Rosehip Syrup

Yesterday I climbed a ladder to the top of the garage here at Hunters Lodge where a forest of rosehips awaited my arrival.  Now my balance is not great at the best of times so my nearest and dearest were more than relieved to see me descend without incident and armed with my little red … Continue reading

Imperfect Me and my Afternoon Tea

I have noticed since “Food from an Irish Garden” was published almost a year ago, that at more and more events I attend, people increasingly feel the need to justify what they eat to me.  Be it a private get together, an event at which I’m a guest or even a demonstration, people feel they have … 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

Rosehip Syrup

Now is the time people.  Yes, the rosehips are in abundance in every hedgerow throughout the country at the moment, making it the ideal time to make some rosehip syrup.   And now that we have had our first frost, it’s the best time to pick those hips  – both for the plant’s sake and … Continue reading