Spring is in the air

So the weather is not great, but there are moments each day when you can definitely feel that Spring is in the air.   A burst of sunshine from behind the clouds, sweet melodies from the birds and the biggest giveaway of all –  the chickens. They are laying like there’s no tomorrow.  You’ll hear … Continue reading

Garlic & Herb Butter

I’ve just finished writing my latest article for Home Farmer magazine in the UK.  This time I was writing about butter – making homemade butter, spreadable butter, nut butters and flavoured butters (pick up April’s edition for all the recipes).  With Kate’s help I took all the shots I needed and off they went to … Continue reading

Pork Hock – a supreme comfort food

With the currrent bout of storms and snow, the lack of wifi here at Hunters Lodge paled into insignifcance compared to the lack of heat, light and water – never mind two out of three of my access roads to Carlow being blocked with fallen trees.  Such is life at the moment… Anyway, I enjoyed … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at Ariel House

I love afternoon tea. China cups, bite size savouries and elegant sweet treats – it really is one of my favourite things.  It reminds me of my grandmother Stella, who like me, was quite fond of her china cups and cream cakes.  My friend Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell (author of Like Mam Used To Bake) is also … Continue reading