Beer Bread For The Win!

Beer Bread Side

A couple of weeks ago I set up my very first food stall at the Blubird Wholefoods Market in Birnam. It’s been a pretty exciting time for me as it’s my way of introducing Irish fayre to the South Africa palatte. Whenever I talk about Irish food to non-Irish people, they more often than not refer back to us just eating PotAYtoes, with the diddly hoo har accent. So it’s my aim to show them no we don’t just eat spuds all day long.

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Sourdough Pizza


In the summer time when the weather is fine….oh wait. Hold on a second, it’s winter, right? No…no, it’s summer. I’m pretty sure it’s winter. I’m in the Southern Hemisphere and if my calculations are correct, we are at the beginning of winter. Exactly! So then why is it 24 degrees outside? All I can say is that I love it. Winter here in South Africa is shaping up to be rather brilliant. Jam packed full of sunshine, rooftop cinemas & and festivals, it feels just like summer time.

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Discovering Joburg


Still in my first week back in the city of gold, I’ve been eager to discover and go further than I did when I was here last year. So, luckily for me, my friend Mbali came knocking and offered to take me on a whirlwind tour of the city she like so many others loves.

We hopped in the car and scooted down to Braamfontein for a delish coffee from newly opened Father Coffee. These guys know their coffee. As you watch them cup the milk jug to wait for the milk to come to the exact temperature. You know a heavenly cup of your morning caffeine fix is coming your way.



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Sligo Supper Club

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dooooiliesJoin me for a unique night of local dishes prepared at my very own pop up restaurant at the First Floor Restaurant, above Barry’s Public House, Grange, this Friday May 10th.

For the last five years, I have been travelling the world extensively, living in Italy, Qatar, Perth, and South Africa. During this time, I wrote about my adventures in in local dishes on my blog Carolanne’s Kitchen. In January of this year, I returned home to Ireland to begin the next chapter in my foodie career and completed the twelve-week cookery course at Ballymaloe Cookery School under the guidance of Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell and Rachel Allen.

I have now been offered the exciting opportunity to host a pop up restaurant in a venue in North County Sligo this weekend!

Places are limited and booking is required. We may add an extra night if there is demand.

To book your place, text 0863977880 or email

Follow Carolanne on twitter @Carolanner // #SligoSuppers

Ballymaloe Cookery School Weeks 11 & 12… long sweeties!

And so my final post on my time spent at Ballymaloe.



During Week 11, we were taken on a speial little tour of Ballymaloe House. Over the last 3 months, I never got the chance to go and visit the house so really loved hearing the history and imagining what it was all like back in 1963 when it all began.

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Ballymaloe Cookery School Week 9 & 10…Keep Calm and Eat Butter


The running theme over the last two weeks has certainly been butter based. We have been introduced to the wonders of Brioche, Croissants and Pain au Chocolat, Flaky and Puff Pastry. Our waste lines are feeling it and our appetites are craving it.

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Ballymaloe Cookery School Week 9….Sunshine, School Tours and Smiles!

Can somebody tell me where the time is going to? I cannot believe we are embarking on Week 9 at Ballymaloe. Last week seems like a life time ago. So much happens on a daily basis here that you really … Continue reading