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Caitriona RedmondHowaya!
My name is Caitríona.

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?

I write a food ezine for MyKidsTime which is updated monthly and I also write for the Flogastronomy Blog.

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.

  • Mary Greene

    Thanks for the stock list sheets been using them regularly every week and has saved me over 60 euro a week by knowing whats in the fridge and cupboard

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks Mary. I’m delighted to hear they are useful!

  • Móna Wise

    I love your little bio Caítríona. I am still ‘adjusting’ to mothering at home myself. 
    Your new blog looks beautiful – tell your Mum she has great talent with that art work she has provided you with.
    Keep blogging x

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

       Thanks Móna, high praise indeed. Best of luck with the book launch. x

  • Patchworkdelights

    Great to read about you Catriona, like the blog, I am also in Balbriggan btw!  Glad to have found you via twitter.

  • Mr. Bloggers.ie

    Hi Caitriona. Excellent Blog. We like it so much we have added to our directory of Irish Food & Drinks blogs that we like. Take a look  http://www.bloggers.ie/irish-blogs-directory/food-blogs/

    Keep up the good work!

    Mr.Bloggers.ie

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

       Why thank you Mr Bloggers.ie I’m very flattered. :-)

  • Kara_Lamb

    Caítríona, Hi :) Such a nice treat to have connected with you via Instagram, and I loved reading your info bio~it’s very sweet. Looking forward to trying out your different recipes and sharing them here in San Diego, California. I love that you live so close to the Sea; the Sea also has my heart ~ we are lucky enough to live 15 minutes from several major seaside areas here ~ well, tata for now, onward & eatward! Kara Lamb

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      A pleasure to connect with you too Kara. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

  • Carol

    really good blog! – viewing from over the water in Scotland – and facing much the same – looking forward to reading more : )
    Carol – ( three grown children and grandson)

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Thank you Carol. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. There’s plenty more to come!

  • The Mum with the Silk Scarf

    Hi Catriona, I’m a new Irish blogger and I’m just starting to get to grips with all this lark. I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself, I’m only starting to get to see more of the Irish blogs this past few weeks. I’m on maternity and about to become a stay at home mum, not something I’m used to but I’m loving it. I really like your blog and it’s great to see that you too work on a budget like ourselves, and you’ve got some great recipes and I look forward to reading more!

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Thank you. It’s a big adjustment getting used to being at home full time. 4 years on and I’m still adjusting! Good luck with the blog & hopefully I’ll see plenty of posts from you in the next while.

  • Sarah

    Hi Catriona, I would love to get in touch with you privately but cant seem to find a ‘Contact you’ tab. Is there any way I could pop you an email?

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Hi Sarah, my email is detailed above but in case you’ve missed it I can be contacted by mailing: wholesomecook (at) gmail (dot) com – I look forward to hearing from you. All the best!

      • Sarah

        Thanks Catriona, Ill pop you an email now!

  • Sonya

    Hi Caitriona I’ve just gotton a slow cooker and was hoping to use it regularly to make some meals for my husband, child & myself while we’re out at work during the day. Wondering if you had any recipie recommendations or know of any good websites that can walk you through how to get the best use out of a slow cooker for some tasty family meals? thanks!

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Hi Sonya thanks for dropping by. I’ve some recipes that I’ll be sharing over the next while but I’m aware that I don’t have loads on my own site. I’ve asked around and a friend has recommended this blog: http://crockpot365.blogspot.ie/ and I think it should be of some help to you. I hope the slow cooker takes some of the stress out of preparing healthy meals for you. Best of luck!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Hi Elaine. Wow that list of bargains on your blogs makes for a lot of research. Best of luck with the group, it sounds like a great initiative.

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