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

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

“Not Much On the Aul Blog”

Who better than an Irish Mammy to keep you in line?  I say this with first hand experience, for at the end of a lovely text from my mum yesterday were those exact words “not  much on the aul blog”.  Oh God!  I should be blogging more! Now I feel the need to make excuses … 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

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

Image.ie Blog Awards

I am  happy, excited and delighted to announce that I have just been shortlisted in the Lifestyle Category of the Image.ie 2014 Blog Awards. I know, I know – I ‘ve been asking you to vote for me in the Irish Blog Awards (and a great job you’re doing too!), but if you had a … 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