Having been home for a few days now, I have had a chance to reflect on my time at Ballymaloe.
Firstly, I gained a greater appreciation of ingredients that go into meals – from following the journey of meat from farm to plate, to foraging for my own wild garlic and seaweed. I now recognise more than ever the importance of incorporating seasonal and local fruit and vegetables into menus as this is the food that gives our bodies the most nourishment at specific times of the year as well as reducing food miles, so overall it’s a win-win approach.
Secondly, I am so grateful that Ballymaloe gave me the opportunity to fulfil some personal goals – making pasta, my own sourdough, and icing cakes to a high standard. These really have been some of the highlights of the course.
Thirdly, I’d like to thank all of the teachers including Richard, Tracie, Florrie, Debbie, Pat, Tiffin, Jeni, Annette, Gary, Emer and Pam for their amazing support over the course. I would not have been able to do it without them. Of course there is also a huge debt of thanks to Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell and Rachel Allen who made afternoon demonstrations so interesting and amusing and imparted so much of their wisdom.
However, my experience over the last twelve weeks was made special not just by the techniques learned and improved, but by the people who joined me on the journey….
Ballymaloe Spring Class of 2018 – Anne, Anthony, Berend, Bibi, Billie, Catherine, Cathy, Charlotte A, Charlotte H, Claire, Cristian, Daniel, Edel K, Edel M, Emma, Eva, Fiona, George, Gerry, Grace, Helen, Jack P, Jack R, Jackie, Jam, Jane, Jeanne, Jill, Lauren, Liana, Liz, Madelaine, Maddy, Mael, Mairead, Maria F, Maria P, Matt, Mike, Niall, Bobby, Rose, Rosie C, Sam, Sara, Sarah, Serena, Shona, Simone, Tom, and Una.
My special friends – Aoife, Gracey and Rosie G.
My Barn Family whilst I was there – Angus, Annabel, Danny, Emer, Flossy, Josh, Molly, Tilly and William.
Thank you so much to everyone, I miss you already and can’t wait to see where the next adventure takes us all.
“The Farn Bam”