I was honored when Emeritus Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, holder of the inaugural Chair of Music and Founding Director of the Irish World Music Academy at the University of Limerick, agreed to do an interview with me for my blog a few weeks back.
I have spoken about GV, our sourdough starter, a few times before in my blogs.
Over two years old, I have made about 15 sourdough breads with it, and feed it every other day. However, I was never fully happy with any of the breads: though they did improve with practice, they just did not rise enough in the oven.
Unique Home in Borrisoleigh
Just about a 25 minute drive from Greenville, down several narrow winding roads typical of those you find in the depths of rural Tipperary, in the hills of Borrisoleigh, is the home of artist and horticulturalist Ciarnad Ryan and her husband Tim Davis.
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.