Sunday Bits

22 Nov 2015


Oh dear.

It’s been far too long since I last put together one of these sassy Sunday Bits. But, between farming, mothering, cooking, writing, homework and every possible other thing I can commit to (mad woman), having a free moment to blog is becoming as scarce as hen’s teeth.

Over the last few weeks….we’ve welcomed at least a dozen new calves, celebrated our son’s first decade, minded our 10.5 year old Airedale Terrier, Ted, while he has been struggling with some health issues, I traveled to Dublin to give an extremely passionate talk on Irish dairy farming for Catherine Cleary’s Appetite Talks, spent an evening at the American Ambassador to Ireland’s residence in Dublin listening to Danny Meyer talk about hospitality as a part of the Creative Minds series, and hung out with many, many fabulous foodcentrics like myself (pictured with me are Domini Kemp, Jo Murphy and Susan Jane White all in our celebratory green), our 3rd Lens & Larder workshop took place at Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara with Susan Spungen and Gentl & Hyers (we are building our L&L website with my designer friends, Hayes Design across the Atlantic on Martha’s Vineyard right now so stay tuned for more images there, but the top image was taken by Gentl & Hyers of our big table feast moment), I harvested potatoes, French blue leeks, parsnips, celery, horseradish, purple kale and loads of lettuces and herbs from our kitchen garden, foraged for sloes, rosehips, bramble and elderberries, harvested honey with my father in law, went to an incredible ladies sidesaddle meet at the local Franciscan Friary, attended a thought-provoking “SpeakEATsy” dinner at Cloughjordan Community Farm and Eco-Village, and spent the night at the remarkable Cloughjordan House, where we will hopefully be producing a Lens & Larder retreat next year, and, of course, there has been plenty of baking to go around….including gypsy pie!

…….And, in other dalliances,

I am going to be co-teaching a workshop in Australia next April!!! Yes, still pinching myself and relishing in this news. I feel so honored to be partnering with the super lovely fellow farmer, Sophie Hanson of Local Lovely, and the incredibly talented photographer, Luisa Brimble to present a workshop of food, photography, and traditional Irish farmhouse kitchen skills with a few recipes from my book at the gorgeous Kimbri Farm in the Rydal Blue Mountains, about 2 hours from Sydney. For more details and registration, visit Local-Lovely.

I was recently introduced to The Irish Taste Club, magnificent gift boxes filled with very special Irish artisan food products such as Ed Hick’s fabulous bacon jam, Dunany Flours, Wild Irish Sea Vegetables Kombu, and many more exclusively Irish products that can be delivered to the USA and abroad each month. Leave a comment below to be in the draw for your own free gift box, and spread the word! The owners of this company are just darling, and these gift boxes make for the perfect holiday pressie for homesick Irish abroad!

I have begun collaborating with Aran Sweaters, writing recipes and taking photos for their beautiful blog…have a peek!

The beautiful Swedish watch company, Daniel Wellington, asked us to photograph one of their timepieces, so I let Richard do the modelling, as seen in the image below….click here for 15% off using the code MODERNFARMETTE.

I filed my first online food/drink column for Town & Country (UK) this week, will share the link when the first piece is published on Tuesday. Very excited about this new work!

Ballymaloe Litfest has announced their line-up for their sensational spring event. Again, holiday pressies people!!

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Okay, I think that it is for now…….over and out, shall be sharing a lovely new winter recipe soon. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be in the draw for an Irish Taste Club gift box!

Slan Abhaile,



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42 Responses to “Sunday Bits”

  1. Michelle says:

    We can’t wait to see you! x

  2. Meagan says:

    Ohhhh I would love a goodie box of Irish goods. Am so homesick for Ireland

  3. Caitriona says:

    Congratulations on images and words that leave us wanting more . You but a modern twist on traditional . The magic of being in the present and past presented so beautifully . The living dream so clear , passionate . Thank you or representing country living so well .

  4. Alexa says:

    Gorgeous photos…and now I am officially hungry. 🙂

  5. Kathleen says:

    I love your blog, and that pic of the people riding horses [I love riding myself]–and I’d love an Irish Taste box!

  6. Ellen Lunney says:

    My favourite ever post of yours

  7. JenW says:

    Who is the little darling with the black button eyes at the bottom of your post? I would love a free Irish Taste Club gift box, but have a feeling I will be partaking of one either way!

  8. Camille in France says:

    Each time I read your blog I wish I could go to Ireland. You make me want to wear a big jumper and drink a good hot tea after a run outside. I do love to read you and your pictures are lovely.
    I love the idea of the box 🙂

    Take good care.

  9. Marjorie Lavender says:

    You are one busy lady. Great photos. I love the one of your son and the dog.

  10. I’ll have to look into the Irish Taste Club. I’ve seen other programs like it, but this one is definitely different.

    Attending Lens & Larder someday is on my list of dream workshops. I’ll have to keep dreaming for now.

    Looking forward to your book being released, it’s been on my Amazon Wishlist since the day I first heard about it.

