Dream It & Do It!

I’ve been dying to tell you about a little event that I’ve been working on for some time and I am so excited to finally share it with you. You see, I think we all need inspiration and motivation from time to time, and one of the people that most inspires me is Nicola Carolan, aka The … Continue reading

Fiona Gets Fit – Day1-Day3

I love food.  I love eating it, talking about it, growing it, shopping for it and writing about it.  I appreciate good food, especially real Irish food – we are blessed in this country with amazing food producers.  Now I’m not talking fancy shmancy food that costs a fortune.  No, I’m talking freshly baked bread, … 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

More Books On the Way!

It feels like only yesterday since “Food from an Irish Garden” was launched.  In my wildest dreams I didn’t think it would be so well received.  That it has become a beginners bible for many starting on the road to growing their own food is truly an honour.  I was so fortunate that the reviews were all … Continue reading

My “Irish” French Onion Soup

When you want to use a glut of  onions for soup you think French Onion Soup right?  Well I do anyway – caramelised onions with a hint of wine in a delicious beef stock topped with rich cheesy Gruyére croutons.  Heaven in a bowl……. But what about an Irish version?  What if you substituted the wine … Continue reading

Competition Time!

This year  I am delighted to be teaming up with Hugh Jordan & Co, an Irish owned catering equipment company serving the nation’s hospitality industry since 1947.  Hugh Jordan & Co now caters for us home cooks with a wide range of industry standard equipment that is suitable for domestic use.  You can see their … Continue reading

Vertigo – My Christmas Surprise

I was starting to feel a teensy weensy bit smug.  For the first time in over twenty years I was revelling in a completely stress-free run up to Christmas. Five days to Christmas –  all the presents were under the tree. Four days to Christmas  – fridge full, ironing done and I spent the day playing hookie … Continue reading

Brunch – The Fiona Dillon Way

I thrive on chaos – on last minute plans – on spur of the moment get togethers.  Take last weekend for example.  My parents were visiting on Saturday and I was cooking for six of us (Mum, Dad, Eamonn, Ellie and Ruth).  Easy peasy and perfectly civilised.  I was at the shops at 8.30 on … Continue reading

Christmas Canapés

This year I have been to several cookery courses in the demo kitchen of  Hey Pesto! in Tullamore.  Here, proprietor Yvonne Carty, runs a boutique catering company specialising in canapes, so who better to ask for some Christmas Canapé recipes? Over to you Yvonne….. I make a lot of canapés – both for business and … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Cooks Academy

Have you all your Christmas presents bought, wrapped and waiting to be distributed?  No?  Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to get sorted.  I particularly love when I can buy a gift online while still supporting an Irish business. I’m not lazy, but I hate crowds and the lunacy of carparks in the run-up … Continue reading