Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s over seven months since I finished my 12 week course in Ballymaloe Cookery School, and I’m definitely a lot more settled than in my previous Limbo Land post. The allotment has been bearing fruit (literally, you have no idea how many raspberries are in my freezer), and I’ve been using orders of work for ‘fancy’ dinners at home.
Not only that, but I decided to try out my new skills in the outside world too, in the form of a stage (rhymes with ‘Taj’, trust the French to make things sound fancy!) Continue reading “What to do after Ballymaloe”
The second part of Litfest….
Once you get beyond individual diners and restaurateurs, you may enter the murky world of the food industry. If you’re of the opinion that ignorance in bliss, don’t listen to Joanna Blythman! Continue reading “More Food For Thought”
It may be a cliched title, but Litfest 2017 certainly did provide food for thought, and plenty of it. I was lucky enough to be volunteering and got to see plenty of the action between shifts. Continue reading “Food for Thought”
It’s a tough life being The Whimsical Bear at times! Last month, I got to go behind the scenes of ‘How to Cook Well’ with Rory O’Connell. Since his first series in 2015, I’ve heard so many people saying how much they enjoy watching Rory on TV. Even those with no interest in cooking tune in for his relaxed and calm delivery. Continue reading “Lights, Camera, Action”
Forget *’La-La Land’, I’m in Limbo Land at at the moment. Every day, I’ve been coming home wondering if today is the day that my Ballymaloe results will be sitting on the hall floor, waiting for me. It’s been over 10 weeks now, though it seems far longer.
Before I’d even settled back into ‘normal’ life, I spotted this on Instagram: the dining room, set up for the First Supper of the next group of students. It was like the first time you see your ex walking past with someone new. Continue reading “Limbo Land”
There are other blogs that will give you tips around Ballymaloe’s 12 week cookery course, such as the excellent Una Minh-Kavangh’s Spill the Beans or French Foodie in Dublin, but here’s The Whimsical Bear take. Continue reading “Twelve Week Tips”
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.
Continue reading “Week ’13’: Back with a Bang”
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”