Five years ago, I addressed the wish to myself to live abroad for a while. I knew it would be Ireland, somehow.
A few days back, I was asked if Ireland was a particular choice. Yes. I am interested in its richness. The growing awareness of how food should be processed is equally important in Austria. But, I appreciate the Irish way of patience, lust of life and immorality to deal with topics like sustainability and green living.
When I listened JP McMahon, Chef, Writer, and Founder of Food On The Edge, and Dr. Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, Chef, Lecturer and Ireland’s leading food historian, on With Relish, an Irish food podcast, I was struck; this is what I wanted to write about, this is what I wanted to dig in deep, to know more of.
What are we coming from? What have we eaten historically? How did it shape us?
I like Máirtín’s description of the summation of food that we have eaten on this island historically until now. It is like digging deep in archaeological findings. He asks us to use our imagination and experience finding oyster shells out there at the coast. In ancient times, there was an engagement with food. With actions taken like JP’s festival Food On The Edge at least chefs and their acquaintances are drawn to a culinary focus again.
So, what will you be reading of in the next weeks and months while I am traveling
- Traveling and eating locally
- History of food culture
- Producing food myself (sorry, no recipes)
- Interviews with active people around a sustainable mind
- Stories of traveling slowly
- Tips to plan trips
Five years ago, I shaped a dream which I follow now. It is never too late. And there is always a dream to find yourself to wake up with. I am right in the middle. Come join me.
This year, in 2018, Food On The Edge will take place on October 22 and 23, in Galway.