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 parts of the gardens, where little micro-climates exist in the form of stones and shed walls, there’s Flat-leaf Parsley and Thyme. I used Thyme in roasted potatoes yesterday…delicious! Purple Sprouting Broccoli is giving lots of florets…delicious raw or cooked and full of goodness! Then there’s…

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 weekend on my birthday. I sorted through the vase and immersed them in fresh water…they should stay good for at least another week! As I write this blog, the cottage is filled with the aroma of the soup cooking on the stove. Home made soup…

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 filter out Microbeads! You may have heard of the Plastic Soup swirling around the world’s oceans? Well, Microbeads make up a large proportion of that TOXIC brew! Sea creatures absorb or eat Microbeads. These Microbeads are passed along the marine food chain. Since humans are ultimately at…

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 sauce…all home made in a short space of time…a delicious lunch! I hosted a dinner party on Sunday, for my grandson who is off to Canada tomorrow, (Tuesday). And baked some very easy bread! Then baked the same recipe again today! I also made a…

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 along the beaches. Always only ever take the loose stuff…don’t pull seaweed from stones as these form habitats and are essential to the ecology of the seashore! In the end I managed about three big bags of seaweed and headed home with my foraged booty!…

Unweaving

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 all around me…for I live in a constant state of disbelief that all this has manifested from such barren land in little more than a decade! We live in unprecedented times. In what was promised as a post-war era of plenty on this abundant and…

Is Ireland Ready For a Second Famine?

It is not what Food Harvest 2020 and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney would be prepared for, despite the fact that the Ministry is ultimately responsible for the food security of the nation! The people of Ireland would be forced to repeat the history of the 1840s and this time at the hands of their own elected government! …Read the full text and blog at Bealtaine Cottage Good Life https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

Stop Criticizing and Do Something About It!

“Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF” ~The Guardian This shocking truth has been sinking in over recent months! “Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.” ~ The Guardian Half of the animal life on the planet has been lost to human consumption. Greed, gluttony and sheer arrogance have brought the world we inhabit to the brink of destruction. Any time I…