On Saturday 19th November, the 12 week students ran a pop-up restaurant in Ballymaloe Cookery School, fundraising for Slow Food International. I’m even later writing about this than Darina was in The Irish Examiner! Continue reading “Week 9 1/2: Pop Goes the Restaurant”
Bye bye to the Ballymaloe Bubble. I’ve swapped a 100-acre organic farm for my suburban back garden vegetable plot, the enthusiastic crowing of the roosters for the overhead rumble of planes en route to Cork airport, my chef’s whites for my Speech & Language Therapy uniform….. and I’m not sure that I like it.
Please read this book. I do not use the adjectives ‘charming’ or ‘heartwarming’ lightly, but I really can’t think of any more apt to describe ‘Etta and Otto and Russell and James’. It made me smile, made my heart swell, and sometimes broke it a little too. It is a book of beautiful, simple, spare writing. Continue reading “Etta and Otto and Russell and James- Emma Hooper”
“The lake wind blew down from Canada and in through the slats of our room, and played about our faces and hands, and snuck into our layers of socks, and found out our vulnerable toes.”
This is a beautifully written lyrical book. Continue reading “On Canaan’s Side- Sebastian Barry”
Once upon a time (the Friday of Week 3), gardener Aidan advised me that he was looking forward to the day’s work: collecting a clutch of one-day-old chicks to bring back to the Cookery School. Continue reading “Chicken Run”
There were plenty of good things this week. Monday’s demo was a list of ‘student requests’ ranging from pho bo to bagels (and ignoring my query of whether a gluten-free version was possible). Bravo to the teachers for packing a phenomenal amount of recipes into the afternoon and still managing to finish by 5.30. Continue reading “Week 12: All Good Things”