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

Simple Soda Bread

Back in the day, I used to wonder why on earth people bothered making their own bread.  I remember a colleague saying one morning  “I got home and we had no bread so I baked a loaf”.  I thought she was mad. But with a change of lifestyle, came a change of attitude and an eagerness to consider … Continue reading

Chicken Liver & Herb Paté

Paté has been a favourite starter of mine since as far back as I can remember.  To this day if it is on a menu I usually order it (it has probably something to do with the amount of butter used in the recipe). My local butcher stocks good quality chicken livers and they are really inexpensive. … Continue reading

Learn to Cook

As much as I like growing food, I love cooking it even more.  I get so much pleasure from taking a couple of ingredients from the garden and transforming them into something delicious for my family to eat.  Now I’m the first to admit that I’m, at best, a good home cook.  My experience lies … Continue reading

Lemon Posset & Summer Fruits

I’m keeping a good stock of lemons and limes in the kitchen at the moment. With all this warm weather we always have a couple of jugs of infused water chilling in the fridge – fresh mint from the garden, cucumber, rhubarb & honey cordial ice cubes, lime, melon, lemon, there’s no shortage of goodies … Continue reading

Homemade Ice Pops

The temperatures are rising, the rapsberries are ripening and thirsts need quenching.  Homemade raspberry ice pops are required – fast! In true Fiona form, these lovely lollies are exceptionally simple to make but taste great. Raspberry Ice Pops Ingredients 125g fresh raspberries 75g caster sugar 250mls boiled water, hot enough to dissolve sugar Method 1.  Place the … Continue reading

Rhubarb & Honey Cordial

I love this homemade cordial.  With rhubarb from the garden, our own honey and cool sparkling water, this drink is both sweet and tart, and uber-refreshing, all at the same time.   You can keep the cordial in the fridge or freeze it in an ice cube tray to add to sparkling water, soda water … Continue reading

Kerrygold Butter – a worldwide sensation

If there is such a thing as a butterholic it is me.  Hands up.  Forget chocolate, just give me real butter on fresh bread.  Add a drizzle of pure honey from the garden and what could be finer? Making your own butter is so incredibly simple and little pats of homemade butter make a fabulous … Continue reading

Raspberry Vodka Chocolate Bites

I was preparing for a “Food from an Irish Garden” demonstration recently.  Eighty people eager to hear how I grow, rear and cook my food.  I don’t travel lightly for my demonstrations so fortunately my Ecar which is arriving next week has a decent size boot.  I like to bring a bit of everything with … Continue reading

Blueberry Cream Slice

When it comes to easy sweet treat recipes, there’s simple, and then there’s Fiona Dillon simple. In my defence I have had a very busy week so time for baking was pretty limited. In fact, I had no intention of baking but as I put together a turkey  pie the other day, I had an idea … Continue reading