The first new stall is The Pieman, we saw him at the Christmas market in Carrick-on-Shannon and were very impressed. The pies are fantastic, full of quality ingredients and very tasty.
The other new stall is An Caife Bia Slainte who make wonderful cakes in all kinds of lovely flavours. It was a hard job deciding which ones to choose.
Can you believe this is a cake! Wow! I took more cake photos if you want a look.
I treated myself to some beautiful daffodils from Leitrim Flowers. Although their stall wasn’t there Trimilawn Farm Herbs were doing a great job selling some of their flowers and plants as well as their own wonderful selection of herbs and teas.
If you haven’t been to the Sligo Farmer’s Market before it’s well worth a visit. There is such a great selection of products for sale and the atmosphere is brilliant. It’s on every Saturday in the IT Sligo from 9am-1pm.
For some reason I was in a baking mood yesterday….a very rare occurrence in this household. Above was meant to be a Chocolate Fudge Cake (minus the fudge) because I didn’t condensed milk…so we googled how to make fudge sauce without it….it failed. The brown part of the cake is with chocolate fudge topping but it really was awful (we used milk, cane sugar and butter…it took about 2 hours to thicken and tasted like shite!!) Anyway here’s the cake recipe if you want it (the white part is topped cream and was much nicer). I just threw it all in the blender and bunged it in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C (gas mark 4)
- 150 g butter
- 150 g light muscovado sugar (I didn’t have any so I used cane sugar)
- 150 g self-raising flour
- 40 g cocoa
- 2 medium eggs
- 3 tblsp golden syrup
225g / 8oz Self Raising Flour
375g packet of Fruit Mix (I used raisins and sultanas because I don’t like dried peel)
300ml / 1/2 pint cold Tea (I used hot black tea)
125g / 4oz Caster Sugar
1 Egg (beaten)
Good pinch Mixed Spice (I didn’t have any so I just used cinnamon)
Place fruit and tea in bowl and you are meant to leave it over night but I only decided to make the brack that day so I left it for 2 hours. Again I just through the flour, sugar and spice into the blender and added a beaten egg. I did throw half the fruit/tea mixture in but the fruit was getting blitzed so I thought I’d better just stir the rest of it in. Bake in a pre-heated oven 170°C/325°F/Gas 3 for approx. one hour or until risen and firm to the touch.
So there you go that’s my baking done for another while until the urge takes me again.
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So yesterday was the big day for the Sligo Animal Rescue and Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary jumble sale. Nothing in life goes to plan though and we had a couple of problems. The first one was that I had a warehouse full of jumble in Collooney (thanks to Mick in Signs Express for letting us use his place) and no one to help me transport it to Sligo. Thankfully due to the internet and two of the nicest ladies you could wish to meet Sinead and Vanessa came to my rescue with their vans (who needs men anyway!)
So on Friday we loaded it all up and headed off to Sligo where Steve and Diane had been setting up the hall. As I walked in Steve told me we weren’t allowed to hold the raffle because the hall was a Methodist Hall and it’s considered gambling. I suppose this was my own fault for not checking it out and I really worried about how this would change things.
We carried on regardless though with our jumble sale and above are just some of our wonderful helpers and organisers. All of whom I met through the internet and most of whom I’d never met before our event. Isn’t it amazing how many special people there are out there willing to help! Anyway before I go all mushy I’ll carry on.
Farmer John and Farmer Lucy (and all their little farmers) from Farmyard in your Schoolyard were kind enough to bring along some rabbits, a chicken and her chicks. So the children got to hold them. One lady was saying it’s the first time her son had ever held a rabbit. It’s a fantastic idea. Farmyard in your Schoolyard will bring their animals out to schools and events to teach the children all about them. The farmers cleaned up any bit of mess and made sure everyone sanitised their hands after touching the animals. It really bought people in to the hall as well so a big thank you to them.
During the day people were still bringing in jumble for us to sell. Also wonderful home baking. Again all these people had seen our appeal on the Internet and were so kind to help out. Chapters Coffee House in Sligo were so kind to make us some goodies (and to drive me back to the hall in the pouring rain).
