New Week, New Kitchen

New Week, New Kitchen

Last Thursday and Friday were hectic days of cooking so I was ready to head back home for the weekend.  Before I left on Friday evening I was presented with a fab cake by the teachers for my birthday, which I packed in a box and set off on the road.

Chocolate Cake

Laura's and my birthday party, last Saturday night with the family

I arrived back on Sunday evening to Ballymaloe to a lovely welcome by the ladies in the Pink Cottage who had cleaned, cooked, baked and decorated before I got home.  Amazing we've only known each other 3 weeks.

The girls have started to collect all of our creations on the shelf in the kitchen.  We won't be short of jams or chutneys for the remainder of our stay.

With Libby, Lexi, Chloe, Kate and Meg..just missing Dublin Kate

After spending the first 3 weeks in Kitchen 1, it was time to move on to Kitchen 3.  I'd heard it was a breath of fresh air, so I was looking forward to it.  My teacher for the week is Florrie (below) who is so calm and patient.  The atmosphere is Kitchen 3 is definitely more serene and not as intense as last week, loving it so far!

Florrie teaching us how to make the perfect 45 second omelette on Monday.  The secret is a smoking hot pan, clarified butter that won't burn, pour in your egg mixture, tilt the pan 4 ways to let the eggs spread around the pan, then fold over on to the plate.  The secret seems to be in the way that you hold the pan so that you can maneuver it fast and not awkwardly.  We all took 3 attempts and we've been advised to keep practicing until they are the perfect colour and texture.  That's my breakfast sorted for this week.

Kitchen 3, Monday morning

Beautiful view from the kitchen window to the farm

Wild mushrooms

Mushroom a la creme sauce to be served on the omelettes, divine!

Mushroom soup

Caramelized walnuts with marzipan, to be served as petits fours

Beer brewing on Tuesday night with the girls in Mrs Walsh's Cottage

Kitchen 3, Wednesday morning

A visitor to the kitchen on Wednesday

My Victoria Sponge with Raspberries


Crab Mayonnaise on Toast with Avocado and Spiced Tomato, also from Wednesday's cooking

"Grow and Cook: It's the secret to a happy life for you and everyone around you"

"Grow and Cook: It's the secret to a happy life for you and everyone around you"

Photos from Week 3

Photos from Week 3