Out and About at The Village at Lyons

This weekend was pretty hectic to say the least, but thoroughly enjoyable.  After a hard week,  my friend Eimear and I decided to sign up to a cookery course at The Village at Lyons.

For those of you who have never been before, The Village at Lyons is a very special place.   Everywhere you look you see such beauty and old world charm, it really is something to behold and lovely way to spend an afternoon sipping coffee at the Canal Cafe.

On Saturday morning Eimear and I set off bright and early, full of expectation for the day that lay ahead.  Both of us had previously been to other cookery courses, however they required more passive observance to live demonstrations more so than doing any physical cooking yourself.

When we arrived at the Village at Lyons we pushed open the old knotted gothic door into reception where we were met with a roaring fire,  we checked in and ordered coffee to kick start the engines before the class started.   At 10.30am we were escorted to the class room  across a paved courtyard to a pretty little stone building that was fully kitted out with individual cooking stations and ovens for every budding chef in the class.

With our giddiness rising, we donned our very professional looking white chef smocks/aprons  ( I felt very professional I must say)  and we were introduced to the lovely Lesley Keogh who wasted no time in offering fresh baked croissants to class (ohh…yes please) as a morning booster before we got down to the business of  cooking, tasting and talking about food….now…what could be better than that?!!!

Our class was titled “Dinner Party” hands on class and we got busy rustling up a red pepper risotto,  duck breast with plum sauce and  and quick an simple way to produce EASY and tasty dauphinoise potatoes followed by lemon tarts.   In short, it was just perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

I snapped a few instagram shots below for you.

View Village at Lyons Cookery School Courses

Lemon Tart
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  1. What fun! You really look the part Dee. Now, a tutorial on how to use instagram would be perfect 😉

  2. Your so awesome! now cook me something!

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