Slow and Steady Wins the Race

It dawned on me recently that there is an easier way to handle the pressure of weeknight dinners. Slow cooking! Put the dinner on before you leave the house in the morning and come home to delicious smells and a piping hot meal. Yesssss! So I did the research – the Which? website is great […]

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Food for the Soul

I stumbled across this inspiring quote today from British Philosopher Alan Watts (1915-1973) on how to avoid anxiety through mindfulness. He was way ahead of his time. “The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger. The madness of […]

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In an Irish food mood

Irish food rocks. We have wonderful fresh produce, an ocean of seafood, and the best dairy in the world (I don’t make that claim lightly). But as a multicultural nation we have come to overlook our own mild-mannered Irish recipes in favour of spicier, more exotic cuisines. Which is all well and good (and I […]

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Meat-free Monday

Tonight I followed my own Cooking for One recipe for Meat-free Monday, with the addition of flageolet beans (instead of the customary cannellini or butter beans), and some shaved carrot and courgette (zucchini). It’s so easy to prepare and super-healthy. The finely grated garlic gives it a nice kick. Because my other half sadly can’t […]

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Cooking solo: Part One

Store cupboard Heroes Cooking solo can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re fairly new to cooking generally. The trick is to keep stocked up on good quality basics and you’ll always have a store-cupboard meal on standby, even when your fridge is completely empty. You’ll save a fortune on take-aways and deli counters. Here’s […]

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Taking Stock.

I’m by no means a food crank – not nearly enough time on my hands for that! But I do have these occasional frugal epiphany moments of self loathing where I look at the contents of my fridge and cupboards with horror. All that packaging! Our recycling bin is usually much fuller than our waste […]

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Sup, sup and away!

I’m a great fan of soup. Not only because it’s so easy, delicious and portable, but also because of the pure comfort factor – without the glycemic high you’d get from starchy “dry” carbs (bread, baked potato, rice etc). Our bodies are 60 percent water so it makes sense to sip right? Strictly speaking this […]

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Have your cake and eat it.

It’s really very hard to resist the allure of a tray of scones or muffins straight out of the oven. I have usually scoffed at least one while they’re still almost too hot to hold. Like Oscar Wilde “I can resist anything except temptation” which is why I restrict baking of sweet things to maybe […]

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Let them eat carrot cake.

The kids had been nagging me for days about doing some baking with them, so buoyed up by the effects of a very strong cup of coffee this morning I decided to have a go at carrot cake. Having done the “cooking with kids” thing many times before I lined up all the ingredients before […]

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Monday night blues

Oh how I envy the carefree young, not to mention the carefree middle aged (who were organised or reckless enough to have their kids young). For the rest of us it feels like life is a continuous succession of work, homework, social obligations and other assorted responsibilities. We are the “sandwich generation” – with kids, […]

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