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Strokestown House – Gardens & Kitchen

Yesterday I took a little trip with 4 fabulous women to visit another fabulous woman – Siobhan Greene who’s cooking down in the cafe in Strokestown House, Roscommon.  Myself, my mother, The San Francisco Rose and 2 friends enjoyed lunch (where much of the veg / salad / soft fruit is coming from the gardens) and a tour of the house and gardens.  Strokestown house was originally built in the 1600s and was owner-occupied until 1982.  The current owner came across old documents from the famine in the house and subsequently set up an Irish Famine museum next to the house.  A day could be spent here between the house, gardens, museum and yummy cafe.  Yesterday we enjoyed cabbage, kohl rabi, spinach soup, blackcurrent jelly & cordial – all from within the walled garden!  We even sampled a fresh, fuzzy peach from the glass house, spectacular!

Strokestown Peach

Fresh Turnip & Chef

White Raspberry

Water Lillies

Apple tree training up the wall

Goodbye San Francisco

A little toast to the week spent in fabulous San Francisco, where the choice of food is incredible!  Another trip is needed to delve deeper into the Napa Valley – was enjoying the surface with this glass of bubbly though!  Must get back to the garden however, and tend to my herbs and other edibles.

Swanton Strawberries, California

We took a trip to Santa Cruz from San Francisco along the coast the other day and stopped at a gorgeous organic fruit farm.  There were strawberries, jams, and baked fruit goods for sale in a hut.  To buy something, we used the self-service cash desk – drop your notes through a chute and take your own change.  It was a great experience!  I bought a citrus strawberry jam, which is gorgeous and ate lots of in-season, red, juicy strawberries on the way to Santa Cruz.

Swanton Strawberries

San Francisco

My poor garden is without me for 10 days while I take a trip to San Francisco.  Here’s a picture of a gorgeous tea-leaf salad we shared in a Burmese restaurant – perfect for an Irish tea lover!  It had lots of crunch with peanuts, crispy fried garlic, sunflower seeds, lentil and a lemon juice dressing.

Tea Leaf Salad, San Francisco

Saw this gorgeous hen on a visit to Filoli House outside San Francisco.  It’s a fantastic estate that has the most amazing extensive gardens which included very carefully tended herb and vegetable patches.  Also lots of iris, which were beautiful…..I may plant some more.