Season 3 Episode 5 – Contestant Info
In this Tastes Like Home episode, our contributors are Parents and Daughter, Lorcan + Betty and Colleen. Colleen has been living in Larnaka for 4 years now. She lives there with her husband Julian and their twin daughters, we first meet parents Betty and her husband Lorcan cycling on the Mayo Greenway route to find out who is the family member living away from home.
Lorcan rustles up the dish that reminds Colleen of home in Castlebar, Honey Glazed Ham, parsley sauce, buttery mash and baby carrots. In her childhood they first lived in Toronto Canada before her parents returned home to run a restaurant and night club and it’s this dish that reminds Colleen of the era in her life, as it was always one of the restaurant specials her dad Lorcan the chef would cook.
Betty is mother to Colleen and Shannon. Shannon lives in London. Her husband Lorcan is originally from Edenderry Co. Offaly. They met forty years or so ago in Toronto Canada and returned home to her home county of Co. Mayo in the eighties to run their restaurant and raise their daughters in Ireland. She work’s full time in Baxter Castlebar now in a lab and enjoys travelling, dancing, swimming, walking and exploring The Wild Atlantic Way.
Catherine then travels to Larnaka in hope to replicate Lorcan’s dish and bring a taste like home over to Colleen.
Colleen has been living abroad since she was 23 (17 years) originally teaching in Qatar, London, Dusseldorf and now Cyprus for the past 4 years with her husband Julian and twin daughters (10). Julian is in education and training with the United Nations hence why they are now in Cyprus close to the Green Line.
Colleen is an author with already 3 bestsellers in Women’s fiction. Her other hobbies include swimming and stand up paddle boarding with the twins and cooking- in fact her latest book is about a female Irish chef trying to make her dream come true in a tough industry!! They love the Mediterranean lifestyle, the weather, the food, the views, the beach and the laid-back culture and warm hospitality of the Cypriot people.
In Cyprus Catherine travels to Larnaka & meets with Collen and a tour guide who gives her a tour of the famous Medieval Castle of Larnaka; they soak up the sun at Kastella Beach before tasting some of the Cypriot signature Fish dishes Red Mullet & Gilt-head Sea bream at one of the many fish taverns on the beach. To find out more about Cyprus’s culinary scene, Catherine and Colleen take a food tour to taste 1) Stifado ( slow cooked beef with onions ), Kleftiko (slow roasted lamb with potatoes) & Galaktoboureko a traditional Greek dessert made with layers of phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter, filled with creamy custard and bathed in scented syrup. Then they head to hills to learn how to make the local Cypriot cheese – halloumi by visiting a local café where it’s still traditionally made.
Then it’s time for Catherine to cook up Lorcan’s ham dish with all the trimmings – but will it Taste Like Home for Colleen?