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Darina Allen: A shared meal was once the bedrock of family life – its loss is a serious problem for society

Not surprisingly the decline in home cooking closely mirrors the rise in obesity – and it’s also undermined our social skills.

Ballymaloe Brown Yeast Bread

When making Ballymaloe brown yeast bread, remember that yeast is a living organism. In order to grow, it requires warmth, moisture and nourishment. The yeast feeds on the sugar and produces bubbles of carbon dioxide which causes the bread to rise. Heat of over 50˚C will kill yeast. Have the ingredients and equipment at blood heat. White or brown sugar, honey golden syrup, treacle or molasses may be used. Each will give a slightly different flavour to the bread. At Ballymaloe we use treacle. The dough rises more rapidly with 30g (1oz) yeast than with 25g (3/4oz) yeast.

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.

Rhubarb Tartlets

Preheat oven to 190C.

Using plenty of flour roll the cold pastry to a thickness of 2mm. Cut the pastry with a 7.5cm round cutter and use the disks of pastry to line a standard flat based bun tray.

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.

Darina & Rachel Allen Giving Charity Cookery Demo!

Charity Demonstration raising money for East Cork Rapid Response with Darina and Rachel Allen at Garryvoe Hotel Thursday 10th April at 8pm.

Contact John 083 179 5945 for Tickets.

http://eastcorkrapidresponse.ie/

Kerrygold to Sponsor Litfest for 3 years!

We are delighted to announce that Kerrygold have joined Ballymaloe as title sponsors for the Literary Festival for the next three years.

Huffingtonpost Article: 22 Places In Ireland To Celebrate The Emerald Isle

Cork got a mention in a recent article by Lisa Miller on the Huffongton post website. Cork was listed as the number 1 destination in Ireland to visit this St.Patricks Day.

The article says:

People love Cork. And it's not hard to see why. Some even refer to Cork as "the real capital of Ireland." Whether it's chatting with locals and enjoying the laid-back vibe at a pub, dining at one of the "foodie" restaurants, or catching a show at the Cork Opera House, everyone will find something lovable about this River Lee town.

TLC India To Show ‘Rachel Allen’s Easy Meals’

Rachel Allen’s Easy Meals’ will air every Monday to Friday only on TLC India from 3 March 2014.

About the Series

Rachel Allen 'returns to her roots' back home in Ireland, taking on a looser and more relaxed presentational style in delivering her no-nonsense vision of achievable and delicious family food, in Rachel Allen's Easy Meals.

Friday Night Hors d’oeuvres Buffet

Our head chef, Gillian, giving the Hors d’oeuvres (first course) buffet a final look over to make sure everything is as it should be before service begins.

The Hors d’oeurves buffet has long been a Friday night tradition at Ballymaloe House. It offers diners an opportunity to taste a selection of seasonal salads, paté’s, terrines and the most delicious local seafood and smoked fish.

It is so popular that many customers visit the buffet more than once before their main course!

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