My Boy Freddy Buttons is a Finalist!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  When you immerse yourself in the imaginary world of an 8 year old boy, you begin to believe he is real and treat him like one of your own children.  Fact. Everywhere I go, people stop me to talk about Freddy Buttons – what they like in … Continue reading

Food, Family & My Latest Venture..

At a talk I was giving recently I mentioned that I only work with people I like.  A pretty broad statement I know.  In hindsight I probably should have said people I admire.  But that doesn’t sound right either.  So I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I meant… The most important thing to … Continue reading

My Working Week..

Instead of doing a #FionaGetsFit for my Friday evening blogpost, I’ve decided to fill you in on the working week of a blogger/author/broadcaster.  I’m prompted to do this in advance of an event I am speaking at next week.  “Follow The Recipe”, an event organised by Lorna Sixsmith and Amanda Webb of We Teach Social, … Continue reading

Freddy Buttons – have you spotted him?

I knew the time was fast approaching for my beloved Freddy Buttons to appear on some of the Glenisk yogurt range (2 of their products), but actually seeing Freddy “in person” in the supermarket the other day, was really quite something.  I may have screamed – okay I did.  There he was, my little boy, standing as … Continue reading

A Week In The Life…

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times recently.  You can’t live a life of self-sufficiency and write full time about it too – not unless you’ve got a staff to help you, which I haven’t.  It’s not the first time this year that I’ve blogged about this.  I’m not moaning.  Nor … Continue reading

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

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