Holy cow, I’m behind on this whole blogging situation! I can’t believe it’s been three+ weeks in school already. The days fly by, and the evenings go even quicker! Plus, I’m still finishing up some design projects from before I left. I try to do as much exploring around as I possibly can when opportunities arise. If my friend Sheila offers a hike in the mountains or by the sea, I’m in! Or a day of TradFest (traditional Irish music, at different venues/pubs around Dublin City Center), I’m in!
Cookery school is quite intense. We still have 15 people in the class, but 10 of them will be leaving us after this week (no, they haven’t been voted off the island, those folks are only here for the first 4-weeks certificate program). I will be very sad to see them go, we’ve gotten to know each other fairly well, and they are all just gems.
So here’s what we’ve been cooking, and some other photos of my adventure since I’ve been here. Oh, and thanks so much for all the sweet comments on my last post. I love to see notes from you. Sure makes it seem like I’m not as far away.
We had a guest tutor, Rossa, for Bread Day. He has a specialty bakery in town, but only serves restaurants right now. I sure hope he opens a retail space before I leave. He had a wonderful manner about him, a perfect personality for bread making — a pure master of the art.
Not every day has a theme, but the salads and veg of this day were some of the best! Who doesn’t love a good tart too!
Eggs-ellent Day (sorry, just had too)
Egg day was next. And boy did we eat a lot of eggs. We made quiches, learned the proper way to poach an egg (high sided pan, and swirl the water before adding the eggs to the whites stay together…) Eggs really are the perfect food.
Then came more fish and sauces. I think my favorite dish to date is the Japanese Consommé with Japanese Vegetables, so clean and fresh tasting.
Our tutor also made Gravlax the day before (salted salmon). We ate it with homemade brown bread. Some Raspberry and Oat bars (sounds healthier than they were, but sure were tasty!) topped off the day.
We went to northern Italy the next day for some interesting pork (the tutor said it was okay for the milk in the dish to curdle, hmmmm). I don’t have photos of everything we made, but here’s a recap.
Celebrity Happy Pear siting!
My dear friend Sheila and I spent a Saturday afternoon hiking along the sea from Greystones to Bray. Before we got on the trail, we stopped at the famous Happy Pear in Greystones. I’ve been following these guys on Insta for a while, and they are featured in a few cooking programs I’ve watched. They are quite the sensation around here. Anyhooties, we were leaving for our hike, walking down the street, and who do we see coming towards us but one of the twins!
Thanks again so much for reading and coming along on my adventure. Let me know what you think of the posts, what more you’d like to see, and any questions you may have. It’s been such an amazing few weeks!