Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 1

I’ve spent the last week or so in a dream like state at Ballymaloe Cookery School. As you may already know from my last post, it has been my dream to come here from many years. There were so many moments throughout the week when I was practically pinching myself – is this actually happening?! It’s a bit surreal being in such close proximity to people you have admired and respected from afar for so many years and to suddenly be in their presence on a daily basis!

It’s been an amazing but also an overwhelming week – there has been so much going on and so much to take in! I’m lucky to be sharing a house with 3 fab ladies, and we have enjoyed a glass or two of vino together at a few stages during the week to unwind!

Here are some highlights from the week. Make sure to join me on Snapchat and Instagram for more regular updates of my Ballymaloe adventure!

Ballymaloe welcom
Check in time – pinch me!


Ballymaloe welcome students
Our first gathering on the Sunday evening


Ballymaloe Philip's pizza
A delicious welcome indeed – someone pass me another slice!


Ballymaloe fresh farm produce
Fresh farm produce available!


It all starts with good soil
It all starts with good soil


Darina Allen
A walk through the gardens led by Darina


Ballymaloe grow food
Grow Food farm mural


Sea kale
Sea kale – only in season for 3 weeks of the year. We tasted some on one of the pizzas served on Sunday evening


Ballymaloe greenhouses
A selection of lettuces in the greenhouse – I love all the different colours!


 A selection of delights for our first lunch

Darina in demo mode
Darina delivers our first afternoon demo of many to come!


Tuesday – I learned this the hard way!! I was pursued by an angry goose, I’d be shocked if he didn’t wake up half the neighbours with all the noise he made!


Ballymaloe salad leaves
Learning about salad leaves
Wednesday dish 1 – Wild Garlic Pesto


Potatoe soupAnd wild garlic pesto
Wednesday dish 2 – potato soup drizzled with wild garlic pesto


Mango in mint syrup
Wednesday dish 3 – Mango in mint syrup


The Shell House – one of the landmarks on my new commute!


Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen in demo mode on Wednesday


Wine tasting Thursday! We tasted two Chardonnay’s as well as getting an unexpected visit from the owners of Van Brunt Stillhouse Whiskey’s


Van brunt Stillhouse whiskey
I’m not used to tasting alcohol before noon!


A quick wander around the herb garden on Friday morning to familiarise myself with some of the herbs


Ballymaloe Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart
Friday dish 1 – Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart (I made a salad too but forgot to take a picture of it!! It looked leafy 🙂

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