I'm so delighted to tell you all that I have been selected as a finalist for 'The Best Newcomer' in The Blog Awards Ireland 2012! There were just under 200 blogs in this category so I am absolutely thrilled that I have been selected as one of the final 7! I really can't believe it!
Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me and to all the judges who gave up so much of their time to go through the long lists of blogs and find mine!
Unfortunately I won't be able to make the awards night on Saturday the 13th October as I have a family night before my wedding but would love if you all would have your fingers and toes crossed for me that night!! Here's to the best year of my life and blogging being a huge part of that!
Dublin Cookery School
I have lots of other news to share with you guys. I have just finished my first week of my new job, working full time as an Assistant Tutor in Lynda Booth's Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock. I must say, I was sad to leave Avoca and all the great friends I made there but I thought long and hard about the huge opportunity I was being offered; to learn so much, be immersed in teaching people who are as passionate about food as I am, and getting to meet so many great chefs who come in the door.
We currently have a class of three month and one month students, who are busy working away in the kitchen every day, learning lots of new things. This week they had a brilliant day, bread making with Rossa Crowe of Le Levain bakery, where he taught them lots of technical tips about how to make the best breads from home or as a business.
There are a huge range of other exciting courses going on in the school from evening courses in knife skills to corporate evenings and cooking for friends courses.
You should check out there website here for more detailed information about upcoming courses:
|Students busy at work in Dublin Cookery School|
Eating my way around France
Previous to starting my new job, I managed to get away for a weeks holidays in France. We travelled to a lovely, little, picturesque town called L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue in south-east France.
Our week consisted mainly of sitting by the pool, reading our books by day, then eating and drinking great food and wine by night. L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a great place for foodies. There is a wonderful food market every Sunday which takes over the whole town. You could spend hours wandering the streets, taking in the atmosphere and indulging in cheeses, tapenades, olives and checking out the local crafts such as soaps, lavender bath lotions and the array of colourful dishes. There is such a brilliant buzz around the place with people enjoying a glass of rosé in the sun while enjoying some Sunday lunch.
Over the week, we ate in a few lovely restaurants in L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue and in the surrounding area. The first evening we arrived, we headed up to Le Bistrot de Saumane, a beautiful restaurant perched on the edge of the hilltop in Saumane, with a spectular view back down across the valley. I had no trouble finishing a giant steak and mouth watering chips lathered in provence herbs. This was exactly what we needed after a long day travelling.
Our next foodie adventure was to a new restaurant called 'Umami' in the centre of L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue . You would quite easily walk by this restaurant and think nothing of it as it looks quite shabby from the outside. Don't let this put you off. The food is really tasty, the service is fantastic and the menu is very reasonably priced. I would most definitely return here. www.restaurant-umami.fr
|Satay Pork Skewers with Fragrant Rice|
|Raspberry Sorbet & Praline Ice Cream|
We were very lucky to be in France to celebrate Grenache Day on the 21st of September - a day to celebrate the grenache grape. This day coincided with the last day of our holidays, so we decided to really treat ourselves and head to Michelin Star restaurant 'Le Vivier' . As part of the celebration, Le Vivier had set a special 6 course dinner menu with each course accompanied by a different grenache wine. Restaurant Le Vivier is owned a run by an unbelievably welcoming and friendly couple Patrick and Celine Fischnaller. It is decorated in a contemporary, urban style. They have managed to create an almost enchanted setting, with orange and brown lighting, black grass carpets and fish hanging whimsically from red chandeliers over the bar and bobbing in goldfish bowls. Below are pictures of some of the dishes we had. It was incredible!
|Pumpkin soup with fried porcini mushrooms & foie gras|
|Chestnut Mousse in a Chocolate Ball|
'Le 17 Place aux Vins'If you are looking to seek out some good wines to enjoy while you are staying in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, head to no other than the 'Le 17 Place aux Vins': 17, place Rose Goudard 84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. '17', is both an off licence and a wine bar. It is a fabulous place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace or to wander in and select a few bottles of wine to bring home. They do really nice tapas style food and antipasti platters which are also delicious.
Keeping up my creativeness
With my wedding just over 3 weeks away, I have been busy designing and making invites, mass booklets, placenames and lots more. It has been busy but it has been a great way to keep my creative spark going. The wedding cake is well under way as well. The fruit cake is made, the ribbons are bought and the final idea is sketched out. The final layers will be made on the week itself! - Our apartment has officially turned back into a studio! :-p