Food in the Midwinter Garden


It’s surprising just how much food is growing in the gardens of Bealtaine at this time of year, the time of scarcity…but far from it! There’s the makings of a decent salad, with Fennel, Japanese salads like Mizuna and others as well as a lovely edible garnish in the form of Pansy flowers. In other […]

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Easiest Ever Soup Recipe!


Soup, especially home made soup, is the mainstay meal of the Winter, providing healthy nourishment every day. I decided to get a big pot of Vegetable Soup going today. The stove was hot and I was sorting out the kitchen cupboards. Here you can see the remainder of a wonderful bouquet of flowers I received¬†last […]

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Microbeads…A Call To Action!


You may never have heard of them… Microbeads. Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that have been added to possibly thousands of personal care products sold around the world. Microbeads are hardly visible to the naked eye and flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are NOT designed to […]

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Easy Family Food Vegan Style


This is a photo blog of food…Vegan food made especially for my family, yesterday and today. The recipes are all simple and easy…like this Sweet Potato and Caramelised Red Onion Pate! The food in the first photo consists of a Green Salad with Olive Oil and Basil dressing; Spicy Roasted Veg., Bulgar Wheat and Ginger […]

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Using Seaweed in the Garden


After so much rain during the past few weeks, it was a relief to have a relatively dry day! You may remember that last week I visited the Atlantic shoreline to harvest some seaweed to use on the garden. The strands to the south of Sligo town have piles of loose seaweed here and there […]

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With my camera in one hand and mug of coffee in the other, I set off with jack for an early morning stroll around the garden and down as far as the end of the driveway. As you can see it’s a beautiful morning! My mind, as ever, began to focus on the beauty of […]

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100 Day Juice Fast

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I decided to share my 100 Day Juice Fast with everyone on the Bealtaine Cottage Good Life site. First blog just published on the site. There’s a link to the site at the top of this page.¬†

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The Hand of Man

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Where is our food security? Why is our government failing to secure the future of our food? Ireland stands on the brink of a potential famine should a national emergency happen! Listen to the Podcast…

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