Molly’s Memories of Ireland

Inspired by The Cooking Cottage’s dreamy trips to Ireland, I took a semester off from college in fall 2008 and traveled to Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Once the shock of all the dishwashing I had to do wore off, I had a wonderful time living amidst the farm and gardens and other food enthusiasts. When I wasn’t earning my keep cooking for and working at the local farmers market, I spent plenty of time in Darina Allen’s own kitchen and enjoyed many cooking classes at the world renowned school.

Here is Darina hosting a school group… no doubt telling them about the importance of local foods and cooking from scratch.

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The views and drama of the Irish landscape are not easily forgotten. I loved exploring the coastlines, looking out at the Atlantic Ocean.

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Kinsale is a charming coastal town. I remember strolling along the docks, full of bobbing sailboats. I also remember a delicious seafood lunch! Most of all, I remember the beautiful, colorful buildings.

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The photo is a bit hazy but the memories are surprisingly clear. I hadn’t yet turned 21 when I traveled to Ireland so it was such a treat to be admitted and served (!) at the local pub. I drank my first hard cider at this friendly, cozy pub a couple miles from my apartment. If we’re lucky, there will be some live music while we’re there… but no matter what expect the perfect Irish pub atmosphere and friendly folks.

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The produce in Ireland was gorgeous and I can’t wait to enjoy it again! Here is a photo of the produce boxes I used to pack up each week for lucky local subscribers.

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And lastly… the herb garden at Ballymaloe. Absolutely legendary, the stuff of gardening dreams. I can’t wait to explore all of this again (and so much more), and hope you’ll join me! View the Enchanting Isle tour information and itinerary here.

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