Hello London

Hello London

Friday morning we were all warned that pasta day equals chaos in the kitchen, and that we were all to stay focused. I had a moment of panic thinking to myself… I haven’t packed, I need to shower, and I HAVE to be ready to leave the school at 2:00. Right to it, I...
Have I Told You Lately…

Have I Told You Lately…

How beautiful Ireland is? I know it may sound like I am repeating myself, but the countryside here is stunning, and everyday I notice something new. Today was no exception, I saw more of the countryside, the green, the hills, the water, it is all so beautiful. What a...
Roast Chicken Dinner Party

Roast Chicken Dinner Party

Tomorrow is the big day… A school outing, we leave the school at 8:45 and are heading to Mahon Point Farmers Market, then to Durrus Farmhouse Cheese, followed by Good Things Café, and finally Urrus Atrisan Foodstore. We are heading back to the school in time for an...
With a Knick Knack…

With a Knick Knack…

Today’s demo was all about pasta. Gillian Hegarty, head chef at Ballymaloe House popped in to teach us how to make the perfect pasta dough for noodles and stuffed pasta. Rory was along side, and made lots of lovely sauces, from very hearty, to the simplest of sauces...
Mum & Dad Come to Ballymaloe

Mum & Dad Come to Ballymaloe

The weather has changed so drastically over the last few days, the wind, and the rain are both back. It is too bad mum and dad missed out on the mild Irish winter that I have been experiencing, but I think they enjoyed their time in Ireland regardless. I had a great...
Week Eight is Here?!

Week Eight is Here?!

A whirlwind few days it’s been, but it’s been a lovely weekend. Can’t believe I haven’t blogged since Thursday night! Hopefully I don’t miss anything! I had a great morning in the kitchen on Friday, made what we would call salad rolls with a dipping sauce, and...
Fudge & More Bread

Fudge & More Bread

Last week at this time I was sitting writing that tomorrow would be the end of week six… Tomorrow is the end of week seven, and I honestly don’t know how that’s happened! Had a great morning in the kitchen, even if my short crust pastry did decide to crack while blind...
Vietnamese & A Fortune Cookie

Vietnamese & A Fortune Cookie

Today was another lecture day with Blethnaid, The Restaurant Advisor. We talked about menu costing in quite a bit of detail, as well as different aspects of catering. Both topics were very informative, and although it was a long day, I do feel that I got quite a bit...
Flavour & Texture

Flavour & Texture

This will be a very short post because it’s half past twelve! Just in from The Blackbird after a great evening. After demo, a few of us made sour dough with wine, cheese, onion chutney and bread – as you do! Making sour dough is quite the process, you have to feed...
Fool, Pasta & A Pate

Fool, Pasta & A Pate

What a lovely day it’s been! I had a productive morning in the kitchen, smoked mackerel pate with melba toast, black current fool, melted leeks, homemade pasta with sage butter, a black current parfait, and stripy cat (white soda bread with chocolate chips). The black...
DJ Mossey

DJ Mossey

The weekends fly by… Nicole, Hannah and I headed into Midelton yesterday afternoon to have lunch and do a little shopping. We sadly missed the market due to bad timing, our own faults though, so no complaining! When we got back we took a quick tour around the farm to...
To The End of Week Six

To The End of Week Six

We celebrated the end of week six and finishing our herb and technique exams with a few bottles of cava, cheese, a pasta making party, and some wine! I managed to be in bed before the usual 4am, and had a lovely evening with good peeps! The pizza demo yesterday...