Word of Mouth: Escape with a Day of Fabulous Food Trails

This week I was delighted to be invited on a Fabulous Food Trail (FFT) in Dublin city. Our guide for the day was Eveleen Coyle, founder and lead guide at FFT and a Dublin-native herself. Winner of the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2015, I was excited to head on the food tour, despite the drizzling…

Word of Mouth: Inspiration aplenty at the Waterford Harvest Festival

A last minute notion struck my Mam and I to head down to Waterford for the weekend for their annual Harvest Festival, that was in conjunction with Grow it Yourself (GIY) International. A celebration of food heritage and culture aimed to suit all tastes, the harvest festival has been around since pagan times acting as…

Word of Mouth: Something amiss at the Guinness Storehouse

The home of the “black stuff” has always been a spot that I’ve meant to wander into and so on a whim with the rain drizzling down, Mr. POH and I headed to the iconic Guinness Storehouse. Open seven days a week from 9.30am, we arrived late enough into the afternoon to a bustling entrance…

Word of Mouth: Foraging with Darach Ó Murchú

“This place is in my blood” ~ Darach Ó Murchú The wind blew the smells in my direction as I feverishly sautéed the pot of chopped almonds and eyed the seaweed like a hawk. This was an Easter Sunday like no other. Based in Kerry, for the past few years Darach Ó Murchú has been…

Ballymaloe Day 33: “Like a fine, cashmere blanket”

The chili made its way under my nails and over my knuckles – my hands felt like they were on fire. Today I had three dishes to get prepped, and with a sense of Friday calm, I busied myself chopping, peeling and dicing vegetables. Rachel Allen was around in our kitchen today, and it was…

Ballymaloe Update: There may not be a blogpost tonight!

Hi everyone! Just so you know, we’ve been given a warning that we may get struck by lightning so no electricity – but no panic. I’ve all my notes ready for Day 24, and it will emerge when it can and I have wi-fi. It mightn’t be live tonight so keep your eyes peeled. Pam…