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LEONIE CORNELIUS & FRIENDS

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Rose Syrup | a perfumed recipe

My love affair with Southern Europe started when I was about a year old. My parents, true adventurers, took me to spend a year on the incredible island of Ithaka in Greece. I think it was this early experience of arid landscape, cerulean skies and hot air scented with Rosemary, Sage and Lavender, which has seen me drawn to similar landscapes all my life.  Whether the Greek islands, the most

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Big Steamy Bowl of Shells SurfCafe Mussels

One of my favourite places to eat on the West Coast of Ireland, and actually worldwide, is the amazing Shells Surf Cafe. My friends Jane and Miles run a wonderfully informal cafe right on the beach in Strandhill, County Sligo. The food is fresh, local and amazingly delicious. Their approach uses a lot of local, high quality products and many ingredients are home-grown or foraged. Todays garden planner for the

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Blackberry Picking

Autumn is upon us and its a wonderful time in nature. My favourite thing in the month of October is to take a day to go blackberry picking and make a delicious batch of blackberry jam. It’s such a basic and lovely thing to do and picking the juicy purple black fruit always reminds me of the wonderful poem by on of Ireland’s most famous poets, Seamus Heaney. In his

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Garden to Table

  At this time of the year many gardens are looking really great. Colour is finally spreading through the borders and gardens seem to be exploding with vibrancy. Interestingly many of the flowers in the border are actually edible. Flowers can be used to make all sorts of delicious treats from lollipos to lemonades and even for savoury cooking.  This month I decided to use some edible flowers to decorate

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