“First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest…!”
Last Thursday, I followed my usual evening routine. I go to bed around 7.45 pm, read for awhile (I’m reading Rick Stein’s autobiography at the moment) and try to be asleep by 8.15 pm. I’m then wide awake by 3.30 am and begin work at the bakery at 5am. Life as a baker isn’t easy. It’s been a difficult adjustment to make and certain nights are tougher then others – Champions League football, Europa League football, Wednesday cinema with Ali, a sneaky midweek pint – all of these pleasures have had to fall by the wayside. But last Thursday was one of the toughest nights so far when attending the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards just wasn’t possible. I had been nominated in the two food categories some months earlier and to my surprise and delight, I made it from the initial list to the shortlist and ulitmately became a finalist in both categories. Despite being distracted I fell asleep, only to be awoken by a phone call from an excited Ali at about 10.30pm – Silver and second place in the food experience section – amazing!
It’s been a fun year at the Kinneagh Kitchen. Attending Ballymaloe Cookery School from January to March has been a great influence and informer of my recipes and features, and Ali and I have visited some wonderful restaurants and cafés for my reviews. My first Supper Club was a year ago today at Salamander Coffee House, where we served up a three course Italian meal. A Thai edition pursued followed by a long break for cookery school and settling into a new job. I resurrected the idea recently as a Pop-Up Italian Restaurant at the Chat n’ Chew, Newbridge. There are lots of plans in the offing for next year so keep an eye on the blog for more announcements.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me throughout this past year. The blog has grown considerably with more followers and likes than ever before. It’s no coincidence to me that this began to happen once Ali started to become more involved with The Kinneagh Kitchen and began to edit my blog posts – I have a tendency to ramble, misspell and generally write a lot of rubbish but Ali brings it all into focus and is a constant source of inspiration and reason. Thank you Ali, I love you.