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Roasted golden Baby beets with whole caramelised garlic cloves

This one’s all from the garden. The baby beets, the garlic and even the olive oil and lemon juice (though admittedly the olives and lemons were not grown by me!).  This is the most simple recipe out of all and makes for a super nibble to serve due to the bite size of the gorgeous beets and the sweetness of the roasted garlic. The key is all about the freshness

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Oven roasted organic Chicken with garden stuffing served with pomegranate seeds

What you need:  -one medium size organic chicken (about 1.5kg) -olive oil -Pomegranate and fresh mint and thyme to serve For the stuffing: 100g Tartine baguette bread – broken into pieces 1 tablesp. fresh thyme, chopped 1 tablesp. fresh mint, chopped 1 small shallot, cut into quarters 2 cloves of peeled and chopped garlic  Salt and freshly ground black pepper 50g Irish butter, softened To Make the Stuffing: Place the

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Shells brown bread garlic bruschetta with sugar snap pea, asparagus tips and wild vetch & goat cheese crumble

On of my favourite breads is made by the amazing Shells seaside cafe bakery in Strandhill, County Sligo and this bread is the base for this amazingly delicious take on bruschetta- a perfect Irish version using local ingredients and foraged touches.  What you need: -a good quality brown bread -this one is from Shells cafe -St Tola Organic Goats Cheese -Organic Prosciutto Cotto- available from Sheridans cheese mongers -sugar snap

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The Wild Christmas table

It’s almost Christmas! I’m so excited. With only two days to go I always start to feel like a kid again and find myself falling asleep with a smile on my face with the anticipation of what’s to come in the next weeks. Long lazy days by the fire, gorgeously wrapped gifts under the tree and of course food. Glorious home cooked meals which are prepared slowly and eaten just

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Christmas Creative project | Larch stars

The other morning while wandering in the garden I had this odd sensation that something was different. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but when I spotted a huge pile of leaves in one corner it hit me- where the previous day the scene still had accents of copper and yellow leaf, today there was absolutely no foliage left on any of the trees in the garden. This

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Winter Sunshine | Bring some Winter cheer to your border

I can’t believe it’s December! With the weather getting colder and the garden almost stripped back to a blank canvass, while I am ready to get excited about Christmas, I can’t seem to let my garden sleep just yet. I love planning ahead at this time of the year and planting some shrubs for colour now will really pay off all Winter long – as well as getting a head

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Vino Veritas | Why wine is going back to its roots.

 For many people, one of life’s pleasures is a good glass of wine after a long week at work. But when you take a sip of your rich red wine for example, sniff, and taste the delicious flavour and admire the unfolding depth, do you ever think of the plant which it has come from? Admittedly, even though the image of grapes often comes to mind while the drink rests

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The Gift of Garden giving

This year has absolutely flown! It seems like yesterday that I was thinking about sparkly lights, my annual colour scheme for my Christmas decorations, and getting excited about the wonderful fun of Christmas gifting. I love gathering clues throughout the year, taking note of what the people in my life like and collecting gifts which will hopefully make their faces light up with joy. When it comes to gardeners or

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Precious Daisy -An ode to the humble flower

Did you know that the daisy is one flower which grows everywhere in the world except the Antarctic? When I came across this fact again during my research for a recent project I’m working on I was reminded why the daisy is one of my absolute favourite flowers. Surely a plant which grows in the heat of an Australian landscape will struggle in the much cooler Canadian landscape? But this

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Master of Jewels | Garden advice from Jimi Blake

Get inspired by master plantsman Jimi Blake and plant your own border of jewels I love this time of the year. The garden is still full of colour and flashes of colour surprise and yet there is a change in the air. Waking this morning I saw a misty fog drifting over the lake, a sign of chilly air coming in. Arriving perfectly in time for back to school days

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