There has been some serious procrastination going on here recently. I’ve assigned Tuesdays as my Admin day to sort out all of the un-fun stuff that comes along with running a food business. So yesterday (I changed Admin day to … Continue reading
Happy Birthday Mandela! Nelson Mandela turned 95 today. Since arriving in South Africa a few weeks ago, he has been on everyone’s minds as he was admitted to hospital due to a sever illness. Every day the news reporters would … Continue reading
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.
We are in the thick of winter and the glorious sunshine is still beaming down on us. I can’t quite get over just how lucky I am to be experiencing such a beautiful time of the year here in South Africa. Joburg is shining and it’s looking pretty stunning.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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.
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