Culinary Exchange!

Today some second year Home Economics students experienced a culinary delight as their classmate Sophia Chen dazzled us with her skills and technique of making spring rolls. Students are currently learning about different types of pastry and their uses. Sophia informed the class about how to handle and prepare filo pastry, the combinations of fillings used, how to wrap and roll correctly and the importance of cooking till golden brown. For some students it was their first time tasting spring rolls. All students were delighted with the step-by-step rolling instructions demonstrated by Sophia. They are going to attempt to make spring rolls at home in the coming weeks. The flaky, crispy, golden spring rolls were a real crowd pleaser and enjoyed by all. Thank you Sophia!

Halloween HomeEc

Well done to Kieran O’Connor, Alex Hamilton and Niamh Walsh whose decorated Halloween buns won prizes. Amazing time and effort was put into these creations and all the other buns. It was hard to pick a winner. Special thanks to Isabelle Deely who iced more buns for today’s Class Halloween Picnic and shared her skills with other students.

Apprentice Chef

Hazelwood College Home Economics second year students (from left to right) Kirsty Shiels, Sarah Farrisey and Victoria Shanahan pictured at preparation for Cook Off for the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition under the mentorship of Mark Doe of Just Cooking cookery school in Firies, Co. Kerry. This high standard cookery competition is based in I.T. Tralee and supports Good Mood Food and Healthy Eating using locally sourced ingredients.

Picture b: Sarah Farrisey, second year Hazelwood College Home Economics student, pictured participating in the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition in IT Tralee as part of Good Mood Food and Healthy Eating using locally sourced products.

Picture c: Victoria Shanahan, second year Hazelwood College Home Economics student pictured at the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition under the supervision of chef Mark Doe.

Picture d: Kirsty Shiels, Home Economics students from Hazelwood College student, pictured as she participated in the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition

Hazelwood’s Aisling Has All the Ingredients for Success

Hazelwood’s Aisling Has All the Ingredients for Success

Hazelwood College students Cathy Foley, third year, and first year student Aisling Brennan were selected as finalists in the ‘Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards 2014 Cookery Competition. This is a national cookery competition which is open to the public, of every age, and sponsored by ‘Easy Food’, which is Ireland’s bestselling food magazine. Aisling, who was making her debut in this competition won her category, Easy Cheesy, while Cathy Foley came in the top three in her category.

The ten categories in this year’s competition are: Fabulous Fowl, sponsored by Moy Park; Larder Luck, sponsored by Heinz; Easy Cheesy, sponsored by Irish Dubliner Cheese; Best Burger, sponsored by Mr. Crumb; Take 5, sponsored by Braun, Magic Mealtimes, sponsored by Green Farm, Squisito, sponsored by Barilla; Butter Me Up! Sponsored by Connacht Gold; €10 Family Favourites, sponsored by Lidl; and Everyday Inspirations, sponsored by Birds Eye.

The two finalists were invited to the Cook’s Academy Cookery School, South William Street in Dublin 2 on Saturday, 8th November, last where they cooked their chosen recipes in front of a panel of celebrity judges consisting of Paul Flynn – The Tannery Restaurant, Townhouse and Cookery School, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and is also a proud brand ambassador for Lidl Ireland, Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School and Gina Miltiadou, Managing Director of Zahra Media – publisher of Easy Food Magazine.

€1,500 worth of prizes, including a weekend break, kitchen appliances, restaurant and supermarket vouchers, and a hamper of utensils, kitchenware and food hampers were the rewards on offer for the culinary champions.
TV3 cameras captured the 30 finalists during the Easy Food Home Cook Hero Awards Ceremony and the public will be able to watch the broadcast which is 1 hour duration on TV3 at 1:40pm this Saturday 15th November.
Cathy Foley cooked Breast of Chicken, Celeriac Puree with a Creamy Shallot, Mushroom and Bacon Sauce. Aisling Brennan prepared Bacon and Cheese Surprise. The favourite top ten dishes were selected by the judges and the winners announced by TV3 ‘s Martin King at a gala black tie awards dinner in the c, St Stephen’s Green Dublin on Saturday night.

Their Home Economics teachers were impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the girls and are delighted with their recent success. It is just fantastic to see such passion and interest. Ms. Noreen Daly said ‘it is a remarkable achievement for the girls considering the hundreds of entries received for each category. Both students were highly complemented on their natural flair and ability to work under pressure.