Day 5: Dublin > Belfast
by Katie Watchorn
Somebody find me one of these tote bags immediately:
I’m so happy I don’t have to be in the car anymore and I’m back in Belfast. Early this morning on my drive back I stopped at one last service station, one which I know has an oat milk only coffee machine, and I get a really good as service stations go croissant. I eat my croissant like this reel I saw on instagram of somebody pulling the pastry in half and pulling out the soft middle bit and calling it “the crab meat of the croissant’ and I think about it every time I eat one now.
I underestimated how nice it would be to prepare my own food after this week of reliance on on-the-go food. A late lunch in my kitchen of whatever I could find - melon wrapped in parma ham, some salty feta crumbled on top, greek yoghurt and apple and this insanely vibrant pumpkin seed oil (comes into Lidl sometimes and it’s such intense roasted pumpkin seed flavour it’s incredible) Some of yesterday’s pretzels, my car weary body must be craving salt. A berocca made with sparkling water for extra fizzzzz. I need this sparkly vibrance, this evening is the launch night of Outburst Queer Arts Festival.
Pre-launch early evening sustenance of a glass of dandelion and burdock tonic that I made for an event last week. It’s brown like bog water and medicinal tasting. Make the quickest puttanesca you did ever see. We only have big pacceri tubes of pasta which take ages to cook, but work well enough with this punchy briny pungent sauce. No tins of tomatoes so I crush up some fresh cherry tomatoes. Parsley upon parsley upon parsley on top, and even some concentrated parsley oil I made for the same event as burdock. Need green in the bod.
Katie Watchorn (@katiewatchorn) is an Irish visual artist who primarily makes sculpture. She is currently living in Belfast.