Taking a chance

by Alison, 12/09/2015 
Two years ago, a love of cooking, a need to channel some creativity and a loaned cookbook all concluded in a trip to Ballycotton. Ballycotton is a beautiful coastal town, half an hour outside of Cork. The surrounding town-lands contain the home, farmstead, hotel, restaurant and cookery school of the Allen family. 

Ballymaloe cookery school has been running since 1983. Myrtle, Darina and Rachel Allen are familiar names in many Irish homes. A legacy of female cooks.  Two years ago, I took a half day blogging course there and Gorse and Coconuts was born. This weekend I'm moving to Ballymaloe to take part in the intensive 12 week cooking certificate course.

It's taken time, patience, hard work and more then a little luck to be able to take 3months off work and escape to Ballymaloe. It may be a little more local then my last adventure in Australia (some day I'll figure out how to post about oz) but it definitely embodies one of my favourite quotes about travel 'We travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us'. Here's to getting outside my comfort zone and being immersed in another world. 


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