Jam for the Church, one last bit of Irish humor

Europeans take their coffee sweet, or at least the Mediterranean countries do.  The typical coffee is a very strong brew served in a very tiny cup with 2 or 3 or even 4 large packets of sugar (and sometimes a dark, bitter chocolate that is meant to be melted in the coffee, not eaten as … Continue reading…

Ireland, Potatoes and A Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Shortly after we moved to Ireland I saw a poster on potatoes – you know the type, showing all of the different kinds of potatoes and their names.  One commonly sees the equivalent poster with peppers or tomatoes but this was Ireland.  I have always regretted not buying it but at the time I didn't … Continue reading…

Life in Ireland

Our house in Ireland was a typical terrace or row house: two rooms deep by three floors high.  It was old.  The walls were two feet thick and it had recently been remodeled  to add a kitchen and bathroom (I didn't ask).  We were right across the water from Cobh harbor (pronounced 'cove') where over … Continue reading…

La Abandonada

I am a dog lover, always have been.  However, after 25 years of various animals I was thoroughly enjoying a 'pet-free' life in Andorra.  The neighbor's dogs were available if I felt the urge to pet something but if my husband suggested a few days in Barcelona we were off with no worries.  Freedom!  It … Continue reading…

Chickens, Pig Heads and other stuff

When I was very young, meat and chicken came from the butcher wrapped neatly in white paper. As I got older and started cooking it came wrapped in see-through film. We moved to Ireland and everything was pretty much the same – except at Easter. I was wandering through the market and saw a display … Continue reading…

Lunch at Ramon’s

Every Saturday, in the village of St. Julia, Andorra, there is a group of people meeting for lunch at Ramon's – also know as El Principat.  It's not a formal group.  Anyone can show up and be welcomed anytime. We went once a month. The only rule is that the gathering is for English speakers, … Continue reading…

Dog Meat? or Meat for Dogs?

It is in the supermarkets and the small local food shops that one notices the most striking differences between life abroad and life in the Midwest.  In all villages and cities there are greengrocers: selling only fruit and vegetables; fishmongers selling only fish; various meat shops: selling chicken and other fowl; pork and sausage; beef; … Continue reading…

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