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Category: Grow


Kitchen Projects: Homemade Cassis

Friday night: end of the week-time, start of the weekend, relaxed dinner – and maybe-a-glass-of-something-time? A few weeks ago, with long-packed boxes finally emerging from the attic at the brewery, I was thrilled to rediscover...

Nettles in Co Cork, Ireland 4

Wild Pickings and Nettle Soup

Picking food in all seasons in woodlands and meadows is great fun – especially when you get something as tasty as Nettle Soup as an end result. Writing for, Caroline Hennessy tells you...

Wild Irish damsons, picked by the riverside 3

Wild Damson Vodka

When we bought the cottage we were lucky enough to acquire an old damson tree. The trunk and branches were mossy and gnarled and, come autumn, it turned out that the fruit wasn’t great...


Food for free: Elderflower Champagne

We might be living in town at the moment but there are still plenty of elder trees around, all laden down with platters of fragrant, creamy-coloured flowers. Before the season is over, it’s worth...