Garlic & Herb Butter

I’ve just finished writing my latest article for Home Farmer magazine in the UK.  This time I was writing about butter – making homemade butter, spreadable butter, nut butters and flavoured butters (pick up April’s edition for all the recipes).  With Kate’s help I took all the shots I needed and off they went to … Continue reading

Pork Hock – a supreme comfort food

With the currrent bout of storms and snow, the lack of wifi here at Hunters Lodge paled into insignifcance compared to the lack of heat, light and water – never mind two out of three of my access roads to Carlow being blocked with fallen trees.  Such is life at the moment… Anyway, I enjoyed … 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

Keeping Chickens – the basics

Have you been thinking about keeping chickens?  With January coming to a close, why not start planning now and be ready to start collecting fresh eggs from your garden later this Spring?  If you can spare ten minutes each morning and evening, and an hour at the weekend, that’s all that’s required timewise to get … 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

A New Year Gift of a Corneal Ulcer

I woke up on New Years Eve with my right eye the size of a golf ball.  No reason.  I didn’t have a cold or the ‘flu.  I wasn’t feeling under the weather, in fact I had the most relaxing  Christmas ever, but there I was on New Years Eve looking like an extra from … Continue reading

Would you like to subscribe to my blog?

The day after my book launch I decided to create a new website.  Yes, I know, not even a lie-in! Hunterslodgeliving had definitely gone very well for me since I created it in May 2010 (the words “book launch” being a good indicator), but I felt that it was time for a change – and … Continue reading

Coffee and Cherry Buns

We are big fans of coffee cake at Hunters Lodge.  Coffee and walnut, coffee and pecan, coffee and sultana (I like this one, but the other Dillons aren’t big fans) – cakes, traybakes, buns, add coffee and we love them. Coffee and glacé cherries is another favourite here and coupled with the fact that I … Continue reading

Pink Ladies and Pork Neck

I have to tell you that we are eating THE most magnificent pork this  weather.  It is definitely the best that we have ever  produced and the only thing we did differently in  our pig rearing routine this year was to dispatch  the pigs a little earlier.  This has definitely made a  huge difference – … Continue reading

Tea Light Holders

I love to collect jars. If I buy something in a nice jar, I keep the jar.  And I find plenty of uses for them  – homemade jams and chutneys, herb infused oils, sloe gin, raspberry vodka, sugar scrubs, homemade toffee – you get the picture.  Those recycled jars are little gems.  At this time … Continue reading