“The Chef and I, A Nourishing Narrative” a new book by Móna Wise, who is, among other things, a Wife, Mum, Food writer for The Sunday Times magazine, Food Blogger, and now author. It is an autobiography as well as a cookbook, and is one of those “reads” which, once you start, you will find it difficult to put down. She tells her life story in such a way, that you imagine you are sitting across the kitchen table, with a cup of tea, listening to her intently.
Whilst coming up with a title for this post, I remembered the quote on the back cover of the book, and, with kind permission from Móna herself, I was allowed to use it. Thank you!
Ron (The Chef) and Móna Wise
The book, which was self-published, was officially launched in Galway, on May 31st, at Cases Wine Warehouse, by the Mayor, Her Honour Ms. Hildegarde Naughton. Friends and family gathered to wish her well on her first book venture. I hear that there are several more on the way. It is available to buy on-line from Kenny’s Bookshop.
There was gorgeous food and wine, (all recipes for the dishes are in the book), plenty of chat and laughter, and a great night was had by all.
As usual, I took plenty of photographs, so here are just a few. Congratulations, Móna and Ron on a great achievement, and thank you for a lovely evening.
Top Left – Móna giving her speech, TR – Dr. John Kenny, Course Director- BA Connect – Creative Writing at NUIG, Mona & The Mayor of Galway. Bottom Left – A Very Proud Husband, Ron, and Móna’s Mum looking on.
The table was filled with great food. Cheese Tart, Deviled Eggs, Oldfarm Pork Sandwiches and a Bean Salad. And Wine too!
Holiday Ham, with a Mustard glaze, again from Oldfarm, and a copious quantity of Chicken Tortilla Soup, made with stock from one of Móna’s Australorp Chickens.
Cranberry Oatmeal Squares, Cupcakes, and Wedding Cookies
Top Left: Síle Nic Chonaonaigh, TV presenter on TG4’s Garraí Glas, with Margaret O’Farrell, co-owner of Oldfarm. Middle Right – Móna chatting to Sheila Kiely, author of Gimme The Recipe. Bottom Right: Móna, with Lily Ramirez-Foran and her Husband Alan Foran.