If you are only going to go to one cookery school, make it Ballymaloe. It’s not so much a cookery school as a philosophy and way of life. Before being introduced to the kitchen, you’re introduced to the garden. Knowing where your food is coming from is key, all the way back to a wheelbarrow full of soil.
Well, well, I’m actually typing this at the kitchen table in Pennyworth Cottage in Ballymaloe Cookery School.
For years, I’ve said that the first thing I’d do if I won the Lotto/when I retired, was the 12 week cookery course in Ballymaloe. I don’t know how it happened but it was a little like Babe: ‘Farmer Hoggett knew that little ideas that tickled and nagged and refused to go away should never be ignored. For in them, lie the seeds of destiny‘. Continue reading “The Bear goes to Ballymaloe!”
‘Within a week of leaving Cobh, this is what I realised- there are millions of ways of living’.
Oh Maeve. All those times I spotted posters for shows in the Firkin Crane just too late, and now you’ve gone to the States (sigh). I think I’d get on very well with Maeve Higgins if I met her. And, in a way, I have. Such is the wonder of books (and having Mr. WB to buy them as presents!) Continue reading “We have a good time…Don’t we?- Maeve Higgins”
I was listening to the radio today, when a certain electrical shop asked if I wanted a ‘smarter, slimmer model’ advertising TVs up to 98 inches.
‘Be the envy of your friends‘ the ad said. Really? Is that it? Is that what I’m supposed to want? Is there someone out there who will buy a new TV because they want their friends to be jealous of them?
It makes sense to maximise the use of your oven when you turn it on, or in the case of our pizza oven, when Mr. WB chops the timber and lights it up!
Here’s a sample of last Saturday’s cooking: Continue reading “Out of the Oven!”
OK, technically it’s the Suburban Farm, but it just doesn’t have as nice a ring to it.
It’s about time I said something about my amazing garden. Firstly, it is due to an amazing landscape gardener, namely Mr. WB. Without him, there would just be a non-descript slope above the cream steps, full of rubbish (I should take a picture of next door as proof!) Continue reading “Welcome to the Urban Farm!”
Well, sometimes I don’t like to move it, move it (in fact, I look like I’m struggling in the picture to the right), but I do it anyway. I know that, even if I’m tired, I’ll more than likely feel better afterwards.
Let’s just say my pre-holiday reading was much better than my actual holiday reading.
I’ve read some of Irene Nemirovsky’s writing before, but it’s been a while. I really enjoyed ‘The Dogs & The Wolves’. Continue reading “Mini book reviews (for when you’re too lazy to write a full length one!)”
Paula Hawkins has said in interviews that she had the idea for her best-selling book ‘The Girl on the Train’ in her head for several years, but I still can’t help but see comparisons to ‘Gone Girl’, having read it. Continue reading “The Gone Girl on a Train?”