  11. Congratulations on all of these ‘dalliances’! You’ve been a ‘good’ busy. Debra xx

  12. Krista says:

    I’m so thrilled you’re coming to Australia!!! How wonderful to share your talents and spirit here. 🙂

  13. Melanie says:

    Would the irish taste club box make it to Cultus Lake Canada? If so, we’d love one!! Love your inspiring pictures and lifestyle <3

  14. Susan says:

    Lots of good information. I wish you would caption your photos. Tell me more, for example, about the small terrier at the end of the photo line. thank you.

  15. Lavonda says:

    I am worn out just reading all this! Happy for you that you have so much positive going on. I want that gift box!

  16. Brandi Young says:

    Beautiful photographs! The image on the bluff and the basket of foraged treasures has me so envious. Some day I will extract myself from a desk job and live a more fulfilling life. Thank you for the inspiration, as always, Brandi

  17. Heather Chambers says:

    I savour your blogposts and photographs as I try to garner some insight into the life my grandfather may have lived before he moved to Canada. As for Ted, give him a big hug from me. We have an aging four-legged family member, Bogart, who is also starting to experience some health issues. It just make us love this gentle black lab mutt even more.

  18. Jane Elspeth says:

    Really lovely photographs! The plates are so pretty, and wondering what the loaf cake is. Thank you for the give-away, and Happy Thanksgiving! X

  19. Shaina says:

    I dream of being able to come to Ireland for a Lens & Larder class. I mean, I dream of being able to travel to Ireland – period – class or no class. I am so excited for you and the Australia class. I am certain it will be lovely, just like everything else you do. Congratulations. xo

  20. Brenda Smith says:

    I would love win a gift box from Ireland and am hoping you’ll deliver it in person.

  21. A package of Irish love sent all the way across the pond to a humble American you say?! Put my name in the hat please!
    –said humble American, Krissi!

  22. Everything looks soooo good and the pictures, make me want to plan my trip to Quilty sooner! will your cookbook be available in Canada? hope so! thank you for sharing the beauty of Ireland!

  23. Susan says:

    Very much looking forward to your book in the spring and enjoy getting my Irish fix by following all your many adventures and projects! Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Wendy Wilson says:

    Imen, each of your blogs is a lovely and charming gift. Thank you for sharing so much of your ideas, thoughts, family & friends and activities with us. It means a great deal. May blessings abound in this Advent season and throughout the year!

  25. Turner Woods says:


    As my daughter so insightfully does #livinglifecreatively brings opportunities abound ! And you are! Continue to BE in the moment and BE true to yourself!

  26. Debbie G says:

    The only place I want to travel to is Ireland. Maybe some day…until then you let me have a peek of what I am missing.

  27. I Wilkerson says:

    Bacon jam sounds divine! Lovely collection of photos!

  28. Sara says:

    What wonderful things you do! I love the photo from the ladies sidesaddle meet. I’ve ridden for years, but I’ve never been brave enough to ride sidesaddle. Thanks for always sharing your Irish life with us!

  29. Linda T says:

    Such a busy and exciting time for you. Keep it up, and keep setting aside time for blogging so we can taste and feel Ireland through you. This week is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. In addition to being thankful for family and friends, I’m thankful for my Irish heritage and ongoing connection to Ireland. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  30. Toni says:

    Well, I’m not one of the homesick Irish abroad, but my grandmother O’Bryan might have been;regardless, I’d love to win the gift box from the Irish Taste Club. Your pictures are lovely, by the way.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Ahhh….in our dreams my daughter and I travel to Ireland to walk the moors and breath the fresh air. The closest we can come now to our dream is eating a little Irish. And that’s not a bad thing.

  32. Jessi says:

    Your pictures are as beautiful as ever. I always enjoy stumbling across one of your posts when every so often there is a quiet moment to read. Looking forward to your winter recipe as well.

  33. Lisa Silver says:

    Your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing a peek at your busy schedule.

  34. MartiC says:

    What lovely lovely pictures – little glimpses into a beautiful world.

  35. Barbara Quinlan says:

    So exciting for you to be a part of all those events and especially your collaboration in Australia. I am going to check out those boxes from the Irish Taste Club and of course would be thrilled to win one.

  36. Meg says:

    Oh Imen! I do so adore your blog…writing from Canada but dreaming of Ireland!

  37. Cara O'Sullivan says:

    This image at the top makes me think of a medieval feast. Your work is acquiring layers of richness. I would venture to guess that it is the farmland, that lovely mystical landscape steeped in layers of The Old Ways and Christianity, your tie to your husband and his family and their traditions. I am so looking forward to your book.

  38. Sheri says:

    Such an adventurous and fulfilling life you have. Just love everything you do, I’m so excited for when your book is released! Maybe some day we will get that visit!

  39. I’d love a box for my husband – he doesn’t get home to Wicklow as much as he’d like (and not at all for Christmas) – it would be lovely for him!

  40. Lana says:

    All fantastic news, Imen! Congratulations! Hope you enjoy your trip to Oz, sad we won’t be there but if you make your way over to NZ, please do let us know.

  41. Donna Shaw says:

    How can one person do it all? Wondrous.

  42. Wow, you’ve been busy! And so much more exciting things on the horizon too. I hope Ted’s all better, big canine cuddles from Fudge the Weimaraner x

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