Ballymaloe Cookery School – 12 Week Certificate Course Advice, Tips & Tricks

It’s been just over a month since I returned from my 12 week stint at Ballymaloe Cookery School. It was an amazing experience but it has proved more difficult than I thought to re-adjust to reality, now that I’m home. This is my 10 step guide for the new and incoming students who have just started the 3 month Summer course and for anyone who … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School – 12 Week Certificate Course Advice, Tips & Tricks

Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 12

Ballymaloe Cookery School. It’s all over. Twelve weeks gone, in the blink of an eye. Week 12 at Ballymaloe began with my final morning cooking in the kitchen. I felt a little sad walking over from my room in the Coach House knowing it would be my last time cooking at the school (except for the practical exam of course!). I used the time wisely, … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 12

Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 10 & 11

“Food is the new rock and roll!” – Darina Allen It’s getting down to business now. Just one week left, most of which will be taken up by exams. It’s hard to believe that time has vanished so quickly and the sheer amount I’ve learnt during the past eleven weeks – from properly sweating an onion to butchering a lamb, mastering puff pastry to plucking … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 10 & 11

Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 9

“The biggest scam of the 21st Century – Low Fat” – Darina Allen Week 9 was an exciting week at Ballymaloe Cookery School: we had a wonderful Canapes demo from Rory and Darina (my mouth didn’t stop watering!) and our School Tour on Thursday, a whole day of traveling to visit different food producers and artisans across Cork and Waterford. I had a successful Monday … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 9

Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 8

“Are you fed up of wild garlic yet?…..you will be….” – Emer After a relaxing weekend exploring Cork with Ali and my Mam, Week 8 began well for me in the kitchen. On Monday I was assigned dishes from Rachel’s Friday demo to prepare. My steak came out just how I like it (still moo-ing, I mean ‘blue’!)  and my Frangipane and Apricot Tart was the … Continue reading Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 8

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