Hello my pretties, how have y’all been? I know I have been away for abit, but that is because my laptop was giving me problems and had to eventually send it for repair. Although I have my husband’s laptop and pc somehow it is not the same as using your very own. Another thing was my husband and I celebrated our birthdays in the same month of June and 2 days apart, so off to Bali our usual getaway, but that will be in another post. Anyway, I was very happy, excited, elated and ecstatic, when I was invited to watch Rachel Allen do a cooking demo at the Irish ambassador’s home, Deirdre and Joe Hayes who are a lovely couple. That was not the only thing I did, to be able to help out in the kitchen, with some other fellow Irish friends of the couple doing pre-preparations before the demo for Rachel Allen, was fab. I love the hustle and bustle in a kitchen and that is just so in my element! All of us had our assigned duties, the weighing stations and I had to make the pastry dough for the tart. The BBC Life food team were also at hand to check that everything were prepared and done accordingly while we wait for the arrival of Rachel Allen.
Finally, she arrived and I was over the moon, she was all smiles even though she had a pretty long day and was flying off that night itself! There was no airs about her, she is all warm friendly and so approachable. I had a gift for her and did not know if she would like it I got her 3 blocks of coconut palm sugar and a linen apron from the Raffles Hotel gift shop. I thought a print from the colonial era would be nice. Of course I brought along her cookbook with me for her autograph, what else??!! She wrote a lovely note in my book, I was all smiles because she was so delighted by the gift and loves palm sugar!! I guess cooks and bakers tend to be abit a of psychic they usually have an insight, what one or the other love to have as ingredients available in the kitchen that can be used in a dish or dessert. Anyway having heard so much about Ballymaloe Cooking School I told dear hubby if we can make a visit there in the near future heheheheh!!! I have never been to Ireland and hubby had been there before, so it would be nice for him to revisit again with me, now that is a great idea. 😎
I decided to make the maple toffee pecan tart as per her recipe and I will do it again because it is delicious and so moreish, plus that heavenly scent of maple syrup smell sooooo good, really heavenly. Gee, I wish she was reading this am sure she will be delighted. Anyway I dedicate this page to Rachel Allen for having such lovely recipes in her book and making instructions clear and straightforward. Besides this I have done afew more from her book. Thank you Rachel, it was a real pleasure to have met you that day. Happy trying peeps!