Part 17: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

We don’t need to look far to see some of the wonderful products that are being created right under our noses! From homemade goods to family-based produce, we create a vast variety of food and drink in the country that are worth celebrating. Here are five more food and drink producers that caught my eye…

Part 16: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

If there’s one thing in Ireland that we should celebrate, it’s the amazing produce that we have. In a country full of innovators and creators, I believe that it’s so important that we acknowledge the best food and drink producers who are working hard to get by. Here are five more producers that caught my…

Ballymaloe Day 47: “You’re highly contagious”

I’m afraid this blogpost will be short a sweet. I woke up this morning with awful cramps in my stomach, that fed through my body, into my chest and legs. With other bodily symptoms niggling at me, I brushed it off as a slight head cold and started the day looking forward to making panna…

Ballymaloe Day 45: Sweet dreams are made of sourdough…

Alfred churned around the bowl, licking up the sides and claiming the dough hook with gloopy glee. He was ready! As our usual theory day commenced, myself and Sophie fed our sourdough starter and plonked him down in between the rows of seats. Today Darina was prepping a Thanksgiving feast and assisted by Tracie and…

Ballymaloe Day 44: Stuffed to the brim

“What am I doing to my body?!” I exclaimed in amused exasperation as I gave my dishes up for washing, “I think I’m going to explode”. Back in the kitchen in Ballymaloe, and into the normal routine of living in a culinary bubble, I was tired but happy to be back. As well as cooking…

Ballymaloe Day 43: The joys of adulthood

The smell of sausages and bacon took over the kitchen and spread into the dining area It was my final day catering for the folks in Knockadoon Camp and as a farewell feast, I was rustling up a fry! Along with my trusty sous-chef Pádhraic and the help of Orlaith, we managed to get everything…

Ballymaloe Day 42: Curry house!

Waking up after a bad dream is never easy, and starting off with a feeling of gloom is not a good start! Perhaps reflected in the weather, I woke up today in slightly low spirits. Still in Knockadoon, and slightly confused by the clocks going back, I hauled myself out of bed and forced myself…

Part Eight: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here. Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week: Ponticelli Espresso Ponticelli Coffee in Waterford was named after a small village outside Napoli. Its founders…

Ballymaloe Day 41: Knocking around Knockadoon

Following the highs of getting through exams, I was excited to spend the bank holiday away from campus and somewhere less intense! And so here I am in Knockadoon camp, cooking and helping feed nearly 60 people – I must have caught kitchen fever. Situated near Ballymacoda in Cork, Knockadoon Camp hosts weeks of fun…