Are Groceries More Expensive In Ireland?

I believed that grocery prices in Ireland are expensive; I felt they are steadily on the rise again, spurred on by the report from The Guardian published on Saturday, I’ve revisited my grocery shopping list from a few years ago to see how the prices differ. Continue reading

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Win Tickets To Wonderfest

Today I’ve the chance for you to win tickets to Wonderfest, which is taking place on August 16th and 17th in the grounds of Malahide Castle. It’s not just everyday tickets either, it’s a full family ticket with camping included which is worth just under €150 in total. Continue reading

Beetroot Roast Lemon Salad

Beetroot Roast Lemon Salad

It’s so hot I’ve considered (not for the first time this year) cooking biscuits on the car dashboard. Unfortunately I’ve discovered it’s not quite hot enough here so I’ll have to forget about that fantasy for another day, or a trip abroad perhaps.

I made the mistake of putting the boys to bed 3 hours late last night. We were out and about and by the time we got home they wanted a snack which pushed bedtime to 10.30pm. There wasn’t a hope of them lying on this morning though because the 2-year-old gave the household a rousing rendition of ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ at 6am. It was very kind of him I must say, considering it is his father’s least favourite song. When you drive a bus/coach for a living it’s the very worst song you can be woken up with.

Continuing with my not-well-thought-through streak, I decided to go for a walk to the bank in the 27 degree heat this afternoon, in a pair of jeans, pushing the buggy with 2 tired small boys. That ended. Well.

Today’s lovely lunch was the result of the boys pulling at the coriander in the front wilderness garden and walking in the house with a fist or two of coriander flowers. They are beautiful, so fragrant and delicate and perfectly edible. This beetroot roast lemon salad is low-fat and salt-free, as is the dressing. I’ve had a few friends enquire over the past week for recipes like this that are easy to put together and healthy!Beetroot Roast Lemon Salad

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Camping In Mountshannon

The day we packed up our things from carvanning in Kerry, we headed up the road, past Limerick to Mountshannon in County Clare for a 2 night stay. Before I start this blogpost I have to confess, as we didn’t have space for camping gear, thanks to the Irish Caravan And Camping Council, we stayed in a caravan on site. We had as close to a camping experience as we could get! You’ll need to play the video to see more.
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Black Pudding Salad

You might have seen the recent video where Buzzfeed staff in the US decided to try out some Irish ‘snacks’. I’m not sure that many Irish people snack on black pudding. That’s not to say that we don’t like it. The only person who won’t eat it in the family is the 15-year-old, simply because she prefers the white version, straight from the casing. Before you get worried about eating raw meat product;, pudding is cooked in the casing before going on sale, it’s traditionally cooked a second time before eating at home – but it is perfectly safe to eat chilled.

It’s always the traditional foods that cause the most debate in this house. I like to cook my pudding in the grill pan by sitting it underneath the sausages and rashers as they grill above. That way the juices soak down and you get a double-whammy of salty porkness (this is a technical term in our house). My hubby on the other hand quite likes his pan-fried in a little bit of oil to get the rounds of black pudding crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.Black Pudding Noodle Salad Continue reading