Caitriona Redmond

I'm an Irish mother to 2 boys, born & bred in Dublin, Ireland. I like to cook simple & fresh food for the family, with the family on a budget.


You’re probably thinking this is an Irish family food blog so what the heck has hummus, a Middle Eastern dish have to do with Irish food? I believe that our food experiences define our tastes and flavours as a family. My father served with UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) more than once as …

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Meal Planning

Things I have learnt from doing the stocktake: You could wrap our entire estate in the amount of kitchen roll I found in the bottom of the press. If I’m ever stuck for cement I have plenty of weetabix which will suffice. There is enough coffee here to last for years, probably because I don’t …

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I don’t know about anybody else but filling our bellies and cupboards on a budget is tough going sometimes. My heart wishes we could buy Irish as much as possible, source food locally and support organic producers. My purse on the other hand & consequently my head, reminds me that we have a serious budget …

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Heart Children Ireland is an entirely volunteer run organisation who aim to provide supports in Ireland for all who are affected by a congential heart defect. Just one short sentence that makes the world of difference to families who receive a diagnosis or are on the road to receiving a diagnosis of a heart defect.  …

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Special Sauce

The 12 year old has always been, as her grandmother would describe her, “a great grubber”.  She is brilliant and will try most foods at least once, loves exotic flavours, tastes and my cooking.  In my naivety I assumed that the 3 year old would be the same.  How wrong was I!  We’ve been gifted …

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Garlic Mash

Creamy, garlic, spuds, what’s not to love? I live in an area that is well known for its spud growers.  We get a fresh bag every week from a local farmer. This is a heavenly combination of local potatoes, garlic & parsley from our garden, full fat Irish milk and golden Irish butter. This is …

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Simple Icing / Frosting

This simple icing / frosting recipe is the easiest I have in my home recipe book. It’s my “go-to” when I want a reliable, consistent flavour and result.  I use it for sponge sandwiches, covering cupcakes and on this occasion sandwiching 2 of my everyday cookies together. My basic rule is twice as much icing …

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Anytime Cookies

This is a great recipe for light, crisp cookies that I baked this week for St Valentine’s. The cookies without any decoration will keep for up to 7 days, if you don’t eat them all, in a dry sealed box in your cupboard.

Messages in Toast

It’s a nice way to start the day. Messages in Toast.  It’s very simply done, all you need is cookie cutters and shop bought bread works best. Impress the cutters of your choice into the bread before toasting but don’t cut the whole way through. Then toast as normal, either in a toaster or under …

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The Wholesome Kitchen

There you go. A picture of my kitchen. It’s not very big is it? Scrap that; it’s blooming tiny. Believe it or not that is the size of the space I have to cook in. Some days I’m surprised that I manage to have the space to prep and cook. For anybody who is interested, …

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