It’s been 7 and a half years since I first carried a child inside. In Irish/Gaelic the term for pregnancy is “ag iompair clainne”. Literally translated this means “carrying a family”. When my first child was born, I still carried him in a sling, in a carrier, and he then eventually graduated to the buggy. At the time he just about was ready to walk independently without the buggy on standby his little brother arrived. And so I continued to walk with my children. Hand-in-hand, side-by-side. [Read more…]
This week the shopping tips are brought to you by the letters:
S: School Children
M: Blooming Miracle I actually managed to get them done this week. 😉
When I peel potatoes I always peel at least twice as many as I need for a meal. If I’m going to invest my time at the kitchen sink peeling spuds, then I might as well make it worth my while. Once mashed, I divide the potatoes into 2 sections – 1 to cool for freezing, and 1 for the main meal. Frozen mash is one of my kitchen secrets because I keep it on standby for busy days or quick suppers.
How do I cook the mash once defrosted though? Mash and gravy are one of life’s luxuries and there is nothing like a spoon of mash made with plenty of black pepper, topped with a runny poached egg. Excuse me while I drool on my keyboard at the thought.
Sometimes I do fancy something different, and this is where the idea of the potato pizza was born. The trick is to cook the base until it’s crispy on a low heat before adding the other ingredients. This adds to the cooking time, but really it’s not long when it comes to active-cooking time as it takes only 10 minutes to assemble. [Read more…]
The Shopping Tips are below. Before you scroll on down though I have some great news to share.
It’s been nearly a year since I started writing the shopping tips (where has the time gone?). As you all know, I write them independently and don’t accept sponsorship/advertising on the tips.
I was recently approached by a national newspaper to see would I like to write some extra shopping tips on a regular basis to go into print. My first Smart Spender column for the Irish Independent appeared just over a week ago, and you can pick up the newspaper this coming Thursday to read my next. It feels really fantastic to see my hard work turn into something that I can hold in my hand. So, the food-based shopping tips on Monday will continue on the blog, and then every fortnight there’s a bonus general Smart Spender in the newspaper.
It being a Bank Holiday Monday makes no difference to me as I’m back with your shopping tips for the week. It’s simple, I do the research so you don’t have to! [Read more…]