Sunday, 31 May 2009

Chorizo pasta - Rachel Allen - Market Kitchen

Rachel does the demos at Ballymaloe cooking school


Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat

A Must Watch


'Half a Pound of Crap' In Daily American Diet - Mark Bittman


Mark Bittman: "Food Matters", part 1


Mark Bittman: Food Matters, part 2


Saturday, 30 May 2009

Week 6 Ballymaloe

Pizza, Burgers , Duck ,Wine and Tapas

Our 6 week exam was held on Friday .
We had to identify 10 herbs and 10 salad leafs as well as a practical exam, mine was chop and sweat an onion , make a paper piping bag , chop a cucumber and make short crust pastry and line a pastry tin .
Last week we had Peggie's birthday a night with amazing food and drink. Last night Mark once again hosted another great party a BBQ .

On Saturdays the school has a Pizza bar open and for around 10 euro you can get an amazing Pizza cooked in the wood fire oven check out the photos below.

I made my house mates Dak-Dori-Tang
Korean chicken stew

Here is the recipe
2 chickens
1/2 cup of dark soy sauce
2 inches of chopped ginger
5 cloves of garlic
6 carrots
6 potatoes
3 onions
sugar or honey
black pepper and salt
gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)

Steam the chopped up skinned chicken in a little water for 10 -15 mins
Keep the water .
Mix the garlic, ginger, honey, salt, pepper and soy sauce together.
In a large pot add the chicken , potatoes , onions and carrots . Add the sauce and may be a little of the chicken cooking water. Simmer until the potatoes are cooked .
Serve with rice .


Sunday, 24 May 2009

Week 5 At Ballymaloe
Here is Colm and a Lady (cant remember her name sorry ) from Lansons Champagne .
Colm is the sommelier from Ballymaloe House . Colm is now keep a wine Blog here.
In this wine tasting class we got to try a Lanson vintage and Non Vintage Champagne .

One of the hatched chicks

As I have already said there are 11 nationalities on the course . There is a doctor ,accountant ,lawyer, and all sorts of other really interesting people. Francis has two silver Olympic medals and 3 gold world medals for rowing for Britain .

People my pay to come into Demo in the evenings some evening there are many visitors .Last week one of the ladies in Demo Was the owner of Obama's favorite chocolate all the way from Seattle .The owner of Frans chocolate

Everyone always gets a birthday cake on their birthday .

We have made all sorts of bread now we are making sour dough bread with our own home gown yeast .


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