Waste of Human Potential

  In addition to the cooking lessons at Ballymaloe, we learned about the business of food.  Blathnaid Bergin of http://www.therestaurantadvisor.ie. emphasized the point made by M. E. Gerber in The E-Myth, that though the system runs the business, people run systems.  I am veering off the cooking side of my blog today to address what […]

You Say Foment, I Say Ferment

Foment Definition: Instigate or stir up. Synonyms—incite, provoke, instigate. Ferment Definition: 1. undergo fermentation 2. Incite or stir up (as in trouble). Sound pretty similar don’t they? Ever since returning home from Ballymaloe, I have been drawn to all things fermented. I’ve been reading The Fermented Man, by Derek Dellinger http://www.thefermentedman.com/ while I make a steady […]

I’m a Little Bit Vegetarian and a Little Bit Meat Eater

  I had a dream the other night about feeling unappreciated.  Discussing the dream with my husband over our morning coffee, I was able to connect the dots between my history of being fifth of twelve to my more recent professional life as a social worker. I contend that the most underappreciated and underpaid professionals […]

You Can Make Your Cake (or Brownie) and Eat it Too.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I worry about the amount of sugar we consume through what homemade dessert recipes require and through “hidden sugars” in processed foods.  However, I also want my dessert to taste like dessert.  My personal litmus test is my youngest child the aforementioned pickiest eater also from my […]

You Can Take the Girl out of Ballymaloe…

I’m still integrating my Ballymaloe experience while also trying to figure out what my particular spin on cooking, holistic cooking, and mental health will be.  I’ve been home just over three weeks. Since my return I’ve either had a house full of people or have been traveling.  I have been cooking up a storm and […]

Ballymaloe On My Mind

I’ve been home for a week now and feel as if I’m just emerging from a dreamlike state. I arrived late last Sunday and on Monday immediately went shopping for some “essential” tools and groceries. First stop—Bed, Bath, and Beyondhttp://www.bedbathandbeyond.com for a wooden cutting board, sieves, ice cream maker, and pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid […]