Meet The Contestants
Jacinta Baille lives in Dublin with her husband Adrian and her two daughters Emily (4) & Anabel (2) and it’s her sister Savina who lives in Portland Oregon with her husband Tony and daughters Nicola and Louise.
Jacinta used to bake a lot and for a while she did a lot of special birthday, christening and wedding cakes for friends and family. Her two girls also enjoy being in the kitchen but the cakes definitely don’t turn out like they used to !! Jacinta’s parents are no longer alive and both her brother & sister are now living abroad, so there’s no one left in Ireland from her immediate family and many of her chosen dishes have memories from the past attached to them.
Savina like many other Irish living abroad really misses the Irish Sausage which she feels is the ultimate sausage and she has spent many years trying to find something similar but to no avail. This dish was always cooked when Savina and the family arrived home from Portland to visit on holidays and it was always the one time family, friends and neighbours could sit down and catch up with the family over breakfast so it brings back lots of great family memories.
Savina and her family moved to Portland, Oregon over 20 years ago, and many of their close family friends are also ex-pats from Ireland, like the Maher’s who have their own brewery over in Portland called the ‘Feckin Brewery’. In recent years Portland has become a very hip foodie area of America and is home to the ‘food truck scene’ with over 600 licensed food trucks so you’ll never have to eat the same meal twice.
In this episode Jacinta and Catherine whip up the ultimate traditional Irish breakfast as when Catherine heads to Portland she plans to teach Savina and her family how to make their own Irish sausages and cure their own bacon in the hope it will taste like home !!!
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