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

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

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

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

Drying Herbs

In my last post I mentioned that I was already drying herbs for the old Christmas stuffing.  I was delighted that my readers got in touch, not to tell me it was waaaaaay too early to talk about Christmas, but to ask me to share details sooner rather than later. This post  focuses on air-drying herbs. … Continue reading

How does your garden grow..

Confession Time My garden is a bit of a mess. Now at any given time it’s not the most tended of plots but this summer we are doing some work here at Hunters Lodge. And work=mess. Many of  my readers presume I have a perfectly manicured garden but nothing could be further from the truth – … 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

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

A Picture tells a thousand words..

Sometimes I have to remind myself to stop.  To take five minutes.  To take a stroll around the garden.   When you love your job it’s easy to become totally immersed – whether it’s writing lifestyle pieces, a magazine photoshoot, creating recipes or book research, God knows I love it all. But all too easily we can ignore … Continue reading