• Dinner,  Recipes

    Chickpea Stew Recipe – Ad

    When Knorr Ireland approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in devising a simple recipe to use their stockpots I was delighted to take on the challenge because I do use stockpots and stockcubes on a regular basis. Even though I do make my own homemade stock in the slow cooker, I don’t always have stock to hand when the freezer is full of other things. It is simply a very handy option to add flavour to a meal. Let’s talk about fibre for a minute though. I’ve become obsessed with healthy fibre in our diets. Without fibre things become a little bit backed up. One source of…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe

    It feels weird, to be writing recipes with a big race looming over me. I am obsessing about food in the days of the lead up to the race. I’ve found that easing off meat protein does help my stomach a little bit so I’ve started moving towards a more plant-based diet and move away from meat. Without my gallbladder I struggle to digest fatty proteins and certain sauces so it’s important for me to be careful with my meals so that I don’t end up in a bad way on a race day. This is one of my easy dinners because it’s so simple to make with minimal mess.…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Simple Chicken Tray Bake Recipe

    Trying to eat healthily when you’re short on time is difficult which is why I have come up with this recipe. It only takes 18 minutes to cook in the oven, tastes even nicer the second day for your lunch, and is packed full of colourful vegetables that will make you feel incredibly virtuous. The key to this recipe is not to stint on the herbs. Increase the quantities if you’re serving more than 3 people for a meal or if you want to batch cook for work or school the following day. The great news is I have a very simple recipe video for you to follow! Note: Most…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Quick Pickles – Quickles Recipe

    My Nana was the first person I saw make quickles. I remember one day she had set out a platter of vegetables for a Summer Salad and she’d made some quick pickles with some button mushrooms on one side, cucumber on the other, and finally onions. My Grandfather was a divil for the pickles and strong flavours. He loved pickles and fresh peppery scallions with his salad for tea and Nana loved to make people happy with her food. It’s only now I can appreciate how economical quick pickles are. Whatever you don’t eat is perfectly preserved and can be eaten over successive days cold from the fridge. I love…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Super-Quick Salmon Noodles

    Parents need to put themselves under less pressure to cook the ‘meat and 2 veg’ dinner and instead embrace speedy cooking dishes. Especially now, as the weather has been so warm and tempers can get frayed in the heat, family meals that can be prepared with minimal fuss are the way to go. This is a variation on a speedy noodle salad that I hope you will enjoy. If you look carefully you’ll see that there is little to no cooking in the recipe and the ingredients can be easily assembled.

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Cod Parcel Recipe

    Turning a classic style restaurant dish of fish in a parcel (or en papillote to give it the technical term) into a meal that all the family can enjoy either from the oven or the BBQ isn’t complicated. The beauty of this meal is that you can serve the cod and vegetables inside of the parcel they are cooked in and this reduces the cleaning up. I was only discussing this at a cookery demonstration last weekend; how adapting recipes to suit your family means that all the generations can get involved in preparing dinner. I’m the first to admit I am a control-freak in the kitchen and part of…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Beetroot and Feta salad

    My biggest battle with food at the moment is finding a dish that’s simple to prepare and light to eat. The life of a freelancer can be a bit unusual in that I have to roll with the work when it comes in. The past couple of weeks has been particularly jam-packed in terms of jobs-on-the-go, and while I always have a slow cooker meal underway for the kids, eating a full meal after 8pm at night is always going to be a challenge for me. In the past 7 days I’ve worked with 2 separate TV crews, and there’s more to film this evening with TG4. Tune into Nationwide…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Honey Roasted Pork Recipe

    It’s barbecue weather in our house at the moment. Well I say it is but actually the rest of the family are off playing in sunny gardens and eating barbecue food with my Parents-In-Law. I, however, am in the home office working away. I’ve reached that point in the day where I can’t think straight for too long and I’m flitting from task to task to try to keep on going. The problem with Bank Holidays when you’re self-employed is that they aren’t technically a day off. I’ve had to cram as much work as I could into four days this week and hence I’m working late. That could be…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Classic Roast Turkey

    Roast dinners aren’t difficult, in fact they are probably the easiest meals that I cook. However, turkeys don’t come in small sizes, so making a classic roast turkey dinner requires you to set aside a decent amount of time to be in the house to keep an eye on your dinner. Which is, I suppose, why roast turkey is reserved for big family occasions such as Christmas and Easter in our house. There’s much more meat on a turkey than on a chicken. You can feed far more people at dinner time, and of course that means that the leftovers are particularly bountiful the following day. As always, once your…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Spanish Fried Rice with Turkey Recipe

    Let’s talk about leftover cooked rice. I’ve found it’s impossible to cook a pot of rice and not have some leftovers. Particularly when I’m cooking for a gang, it’s difficult to calculate who will eat what quantities. Monday may be the day that the 6-year-old will eat it all and ask for leftovers, but it could also be the day he decides to refuse the dinner point-blank. Did you know that cooked rice when left at room temperature can cause food poisoning? This is something I’m very aware of when I cook too much rice or cook it in advance of making a dish like this fried rice dinner. The…

  • Dinner,  Eggs,  Quick,  Recipes

    Sweet And Savoury French Toast Recipe

    Have you ever found a local shop that you hesitate in telling other people about because you’re worried it won’t be so special anymore? That’s how I feel about The Lime Kiln in Julianstown. Now I know that the gastro-pub is fantastic, in fact if you’re interested to hear what I think you can read my review over on Flogastronomy. It’s one of our family’s favourite spots for a bite to eat. Recently they’ve opened a local village store just beside the pub. It’s there that I could be lost for quite some time. Chatting to the staff (waves at Georgina) about local producers and great Irish food. It’s a…

  • Dinner,  Recipes,  Vegetarian

    Mac & Cheese

    Have you ever reached into the fridge and pulled out a carton of milk that is perhaps a day past it’s ‘best before’ date, and even though it smells okay you thought you should just pour it down the sink and be done with it? Providing your milk has been stored inside the fridge, and not on the door of the fridge (which is prone to temperature fluctuations), you are probably okay to cook with it. The only way that I can combat the temptation to eat convenience food during the week is to plan ahead. There are weeks where I hate the planning and organisation; I really rail against…