Top Eight Movies for Wine Lovers

Picture the scene: the fire is lit and you’re tucked up in your warmest clothes; it’s raining outside, and all you have is a bottle of your favourite wine (be it red, white or even orange!). It’s perfect. There’s nothing I love more than sitting back with a good film or documentary, and really easing…

Ballymaloe Day 73: Úna dreams of sushi

I yawned so hard this morning that I thought my head would fall off. Last night in a bid to get all of the last minute wine revision into our system, Sophie, Martha and I blitzed through our notes. Up at the crack of dawn, we pulled on our chef whites, for formality, and heading…

Ballymaloe Day 67: Here’s to Beaujolais, Beaujolais Nouveau!

The icing sugar began to go brown and then turned a shade of black – like a hawk I gazed into the dark pit of the oven with my fingers crossed behind my chef whites. You’re probably sick of me talking about my tiredness for the past few days but it’s actually become part of…

Ballymaloe Day 57: Members of the Lost Knives Club

A crack of bone, a shimmy of the knife. Sometimes I often muse about the amount of knives here at the cookery school. Since the start of the course, many students have become “members of the lost knives club” (as Rachel calls it), but bizarrely they end up finding their way back home – be…

Ballymaloe Day 52: a “toolbox of flavours”

The top layer of cheese on the flan was bubbling silently like a golden orb of oozing joy. It was inviting me to eat it. Today was all about vegetarian food and with a list of rather intriguing dishes in front of her, Darina went through what she planned to showcase for the day. “If…

Ballymaloe Day 38: “Give sherry a chance!”

Finishing up the day by eating tapas with a smooth sherry was one of the highlights so far, and it was definitely one of those moments where I was so glad to be on this course. With just two days before our mid-term exams, a group of us were up bright and early at 7am…

Ballymaloe Day 10: Wine after wine

I shovelled the food into me like I hadn’t eaten in days, and as bizarre as it sounds – I hadn’t fed myself properly since I came here. We were out of the kitchens today and started off our theory day with a few quick demonstrations on how to make quick and sweet tray bake…

Lidl to launch their largest French wine sale

Lidl has announced that it will launch an extensive new range of French wines into stores from Monday, 8th September (while stocks last). The range will include 43 wines from across the classic regions of France, including Bordeaux, Bourgogne and the Loire Valley, and will be the supermarket’s largest wine offering to date. The focus…

Steak and wine sale in stores at SuperValu

The perfect pairing? SuperValu steak and wine sale will run in stores for one week from  Thursday 31st July to Wednesday 6th August. Some of the offers available include: Save 33% on steak at the butcher counter Buy any 6 wines and save an additional €10 Nugan Alfredo Dried Grape Shiraz now €14 (save €4.99)…