I hate to be predictable, but it’s that day of the year when you’d be expecting to see some kind of top-10-review-highlights-resolution kind of post, and who am I to disappoint?
So c’mon, then, into the spudmobile, seat belts on and let’s zoom through 2009…
First stop, the Irish Blog Awards in Cork. Though it may have been a gloomy, recessionary kind of year for many, happily it was a very good year for the Spud, and not just because of this…
I can’t say that I objected much to being mentioned in the Irish Times either, and, later, having my own words in actual print in the Irish Independent Love Food Magazine. Result? One very happy and humbled Spud.
It’s not all about the glory though (yeah, right), there was glamorous foreign travel too (watch as the spudmobile takes to the air). In May, I scored some fancy potato peeling equipment (and lots more besides) at the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in Seattle. In San Francisco, I ate bánh mì with Greg from Sippity Sup, ceviche and causa with LouAnn from Oyster Food and Culture, and at November’s Food Blogger Connect in London, I ate garlic with everyone.
Closer to home, there was a grand spudmobile excursion to the Organic Centre in Leitrim for their annual Potato Day, where I met Dave Langford, potato collector extraordinaire, and later got to see his impressive collection of spuds growing up at Lissadell House. I was also whisked down to see the Flahavan’s Oat Mill in November and have been on a diet of porridge ever since (it’s not all glamour, y’know). When not gallivanting, I was to be found in the garden, bravely squaring up to the slug barons and earning my purple heart of spudness.
And, of course, there was plenty of general eatin’ and drinkin’ in 2009.
I ate potatoes in their many shapes and many forms and loved my lessons in boxty from a real Irish mammy. Bord Bia, it seems, rather loved my mini cheese, potato and onion pies, while Saveur liked my salt-baked baby potatoes. My potato milkshake, though, was enough to strike fear into the heart of grown men. I can only assume that I must have been doing something right!
And, yes, there was lots more besides, but that is probably quite enough for one whirlwind tour.
Thank you all for joining me along the way and hope you’ll come along for the ride in 2010!