This was delicious

Yesterday, Michael and I went to Kilkenny for the day. There were a few reasons for going. I wanted to visit the Rothe House & Garden, which is a beautiful medieval merchant house in Kilkenny, and we wanted to visit Kilkenny Castle as well.

Rothe House was amazing. I was expecting it to be a couple of well-preserved rooms. It was actually three houses, built between 1594 and 1610, and a restored garden.

Kilkenny Castle was interesting too, although it was a little confusing if you didn’t know the history: it has been a medieval castle, a restoration chateau, and a Victorian country house.

Of course, the real reason to visit Kilkenny was lemon meringue pie. There is an awesome cafe on Saint Kieran’s Street in Kilkenny: The Pantry. We have been there before, and the deserts they do are amazing. Beyond amazing. Their lemon meringue pie, in particular, is beautiful. The pastry is firm, the lemon filling is the exact combination of sweetness and lemony goodness, and the meringue is crisp on top and sweet without being sticky inside. A forkful of this lemon meringue pie melts in your mouth with a cascade of complimentary textures and flavours.

Now, the last time we were there, I had, I think, three desserts.1 Obviously, I wasn’t going to do that this time, but I had been very strict with my diet, and my blood glucose readings had all been in range, so I had decided to treat myself to a piece of their lemon meringue pie. After months of being in range, it was safe enough to allow myself a little sugary luxury.

It was as good as I remember it. In fact it was better. When you don’t eat sweet things often, they become more beautiful when you do eat them. Michael helped me finish it, but it was so nice, and as we left the cafe I set a timer on my phone to remind me to check my blood glucose levels two hours later: this wasn’t necessary, but I wanted to see what the effect on my blood glucose was.

If you have type 2 diabetes, the healthy target is 8.5 mmol/l two hours after a meal. Two hours after my (delicious, sugary) meal in The Pantry, I tested my glucose. It was just 7.6 mmol/l.

I think that counts as a successful trip!

This was delicious

Further reading

  1. I always had a sweet tooth. Sometimes I’m surprised it took me 48 years to become diabetic, but I digress. ↩︎

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