Say Cheese.... CAIS IRISH Cheese Awards New Category Public Vote

Catherine is looking forward to the important job of Judging at this year's Irish Cheese Awards where she will have the very important job of sampling some of the best Irish Farmhouse Cheese on the 9th of October in the Bord Bia offices in Dublin.

For the first time, CAIS is inviting the public to cast their vote for their FAVOURITE Irish Farmhouse Cheese.

Deadline is 9th October with the winner being presented with the Public Vote Award at the Irish Cheese Award Ceremony, 7th November

Votes can only be cast for cheeses made in Ireland.

VOTE NOW by visiting

Catherine's Emmy Nomination

The 46th Daytime Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will honor the best in U.S. daytime television programming in 2018. The ceremony will be held on May 5, 2019, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.
I have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for A Taste of Ireland. The excitement is unreal and the nerves are too!

It's an absolute honour to be nominated alongside the other best-in-field chefs and I cannot wait to experience all that is THE EMMYS.
Fingers crossed for me and Ballyknocken House xx


Busy Day Filming

We had such a great day here last week at Ballyknocken House & Cookery School filming with Gabe Saglie senior editor at Travelzoo.
The rain held off and the sun came out as we filmed in our herb garden. I made some really tasty dishes including this Chocolate Beetroot & Guinness cake


If you would like to recreate this delicious cake the recipe is below. Enjoy xx
Special thanks to @failteireland_intmedia @tourismireland @tourismirelanduspr

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Serves 12

  • 200g softened butter
  • 250g soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten together with a whisk
  • 350g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g pureed beetroot
  • 200ml Guinness (you may need a little more)


  • 200ml whipped cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
    1 orange, zest only

 For the ganache topping

  • 300ml cream
  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Cocoa powder, to dust
  • 150g fresh raspberries, to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180°C/ Fan 160°C / gas 4. Line the base with parchment and brush the sides with melted butter of a 23cm springform tin.

To prepare the cake, cream the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy.
Slowly beat in the eggs, a little at a time.
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and a pinch of salt into a medium bowl.
Carefully fold the flour and beetroot into the egg mixture until smooth and creamy.
Slowly add enough Guinness, whisking the mixture to form a cake batter that is lump free. Be careful not to whisk too much.
Using a spatula, pour into the prepared tin and place into the preheated oven and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until well risen and firm on top and the skewer comes out clean.

Leave in the tin to cool for 15 minutes.
Turn cake out onto cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.

To make the ganache, place the cream into a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate and honey, whisk until smooth and shiny.
Leave to cool – this could take an hour or two.
For the filling, combine all the ingredients and set aside.
Using a breadknife slice the cake lengthways in two.
Place on a cake stand. Spoon 4 tablespoons of ganache into a small saucepan and then spread the rest of the ganache over the cake followed by the whipped cream. Sandwich the other layer on top.
Gently heat the ganache in the saucepan so that it can be drizzle over the top.
Dust the top of the cake. Drizzle over the ganache.
Arrange the raspberries on top.


February & Valentine's Day

Well January was certainly a fast month for us here at Ballyknocken House & Cookery School!
We were busy with Private parties and Hen parties and delighted to see a full house at our classes.

It’s coming up to Valentine’s Day and what better way to be in the good books than to treat that special someone to a romantic break to Ballyknocken House.
We have fabulous romantic packages at Ballyknocken House including a Mountain Top Picnic with overnight stay and why not take in our Delicious Italy class too! Log onto for more info.

Speaking of romance we had a great time at The Bride of the Year show at the RDS. Speaking to all the brides-to-be about our Hen Party & Activity packages. The idea of being able to book Ballyknocken exclusively really appealed to everyone and taking part in Sheep Herding as an activity really turned a few heads!!!!

So as it is Valentine’s Day in a couple of weeks I’d like to share my recipe for Orange Caramel Drip Cake. It is delicious and sinful but totally acceptable for this romantic time of year! Find it in my 'Recipes'.

I hope you all have a great month and a lovely Valentine’s Day. Keep an eye on both my website and for more tips and recipes.

Fine foodCatherine FilvioGood living


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