Wild garlic risotto
Recipes

Wild Garlic Risotto with San Bernardino Vialone Nano Rice

Well, if you love the abundant wild produce in Northern Ireland, then this is certainly your time of year! One of our favourite ingredients to forage is beautiful wild garlic. It’s popping up all over the place right now, so you shouldn’t have to go far to find some!  When cooking with wild garlic, you can use the leaves, stems and even the flowers. The flavour is a lot more delicate and refined than the traditional garlic we’re all used to, but it’s lovely.  It’s terrific in two incredible classic…

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Bee keeper at Miele del Doge working with the bees
Producer Profile

Producer of the Week: Miele del Doge honey

The founder of Miele del Doge honey  Mara La Rosa was born and raised in Venice. From a young age she helped her mum and dad take care of their small vegetable garden on their house. She remembers watering tomatoes, beans, carrots, courgettes, green beans, figs, pears, apples, potatoes and onions. They produced their own marmalade, tomato sauce and even their own wine. Mara has always been proud of her Venetian upbringing, her roots and traditions. She started working in Venice when she was 17 years old, but it wasn’t…

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Loose granola
Producer Profile

Producer of the Week: Morning Glory Granola

Like all the very best food brands, Morning Glory Granola originally began as a personal passion project motivated by a quest for well-being.  Founder Nina first began experimenting with different breakfast cereals when she was diagnosed with breast cancer (she is now ten years in remission). Despite her wealth of knowledge and experience (she has worked in the hospitality since the age of 15), Nina didn’t really give too much consideration to what she was putting in her body and how it was affecting her. Until her diagnosis. That triggered…

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Orlock Point house by night
Customer Profile

Customer Profile: Orlock Point Garden Design

Today we meet our lovely customers Jill and Bill and find out about their Orlock Point garden design.   Bill, a retired Gas Engineer, had wanted a project since he left work. He was looking to build something special and interesting. When the two found the ‘pink house’ at Gun Point, they knew they had found their forever home.  Orlock Point garden design  Creating the right garden was important for Jill. Prior to moving to Gun Point, she and Bill lived in Bangor in a Victorian Terrace with a stunning…

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Close-up of red apple trees on branch
Advice + Info - Plant Nursery

Everything You Need to Know: Apple Trees

We’ve seen an interest in buying and growing apple trees really take off in recent times, which delights us to no end. Is there anything better than picking fruit fresh off the tree? We’re not sure there is! If you thought apple tree growing was only for those with an orchard-size garden, think again. Dwarf trees are available, and they can produce a deceptively good volume of harvest. So, if growing your own takes your fancy, here’s everything you need to know Buy two, not one  We’re not trying to…

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Mount Stewart side view with gum tree in background
Customer Profile

Customer Profile: Lady Rose & Mount Stewart

Lady Rose, husband Peter Lauritzen, and their grandson on the Mount Stewart grounds. It seems fitting indeed that Edith, Lady Londonderry’s granddaughter is named after a flower, particularly one so perfectly suited to Mount Stewart.  A rose and rhododendrons  A passion for flora has run deep in the Stewart bloodline, and Lady Rose is no exception. Rhododendrons are her favourite of all. The variety of species comprising shape, colour and scent is astounding. Indeed, Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry was intent on bringing colour and fragrance year-round to Mount Stewart with…

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Deck chair and pink flowers with sea in background
Producer Profile

Producer of the Week: Tenuta Borgia

The next time you open a can of Tenuta Borgia extra virgin olive oil and drizzle it over some fresh, crusty bread, we hope you’re transported to Pantelleria.  If that doesn’t ring any bells, you’re not alone. Locals enjoy keeping this Sicilian jewel a secret. But once Giorgio Armani discovered its savage beauty and purchased land there a few decades ago… Well, let’s just say it’s no longer under the radar.  It’s no surprise as to why, really.  The rugged beauty of Pantelleria  Geographically located closer to North Africa than…

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Apple cinnamon swirls
Producer Profile

Producer of the Week: Olive Tree Bakes

It was the golfing ladies who started it.  Well, the golfing ladies, as well as wheaten bread, scones and shortbread. For almost twenty years Scott McDonald has been the caterer at Bangor Golf Club. Ladies would come up to him and ask if he might be able to bake them a few loaves of wheaten, a tray of shortbread, or some scones for them to take to such-and-such an event. Scott would oblige, and the orders grew. He soon realised he might just have another business on his hands…  Licking…

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White camellia
Advice + Info - Plant Nursery

Everything You Need to Know: Camellias

Camellias (Camellia japonica) belong to the Theaceae flowering plant family. There are hundreds of species, and thousands of hybrids, of this evergreen shrub. Their leaves are a deep, glossy green and their flowers, available in an abundance of beautiful colours from white through to deep red, bloom through winter and spring.  When do camellias flower?  The Camellia japonica and Camellia x willamsii blooms in early spring When to plant camellias  Do this in autumn or spring.  When to feed them  In early spring, and with an ericaceous fertiliser Avoid over-feeding…

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White rhododendrons with pink speckles
Advice + Info - Plant Nursery

Everything You Need to Know: Rhododendrons

Discovered by a Flemish botanist, rhododendrons were first introduced to the United Kingdom in the mid 17th century. They are celebrated for their bright and greatly varied colours, with some species often growing clusters of flowers. Where and when to plant rhododendrons Plant them in autumn or spring  Before you get underway, ensure you have dug in ample neutral or acidic organic matter  Plant so that the roots are just submerged in the soil -don’t go any deeper  Top with a good layer of mulch (around 8cm), and look to…

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