When we first moved to the cul-de-sac I thought that meant we’d made it. Over the years we had levelled up through all types of living situation (age one: bedsit, age five: basement studio, age nine: rental flat) and beaten the final boss, a private landlord who refused to admit the damp on the ceiling was a result of dicey bathroom tiling and not us ‘pouring oil down the sink, clogging my drains’. Eventually, Mum told Sam either we left the flat or she’d leave the marriage, so he found a job with a company car in a coastal village fifteen miles west of the city, and that’s when we arrived. Age twelve: Cul de sac.
Some find the whole matter of eating easy, while others find it hard. I used to be on the wrong side of this great divide and somehow, to my own surprise and relief, leaped over to the other
side. This book is my attempt to explore how this switch was possible.
BUTTERMILK AND OAT CHICKEN SCHNITZEL from Anja Dunk’s Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings.
LITTLE POTATO DUMPLINGS WITH SPINACH CREAM from Anja Dunk’s Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings.
THYME AND HAZELNUT BUTTER WITH TURMERIC NOODLES from Anja Dunk’s Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings.
Darragh Martin: “It was August 2012 when Pope John Paul II popped into my head. This was a surprise, as the play I was working on while at a writing retreat– Tom of Athlone, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens set during the Global Financial Crash – wasn’t supposed to feature any Popes. After three slow weeks, however, I was starting to see why Timon of Athens isn’t Shakespeare’s most popular work; when the Pope popped into my head, I was inclined to set aside the searing take-down of global capitalism and say hello.