Ballymaloe Cookery School Blog Index

Below is the index for all of my posts while I did the 12-week certificate course in Ballymaloe back in 2014, feel free to click through to each day. In November 2020 I transferred my entire website from wordpress.com to WordPress.org, unfortunately, this resulted in the loss of some of my content. Day 0: Leave your…

Ballymaloe Day 82: The final blogpost

Well, it’s over, that’s it, c’est fini. 83 posts altogether including day zero – it’s been a roller coaster of a ride. It’s hard to describe what how I’m feeling about the written exams right now, but the definite overall feeling that’s running through my veins is exhaustion. I barely slept last night and headed…

Ballymaloe Day 81: The studious adventures of Úna-Minh Kavanagh

Time flies when you get towards the end of an adventure. Today I had a glorious lie-in, where my dreams weren’t filled with any sort of worry and my mind was at ease. Despite having a long day of exams ahead of me on Friday, I was mostly calm throughout the morning. Getting some quick…

Ballymaloe Day 80: Channeling my inner Florrie!

To say I’m exhausted is an understatement – I feel like the blood has been drained from my body and I’m left with a hollow shell of a person. Today we had our main practical exam, and waking up after a surprisingly good sleep, I was anxious to actually just get into the kitchen and…

Ballymaloe Day 78: “That absolute slap-across-the-face flavour”

The alarm went off at 7.30am, but I didn’t haul myself out of bed until 8am… After a turbulent night’s sleep, I eventually managed to drag myself out into humanity with my chef whites on and knife bag under my arm. Though shattered, it was actually a lovely morning in the kitchen, with an air…

Ballymaloe Day 77: Just one day left in the kitchen…

With only five hours sleep last night, I woke up with a cranky feeling. Wandering around at 8am to unlock our bedroom door I woozily staggered back to bed for an extra hour. Thankfully today was all about Mammy Kavanagh’s visit and with an hour of study under my belt, I was glad to get…

Ballymaloe Day 76: Cough and splutter

Carrageen moss as a drink would definitely not be one of my beverages of choice. Unable to sleep until 3am and then rising at 8am, my body was floating in a wave of drained energy and exhaustion. Forcing myself up, the house was quiet and I patiently waited for the kettle to boil and give…

Ballymaloe Day 75: A day in the leaba

The last thing you want to happen in cookery school is to be sick on one of the final cooking days… Over the past few days, I’ve felt another wave of sickness hit me. I don’t know whether it’s something I ate, the cold weather or just a thing that’s going around but anyway, to…