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 …

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Carrot And Courgette Pilaf

Okay, okay, it’s not a pilaf in the classic sense of the term. This rice dish isn’t baked in the oven, but it is cooked in the amount of time it takes to simmer some rice, and cook off the vegetables. The carrot and courgette pilaf is a great way to use up a glut …

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Vegetarian Bean Chilli With Rice – Recipe

I’ve done the research on this recipe and have a Slimming World, Weight Watchers, and calorie count so that if you decide to make this vegetarian bean chilli with rice you’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with. You will want to allow 100g of cooked white rice per person to add to the meal; this …

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Review: The Happy Pear Cookbook

In this book we hope to inspire you to eat more veg. That is it, plain and simple. It’s a great introduction to a book that is packed with recipes from The Happy Pear in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Much more than that though, the book is full of the philosophy behind Dave and Steve’s journey …

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Out Of Date Vegetables

When I go to the grocer’s I like to go to the rack at the back of the shop first. My local grocer has a big spiral stand-alone shelf near the fridge where he puts his out of date vegetables that have gone a bit squishy. There’s nothing wrong with the vegetables, just most people …

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I can't believe it's not shepherd's pie - Wholesome Ireland

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Shepherd’s Pie

This week I’ve been scrimping a little more than usual on my food budget. So that means I’m making the most of the dried beans in the store cupboard. The recipe today is made using beans, but it could just as easily be made using leftover meat if you have it. To bulk up the …

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Homemade Spaghetti

Homemade spaghetti isn’t rocket science. Really, you don’t even need a pasta machine to make pasta. All you need is a clean, smooth surface and a good rolling pin. After years of lusting after a real pasta machine I finally got my hands on one back in November and it’s been firmly in use most …

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Irish Lasagne

I love the contrast of white potato on green spinach. One of the kids calls this an Irish Lasagne and I can see why! The beauty of this recipe is that once you’ve prepared it, there is nothing left to do other than leave it in the oven and wait for it to be ready. …

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Quick Warm Pasta Salad

This quick warm pasta salad was my saviour last night and there was hearty warm food on the table fast!

Quick Homemade Pot Noodle

It’s cold, damp, goodness knows what happened to Spring. We need warm comforting food like a quick homemade pot noodle; the next in my series on Real Fast Food. This week I’ve taken a real step away from my comfort zone and recorded this recipe in real-time at my kitchen table.  I’ve uploaded it to …

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Real Fast Food

New Series: Real Fast Food

Convenience meals or real fast food in our house doesn’t mean that we have to pick up the telephone and call for take out. There are a number of “meals”, if that’s what you would like to call them, that we can prepare with little fuss with store cupboard ingredients.

Thai Yellow Curry

It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t feed spicy food to small children. This Thai yellow curry is a huge hit with all the family and is low on capsicum flavour (chilli heat).

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