"Grow and Cook: It's the secret to a happy life for you and everyone around you"
Grow and Cook - this was Darina's advice when I met her for the 1:1 chat on Wednesday evening. She had tonnes of advice and recommendations on restaurants to work at in Dublin and London, the business of catering, and shared lots of contacts to get started. Very inspiring and insightful - "very few of the world's ills can't be solved by being able to cook a healthy meal".
Lemon Curd Sponge last Thursday. Didn't win the Ballymaloe Bake-Off but was pretty pleased with it
Green Beans, Goats Cheese and Pine Nut Salad, also from last Thursday
Pink Cottage Ladies out to dinner with Kate's parents, who were visiting from the US, at
in Midleton last Thursday night
Kale Soup, last Friday
Scallion Champ, Friday
Greek Mozzarella and Tomato Salad, dinner with the girls in the cottage on Sunday night
Sweet White Scone, from Monday
Breakfast Fruit Salad, Apricots and Prunes in Honey
The Main Event, Irish Fry-Up
Drinking Bucks Fizz with Una on Monday after cooking breakfast
Class photo, Monday afternoon
Martin and Noreen Conroy, from Woodside Farm at the Monday demo. It's the largest free range pig herd in Ireland. Their pigs are born and live on the field, and only see concrete when they're on the way to the market. They're fed wheat and barley, not commercial pig feed, live to 8 months old (and run like athletes apparently!). They only supply pork to local farmer's markets, and warned against the veracity of apparently free-range pork in the supermarkets. We cooked their rashers and sausages in the Irish breakfast on Monday morning, delicious.
Wednesday's demo was on Afternoon Tea which included cupcakes, macaroons, cakes, sandwiches, tea etc..
Picnic Chest of sandwiches, think this is my favourite thing I've seen so far!
Muffuletta, from New Orleans, described as "a chunky, macho sandwich"
Mrs Lamb's Sponge
Kitchen 1, all quiet
Tunisian Orange Cake
The entrance to the cookery school
Paul has the shakes after an afternoon of sugar on Monday
Filing and revising for the herb exam next week. "What does dill taste like? Um...dill?"
Getting cozy by the fire with Kate