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First pick of Asparagus

First pick of Asparagus this spring, from the walled in Garden at Ballymaloe House Hotel.

They'll be delicious on the menu this evening.

The Art of the Restaurateur by Nicholas Lander

The Art of the Restaurateur by Nicholas Lander has recently been released as an eBook, and is now available for iPhone and iPad exclusively on iBooks.

The Art of the Restaurateur presents the compelling stories behind some of the world's best restaurants, and celebrates the complex but unsung art of the restaurateur. In his first ever book, acclaimed Financial Times restaurant critic (and former restaurateur) Nicholas Lander reveals everything you ever wanted to know about the highs and lows of the restaurant business.

Magnolia Tree in Bloom

One of the Magnolia trees near the woodland is in full bloom.

Easter At Ballymaloe

We had a fabulous Easter here at Ballymaloe. There were lots of activities for the children to enjoy: scavenger hunts, egg painting and Easter garden competitions and of course the annual Easter Egg Hunt!

New Sunday Lunch Menu at Ballymaloe House

Sunday Lunch at Ballymaloe House has changed from a buffet style of service to a three course menu.

As always, our philosophy is to serve the best of what local producers have to offer and our Sunday lunch menu changes weekly according to what is available.

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake is a traditional Easter cake. It has a layer of almond paste baked into the centre and a thick layer of almond icing on top. The 11 balls represent 11 of the 12 apostles - Judas is missing because he betrayed Jesus.

Line the base and sides of a 9 inch (23cm) round, or a 8 inch (20.5cm) square tin with brown paper and greaseproof paper.

Beautiful Bluebells

Beautiful Bluebells growing in the woods on the grounds of Ballymaloe House.

You can see what else is growing over on our garden blog for April 2014 written by gardener Mags Coughlan.

Read The Garden Blog

Maggie Beer to attend The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine

Maggie has written 9 books in total. The first being Maggie’s Farm, followed by Maggie’s Orchard and Cooking with Verjuice. She then collaborated with Stephanie Alexander and chronicled their Italian cooking school experiences in Stephanie and Maggie’s Tuscan Cookbook which has been translated into 5 languages. Her fifth book Maggie’s Table won the Best Regional Cook Book in English in 2001, and then against all other languages, replicated its success in the Gourmand World Cook Book Awards in Perigord, France.

Supper Club : Guest Chefs

We are delighted to announce our guest chefs for our last Supper Club for the year.

Ivan Whelan of Grapefruit Moon fame, Michael Quinn one of Irelands leading chefs and former head chef of Waterford Castle, Sally Mckenna author of McKenna Guides and leading expert on Seaweed and Aiden McGrath owner of Wilde Honey.

The evening begins at 7.30pm and includes a set 4 course meal for €45 per person.

There will be wines recommended to suit each course. These, as well as wines from our cellar, will be available to buy.

Congratulations to Rory O'Connell

We would like to wish Rory O'Connell a heartfelt congratulations for winning the 'Andre Simon Award' for 'best cookbook published in 2013' for his first cook book 'Master It'.

Rory was Head chef of Ballymaloe Country House Hotel for ten years, he co-founded the Ballymaloe Cookery School with Darina Allen. He was twice awarded the prestigious title of Ireland’s Chef of the Year.

Congratulations Rory from everyone at Ballymaloe Country House Hotel!

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