Bloom 2015 – what can I say….?

Bloom 2015 has come and gone.  Five days.  Five days that were probably some of the best of my life.  In past years I have visited Bloom as a “tourist” or as a guest of Bord Bia. This year was completely different.  This year I had my own garden to launch the eagerly awaited first … Continue reading

Freddy Buttons at Bloom 2015

Freddy Buttons is here. The books are printed. This week they will make their way into bookstores nationwide. They are now available online at http://www.freddybuttons.com . Yes, Freddy Buttons has arrived. And the culmination of this project is the Freddy Buttons Show Garden which will be revealed this weekend at Bloom 2015 in the Phoenix Park.  Sponsored by Glenisk, the … Continue reading

Competition Time – Win Afternoon Tea For Two!

I’m finished.  Done.  The End.  Six Freddy Buttons Books gone to the printers.  The illustrations, text, covers, editing, barcodes; the reading and the re-reading, remaking the recipes, rechecking the facts again and again and again.  It’s. All. Done. Time for a rest?  No way!  Not when you have a Freddy Buttons Garden, sponsored by Glenisk, … Continue reading

Growing Salad Leaves

  In my grandmother Isabella’s house, Sunday tea was often cold cuts of Sunday roast, salad, freshly baked bread and a big pot of tea.  Lettuce, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and slices of onion – I can still taste it.  This was also how I developed a great love of steaming new waxy potatoes with a … Continue reading

Freddy Buttons & Orpen Press

I am so excited and delighted to announce that my Freddy Buttons series of food adventure books for children will be published by Orpen Press.  I’ve worked with Orpen Press before and I can’t believe how fortunate I am that they have such belief, not only in me, but in Freddy Buttons.  Yes, I am gushing.  Yes, … Continue reading

An RAI President With A Plan

Big congratulations to Anthony Gray, owner of Tra Ban Restaurant in Strandhill and Eala Bhan on Rockwood Parade who has been announced as the new President of the Restaurant Association of Ireland. The official announcement was made during the Annual Presidential Dinner event in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, a glittering event which brought the … Continue reading

Easter Eggs from Marks & Spencer

With all the writing I’m doing at the moment, I had forgotten that Easter was almost upon us.  But you can’t beat a chocolatey reminder – especially if it’s from Marks & Spencer, and comes in the form of an Irish easter egg.  I was really delighted to discover that Lir easter eggs (which are made in Co … Continue reading

Spring is in the air…

“There’s a grand stretch in the evenings”  You’ve been hearing this right?  Or maybe even saying it?  I must admit “the grand stretch” is one of my favourite things – ever.  And why wouldn’t it be when it coincides with so many of nature’s magical moments.  It heralds the arrival of the flower that was … Continue reading

Organic Garlic Spray for aphids

With the evenings stretching and the temperatures rising, here’s a handy recipe to see you through the Summer in the garden.  This garlic spray recipe is from my book “Food From An Irish Garden” and it will stand you in good stead in the months to come.. Just because I try not to use chemicals and … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea: The G Hotel

I must say I was delighted to get an invite from the G Hotel recently to come sample their afternoon tea.  I had never visited the hotel and I must admit I was very curious to see the Philip Treacy designed establishment.  What with writing my new books and looking after a family, I didn’t … Continue reading