Post Ballymaloe

Post Ballymaloe

Life after Ballymaloe – it might sound weird, most people that have done the course will get what it’s like and be able to relate to the fact that it’s hard to adjust back to reality after being at Ballymaloe. Twelve weeks really isn’t that long, but twelve weeks can...
To Softly Whipped Cream

To Softly Whipped Cream

And that’s a wrap, my adventure is officially over, or at least this bit. I suppose I shouldn’t look at it as an adventure coming to an end, but more what’s to come moving forward. I was still full of mixed emotions as I left Ireland Saturday afternoon . We took off...
Pop – There Goes The Bubble

Pop – There Goes The Bubble

I may have swollen eyes from all the tears, I may still be on the verge of tears, I may feel like I smoked about 45 cigarettes last night (don’t quite know why!), and I may have a slight ache in the old head this morning… But it was all worth it. What a send off from...
It’s All Coming to An End

It’s All Coming to An End

Had a busy day today, and I am ready for bed! I finished my index for my recipes, packed, did some washing, revised, took my notes over to the school so they could be checked, and cleaned the house with the girls. My Ballymaloe bedroom is all tidy, there are three...
The Bubble is About to Pop

The Bubble is About to Pop

This will be another short blog, just tucked into bed after a long day. I was up early, and finished my filing, read over my order of work and headed into the kitchen for my practical exam. It went so well, even the bread I was slightly dreading turned out well! We...
Roll on Practical Exam

Roll on Practical Exam

Well here we are… The night before the practical exam, I know I sound like a broken record, but what an experience this has been, learning from some of the most talented people around, not only Darina, Rory, and Rachel, but the teachers in the kitchens too. I am just...
Mixed Emotions

Mixed Emotions

It’s been an odd day! It was our last normal day here at Ballymaloe, we were in the kitchen this morning and then had a demo this afternoon. Mixed emotions from a lot of people around here this evening, it was a long day – didn’t get out of the school until after...
A Little Bit Retro

A Little Bit Retro

Just back from work experience in the kitchen at Ballymaloe. I had considered not going because there have been mixed reviews from people who have done it. I am so glad I decided to go, it was the Sunday night buffet, so there were lots of bits I was able to help...
Sunshine & Vintage

Sunshine & Vintage

Yesterday was the end of Week Eleven, how crazy is that? I had a good morning in the kitchen, baked my naan, made lemon soufflés, prepared a squid, cooked the squid with parsley, garlic and chilli oil (delish!), and made cappuccino ice cream. I managed to get quite a...
Wine vs. Beer

Wine vs. Beer

Just back from the city, another wonderful night with great people. I know it’s redundant by now, but I really can’t believe how many people I’ve met on this course that I hope to stay in touch with when it’s over. Next week at this time, we will all be done our...
Green, White & Fabulous

Green, White & Fabulous

Missed yesterday’s blog because of the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans that were going on at The Couch House, bed time was a bit too late, 3:30 on a school night – silly but so much fun. I was back in Kitchen 3 yesterday morning, sadly not in Pat’s section! It is funny,...
A Weekend in Haren

A Weekend in Haren

Had such a lovely weekend with The Robinson’s and Mary in Haren. They spoiled me, it was so great to see them all, and I am so glad I was able to make the journey over to The Netherlands while still in Ireland and so close. The kids were so much fun, we played lots of...