Transition Time

Transition from a full-time journalist’s job in Dublin to country-based student life is more than just packing a car, cleaning out the old flat and shifting down to the cottage. Mindless routines – the 45-minute stroll to work, a computer-based eight-hour stint, walking home mentally preparing supper, deciding whether to call into one of my favourite shops on the way (Mortons, Donnybrook Fair, Taste of Italy, Al-Khyrat) – suddenly become more precious as the days speed towards leaving the city. Only one thing to do: sidestep the whole situation by flying off to Girona in Spain the day after the move!

The Husband and I spent three nights in the small Catalonian city earlier this week, time to soak up sun and recover from our eighth move in three years, a breathing space to adjust and look forward to the future. Plus an ever-welcome opportunity to consume copious amounts of tapas, cava, café con leche and rioja while reading stacks of books – Miranda Innes‘ Getting to Mañana, a memoir of her move to Andalusia set a perfect scene as well as having a good scattering of simple recipes – taking long siestas and general relaxation. Now back home, I’ve the task of condensing two kitchens, their ingredients and equipment (did I mention that I’m a hoarder?!), into one. It’s baking blitz time this weekend – No-Knead Bread, Mexican Beans, Brown Bread, Chocolate Sesame Flapjacks, cakes and cookies – as I try to clear some space in the kitchen. Now, where did my new uniform disappear in the move?



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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2 Responses

  1. martin dwyer says:

    Well done, I hope Darina treats you well.It is a great course, I have had loads of Darinas graduates work for me when I had the restaurant and they had managed to get a whole heap of knowledge and experience in a very short time.In Turin last year at the Slow Food Symposium Alice Waters started her speech by saying that any graduate of Ballymaloe could get a job with her.Nice work experience!Good LuckMartin

  2. That’s certainly a vote of confidence, Martin, both from you and from Alice Waters! Did you hear the interview that Myles Dungan did with her for Radio 1 a few weeks ago? I was glued to the radio – it was fascinating. I think it was his Highway 101 series of interviews in America.

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