Day 35 – Mussels

Today I made : Goan Mussels, steamed in a spiced chili coconut broth and garnished with lots of coriander, my all time favourite herb. Easy, quick, (almost) one pan and endlessly versatile. Can also be made with pollock, hake, salmon and shrimp. Mussels need to be alive when you cook them. If one is open…

Day 31 – Tunisian Orange Cake

Monday was a bank holiday in Ireland. I came home for the long weekend and cooked for my parents. I made a spatchcock chicken, marinated overnight in yoghurt, cumin, turmeric and saffron. I put it over some potatoes and onions, also covered in yoghurt and spices, and sprinkled with parsley, mint and lemon before serving. I…

Day 26 – Hatching

Today was productive. I made ginger bread and a plate of shellfish with fresh mayonnaise. In doing this I covered many techniques. Students have a technique list that needs to be finished by the end of the course. Some are covered by cooking the recipes assigned to you, others you need to make time for. Many are things you…

Day 25 – Red Meat

On Friday I made sirloin steak, frites (french fries), glazed carrots with tarragon, fried onions and béarnaise sauce. People around here are really getting into butchery. Knowing about it can save a home cook a lot of money.  Some of the boys bought an entire sirloin from Frank Murphy for 100 euros. They got 17 steaks from it…

Day 15 – Bake Off

Friday was The Great Ballymaloe Bake Off, the most enjoyable morning of cooking so far. Usually I have multiple recipes in my order of work but on Friday I had just one thing – a chocolate cake. The criteria for winning was crumb texture, icing consistency and presentation. I went for a rustic natural look and…

Apple Coffee Crumble Cake With Maple Drizzle

The end of summer means the beginning of apple cinnamon season. Not that I ever stop eating apple and cinnamon, it just tastes so much better now!  This week I had some apples I needed to use up so I made this cake from the Food Network. It was fabulous. I trust any recipe that…