The United Nations

Week four is over, which is nuts! I promised myself that this weekend wouldn’t include staying up until 4am… But when there is wine and good company, it’s hard to say no! Alexis (from San Francisco) cooked a few of us dinner last night (croque madame!) in our cottage....
Garden Café Party

Garden Café Party

Today we got out of demo before 5, which felt pretty darn good. A few of us had to bake or shape our sour dough, so we headed into Kitchen 3 where we had a little “Garden Café Party,” as we were working with our bread. This includes a bit of wine, a bit of cheese, and...
Chop, Loin, Chump, Shank…

Chop, Loin, Chump, Shank…

This will be a short blog post because the internet is being dodgy tonight, and I have an order of work to get done. Blathnaid Bergin (Darina’s sister) was in for today’s lecture day, she runs classes on opening a café, or different food businesses. The day was...
Bread & Beer With a Side of Eggs

Bread & Beer With a Side of Eggs

It was an egg-y day in the kitchens today. We had Pam who is loads of fun, she brought us coffee at about 10:30 and snagged a scone from one of the other kitchens to have with our coffee, not a bad morning. White yeast bred, frittata with oven roasted tomatoes, basil...
Eggs & Sour Dough

Eggs & Sour Dough

Today I made my first loaf of sour dough, it is delicious, and although it takes a few days to make, it is so worth it. I was a bad sour dough owner and hadn’t fed my starter for a few days, so I had to feed him tonight. I will make another sponge tomorrow, and bake...
The Sinking of The Corporate Whore

The Sinking of The Corporate Whore

Weekend three is over, and it was such a great weekend. Mary took Jared, Nicole and I into Cobh for the afternoon, and then we went to Myrtleville for dinner. Fun fact about Cobh, The Titanic last sailed from Cobh. We went into a pub called Rob Roy, John the bartender...
How did it get to be 4am?

How did it get to be 4am?

Missed last night’s blog post, but in actual fact (as Tim would say), the blog would have been dated January 25th because we were up until 4am. Nicole kept asking how it got to be 4, and she woke up asking me the same question this morning. I have no idea how it...
End of Week Three

End of Week Three

The end of week three… Wow! Had a good morning in the kitchen cooking up Ballycotton Shrimp with homemade mayonnaise, and a plum tart. I also made brown yeast bread, flapjacks and ricotta. Lunch was delicious, lots of shrimp and prawns with mayo, and a very...
Seaside Foraging

Seaside Foraging

Just in from a Slow Food talk by a lady called Dorothy Cashman, who is doing her PhD in culinary manuscripts. Very interesting, but a lot of Irish history that means nothing to me (sadly!), she is working to preserve and understand more of what happened in some of the...

Opportunity

What a long day it’s been, but again, a day filled with so much information. We started the morning off with the biscuit of the week, my favourite were the pecan squares, so tasty. We were introduced to a few new Irish farmhouse cheeses, and then it was onto the beef...

Frothy Milk

This will be a short post, it’s nearly midnight and I am ready for a snooze! Went into the kitchens early this morning to make yoghurt with Denise… What do you do when there is no milk? Head down to the dairy, ask Haulie (who, had just started to milk the girls as we...
A Day in The Dairy

A Day in The Dairy

I started my day in the dairy this morning with Eileen milking the cows, which was very interesting. It’s a small dairy, and they are only milking four cows at the moment, they stop milking before a cow has a calf to give their body a rest, so that is the reason one...