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"Did you ever make colcannon with lovely pickled cream,
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream?
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy flavoured butter that our mothers used to make?
Oh weren't they the happy days when troubles we knew not,
And our mothers made colcannon in the little skillet pot."

Explore the heritage of Irish food, and bring home the skills to recreate memories of your Irish holiday. Private hands on or demonstration classes including lunch or dinner.

Alix has run Irish food festivals in restaurants such as The Mandarin, Hong Kong. She caters for many of Ireland's society weddings and the director's dining rooms of Ireland's top companies. She has been a member of Eurotoque, the European association of chefs committed to quality and natural ingredients since its foundation in Ireland in 1989. She has written on food for Irish and International magazines and has had regular columns in Social & Personal, IT, and Image Magazines. Television work includes The Country Houses of Ireland with Bibi Baskin and Super Cook on Den TV.

The classes can be as short as 45 minutes for a simple soda bread or scone demonstration, to two and a half hours followed by dinner or lunch for a full hands on class. The menu will be designed in consultation with the guests, and can include Irish staples such as potato cakes and soda bread, as well as more modern interpretations and treatments of traditional Irish food. Local, seasonal ingredients are used in the school, but Alix will also explain how to source substitutes at home, so that you will be able to recreate the dishes. The class can be combined with a tour of Dublin’s food markets and speciality food shops.

Special evenings include dishes inspired by themes such as the writings of James Joyce, a typical 18th century dinner party, or meals from the writings of Somerville and Ross - though it won’t be a detestable soup in the splendid tureen, and the perfect salmon, perfectly cooked, will not be on a chipped kitchen dish!

Prices for our Irish cooking classes depend on numbers, and the type of class - a short baking lesson, or three courses followed by dinner in the kitchen. A two course dinner for 8 people, for example, would be from Euro 75 per person, while baking classes can start from Euro 65 per person.