Foraging for Seaweed with The Sea Gardener

Foraging for Seaweed with The Sea Gardener

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Seaweed Foraging on Kilfarrasy Beach, Waterford Saturday dawned bright and clear as we awoke early to ensure we made it on time to Fenor, Co Waterford where we were meeting Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener at last! Marie has been organising seaweed foraging events for years yet we kept missing one another at events.
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Christmas Recipes

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Festive Drinks Mulled Wine Recipes Nothing quite says Christmas like mulled wine – albeit a marmite drink, you either love it or hate it! There are so many mulled wine recipes out there that we thought we’d put our favs here for you to try. Jamies Mulled Wine Recipe We especially like the sound of
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Plum and Custard Tart Recipe

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HomeGrown Plums and Free Range Eggs It’s days like this that I remember why I decided not to move back to Dublin in 1999! Living in the Countryside has it’s challenges ( social life, transport, jobs) but the positives are space, land, nature and the ability to become self sufficient! Anyway, As many of you
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Making Elderflower Champagne

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My Elderflower Champagne Making Attempt #1 You may recall that last year I missed my window of opportunity to make elderflower champagne what with college and work, although I did manage to harvest the elderberries later in the year to make elderberry liquor of which I still have half a bottle! This year life has
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My Secret Pavlova Recipe

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How To Make Perfect Pavlova! Okay so it’s not a secret anymore now that I am sharing it with you.. Without wanting to blow my own trumpet my Pavlova is descended upon by family and friends with many of them travelling down from Dublin just for a slice! I use summer fruits like strawberries &
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Elderberry Liquor taste great!

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What to do with Elderberries Last year I was too late to collect elderflowers to make elderflower champagne  so I looked up some info on what to do with the berries instead and I found Andy Hamiltons Elderberry Liquor recipe. I began it as per instructions and on New years eve completed the ingredients process.
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Time to complete the Elderberry Liquor Recipe

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Elderberry Liquer Part 2 Remember 3 months ago we followed Andy Hamiltons Eldrberry Liquor recipe? It has been sitting in a dark cupboard since then and today is the day we take it out for the second part of the process: Pour sugar into the vodka bottle and strain the liquor over the top of
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Jerk Chicken Recipe

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Quick and Easy To Make Recipes This is a very simple to make dinner that feeds 4. Best prepared 24 hours in advance for taste but even prepping an hour or two beforehand will make a difference: Jerk Chicken Recipe Boneless chicken thighs although I often use chicken fillets. Jerk sauce: 1 large chilli, (
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Pear Chutney Recipes

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How to Make Pear Chutney I have two Pear chutney recipes for you today. After preparing our Perry over the weekend we were left with lots of nicely mushed up pears which I then took any pips or stalks out of and made Pear chutney from the following recipe: Recipe 1: Mixed Pear Chutney 14
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Perry Making Fun!

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Pear harvest and Perry making Truly Autumn is the best time of the year as we get to harvest the fruits of our labour! We have been very lucky this year with our pear trees bursting with fruit. Last year we did not utilise them at all effectively , only adding them to roast veg
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Making Elderberry Liquer Part 1

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Elderberry Liquer As you know I found a cool recipe online for elderberry liquer compliments of Andy Hamilton  and tonight, as I pressed send on my final uploads for college I decided to give it a go! Having collected a large bowl of elderberries two days ago I realised it was time to do this before
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What to do with Elderberry

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Elderberry Recipes Elderberries abound in our garden as I never got time to pick the flowers and they have now matured into berries. Fearing I had missed out on making any sort of nice wine I was delighted to stumble across the following article on the Guardian website where ‘Booze For Free’ author Andy Hamilton
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For the birds…

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Let them eat….Sloes? Alas despite my joy at thinking I had discovered a bountiful sloe hedge last week I had so many things to do ( birthday, work, housework etc) that I never got round to collecting them. Today I eagerly gathered my ‘tools’ ( bag. gloves. ladder just in case..) and set off up
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How To Make Sloe Gin

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Sloe Gin Sloes are the bitter purple fruits of the Blackthorn Shrub which can be harvested in Autumn for making wine, preserves and our favourite, sloe gin. Here is a recipe that we will be trying out shortly at EcoActive Ireland. You will need: 450g ripe sloes 225g caster sugar 1 litre bottle of gin
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