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This page gives people a view into our daily lives living in the west of Ireland. It includes posts about our projects in the ceramic studio as well as projects in the garden, home and kitchen. 


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Blackberry Soda

Alexis Bowman

I am making my way through the freezer - it needs to be defrosted. So I am using up all of last years harvest which includes a huge stash of blackberries. This simple fermented soda can be made with any fruit, fresh or frozen. The measurements in this recipe do not have to be exact. 


  • About 6 cups of Blackberries 
  • About 1 cup Honey or Sugar
  • About 2 tablespoon of Sauerkraut Culture (or another like whey from strained yogurt) 


1. Put blackberries in a pot and cover with water (I use about 1 & 1/2 liters). Simmer for about 30 minutes. Take off heat & add honey/sugar then leave it sit until cool. 

2. Strain out blackberries.  Dilute this syrup with more water (measure according to the flavor strength of your preference). I added about an extra 1 liter. 

3. Add your culture then pour into a sterilized demijohn and fit an airlock. 

4. Leave it sit for around 3 days. During which it will ferment and bubble away. 

5. Move soda into plastic screw top bottles (if using glass be mindful that they can explode with the pressure if left long enough!). Store in the fridge. They will be ready in around 3 - 4 weeks. It will get fizzier and more dry the longer you leave it. But don't leave it too long otherwise you will loose half the soda in frothy overflow when opening it up. 


Gorse Wine

Alexis Bowman

During the months of April & May the Gorse bushes in Kerry begin to come into full bloom.  


On a sunny day the wind picks up their sweet scent of coconuts (which is kinda like a Pina Colada) and carries it across the fields and into our garden.


These bright yellow flowers make the most delicious wine with a distinctive coconut flavour and bright yellow colour.

Gorse Bushes are covered in tough sharp spikes which makes collecting them very tricky. We enlist the help of our young kids who use their tiny little fingers to get a hold of them!


The recipe we use to make our gorse wine comes from John Wright's book called 'Booze' in the River Cottage Handbook Series. 


We leave our Gorse wine sit in the bottles for at least a year to mellow out.