Day 56 – Corn on the Cob

Today was our last day of regular cooking. This Thursday I have my practical exam where I have to make a three course meal and one bread. Besides that and maybe a few more loaves of bread I am done in the kitchens here! Just when I was getting the hang of it. I made…

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 36 – Duck

Today I made : Roast duck with sage stuffing and gravy. Duck is darker and fattier than chicken. It renders a lot of fat but relatively little juice. This makes it good for roasting vegetables but hard to make gravy. Ballymaloe buy their ducks from  Nora Aherne. They cost between €19 and €22, while supermarket…

Day 34 – Chicken Curry

Today I made : Thai Green Chicken Curry.  I jointed a chicken to get thighs for this and felt very glad I had practised so much for the exam! I left it to simmer for too long, ended up reducing the sauce and concentrating the flavour, so I had to double the specified coconut milk…

Day 32 – Elderflower

Today I made : Cardamom and yoghurt cream with green gooseberry and elderflower compote. This dish is ideal for a place like Ballymaloe – it is simple but so luxurious thanks to the high quality produce used. My teacher Sue and I went outside to pick elderflower straight from the trees for this. One of…

St. Patrick’s Day

This Paddy’s Day I made Chocolate Guinness Cake, one of my favourite recipes from Nigella’s Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame. Every year around this time I see it posted all over the internet, and with good reason. It is a low risk recipe which makes it perfect for entertaining -the inclusion of Guinness in the recipe means…

December Salads

Salads of the week! This Sunday I spent some time making hearty salads. I can’t sleep if I don’t know what I’m bringing to work for lunch the next day so meal prep is crucial for me! For the past two weeks Green Earth Organics have sent me a pomegranate in my weekly delivery. Pomegranates have…

Mix And Match Salads

  I recently subscribed for a weekly delivery from Green Earth Organics, a cool company based in Galway who grow organic fruit and vegetables. The quality is much better than what you find in supermarkets. It’s convenient, healthy, and you feel good about supporting a local, ethical business. But really, it’s all about the flavour. The produce from Green…

Lentil And New Potato Salad

Every week I make one or two ‘lunch items’ – things I make large amounts of in advance  so I always have something available for quick meals. I like to imagine my refrigerator is a deli counter! On Monday evening I made a big batch of this salad. I brought some to work with me…