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Happy Birthday to Me!

8 Jan

Before you ask, no, it’s not really my birthday today, actually, it happens to be my darling sisters ( HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!)

However, I am (belatedly) celebrating the 1st birthday of the narcissistic ramblings I call my blog. I’m filled with the same feelings I presume new parents have on their own child’s first birthday, pride, smugness and a slight disbelief that I have lasted a year without killing it.

Alot happened in 2012 for me. I learned how to make scotch eggs, I moved house, 6 TIMES. I learned how to drive, I realised I quite like Dublin after years of being terrified to even walk through it, but, really 2012 was about leaving my terrible call centre job and moving to Italy to work on a farm.

Doing the internship at Spannocchia and subsequently working on a biodynamic vineyard taught me so much about food. Yep, I learned that eating peas freshly picked is one of the sweetest things you’ll ever taste, that you can smell the tell tale signs of a great wine vintage in its first few days of fermentation and that  coughing and spluttering is how to judge the quality of a Tuscan olive oil. But, I also learned the importance of food globally, the horrific practises towards live stock in commercial farming and the unfair, unsustainable and utterly wasteful methods of food production and distribution we have today.

But on the upside it has made me realise what I want to do, so here I am, back in my home town, working in two community gardens and being paid Sweet.Fuck.All, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. (well, unless someone wants to give me more money? Hello? Anyone?..)

So here’s to a great 2012 and hopefully a better paid 2o13.

Happy New Year!

Highlights of 2012;

Visiting the hill top village of Colle di Val D'Elsa.

Visiting the hill top village of Colle di Val D’Elsa.

Harvesting saffron

Harvesting saffron

Visiting a medieval castle in Tuscany

Visiting a medieval castle in Tuscany

Drinking a 10 year old Brunello for lunch.

Drinking a 10 year old Brunello for lunch.

Seeing " The Best Genesis Cover Band in Italy" in a beautiful monestry.

Seeing ” The Best Genesis Cover Band in Italy” here.

Eating at Dario Cechini's butchery.

Eating at Dario Cechini’s butchery.

Making chocolate cookies with a fantastic pastry chef

Making chocolate cookies with a fantastic pastry chef

Getting burgers handed to me with beef from our farm and homemade brioche buns.

Getting burgers handed to me with beef from our farm and homemade brioche buns.

Having to go to class and drink wines.

Having to go to class and drink wines.

Making our own Nocino, an Italian green walnut liqueur.

Making our own Nocino, an Italian green walnut liqueur.

Getting to see inside a porcine Aladdins cave of wonder.

Getting to see inside a porcine Aladdins cave of wonder.

Getting to live here for 3 months.

Getting to live here for 3 months.

Getting to eat vegetable we had harvested in the morning for dinner.

Getting to eat vegetable we had harvested in the morning for dinner.

Getting to battle broody hens every morning for our eggs.

Getting to battle broody hens every morning for our eggs.

Having dinner on this terrece every evening during the summer.

Having dinner on this terrece every evening during the summer.

Getting to make our own pizza in a real wood burning oven.

Getting to make our own pizza in a real wood burning oven.

Having lunches like this handed to you.

Having lunches like this handed to you.

Getting to work with these two fantastic women in the garden for 3 months.

Getting to work with these two fantastic women in the garden for 3 months

Foraging my own Chanterelle mushrooms.

Foraging my own Chanterelle mushrooms.

Working during the wine harvest in Colombaia

Working during the wine harvest in Colombaia

Getting look after these cuties (I never look upon a sausage in the same way again)

Getting to look after these cuties (I’ll never look upon a sausage in the same way again)

Eating the most amazing local food.

Having the most amazing dinners.

Learning that Americans aren't as scary as the movies make them out to be.

Learning that Americans aren’t as scary as the movies make them out to be.

Making pasta for the first time.

Making pasta for the first time.

Getting shitfaced on amazing Chianti Classico before noon.

Getting shitfaced on amazing Chianti Classico before noon.

Going to the local market in Tusany.

Buying amazing local produce.

Tasting the white wine 30 days into fermentation

Tasting the white wine 30 days into fermentation

Getting to harvest the 2012 vintage of the most amazing wine have I ever tasted for the two most amazing people I have ever met.
Getting to harvest the 2012 vintage of the most amazing wine have I ever tasted for the two most amazing people I have ever met.

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