Me. Both posts I really enjoyed reading, and it’s only fair I should return it. I am going to meet them in the middle and do 6.

Here are the rules (except I’ve changed 5/7 to 6 – does that make me a rule breaker? ;-):

1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 6 random and/or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 6 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

  1. I wasn’t interested in savoury food until late adolescence and was obssessed with making sweets and cakes growing up. Favourites included: homemade turkish delight, coconut ice, lemon meringue, meringues, attempts at homemade crisps and pavlova.
  2. With my sister and cousins, as chidren, we baked loads of cakes and sweets and setup a shop where we sold them to our friends and neighbours, then blew our profits on more sweets.
  3. I was really into knitting as a child and knitted an aran tracksuit for my doll with mustard wool. Nice!
  4. My first and only book was written and illustrated by moi at the age of, I think 8, and was titled “ALIENS ON EARTH”. Lol, still makes me laugh. I took it very seriously.
  5. My first album was Silk & Steel by Five Star, on tape. I loved it.
  6. I once got deported from Italy at the age of 19. I was living in Nice for a summer while at University, and decided with a friend to pop down to Italy but forgot my passport. It didn’t even occur to us to bring it, it was all very random, I think we decided to do it while walking past the train station – it was only a 45 minute journey. We found it incredibly funny, but the Italian police didn’t. I spoke French but not Italian and they spoke Italian but not French. Bring on the pigeon sign language and the giggles. They consulted the irish embassy and decided that we weren’t a danger to anyone bar ourselves. They saw the funny side eventually and consented to take a photograph of us at the station, I wish I still had it! We were sent packing with 2 other deportees (who incidentally didn’t find it so funny). In hindsight, bloody hell, what were we doing. I’ve been back to Italy a number of times since, and I don’t appear to be on a list anywhere, phew. Although, once they wouldn’t let me in to Italy, as they wouldn’t accept that Ireland was in the EU (in 1998!). We had travelled from Greece to Italy by ferry. The greek police found it hilarious, too funny to actually advise them otherwise and help us out. It took them 40 minutes to work it out. Fun times!

For this meme I am going to tag:

  1. George of Culinary Travels of a Kitchen Goddess
  2. Sylvie of A Pot of Tea & a Biscuit
  3. Becky of Girl Interrupted Eating
  4. Su-Lin of Tamarind & Thyme
  5. Kittie of Kittien’s in the Kitchen
  6. Jules of Domestic Goddess in Training


Jeanne at Cook sister! invited me to participate in a spelling meme when she did JEANNE spells… “list one fact, word or tidbit of information that is somehow related to your life for each letter of your first or middle name”. Like Jean, I am going to give it a foodie slant.

So, here goes:

N – New potatoes, oh I love them! Especially the ones that grow around Dungarvan in Ireland where I grew up.

I – Irish food – it’s so much better than people think! Everyone assumes we only do pubs well, but, we have some wonderful restaurants too, at least in recent years. In my small town alone we have a fabulous restaurant – The Tannery. Cork has many fabulous restaurants too. We have gorgeous cheeses, wonderful seafood, fantastic beef and lamb (amongst others) and great local markets full of locally grown produce.

A – asparagus – one of my favourite vegetables. I am indulging now that it’s asparagus season, and shall blog something soon. Favourites: Asparagus and poached or soft boiled eggs, asparagus carbonara, asparagus risotto.

M – marzipan – food of the devil. I’ll never forget the horror of biting into some marzipan fruit and discovering that underneath the gorgeous bright exterior lay something quite horrible and gritty.

H – hungry – I am always hungry, even when I am full.

As there’s 5 letters in my name, I need to tag 5 people, so for this meme I am going to tag:

  1. Trig from Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef
  2. Ginger from Dinner Diary
  3. Wendy from A Wee Bit of Cooking
  4. Margaret from Kitchen Delights
  5. Julia from A Slice of Cherry Pie



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  1. Kitchen Goddess says

    Thanks Niamh :) I’ll complete asap, sometime next week I think.

  2. Hey – I’d almost forgotten about this! It was rather a fun one though. And yes – let’s start the Ban Marzipan society. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

  3. Fun! I haven’t done this one yet. Thanks for the tag. :)
    PS That Five Star album was one of my firsts too.

  4. aedin says

    Niamh, thank you for making me laugh on a grim day with your tales of aran tracksuit clad dollies

  5. George – cool! Will look forward to reading it.

    Jeanne – I know, that’s because it took me near forever! BAN MARZIPAN! Evil, evil stuff.

    Wendy – great! And, nothing wrong with 5 star, at least not then.

    Aedin – :-) I really wish I had one to show you. Sweet jesus!

    Julia – great! Will keep an eye out for it :-)

  6. Hi George – great reading! Thanks.

    Trig – great! Will look forward to reading it :-)

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