Ballymaloe Week 3 / Talent, Touring, Cheese Tutorial

I ride my borrowed bicycle every chance I get when I'm not in school and it's sunny.. turns out that day is Sunday.

At school this week we learned how to make sourdough and cheese!

Makin pizza!
Makin pizza!
Sourdough starters.
Sourdough starters.
Sourdough Tutorial
Sourdough Tutorial
Cheese equiptment.
Cheese equiptment.
Let milk ferment with cheese culture.
Let milk ferment with cheese culture.
Cutting cheese to let whey escape.
Cutting cheese to let whey escape.
Mix at a certain temperature to encourage whey to escape.
Mix at a certain temperature to encourage whey to escape.
Drain whey and wash.
Drain whey and wash.
Whey is a really healthy beverage!
Whey is a really healthy beverage!
Adding water to wash it.
Adding water to wash it.
Fill cheese mold.

Fill cheese mold.

Press out whey.
Press out whey.
3 months later.
3 months later.
Cheese fridge.
Cheese fridge.
Salting the cheese the next day!
Salting the cheese the next day!

The most amazing part is getting to sample all the local goodies and just completely immerse myself in the culture where food is concerned. I'm really starting to get an idea of what true Irish food is. Cured fish, breads, THE CHEESE IS AMAZING. Irish cheese and butter is widely sought out around the world since the cows just have so much darned grass to eat. It makes their milk more yellow.

Midleton farmer's market. BARISTA!
Midleton farmer's market. BARISTA!
You get locally made chocolate chips with your coffee.. amazing.
You get locally made chocolate chips with your coffee.. amazing.
Bread.
Bread.
Cheese stand!
Cheese stand!
My goodies. Eggs, blue cheese, chive goat cheese, ginger dark chocolate, seaweed pickle, hot smoked salmon with chili.
My goodies. Eggs, blue cheese, chive goat cheese, ginger dark chocolate, seaweed pickle, hot smoked salmon with chili.
Local prawns.
Local prawns.
Bacon.
Bacon.
Chocolate lollipops.
Chocolate lollipops.
Meringue heart with spiced plumb and whipped cream centre.
Meringue heart with spiced plumb and whipped cream centre.
My creation!! Smoked salmon rosette with quick cucumber pickle.
My creation!! Smoked salmon rosette with quick cucumber pickle.
Stuffed lamb breast.
Stuffed lamb breast.
Roast beef!
Roast beef!
Dressing a cutting board for roast beef.
Dressing a cutting board for roast beef.
Roasted lamb shank.
Roasted lamb shank.
beautiful raw vegetables for an appetizer
beautiful raw vegetables for an appetizer
Hummus
Hummus
Helen and Mary Pat. Music promoter and Irish mom.
Helen and Mary Pat. Music promoter and Irish mom.

There was a talent competition at the local pub.

Talent show!
Talent show!