Two weeks ago, myself and the family got into the car and headed off on an epic journey to the RDS for the Ideal Homes Show. When I say epic, I mean what should have taken around 1½ hours actually took a little under 3 hours since even though we checked the directions on the internet before we left the house, we still got extremely lost. It was like a tour of Dublin as we got to see quite a lot of it. Croke Park, Trinity College, Guinness, I could go on… at one point we were in Ballyfermot, this impressed Child #1 as we saw the Tesco where Mary Byrne (from X Factor for those of you living under a rock!) works.
Eventually, the hubs gave up and asked for directions at a petrol station in Palmerstown (this was after much complaining from the passenger side!). Oh, did I mention that it was the day of the Dublin marathon and we got to see runners on THREE separate occasions!
Anyway, we eventually made it to the RDS, paid our entrance fee and in we went. The kids had a great time picking up freebies and I had a great time picking up cook books to add to my expanding collection! We noticed a stage for cookery demonstrations so we walked around for a bit until it was time to watch. On this particular demo was Andrew Rudd of TV3 fame who showed us how to do four separate dishes, all in just under 30 minutes. When it was over we all got to try the soup that he made which was delicious (he did say that the recipes were on his website but unfortunately I can’t find the recipe for the soup).
Child #1 took my camera and asked him if she could take his picture (she wanted to show the teacher when she went back to school) and he said he had a better idea and asked another man to take a picture of the two of them together. Such a lovely chap, the child was really impressed and couldn’t wait to tell everyone that she’d had her picture taken with a celebrity chef!
*Apologies for the dark picture, while pictures on this blog are not amazing at the best of times , Child #2 had been messing with the settings on the camera and we only discovered AFTER we looked at the photo when we were in the car!