Lemon layer cake

As some of you may already know, before I started out in my cooking career I worked in retail. This time last year I was working with BHS and based in their head office (while counting down the days to Ballymaloe!). I was delighted to have been contacted recently by one of my former colleagues to work on an Easter baking project with the brand. …

Vanilla Rose Cake

  With Mother’s Day approaching I am sharing a cake that would be a perfect treat for the day! While many people choose to give flowers to their Mother for the occasion why not go for a twist on tradition with a vanilla rose cake. It would also be great for a christening or birthday party! This vanilla sponge is iced with delicious buttercream roses …

Blackberry Bun Cakes

The idea for this recipe came to me one afternoon at Ballymaloe. I was wearing my black velvet and gold sequinned cardigan and before I knew it I was jotting down some notes and sketches inspired by this combination. If you are lucky you might have some blackberries growing on the bushes near where you live! Blackberry Bun Cakes Makes 12 100g unsalted butter, softened …

Wild Atlantic Roadtrip

I’ll be honest, our decision to holiday in Ireland was one primarily taken out of necessity rather than anything else – my out of date passport meant that an Irish staycation was our only option! We decided to take in as much of the western coastline as possible and go on a Wild Atlantic roadtrip. Considering how little planning went into the holiday it worked …

Ballymaloe Cookery School – week 6

The half way point of my Ballymaloe cookery school adventure has arrived! It’s funny how in work I would be counting down the days until Friday where as now the time is going too quickly and I’m sad when Friday arrives as it means another week in foodie paradise has come to an end. If you have been following on snapchat and Instagram you may …

Ballymaloe Cookery School – Week 5

Week 5 at Ballymaloe Cookery School started a little differently than usual as we were off on the Monday to recover from all of the fun of Lit Fest – more on that in a separate post! After a stroll around the farm I finally got an opportunity to check out the shell house. Oh my goodness, it was so beautiful! As the name suggests, the …