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Being a Busy Bee

Oh, I am so busy.

Today, Ireland is in the midst of a snowstorm – a storm that may last well into the weekend. Not a normal occurrence. I only just started teaching the new 11 Week Commis Chef training course at the School of Food in Thomastown, Kilkenny and we’ve already had to cancel classes due to the extreme weather and messy roads.

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In preparation of the course, Dermot and I visited the local Camphill community in Jerpoint – just outside of Thomastown. What a beautiful place. What a wonderful community. Some of the gardeners at Camphill Jerpoint will be helping to maintain our gardens at the school and we are thrilled to be working with them.

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We are also getting regular orders of their seasonal vegetables for our students to work with – and hopefully some shorthorn beef when the time comes. They are such beautiful, gentle animals – I’m all for supporting ethically-raised beef but I know it would be hard for me to do these handsome fellows in! Just another reason I love the Camphill community for providing us with good, homegrown food.

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My recipe for Irish Bennies was recently published by the Food Bloggers of Canada – do check it out if you’re interested in an Irish brunch for Paddy’s Day.

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Speaking of Paddy’s Day (and the Food Bloggers of Canada), I will be sharing the recipe for these Irish Coffee Donuts (with spiced whiskey crème pâtissière and a deep espresso glaze) this March, so keep an eye out for that!

This coming weekend I am so excited to be attending the Parabere Forum in Malmö, Sweden. This is technically a work trip, since I’ll be writing articles about the forum for several publications, but I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of inspirational voices in food and food security. I know my horizons will be broadened. I’m going to learn a lot. And I’m going to be able to spend some time in one of National Geographic’s “Places You Need to Visit in 2018” with my husband and baby. So. Pumped.

And as I’ll be in Malmö for the weekend we will naturally also spend some time in Copenhagen. T’would be rude not to.

To close, here’s a picture of Ciara and her favourite friend.

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Happy March, everyone!

 

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. That sounds like an exciting and interesting trip. Looking forward to hearing all about it next week.
    I am enjoying the course so much. Such a pity the weather intervened. Gives us a chance to practice our breadmaking skills.

    February 28, 2018
    • Kathy… I think you should help Dermot make a sourdough starter for the class on Monday! We can feed it and make bread things during the course and then everyone can take a bit home when the course is finished! Hope you’re warm and safe for the storm; see you Wednesday!

      March 1, 2018
  2. Celtic Duck #

    Way to get your course off to a good start. Not. We’re down in Dungarvan, only an inch of snow so far, but the first session of our Irish class has been cancelled for tonight. Footing is quite slippery underfoot. Temperatures hovering around 0 is a recipe for black ice, as you no doubt know, being Canadian.

    February 28, 2018
    • Yes, I hit a patch coming through my village the other day and took out a tidy town’s decoration. Whoops! Black ice is lethal! Stay safe!

      March 1, 2018
  3. 👍

    March 4, 2018

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