11 Essential elements …

On our farm tour the first day, Darina spoke at length about how good soil contained 11 essential elements and minerals.

Below are the 11 “essential” things I’ve learned in my first six weeks.

1.  I am not getting enough coffee.  Or tea for that matter, and front loading at the weekend doesn’t really help.

Breakfast coffee

Breakfast coffee

2. The early bird gets organised.  The sooner you get into the kitchen and get started, the easier your morning will be.  Generally. But there have been exceptions.  This morning I went in early and made some really delicious spotted dog.

Spotted Dog

Spotted Dog

3. Lunch is always good, even when you think it might not be your favourite.  Try everything.  I guarantee you’ll be surprised.

My Bantry Irish Stew from today

My Bantry Irish Stew from today

4.  Everyone is there to help you.  Every teacher I’ve had, every person I’ve stopped to speak to, is there to help you.  And get to know them, their names, who they are.  Your life will be better for it.

5. Some days cooking are easier than others.  Sometimes I wonder how I manage to cater on an often large scale at home, when I can sometimes struggle to get two dishes out in 3 hours!

My Lough Ness Monster Choux pastries took all morning!

My Lough Ness Monster Choux pastries took all morning!

6.  The surroundings of the cookery school really are amazing.  The flowers that are just starting to appear, the piglets born last week.  It really is a cocoon of nature.

Snowdrops in the dining room

Snowdrops in the dining room

7.  I really appreciate the family back home, and all the sacrifices they are making so I can fulfill my dream.

Nigel feeding the "babies"

Nigel feeding the “babies”

8. I am more in love with cooking than ever, each weekend I go home and can’t wait to cook recipes we’ve made the previous week.

Chilli's being prep#d for the colorado sauce for the chilli con carne

Chilli’s being prep#d for the colorado sauce for the chilli con carne

9. I REALLY want to write more about food, every day I find a new ingredient, or snippet of information and want to explore it more.

10. I can’t wait to go in each day to talk to my fellow students about food.  Being with so many food loving people is fantastic, nobody even looks twice when you try every dessert on offer.  There are so many nationalities, backgrounds and skill levels it is such an opportunity to learn from each other aswell.

11. Did I mention I’m not getting enough caffeine??  Seriously, my number 11 is just to do it.  Follow your dreams.  And dream big, make them count. Life’s too short not to.

Spring flowers on the farm.

Spring flowers on the farm.

 

 

 

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