Saturday, November 5, 2016

GasMarkSeven Baking & Cooking MasterClasses

Over the next few months, I'll be giving a series of Masterclasses covering everything from home cooking, to pastry, baking and bread classes. I'll be sharing my experience built up from years working in kitchens with those looking to learn great new skills.  Every class is designed to ensure everyone leaves with the confidence and knowledge to take on these recipes and techniques at home.

Delivered from the all new custom built Carrigaline Bakery Kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, classes are  designed to be hands-on with small class numbers to ensure quality tuition. Below is a list of up-coming classes for the remainder of 2016 with more classes being added for 2017.

For team building classes or individual tailored classes please contact me here.

* * *

Pastry & Cakes Master Class 
Saturday December 03rd €75

A hands-on class covering a variety of topics including mastering the art of perfect fluffy white scones to mastering the skill of perfect baked tarts, cakes and so much more. A masterclass aimed at those who want to learn the skill of baking, sharpen their skills and make beautiful cakes to impress family and friends.

Every participant will receive a booklet of recipes, pastry tips and will leave with the confidence to bake with flair & ease. 

More Info & Booking Here

* * *

Festive Entertaining Master Class 
Saturday December 10th €75

Impress family and friends this festive season with your newly acquired festive cooking skills. A class designed to show you how to make perfect traditional style all-butter mince pies, how to make show-stopping centre piece traditional style Christmas Puddings, Christmas canapes and so much more. Enjoy a mulled apple juice  before your hands on Christmas entertaining course.

Booking & More Info Here.

Gift cards available for 2017 classes. 
Contact me here for more information.

* * *

Monday, June 1, 2015

Producer Best Buy: Mountain Man Brewing

Over the last few years, there has been a major change brewing in the Irish beer market with a welcomed wave of quality Irish artisan brewers shaking-up the marketplace. Microbrewers including; The Rising Sons Brewery, Franciscan Well Brewery and Elbow Lane Brew to name but a few have replaced cocktail bars as the most trendy place to hangout at weekends in cities across the country. International brands with multi-million euro marketing spends are starting to feel the hit from small scale brewers as more people turn to craft beers searching for quality and authenticity. One such successful craft brewer to reach the Irish market in recent years is Cork based Mountain Man Brewing.

Phil Cullen spent years brewing high in the Derrynasaggart Mountains of the Muskerry Gaeltacht, gathering twigs and turf to feed the fire for the boiling wort and using handfuls of whatever hops Phil Cullen could find experimenting in his home town of Macroom, Country Cork. In 2012, Phil decided to bring distinctive brew outside the mountain village to the people of Ireland. These days Mountain Man now brews beer on the move using bigger pots over much larger fires and bags full of hops in various undisclosed locations around the country. Mountain Man is always ready to move operations at the slightest sound of a siren or hint of a flashing blue light producing his magic beer in small batches ensuring quality and consistency.
The distinctive taste of Mountain Man brewing comes in two exciting varieties including; Hairy Goat and Green Bullet. Mountain Man is now widely available in all leading off-licenses and craft beer bars across the country.

Hairy Goat is a copper coloured English style India Pale Ale with a strong grapefruit, passion fruit and peach aroma coupled with a well balanced hop and malt flavour. It has a medium to high level of bitterness and has been crafted for the connoisseur of full flavoured hoppy beers. Hairy Goat can be enjoyed as an aperitif as the bitterness will stimulate the appetite. Great with Thai, Indian or any boldly spiced dishes. Works well with strong flavoured cheeses such as Colby, Blue, Parmesan and Cheddar.

Green Bullet is a light refreshing golden coloured American style Pale Ale with distinctive flavours of lemon and a smooth light body. It is lightly hopped with a single hop variety to allow the delicate flavours of this southern hemisphere gem shine through while balanced with a soft medium dry malt finish. The subtle bitterness and light body is a fantastic accompaniment with a steak or burger right off the BBQ. Great with Italian & Middle Eastern cuisine and enhances the flavours of fish dishes.

