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A long love affair with food

Wednesday, 27th May, 2020 11:16am

Story by Siobhan Holliman
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A long love affair with food

Chef Siobhan Flaherty in her home kitchen near Abbeyknockmoy. Photo: Ray Ryan

A long love affair with food

Chef Siobhan Flaherty in her home kitchen near Abbeyknockmoy. Photo: Ray Ryan

WE’VE all been there. Sitting at the dinner table in a friend’s house for the first time, the plate is popped down in front of you and you can’t help but stare. You wonder in silence, biting your lip before plunging in the fork. Hmm, not bad, not quite the spuds you’re used to at home.

A love of food and inquisitive tastebuds worked out well for a young Siobhán Flaherty who discovered her first tastes of the unknown at her friend’s house, the organic Sloe Hill fruit and vegetable farm, near Abbeyknockmoy. The chef spent many long teenage summer days helping out there and bringing the produce to their stall at the Galway market.

She certainly never envisioned an early morning feast of Ceviche and Pisco Sours in Peru or setting the alarm to wake up and check a sourdough starter. Her life’s journey with food is fed by her sheer passion for it, except perhaps for ketchup or tripe.

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