Comedian Graham Norton, Met Eireann’s Evelyn Cusack, and celebrity chef Edward Hayden are among the contributors to a new ecletic cookbook from parishioners and people with links to St Canice’s Cathedral, which is to be launched tomorrow (Thursday) at a concert in the cathedral.
‘Savour the Seasons’, compiled by Heather Sharman, Sandra Arnopp and Hazel Sherwood, features over 180 unique or traditional recipes submitted by people with a connection to the church or parish. The book is themed between the various season-appropriate dishes and cuisine, and contains ingredient lists with easy-to-follow instructions.
The book is also filled with photographs from various cathedral events over the years, and groups such as the choir, bell ringers, Holiday Club and KIT Club.
There is a wide variety of personalised or ‘old family’ recipes from locals – and those from further afield – in categories such as starters, salads, soups, vegetarian, fish, poultry, stuffing, pork and bacon, savoury, lamb, beef, desserts, breads and scones, preserves, cakes, biscuits and tray backes, and beverages.
There’s everything from Eva Holmes’ piquant salad dressing or Edward Hayden’s lemon and thyme stuffing, to Mrs Cusack’s brown stew or Antonia Bottoni’s Cape Malay chicken curry. Graham Norton, who was a choirboy in the cathedral during the 1970s, has submitted a recipe for celeriac and lemon thyme soup.
The book launches tomorrow at the Flavour of the Seasons concert in St Canice’s Cathedral, which begins at 7.30pm, featuring a miscellany of light music and poetry by local artists. It will include classical, folk, jazz, instrumental on a journey through the seasons.
The concert is taking place on the Feast of Canice, so the St Canice’s primary school’s award-winning orchestra will perform ‘Summertime’. In addition, the Cathedral Choir will sing a piece from Haydn’s Creation.
Local choirs performing on the night include the Unity Singers, Sonas Chamber Choir, Sospiro, the Acorn Group, Kilkenny College, and soloist Pat Ryan.
The concert will open with ‘Oh Christmas tree’, and various choirs and poems will lead the evening along the path to Autumn.
Tickets are available on the door for €10, or €5 for students including refreshments, and the proceeds are being shared with the Cathedral Union of Parishes and Enable Ireland/ the O’ Neill Centre.
The recipe book will be available after the launch in the St Canice’s Cathedral gift shop or from the Gourmet Store on High Street.