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March Madness

With lengthening days helping us shake off the cold, wet winter it’s seed sowing time! Just as well as the soaking rain has made working on the soil very difficult. 
 
 

Behind the scenes at Ballymaloe

Ballymaloe, A Day in the Life is a labour of love, choreographed by long-term staff member Daphne Spillane, Daphne sought to acknowledge the loyalty and long term service of members of staff have worked at Ballymaloe House over the year, 40 and 50 years for some.
 

Orienteering at Ballymaloe

Come Orienteering at Ballymaloe House on January 24th. 
 
All Welcome. Suitable for beginners. 
 

The Ultimate Mince Pie Recipe from Ballymaloe’s Pastry Pro

JR Ryall, head pastry chef at Ballymaloe House, gives us a masterclass in Christmas baking with his mouthwatering mince pie recipe …
 
There are many Christmas traditions that mark the start of the festive season. At Ballymaloe House the unmistakable scent of citrus peel slowly candying in late October marks it for me. This might seem unimaginably early to get into the mood for Christmas carols and roasting chestnuts on an open fire, but with the task of Christmas baking ahead it is the perfect opportunity to ease into the spirit of things.
 

What is Ireland's most unique hotel? See our list of 30 gems

We were delighted to feature in the Irish Independent article "What is Ireland's most unique hotel? See our list of 30 gems".

Ballymaloe House comes in at number 18 on the list which reads:

Christmas Decorations - 1 day course with our in-house florist Iona

Wednesday 9th December 2015

Our in-house florist at Ballymaloe House uses predominantly wild and garden flowers. Iona will demonstrate her style of flower arranging creating seasonal displays. This one-day course will offer budding and experienced gardeners alike an opportunity to explore the gardens and woodlands (weather permitting) at Ballymaloe House.

Coffee on arrival at 10am
Course Over approx. 5pm

During this course you will be visiting the gardens - wet weather gear may be required.

Symphony of the Soil

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL - documentary feature film. Screening followed by Q&A with the Director Deborah Koons Garcia

'Deborah Koons Garcia is one of my food heroes. Her work has helped in no small way, to raise awareness of one of the most pressing challenges facing mankind – the diminishing fertility of the soil. We are thrilled that Deborah has chosen to show the Symphony of the Soil at the Grainstore, don’t miss it – it will be life changing.' - Darina Allen

Elderflower Lemonade

  • 3 lemons
  • 225ml (8fl oz) elderflower syrup (see recipe)
  • 750ml (1 1/4 pints) water
  • ice
  • elderflower heads
 
Juice the lemons.  Add the syrup and water.  Mix and taste.  Add ice and elderflowers to garnish.
 

Elderflower Syrup

 
Makes 400ml (14fl oz)
 
  • 225g (8oz) sugar
  • 300ml (10fl oz) water
  • 20 elderflower heads
 

Simnel Cake

Simnel cake is a light fruit cake with two layers of almond paste or marzipan, one in the middle and one on top, that is toasted, and traditionally eaten at Easter but will last a long time in the unlikely event it's not eaten quickly. 

Liam O'Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Seán Keane

Ballymaloe Grainstore is delighted to present a special one-off concert by three of the greatest names in Irish traditional music.
 
Liam O'Flynn - uilleann pipes
Paddy Glackin  - fiddle
Seán Keane - voice, fiddle
 
This is a rare opportunity to see three legends come together to make music in the Grainstore's intimate setting.
 

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