Ballymaloe Day 24: Roll of thunder, hear my cry

The palette knife made its way across the top of the sponge with slivers of raspberry filling the grooves. It was my very first time making a cake and I wanted it to look beautiful. Every morning I wake up and for a moment I completely forget that I’m in Ballymaloe. As I slip on…

Ballymaloe Day 0: “Leave your Prada and Gucci at home!”

As I’m writing this, I’m tucked away in the comfort of my cottage-esque home for the next three months –  That’s right folks I’m finally here at Ballymaloe Cookery School! Apart from the occasional mumblings from people outside in the courtyard, everything is pretty quiet – even the chickens are hushed in their coup. I…

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…