The Café at Stephen Pearce Pottery, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Last weekend Ali and my Mam came to visit me at Ballymaloe Cookery School. It was their first time to visit me here at the school since I started studying in January. Ali had been to the school once before (we came to see JP McMahon at the Lit Fest last year) but this was my Mam’s first outing to East Cork! They arrived for … Continue reading The Café at Stephen Pearce Pottery, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Ballymaloe Cookery School Week 7

“Don’t use boards……you can’t put them in the dishwasher…..” – Blathnaid Bergin It was such a good feeling walking back into the Cookery School on Monday morning, Mid-Term exams behind us and a weight off our shoulders – for the moment at least. I got my results on Tuesday and was thrilled to receive 95% in my Herb and Leaf Recognition and 100% in my … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School Week 7

Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 6

“We’re not going to let you make a total mess of what you’re doing, we’ll leave that to the final exam” – Rachel Allen The halfway point. Week 6 at Ballymaloe has just finished, bringing with it our first round of exams. A herb and salad leaf recognition test was followed by a technique exam (for this, I was asked to joint a chicken, chop and … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 6

Ballymaloe Cookery School Week 5

“We really are tapping into ancient wisdom” – Darina Allen Five weeks down, one week to our mid-term exams and just seven weeks until my time at Ballymaloe is over. Week 5 started off in an interesting fashion – I was clumsy, much more so than usual and ended up cutting my finger while cubing butter. Add to that a pie with a soggy bottom, … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School Week 5