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 […]Read More Slow and Steady Wins the Race
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 […]Read More Food for the Soul
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 […]Read More In an Irish food mood
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 […]Read More Meat-free Monday
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 […]Read More Cooking solo: Part One
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 […]Read More Taking Stock.
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 […]Read More Sup, sup and away!
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 […]Read More Have your cake and eat it.
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 […]Read More Let them eat carrot cake.
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, […]Read More Monday night blues