Sep 12 2012

Useless Photos

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Oysters in the evening sun

Sometimes I go through a folder on my desktop called ‘useless photos’ and wonder why they never made the final cut. Do you have thousands of photos stashed on your memory cards and hard drives? Photos that might tell a story if you let them out for a spell?

The above photo has too much sunshine. The sun ruined the shot but also made it one of my favourites. Incidentally, the Galway Oyster Festival is just around the corner. Running from Friday September 28th – Sunday September 30th 2012. That is also our anniversary weekend. Anyone coming to town for the festivities? Let me know!


For poaching your chicken you will need …

This photo fell out of focus most likely because the ingredients were being swiped out from under my nose as the Chef was making a poached chicken for the kids lunches.


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Our blog has been SHORTLISTED (in three categories!) for the Blog Awards Ireland. If I seem excited about this it is because I AM excited about this. If you are a blogger, or if you just enjoy reading blogs then come along to the Blog Awards Ireland event on Saturday October 13th, 2012 at The Osprey Hotel in Naas, County Kildare. This is sure to be a very exciting night!


Best chicken ever

For the perfectly poached chicken you will need 1 whole chicken, 1 kg tomatoes, 2 whole oranges (cut in half but not peeled), 1 whole bulb of garlic (cut in half unpeeled), 2 onions )peeled and halved), 2 tsp mexican oregano, 1/2 bunch coriander, 1 Tbsp achiote paste, 120 ml/ half cup of Aaspall cyder vinegar, salt, pepper and enough water to almost cover the bird. Put all ingredients in to a large pot with a lid and let it simmer on the stove for two hours. The original recipe comes from something Lily (A Mexican Cook in Ireland) cooked for us last year. She made a dish called Cochinita Pibil which I think is traditionally made with pork. This works well with all cuts of meat, we have discovered.



Another photo that will never end up saying much. The Chef has been working on a recipe for parmesan buttermilk breadsticks. I like them, the kids love them and he thinks they need work. Either way, these puppies are toast!

Winky Dink

The jury is still out on this one. The dessert is great but the kids took the photograph so I am not sure if I am going to keep it for the second book or reshoot it. A reshoot means a re-bake. Who’s in for a Winky Dink? (This is the REAL name of this dessert!)

Trout Dijon

I just noticed I have a few ‘bad trout’ photos. This is one of my favourite dinners. Trout, mustard, breadcrumbs. It is so easy to make yet always looks a little ‘flat’. I will make Trout’ our new subject to study, shoot and, er, eat.

And last but not least ….. another photo that most likely will never amount to much …..

Me in the mirror

I am not sure why this ended up in the ‘bin’. I actually like this shot. It was taken at Lisloughrey Lodge earlier this summer.

If you are thinking you might need a little night away without the kids later in the year, this is the place for you. Especially if you book in for  Friday November 2nd 2012. There is a special event taking place with Food & Wine magazine. Sure to be a hoot!

Book now – you know you will need that break!

Those are all the WiseWords I have for today,


OH – wait ….buy  The Sunday Times on September 16th 2012.We have a recipe in it for a Pecan Pie Cheesecake.

You know you want some.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

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12 Comments + Add Comment

  • Hi Mona,

    Love the photo of ♫ I’m talking to the woman in the mirror ♫ My favorite.

    Oh yeah! Cheese cake, now you have my attention 🙂

    • Hi Robert!
      I know…a pecan pie cheesecake too! We have been messing about with the
      recipe for ages so I hope you give it a try when it comes out in a few weeks.
      So so good. And glad you like the photo x

  • you posted that one of you in the mirror – so you did!

    • I did …I did….I did…on FB I think? I tried looking for it but jeepers
      I post a lot of photos x.
      Hope all is well down the way and the girls are happy at school x

      • …and also what the holy heck is in a winky dink?

        Good thanks and all your mob too I hope 🙂

        • Ha ha! I was wondering if you were curious. We will make one for you soon.
          It is a German pastry with ‘stuff on top’ and it is killer.
          Kids all well and happy … love being back at school.

  • I think that picture with the sunshine is actually really good. Have you ever tried to create that effect on purpose? It’s really hard! I do have thousands and thousands of photos stashed somewhere that I never will use. I am one of those people that selects shots from a shoot, edit them etc. but then never delete the rejects. Never look at them again either so really, it’s a waste of space…
    but you’re useless photos are not so useless! I love that shot of you in the mirror too and well that pecan pie (although I know that is not in your useless folder!!) is just fantastic!!
    Can’t wait to see the recipe. Saying that; I should really be making less sweets and more savory’s for a while.. 🙂
    And congratulations on making it to not one, not two but three categories on the blog awards! I think you might just end up winning…. not one, not two, but three awards! 😉

    • Good morning Simone,
      Eeeek…….no way ….I am not expecting a win at all.
      Actually I think I will blog (next) who my true competition is.
      There are so many excellent excellent bloggers on our wee island
      and I have no high hopes of a win at all. Just delighted to be in the running.
      Simone…the cheesecake is just gorgeous. I would suggest you make this one
      for a large gathering of friends or family and only eat a sliver yourself.
      It is that good you will be planning a gathering every week xx

  • I love all these photos, especially the first oyster shot. Those sun rays coming in the winter are gorgeous and you can definitely tell those are oysters in the shadows. So looking forward to that pecan pie cheesecake recipe and those winky dinks (post it!!).

    • Hey Paula,
      You know, it is funny because I love that shot too but when we were shooting the first book
      the editors said it was ‘too artsy’. . . . I love images that give a ‘her and now’ feel to them and
      that one does it for me. I have rescued it from the ‘useless photo’ folder and it is now my screensaver.

      Pecan Pie cheesecake recipe will go live in two weeks and the Winky Dinks for Halloween ish .. maybe before xx

  • My money is in you winning at least one category at the Blog Awards. Go Mona!!!

    • Thanks so much Ellie x
      Twould be nice alright but there is fierce competition this year!

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