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Country House Flowers and Seasonal Décor courses with Iona

Iona is the in-house florist at Ballymaloe House and she uses predominantly wild and garden flowers. She will demonstrate her style of flower arranging and creating seasonal displays for table centres, posies and larger displays of country house flowers as well as seasonal floral decorations.

Ballymaloe Garden Festival 2014

Save the date in your diary for a weekend full of Garden workshops, walks & talks at Ballymaloe Garden Festival on August 30th & 31st 2014.

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Ballymaloe with our new garden.

There will be lots of specialist stalls showcasing plants, shrubs, trees, vegetables, seeds, gardening tools and machinery.

Have a lovely lunch or some light bites served by our local market heroes.

Visit Garden Festival Website

Garden Blog August 2014

April’s showers seem so long ago as we work in August’s dusty garden where we’re busy watering sweet peas, summer lettuce, courgettes and pumpkins. Months have flown by and the countdown has begun in earnest to the Ballymaloe Garden Festival.

Almond Tart or Tartlets with Raspberries

Cream the butter well and then just stir in the sugar and ground almonds. (Don’t over beat or the oil will come out of the ground almonds as it cooks.)

Put a teaspoon of the mixture into 24 small patty tins or divide between 2 x 7 inch sandwich tins. Bake at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 20-30 minutes approx. or until golden brown, 10-12 minutes for tartlets or until golden brown.

The tarts or tartlets are too soft to turn out immediately so cool in tins for about 5 minutes before turning out.

Equinox with Majorie Barnes

The Grainstore is delighted to be part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival for the first time and to present an exclusive performance by Equinox, a jazz quintet based in the Netherlands, featuring veteran American vocalist Marjorie Barnes.

Born and raised in New York City, Marjorie Barnes has done it all from jazz to soul, R&B, Broadway and back. In a long and varied career, she has sung with legends such as Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Mel Lewis and many others.

Skylight - Screening

Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard appear in the West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, which was recorded live in London's Wyndham’s Theatre in July of this year. We present it on a screen in The Grainstore.

Foster and Allen

Following on from the success of their No. 1 TV Show on TG4, Foster and Allen embark on an Irish Summer Tour which concludes in Ballymaloe Grainstore on Sunday 14 September.

Mick Foster and Tony Allen continue to scale new heights after almost four decades in the music business. Their new 13-week series, The Foster and Allen Show, is currently airing on TG4 on Sunday nights.

Jimmy MacCarthy

One of Ireland's foremost songwriters, Jimmy MacCarthy, brings his ‘Prophecy/Conspiracy?' tour to the Grainstore on Sunday 24 August.

The Macroom native has written classics of the Irish folk and contemporary repertoire including No Frontiers, Missing You, Ride On ,Katie, The Bright Blue Rose, The Contender, Mystic Lipstick, Song of the Singing Horseman, and many more.

Jimmy has worked with major Irish artists such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, Mary Coughlin and Maura O’Connell and has released four albums of his own.

Yoghurt and Cardamom Cream with Sugared Strawberries

Put the milk, sugar and cream into a stainless steel saucepan with the ground cardamom, stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch. Remove from the heat and leave to sit to infuse while you dissolve the gelatine. Sponge the gelatine in a small bowl with 4 tablespoons (4 American tablespoons + 4 teaspoons) of cold water. Put the bowl into a saucepan of simmering water until the gelatine has melted and is completely clear. Add a little of the infused milk mixture and stir well and then mix this into the rest.

Green Gooseberries

Spring brought with it more fruit blossoms than any pastry chef could ever wish for. Anticipating the first Summer harvest always generates excitement in the Ballymaloe kitchen. Apart from a scant number of strawberries, the first substantial crop always comes from the green gooseberries bushes. The first small green gooseberries always have the most intense flavour. Biting into a raw berrie shocks the pallet into summer mode! Once picked the berries must be “topped and tailed”. A pleasant job for those that have time to sit in the sun.

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