Looking to try a bottle of Mountain Man? Find your local stockist here, Tweet Mountain Man here, or like them on Facebook here.

Disclaimer: This blog post has not been sponsored by Mountain Man or any other licensed premises.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Ballymaloe Cookbook 50 Year Anniversary Edition

In 1964, Myrtle Allen took a brave step in opening The Yeat's Room - a converted drawing room of the family country home at Ballymaloe House, East Cork to the public. Since the beginning, Mrs. Allen's food philosophy has been to showcase traditional Irish farmhouse cooking, on a seasonal menu, placing artisan producers at the forefront of each dish. It was this commitment and passion for local produce that later lead to Mrs. Allen founding Euro-toques Ireland - a leading organisation of professional cooks and chefs actively promoting Ireland's culinary heritage across Europe.

Since 1964, Mrs. Allen has earned Ballymaloe House the coveted award of a Michelin Star in the late seventies, before going on to write one of the most successful cookbooks ever printed in Ireland - the best selling Ballymaloe Cookbook - a comprehensive cookbook on Irish cooking. In May of this year, to mark fifty years of the world renowned Ballymaloe House and to celebrate Mrs. Allen's ninetieth birthday, a revised and updated edition of The Ballymaloe Cookbook has been released. The revised edition captures the history of Ballymaloe House, the impact Mrs. Allen has made on Irish cuisine, with a number of forwarded messages by key figures in Irish cooking including; Darina Allen, Ross Lewis and Georgina Campbell - all of whom share their experiences of Ballymaloe House and how it came to shape their passion for local food.

Set alongside stunning food imagery by Joanne Murphy are over a hundred recipes from classic, simple recipes taken from the past fifty years at Ballymaloe House with some never seen before recipes. The Ballymaloe Cookbook is a unique cookbook containing recipes tried, tested and loved by many guests who have dined at Ballymaloe House since 1964 and is available in all good bookshops and on the Gill and Macmillan online store here.

'It isn't just a collection of recipes but a reflection of a genuine and authentic way of life, related to the land, the culture and the produce of the country in which Myrtle Allen lives' - Financial Times

'Staying and dining in Myrthle's hotel allows for that very rare moment in time when you pause for a minute, take it all in and, all of a sudden, everything seems very okay with the world'
Yotam Ottolenghi 

* * *

Recipe: Ballymaloe House Fruit Tart

Serves 8:

- 170g Pastry Trimmings or Shortcrust Pastry
- 450g Prepared Apples, Gooseberries, Plums, Redcurrants, Rhubarb
(or a mixture of apples and blackberries).
- 225g Caster Sugar
- 170g Puff Pastry
- Egg Wash


1. Line a 25cm (10inch) plate with pastry trimmings or shortcrust pastry rolled into a circle (it should be 5mm or 1/4in thick)

2. Thinly peel and core the apples and cut into chunks. Place them in the centre of the pastry, leaving a 1 cm (1/2inch) border round the edge. Sprinkle with sugar.

3. Roll out the puff pastry 5mm thick and cut a circle for the top of the tart. Brush the edge of the pastry base with water. Put on the top, press the edges together and knock up the sides. Cut a slit in the centre. Brush with egg wash. Bake at 200 degrees / Gas Mark 6 for an hour.

* * *

Competition: Win A Luxurious Picnic Basket of Ballymaloe Relish Goodies & A Copy of The Ballymaloe Cookbook by Myrtle Allen

To celebrate the release of the revised edition of The Ballymaloe Cookbook, Gill & MacMillian and Ballymaloe Country Relish have come together to offer a prize to one lucky follower. The prize includes a luxurious picnic basket of Ballymaloe Relish goodies with a copy of The Ballymaloe Cookbook.

Enter the competition by clicking the link HERE