I am Dublin born & reared but I am lucky to live close enough to the sea to be able to hear it crashing on the shoreline if I open my window on a windy day.
The day I returned from maternity leave after giving birth to my first son I was made redundant. I was expecting to be laid off but the biggest shock to my system was adjusting to being at home fulltime with my child. Being a stay at home parent is inspiring, demanding, loving, tiring, unrelenting and overall great fun but I kept on saying to myself that this wasn’t the career path I wanted to go down. I never intended to be at home fulltime. I still yearn to be in an office in contact with adults all day. Not be at home juggling housework, entertaining children and cooking meals.
As our family grew and our budget got smaller I found myself facing a shrinking amount of money on a weekly basis to spend on food. I could feed the family on convenience food for the same amount that I have to spend but I choose to cook the best food I can within our tight budget. This blog is about me, how I manage and the rollercoaster that parenting and living on a tight budget brings.
I first started blogging in 2009 but wasn’t very diligent at updating my original blog. Not long after my second son was born, I decided to start logging and charting our progress in earnest and Wholesome Ireland became my new “home” in February 2012.
What else do you do?
Podcasting has been an integral part of the blog since I started up. You’ll see the Audioboo box on my site where you’ll find my most recent podcasts but you can also follow me over on iTunes. I’m part of The Sodshow team; we air every Friday at 3pm on Dublin City FM (103.2FM) and afterwards on podcast.
We grow our own food and are founding members of a pig syndicate where we rear free range pigs as part of a group. This is facilitated by our local authority on their community allotment scheme where we keep our plot for food.
My first book; “Wholesome”, was published by Mercier Press in April 2014. It is available in all good bookstores nationwide and online for those who don’t live in Ireland.
I’m always open to new opportunities and if you are interested in me writing, testing recipes, taking photographs or doing audio work for you, please do drop me an email to wholesomecook (at) gmail (dot) com.
The boring stuff:
This is a personal blog; all of the recipes and photographs on this site are my own and my copyright, unless I state otherwise. I’ve got handy little buttons that allow you to share. Please do not use my photographs or content in any other way without my permission.
I love to receive comments and feedback but please be aware that abusive or insulting comments will be removed.
What about reviews/advertising?
For the time being I’m not accepting products for review. I don’t offer advertising of any kind, guest posts, affiliate links or sponsored content.