Well, well, well, round 4 of Project Food Blog
, eh? I am pleased and indescribably gratified that so many of you saw fit to get me to this point with your votes. If you’d care to do so again, voting for entries in this round will be open between October 11th and 14th and this link
will take you to where it’s at, voting-wise. As to the matter of this round, the challenge is to present an instructional photo tutorial of, well, anything you like. So, without further ado, allow me to introduce you to boiled boxty, that most traditional of Irish potato dumplings.
For a start, I’ll bet you didn’t know that there was even such a thing as a world potato dumpling record.
Or that a new such record was set just this past week in Ireland. Fact.
Pádraic Óg Gallagher and his world record 82.5kg boxty dumpling
I watched as the hefty 82.5kg record-breaking dumpling was unveiled.
“Y’know, this kind of thing could inspire a boiled boxty craze,” I thought to my spud-self.
“And when that craze hits, I want to be right up there.”
Truly my ambitions know no bounds when it comes to spuds.
There was just one teeny problem, though…
It was a sign.
A large, elephant-shaped sign.
Painted with some mighty inescapable strawberries.
Let me guess, you've never seen a strawberry elephant before either...
The elephant was a resident of The Hempel Hotel in London, the venue for this weekend’s Food Blogger Connect 2010 (and, yes, I will be reporting on the bits of FBC that involved neither elephants nor strawberries in due course).
I think maybe the folks at Bord Bia had placed Mr. Elephant there as a not-so-subtle reminder to me that it was the start of Irish National Strawberry week. Like I needed a reminder.
“I’ll not starve.”
That was the thought that crossed my mind as I pondered some weighty financial issues.
“I could always live on chickpeas” (and, before you ask, there is an implied “and potatoes” in that sentence).
I know for a fact that the modest sum of €3.30 will buy me a hefty 2kg of dried chickpeas at The Asia Market. Allow me to illustrate just how many chickpeas that is:
Chickpeas, lots thereof