The Honesty Box Is Back

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Even earlier than last year, but we have had so many requests for our honey from the garden that we are setting up our little Surplus Stall at the gate today.  It’s the perfect time to up your honey intake before the old Spring allergies kick in. The … 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

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

Pride Of Ireland Awards – I’ve Won!!

Some weeks ago I got an email from a gentleman on behalf of the Pride of Ireland awards panel.  Committed to promoting the best of the best in Ireland, these awards acknowledge and reward those whom they (a secret panel of judges) think represent the Best of Ireland  – and to the best of my … Continue reading

I Am A Sausage Maker..

Yes indeed, I am officially a sausage maker.  Check these babies out…..! Thanks to the two pigs  that left Hunters Lodge before Christmas,  I now have lots of half pound bags of our own sausage meat (approx 75/25 meat/fat ratio) in the freezer.  With the meat having been reared here in the garden, I am … Continue reading

Raspberries – honestly!

It may be the middle of November, but I am still collecting the most succulent raspberries in the veg garden.   Today’s harvest was mostly used in a Chocolate Truffle Gateau (I’ll be posting the recipe soon). I love the all the yellow and orange colours in the garden at this time of year, but … Continue reading

Giving Granola

As I write this post, the granola is cooling and I know that there is one husband and two children sneaking into the kitchen and picking out the sweetened almonds and hazelnuts.   Truly I have the patience of a saint!  But who can blame them I suppose – sweetened with the finest honey from … Continue reading