Sunday Lunch at Our House

I spent eight hours in the kitchen today – five hours preparing lunch and three hours sitting around a table surrounded by some of my favourite people in the world.  It wasn’t a quiet affair.  It was a noisy gathering and laughter was the order of the day.  That’s what happens when you are a fairly large family – … Continue reading

Wild Damson Syrup

Armed with baskets and bags, Ruth and I took off to a neighbour’s farm (with their permission) the other evening.  We returned laden with blackberries, cooking apples and damsons. We left behind the rosehips and sloes for now until the first frost has arrived, and the quince are not quite ripe yet either (haws are … Continue reading

2014 Irish Blog Awards

Dear Readers Back in July I was delighted to have “Fiona Dillon Writes” nominated in the 2014 Irish Blog Awards and of course I was even more delighted to be then shortlisted in four categories in August.  Imagine how I feel today to discover that I am now a finalist in all four categories!   The four … Continue reading

Chickens in Schools

You may recall back in June I announced my collaboration with the South East branch of Slow Food Ireland when we launched a competition for national schools in the SouthEast, with the winners receiving a chicken coop, chickens and all the bits and bobs required to get them set up as poultry keepers.  Well since then the … Continue reading

Autumn Raspberries

Think what you may, but autumn fruiting raspberries fill me with happiness.  Truly it doesn’t take much to make me  happy I know! But as the  nights close in and temperatures drop, those little jewels burst into splendour and provide welcome colour in the garden, not to mention their immense flavour.  I will be picking … Continue reading