Irish dish Down Under proves there’s just no taste like home

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Lusk mum Kate Sweetman has sent a taste of home to her daughter Sarah in Australia with the help of TV chef Catherine Fulvio.

Legal secretary Kate cooked 27-year-old Sarah’s favourite dish – vegetable soup and soda bread – while Catherine flew it 10,000 miles to deliver it Down Under.

Her culinary exploits feature on RTE’s Taste Like Home which airs next Monday, November 19, and showcases the coastal charms of both Lusk and Sydney.

Catherine spends time with Kate and her husband Noel at Lusk Round Tower before they get down to business in the kitchen.

Kate revealed: “When Sarah lived at home we always did things together and this was a way for us to do something together even though we live a million miles apart.

“The whole idea of bringing your family dish to a loved one abroad is such an emotional idea and it struck a chord with me right from series one when I first saw it.

“Sarah had gone to Australia a few months before and I thought the whole concept of bringing families together across different parts of the world was just fabulous.”

Catherine flies to Sydney to replicate Kate’s dish and bring a taste of ‘mammy’s cooking’ to Sarah and her partner, Aaron Howley.

She visits Sydney Opera House, gets a tour of the historic Rocks area and learns about Aussie Rules Football from Irish player Colin O’Riordan from Tipperary.

Needless to say, Sarah – who works for IT giants DXC Technology and is based in Sydney’s central business district – is bowled over by the visit.

When she first moved to Sydney she and fitness trainer Aaron both joined the Young Irelands GAA team to make new friends and keep homesickness at bay.

She said: “The idea behind the show is very touching. When families are so far apart this brings us closer. Myself and Aaron had a great day filming in Sydney.

“I was delighted to taste some homemade soda bread and Catherine made us feel so comfortable, it was great to have an ‘Irish mammy’ with us.”

Taste of Home airs on RTE One next Monday at 7.30pm.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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