From Writers’ Week To Knockanstockan
Theate, Poetry readings, Book launches and Literary workshops catering for everything from “ Creative Writing Getting Started” to “Poetry Advanced.”
As usual it finished with a marathon Open-mic session (“The Healing session”) in John B. Keane’s famous pub.
And speaking of Kerry: When I read that the Kerry County Councillor, John Joe Culloty (see pic above), recommended that we eat Japanese Knotweed I immediately contacted a Japanese friend of mine who sent me the following recipe:
- 2 cups unbleached flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp salad oil
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ¾ cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1 cup sweetened Japanese Knotweed Purée.
But trust a Kerryman to turn the tables on it. After a bit of research I found that there are two kinds of knotweed in Japan, green and red.
Green is used with vinegar and poured over grilled fish.
- Also green knotweed is added sauce of broiled tofu.
- Red one is good for vinegared cucumbers, salad and spaghetti dishes.
Here’s a few links for you:And from July 22nd to 24th my home village will stage a music festival to equal Glastonbury, although the dry pastureland of County Wicklow doesn’t call for as many Wellingtons.
Salt-grilled Japanese seaperch recipe
Broiled tofu recipe
Vinegared cucumbers recipe
KnockanStockan, held in Lacken, is an Irish independent music festival now in its ninth year. Each year the festival takes place overlooking the Blessington lakes in Wicklow. In 2008, KnockanStockan won "Best Small Festival" at the Irish Festival Awards. In 2012, KnockanStockan was shortlisted for the Irish Times - The Ticket Festival Awards.
The communities of Lacken and Ballyknockan have become an integral part of the KnockanStockan music festival since it began in 2007. The support and co-operation of the residents has been and still is vital to the continual growth and success of the festival. KnockanStockan believe that giving back to the community is top priority.
The valley, which encloses, the beautiful Blessington Lakes was alive with the sound of everything from John Deers to old TVO Fergusans as the 12th Hillbilly Tractor Run was held on Sunday 26th June. The people of Valleymount, Kylebeg, Lacken and Kylebeg were transported back in time as well preserved vintage machines belched out their smoke.
The annual Sean McCarthy Memorial festival will take place in Finuge, County Kerry from July 29th to August 01st. The diversity of the programme can be judged by the instructions on their website for laying a traditional Irish flagged floor:
METHOD OF LAYING STONE FLAGGED FLOOR:
- 1. Break up and remove existing concrete floor. Care to be taken not to damage any surviving cobbled floor beneath. (No cobbled floor underneath)
- 2. If cobbled floor exists this should be retained as the finished floor as it has historic value. If not proceed to 3.
- 3. Clear top soil and lay 150mm clean hardcore compacted using a vibrating plate.
- 4. Lay a 50mm screed and lay NHL 5. Ratio 2 1/2 parts sand to 1 part lime.
- 5. When dry arrange the stone flags over on a thin lime slurry of the same mix.
- 6. Allow variable 10mm to 20mm joints between each flag stone and use a lime mix NHL 3.5 to fill the joints.
- First couple of coats bond better a week after plastering has been complete.
- Blend all together in a big plastic bin to avoid having joints.
- Allow for 5 coats of limewash.
- 2 to 3 buckets of lime putty.
- 200g pigment per bucket(if required)
See you in August.