Day 54 – Pastry

Today I made : Three kinds of pastry. I like pastry but today was a challenge because the kitchen was hot and sweaty. Ideally you want to make pastry in a cold room so the butter doesn’t melt. I did my best. The first was Amaretto Almond and Strawberry tart. The shortcrust pastry was very…

Day 50 – Rib Rolling

Today I made : Tuna Steak with pipperonata and Kalamata olive tapenade. I am not usually a big fan of peppers but pipperonata – pepper, tomato and basil stew – is okay with me. I had concerns about cooking tuna because I have read so much about it being endangered but I was assured this was…

Day 47 – Kassler

I started early this morning with a trip to the greenhouse to pick herbs and vegetables for the kitchens. My housemate Chrissy and I picked tomatoes, kohlrabi, courgettes, rocket and herbs. Today I made : Kassler. A cured and oak-smoked loin of pork. I did not care for this – it had a gummy texture, and…

Day 44 – Strawberries and Cream

Today I made : Almond meringue with strawberries and cream. The toasted almonds make it crunchy and toasty, a nice contrast to the juicy berries.  I had extra meringue so I made these little babies with mashed strawberries and cream. I like it when there are leftovers to play with because you can present them…

Day 42 – Pasta

Today I made : Lasagne verde. This took FOREVER. One of the big things I have realised at Ballymaloe is how many corners I cut when cooking at home. If you want to charge money for your food you have to do things right. I had to individually destalk the spinach leaves without bruising them,…

Day 40 – Dark Caramel

  Today I made : Two loaves of bread. One brown yeast, the other white soda. I finished the creme brûlée I started on Wednesday. The teachers say the most important thing when making caramel is to hold your nerve. You want to burn it enough to make that amount of sugar palatable. I held…

Day 18 – Deep Fat Frying

(Disclaimer – The picture of the chickens has nothing to do with this post, so if you want to read about fried chicken look elsewhere. I walk past them every morning and love how the red looks against the green leaves. They were cooperative today and posed for some pics). More bread today. The white yeast dough I…

Day 17 – Bread Heads

I had a productive morning today, and made brown seeded soda bread, French Peasant Soup, lamb and spring vegetable stew and a rhubarb fool with crushed shortbread cookies and meringue. I also made the dough for Ballymaloe white yeast bread and left it for a long, slow, cold overnight rise, which will be continued tomorrow. This…

Baked Oatmeal

I have been eating this baked oatmeal for breakfast almost every day for the past week. I make a big batch, freeze individual servings and top it with fruit, yoghurt and some granola for extra crunch. I use the recipe from Cookie and Kate. The first time I made this I followed her recipe exactly, just…

Lemon Lime Bars

It had been a long time since I did some purely fun baking and not ‘practical’ things like bread or anything sourdough. These lemon lime bars really hit the spot. I love the contrast of the rich, buttery base paired with the bright, zingy freshness of lemon and lime. I wanted to add more texture…

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Whenever I have to make a birthday cake I turn to this Chocolate Raspberry Cake. It is foolproof (thanks to the jam in the cake batter there is zero chance of dryness) and everyone loves it. And let’s face it, it’s pretty classy. I based the recipe on Nigella Lawson’s Storecupboard Chocolate Orange Cake but obviously…

Sourdough Croissants

  I want to branch out (sourdough wise) and make things other than bread and pancakes. For the last two weekends I have made sourdough croissants. They were easier to make than I anticipated and less labour intensive than bread. If you have a healthy starter you should give them a go! I used From the Grapevine’s recipe.  At…