days 5, 6 and 7

Gosh, it’s been a l-o-n-g week. Friday’s cooking was not my best. The filling for my chocolate and hazelnut tart split, my scones were too wet and I forgot my techniques sheet. On the plus side, my goats cheese salad was good. 1 out of 3. Mmmmm, not a very good score. Will have to do better this week. The demo was a very tasty mixture of tortillas, nachos, quesadillas, guacamole, black-eyed beans with mushrooms, refried beans, rice and salsa followed by creme caramel and crunchy orange butter scones. As it was Friday we opened a bottle of organic red wine when we got ‘home’. I guess since its organic it must be good for you.

On Saturday Margaret and I had to be at The Cookery School by 6.30am to help load up the van and then go to Midleton to help set up the Ballymaloe stall at the Farmers Market. It took about an hour and a half to get it all set up. We visited the stall opposite which was Green Saffron (spice specialists) and decided to buy some of their freshly made curries for dinner. All the way to Ballymaloe Cookery School and we bought a microwave dinner! Well, sort of. I hope Darina never reads this! I then went into Cork with Margaret who was doing a shift in the kitchen at the Crawford Gallery. We parted company when she went into the kitchen and I sat down in the cafe for a well earned breakfast! While I was tucking into my poached eggs on Ballymaloe bread I was flicking through The Irish Examiner and who should I see looking up at me from the weekend section – Darina Allen! She wrote about homemade sausage rolls, mini frittatas and apple blossom sponge cake. The rest of the day was spent wandering round Cork and then on the way back to Shanagarry we visited Margaret’s uncle and aunt. We arrived ‘home’ eventually at about 8pm and everyone was very glad that we had brought the dinner otherwise it might have been the pub!

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Well, even here I cannot escape the laundry and because I was out all day yesterday, today has been spent washing, ironing and doing my homework. I did manage out for a walk at the beach – I even managed a paddle in the sea – in my wellies!

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