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DO YOU YUZU?

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Besides laying claim to the coolest name we can imagine for a citrus fruit, the Yuzu, a small citrus hailing from Japan and China, is renowned for its ability to withstand temperatures as cold as 10 degrees F. In Japan, chefs use the tart fruit for quintessential condiments including the Ponzu sauce you dip your dumplings into. Growers in the US might become excited about the tree as a citrus variety that it may conceivably be possible to grow in colder climates.

Four Winds Growers in Winters, CA provides Yuzu trees for sale, as well as a brilliant fact sheet on the fruit and several condiment recipes. Three cheers for cold-hearty citrus! Three cheers for making your own outrageously wonderful condiments!


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famers! this music was literally made for you.

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Remember those song birds up in Maine that we wrote about a few weeks ago? (To refresh your memory: they play magical folk tunes with lyrics that will make any farmer smile, cry, and chuckle. We recommend them most for tapping your toes and stirring pots of chili after long crisp days of fall harvest.)

Well, we’re excited to announce that those far from the dreamy lands of Maine can still get their hands on the music. Adam Nordell’s new songs and CD are now available for preview, download, and even physical purchase on CD Baby!


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dreamy dream job

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For those of you whom have fantasized about growing on an organic biodynamic farm IN HAWAII, we feel like it is our solemn duty to inform you that Pu’u O Haku Ranch on Molokai is hiring for a ground manager position. See posting below:

Grounds Maintenance Specialist.
Primary Responsibilities: This position is typically responsible for performing a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following; manual weed removal, pruning, mowing, trimming, planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, landscape lighting, pool, waterscape and drainage maintenance and occasional seed collection and installation of mortarless loose rock paths and small wall units.

The Grounds Maintenance Specialist is also responsible for many different projects related to planning, planting and caring for grounds, orchards and gardens including; Continue reading


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position at cooking school in shanagarry, county cork, ireland

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Position Vacant

Ballymaloe Cookery School is looking for a new staff member to join our team in a varied, exciting role.   The successful applicant will be expected to be flexible, willing to pitch in wherever necessary, though they will have defined duties.

We are looking for someone who ideally has attended our 12 Week Certificate Course or a number of our short courses and therefore has an understanding of how the school works, its ethos and its staff.  However any applicant will be considered.

This is a varied role consisting of

  • some general office work including answering the telephone, dealing with queries and contacting potential students for bookings.
  • Social Media participation.  Taking an active interest in our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and anything else that might arrive!
  • Writing on our blog.  We have lots and lots of things happening which need to be written about on our website.
  • Some marketing duties selling cookery courses and team building packages.
  • Getting out and about to take photographs of what is happening with the farm, gardens, students and staff.
  • Dealing with Students and Members of the public in a hospitality role.
  • Some evening events as needed.

We will be very interested in working with an applicant’s prior experience to put it to full benefit.

Some of the following criteria would be helpful.

  • Experience managing and communicating over multiple Social Media channels.
  • Experience of general office administration.
  • Some experience in a Marketing / Sales Role
  • Proven ability to write and find different styles.
  • Hospitality experience in Hotel or Restaurant.
  • Experience working at an open estate where public are welcome
  • Bachelor Degree or Similar.
  • Some experience working in a kitchen
  • Experience working in a horticultural environment

Ballymaloe Cookery School is a world class brand, teaching students from around the globe how to cook and how to treat the food they eat and produce for others with respect.

We are continuing to strengthen our position as a innovative and leading cookery school but also continue to branch out into other areas making the Ballymaloe Cookery School a must visit destination for anyone interested in Food who is travelling to Ireland.

Most likely you will need to already have visa to work in the EU before applying.

Help can be given to find accommodation in the area for the successful applicant.

Please send CV / Resume with cover letter explaining why you would be interested in the position to Toby at toby@cookingisfun.ie or by return email.

We will try to respond to everyone who applies but may only be able to contact successful applicants.

Toby Allen
Ballymaloe Cookery School


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on the front lines of the great fight of our times

The activists currently protecting the water commons, their indigenous heritage, and our planet against institutionalized corporate greed. We stand with them. See Thursday’s post for more background on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the protest again it and for ways you can help, and, at the very least, sign the petition here.