Meet The Contestants
Sheila Kirwan lives in Clonegal, Co.Carlow. Sheila lives with her husband Joe who is also a very good cook when needed. They grow a lot of their own produce both fruit & veg and like to attend the local farmer markets weekly in Enniscorthy.
In this episode Catherine visits with Shelia and gets to grips with cooking “nettles” which is new to Catherine as they make “Nettle and Leek Soup” with homemade brown bread, before Catherine has to recreate this dish for Shelia’s daughter Mary Claire, who lives houseboat beside London’s tower bridge in London.
Her daughter Mary Claire who works in the fashion industry has been living in London with her husband Tom for the last 10 years. Mary and Tom’s London home is not the norm as they live on a houseboat on the river Thames, just beside Tower Bridge. The view from their boat includes Tower bridge the Gherkin, Tower of London and the new Sky Bar (Walkie Talkie building).
Having grown up in Clonegal Mary Claire misses the rolling countryside and the lush green fields she grew up with but she feels that her floating home as the boat is moored with 15-20 other boats which also include garden barges onto which are planted with trees, plants and flowers that act as communal gardens for the residents of the mooring, comes close to her childhood home while still being in the centre of London. Mary Claire is a vegetarian and likes to try and grow her own vegetables and herbs on the boat and loves to cook. Tom loves to cook meat & fish and smoking food and enjoy spending weekends at their local food markets Borough Market and Maltby Street St .
Maltby Market’s Cheese Toastie