We then had our very own celebrity visitor! This is Dermot Healy, he’s a novelist, playwright and poet. We were delighted to see him, he’s a lovely man
Elaine arrived to do face painting for the children. She was brilliant, some reallyamazing faces going around the place
It was a wonderful day, with a great buzz around the place. Lovely to see so many smiling faces and the best news of all is that we raised €1594!! This will be split equally between Sligo Animal Rescue and the Sathya Sai Sanctuary. The raffle is yet to come so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. Thank you to everyone who helped, we couldn’t have done it without you.
After the farmers market I went to St. Cecilia’s School Fun Day. There was so much to see and do, if I had more time I would have had an Angel Reading and a manicure but I was rushing to get to the Cos Cos Sean-Nos Festival. I did get to have a cuppa and a cake and buy a couple of bits from the jumble sale.
I also got talking to Trish on the left of my photo and it turns out she reads my blog It’s always lovely to meet a reader….sometimes I feel like I type to myself So also donated money to Sligo Animal Rescue which was lovely of her.
Source Sligo were having a cookery demonstration and coffee morning with all the proceeds going towards Daffodil Day. So I went along to support them.
Eithne and Paula showed us how to make daffodils out of icing, which are really quite easy to do (although I didn’t do a great job on mine). They make it look easy though
This was my daffodil, it was put on the cake with lemon curd made at Source Sligo, the sharp taste from the lemon curd and the sweet icing went very well together. It was almost a shame to eat it.
Eithne also showed us how to make carrot cupcakes, which are a great idea and much quicker to cook than a loaf carrot cake. Eithne used cranberries instead of raisins but it worked really well. We got to try them fresh out of the oven and they were wonderful.
I really love Source Sligo, it’s a wonderful idea to have a cookery school, restaurant and wine bar all under one roof. It’s a lovely bright, airy building and the views are great. There are some great cookery classes available. Check out their Facebook page for more details.
On my travels yesterday I found a new cake shop in Ballisodare….isn’t it funny how most of my blogs these days seem to be about food! Anyway I’m never one to resist temptation so I went in for a look.
The rest of my photos are here.
On Wednesday evening we went to Shells Cafe, Strandhill for the Swap Sessions in Sligo. It involved everyone clearing out their wardrobes and donating anything they no longer wanted and ‘swapping’ it for other clothes. It was all in aid of Motor neurone disease so it was for a great cause. There were some lovely items there, most of which wouldn’t go with my wellies and reflective jacket, so I only got a jumper. Lucy got a couple of nice tops though. We bought along two big bags full of clothes including some designer items so I was surprised when we just got 20 tokens (a token was worth one euro). I thought we might have got a bit more to be honest. The clothes there ranged from 3 tokens – 20 tokens. There were all kinds of clothes there and also shoes and accessories. I had to wonder at the person who donated play doh though.
There were lovely cupcakes for sale. They looked fantastic. The place was packed, I didn’t think so many people lived in Sligo. I hope if they have another one they might get a bigger venue. It was so packed it was hard to see all the clothes. One of the clothes racks kept collapsing as well.
It was the launch of the Sligo Animal Rescue 2012 Calendar today. So Lucy and I went along to get one. It’s really lovely with some great photos in it. There will be calendars for sale in Sligo, if you keep an eye on their Facebook page you will see where they are available.
There were also some lovely cakes for sale from ‘Once upon a time’ cakes. As you can see from the photo above Rocket was very impressed
Yesterday I took Lucy to a fashion and trinkets fair in the Clarion Hotel, Sligo. There were all kinds of goodies for sale including ladies and mens clothes, shoes, jewellery and make up.
Lucy got a handbag, some jewellery and a couple of tops. I spent most of the time laughing, especially at the woman who jumped the height of herself because she thought Lucy was a mannequin! We also got snapped at by one woman who told us ‘she was setting up her stall’. Then she calmed down and said we could look anyway….but we didn’t bother after that.
My favourite stall was the Classy Cakes one, I think these cakes are brilliant and they tasted as good as they looked