Pre-panic: More preparation underway for Ballymaloe Cookery School

It’s been a crazy few days, so I apologise for the lack of updates on site. I’m currently doing mountains of research for Ballymaloe and trying to do some extra studying. I have this intense fear that I’m going to make an arse of myself during the first week of the course so I’m desperately…

Nerves, stress and excitement: preparing for Ballymaloe Cookery School

There are just 28 days to go until I embark on a life-changing new adventure… This year I left my full-time job as a staff writer with Her.ie to pursue a passion that had been bubbling in me for the past few years. Ballymaloe Cookery School, a three-month intensive course that would hopefully propel myself…

Recipe: crusty and cheesy, broccoli, pasta and bacon bake

Whenever I’m on the hunt for a quick bite to eat, I look for a meal that can be easily prepared and served up onto the plate under an hour. Presenting: the broccoli pasta and bacon bake that’s a whizz to put together and tastes pretty good too! It’s definitely one of those dishes that…

Recipe: Gnocchi, bacon and tomato bake

Gnocchi is such a wonderful little alternative to the traditional spud and combining it with a bit of butter and garlic can be a simple treat. Over the past while I’ve been experimenting with gnocchi recipes and have come up with a bake that doesn’t take a a lot of time and uses ingredients you…

Recipe: Homemade Vietnamese spring rolls

There are many types of spring rolls in Vietnam, but the ones I’ve always adored are “Nem Ran”, which are the most popular rolls in the north. Though they can take some time to put together, the end result is a really crispy roll that’s jam-packed full of goodies. If you’re not sure where to…

Recipe: Simple but tasty fried chicken

I had an excess of buttermilk left over from when I was making cakes so had to come up with a way not the waste the rest! This recipe for fried chicken legs is basically a consolation of not having perfect barbecue weather all the time. It’s really easy to put together and the end…