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Catherine Fulvio is known in Ireland and beyond for her many Cookery TV series, her food writing for national and international media and for her many cookbooks. At home she runs Ballyknocken house and Cookery School in County Wicklow, is married to Sicilian, Claudio and has two children, Charlotte and Rowan.
When not at home teaching her classes, she travels the country giving cookery demonstrations.
• TV – NBC, BBC Saturday Kitchen – own TV and Lords and Ladles
• Cookbooks – won cookbook of the year and gourmand
• Works with companies developing bespoke recipes
• And is brand ambassador for Whirlpool Ireland and VW.

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catherine frontpage
Catherine Fulvio is known in Ireland and beyond for her many Cookery TV series, her food writing for national and international media and for her many cookbooks. At home she runs Ballyknocken house and Cookery School in County Wicklow, is married to Sicilian, Claudio and has two children, Charlotte and Rowan.
When not at home teaching her classes, she travels the country giving cookery demonstrations.
• TV – NBC, BBC Saturday Kitchen – own TV and Lords and Ladles
• Cookbooks – won cookbook of the year and gourmand
• Works with companies developing bespoke recipes
• And is brand ambassador for Whirlpool Ireland and VW.

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Catherine Fulvio’s Cookery School

If you share our passion for good food and would like to develop new skills in the kitchen then our popular cookery classes are a must.

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Guest Demos

A cookery demonstration is a great way to engage and educate an audience or simply entertainment as part of a corporate or teambuilding event.

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Recipe Development

Making everyday in the kitchen exceptional, Catherine believes that all recipes should be both doable and delicious!

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Accommodation

Ballyknocken Houseis an award winning 19th Century Victorian farmhouse offering unique 4 star Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

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Catherine's Books

Cookbooks make excellent gifts and you can purchase signed copies of Catherine’s book directly and we will ship them anywhere in the world.

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Catherine & Siúcra's Shamrock Cake

Shamrock St Patrick’s Day Cake Serves 10 to 12For the lemon lime curd 2 limes, juice and zest 2 lemons, juice only 180g Siucra caster sugar 120g butter 4 egg yolks For the cake 180g Siucra caster...

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Catherine's Sweet Scones

Sweet Scones There is nothing more mouthwatering than scones straight from the oven, butter melting onto them, a good dollop of homemade raspberry or strawberry jam and topped with freshly whipped...

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Catherine's Curried Mussel Soup

Curried Mussel Soup This is an elegant dinner-party-style soup – it’s quite filling, though, so it’s good to opt for a lighter main course to follow. We have an abundance of...

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Catherine's Sesame Pork Meatballs with Pappardelle

The Italian side of my family might well tut tut for suggesting pappardelle with Asian-influenced meatballs, but they’re a cracking good combination. Sesame Pork Meatballs with Pappardelle Pasta Serves 4 For the pork...

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Catherine's Rhubarb Orange & Ginger Cheesecake

Rhubarb Orange and Ginger Cheesecake Serves 12  For the rhubarb 150g fresh rhubarb, trimmed and sliced into 5cm lengths 80g Suicra caster sugar ½ tsp ground ginger 70ml water  For the base 20 digestive biscuits, crushed finely ½ orange...

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Catherine's Orange Caramel Drip Cake

Orange Caramel Chocolate Drip CakeServes 12  For the cake 260g softened butter 300g caster sugar 8 eggs 420g plain flour, sifted 2½ tsp baking powder 60g cocoa powder 120ml milk For the caramel 150ml caster sugar 75ml cream For the filling cream...

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Mary's Brown Bread

This is a ‘fond memory’ bread which my mother made very often – and in two minutes flat we’d demolish it! It’s made in a Pyrex bowl. Something simple .... but...

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Catherine's Chocolate Roman Numeral Tart

Chocolate Roman Numeral Tart Makes 23cm This is a delicious rich chocolate tart. If you have a sweeter tooth than me (though I’m hard to beat), add some runny honey to...

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Catherine's Christmas Berry Tiramisu

Christmas Berry Tiramisu   Serves 10 This take on trifle is from the BBC's 'The Best Christnas Food Ever' and what a luxurious dessert it is and pretty impressive to present at the...

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Back 2 School Lunch Box Hacks for a smooth start to the school year

It’s that time of the year again and although I thoroughly enjoy the freedom that the summer brings, especially as the children get older and become more independent, I have to admit I look forward to the routine that back to school brings.

Remember (or perhaps it’s your first time round) it does take a week or two to get into the swing of it; making lunches, having dinner on the table every evening, school runs, play dates and of course homework.  All in all it’s a busy time.

It is worth the effort of getting that routine in place as soon as possible and believe it or not children thrive on routine and what's more it is good for them apparently!  They say an organised home and predictable environment helps children feel safe and secure and allows them to learn more. 

With this in mind I would like to share some of my tips to help in achieving a smooth transition from summertime to the back-to-school routine by sharing some fail-safe recipes and ideas to take the chore out of healthy lunch boxes for you and your kids.  Having a great tasty lunch box will make your child's entire lunch experience so much better so ask them what they want and what they don't want (it will save money, waste and time). 

  • Plan in advance, and where possible get organised the night before – for example make up ham or cheese sandwiches and freeze them. By the time your child is ready to eat them at lunch the next day they are perfectly defrosted and totally FRESH!
  • Variety is the spice of life – so vary your child's lunch box menu from day to day.  Think pitta one day, crackers another, wholemeal bread, bagel or a wrap and that’s the week covered.
  • For snacks and sides think fruit – fresh or dried, veg - cucumber and carrot sticks are always a winner and of course rice cakes or yoghurt.
  • Be mindful of nut allergies - a lot of schools have a no nut policy these days.
  • Get your children involved in preparing their own snacks and drinks in the morning it is good training and will help relieve some of the pressure from you.

Be sure to check in on the website next week for my midweek back 2 school meal recipe!

Try these delicious courgette and corn muffins, one of my archived recipes from the RTE Guide that I often use, always goes down a treat!  The Cucumber Sailboats are a great after school snack for younger kids.   

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