From the Editor

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 trying to do some more practical work (why do I own so many cookery books?!).

Aside for experimenting in the kitchen, I’m reading a lot of blogs from past students and overall it all sounds very intense (but awesome). Some of the blogs are incredibly detailed and give some fantastic lowdowns, including forkandfizz, The Seasonal Kitchen ad Borrowed Salt.

I’m actually getting more nervous by the day and despite the school exam element to it – about 3 hours practical, with 6 hours written, mid-terms and wine exams – I’m looking forward to pushing myself and soaking it up (plus, people who know me, know that I’m most at ease at home in Kerry in my wellies, so this should be very enriching!).

It’s a strange feeling but there’s no way in hell that I’m backing out now.

Hopefully will get back to updating things soon. If you did do the course, I’d love to hear from you! And if you’re heading along this year I’d also love to get in touch with you.