Ironically, as the world’s oceans increasingly bear the brunt of our environmental rampaging, seafood grows ever more popular and current trend du jour, ‘seacuterie’,nose-to-tail consumption of fish, including all manner of pickling, preservation and ageing techniques, is very much a conservationist response.
Brown Thomas appears strangely empty until the progeny and I click that not every day is Christmas Eve, our more usual visitation time, when we are invariably in frantic pursuit of whatever item of makeup will be the making or breaking of Current Wife’s Christmas but today is a midweek morn during the height of holiday season.
I spent 15 years as a vegetarian but through all those non-meat eating years, vegans were different, vegetarianism’s fundamentalists, hardcore evangelists who took ethical concerns to their logical conclusion, foresaking not just meat but all animal-derived foodstuffs and produce, including dairy produce and eggs.
YEP, the snow was wonderful and all that: fun and frolics for frostbitten ‘kids’ of all ages; community spirit at an all time group-hugging high; and cosy family nights in by the fire approaching nuclear levels of Hygge (the Danish word for ‘craic’, minus actual ‘craic’).
Nearly two decades ago, internationally renowned urban strategist Joe Berridge told a Cork audience in Millennium Hall that any other city in the world would give its eye teeth for access to such prime water frontage, in this, a place often referred to with parochial pride as the ‘Venice of the North’, yet we simply turned our backs on it, writes