I love to leave local produce for guests who stay at Greenville. I will leave out a local cheese like Cashel Blue and a freshly made soda bread from my own kitchen and suggest they use full fat Irish butter on the bread – so I have to leave that out too, as otherwise guests may be tempted to desecrate the bread with some low fat spread. In more recent times another product has been added to the list. I leave a bottle or two of White Gypsy Brewery beer for people to sample, with some tasting glasses, specially designed for the brewery ( for a full list of their produce see http://www.whitegypsy.ie/). I am always looking for high quality products to promote that originate in Tipperary.
Last weekend I was out in our garden in the morning and I heard the guests who were staying at the cottage (a group of four from Israel) chatting. They were sitting outside the cottage, in the morning sunshine, drinking coffee. I noted they were using pottery glasses I had left in the house, which many might consider water glasses. I smiled to myself and thought how great it was to see these little gems of glasses, with their blue, brown and green tones shimmering in the sunlight, being used and admired by our visiting guests.
This was a set of pottery glasses I got some years ago as a gift, from Rossa Pottery in Cashel Co. Tipperary. Time, I thought to myself, to meet the Master potter behind this beautiful range, at his family run workshop.
If you told me 10 years ago that I would enjoy spending hours in the kitchen cooking and baking, or that I would be able to make different breads that people would actually enjoy eating, I know, for a certainty, I would have burst out laughing and so would anyone who knew me at that time.
Last Sunday was a special day for Greenville (I will explain the name in a future blog): it was a special day for my ancestors; for myself; for my husband Seosamh and our three sons Don, Joss and Étienne Devine.