20 Feb

One Week’s Groceries

I’m regularly asked how I manage this €70 food budget I have. I figure now is as good a time as any to show you what one week’s groceries comprises in this house.  Actually it’s what I have to buy this week.

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06 Feb

What Is Frugal Food?

What is Frugal Food? According to the BBC Good Food Show on Monday evening, a meal of lamb belly with a mash was incredibly frugal, costing just under £2 per portion (€2.40 but effectively up to 40% more than this as grocery prices in Ireland are higher). The guidelines under the new Insolvency legislation in Ireland suggest that an adequate food budget for a healthy diet is €57 per week per adult. Read More

21 Jan

Irish Food In 2014

Over the past 3 weeks, a number of interesting marketing and food predictions have crossed my desk. Some I’ve found on social media, some I’ve received by email and others have featured in conventional media like newspapers and radio. They’ve been (for the most part) well researched, informed and based upon years of experience.  However this Irish mammy has some strong opinions on the year ahead when it comes to Irish food in 2014 and so I figure I may as well share them with you and we’ll see at the end of the year if any have come to fruition.

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30 Dec

Mienas Handmade Nougat

Miena and I used to work together in an industry as unrelated to food as possible. Considering we both worked for a company that had less than 10 employees it’s pretty amazing that two of us have ended up following our passion for food. Read More

16 Nov

The Irish Beef Book Review

A weighty tome for a weighty subject, The Irish Beef Book by Pat Whelan and Katy McGuinness evokes memories of much loved linen bound cookery books found in my Grandmother’s kitchen.

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03 Nov

Eating Frugally

This is a short one with just a couple of tips on how to save your food budget a bit, eating frugally and make the food you have stretch further. I’ve included my stocktaking template for you to download and print off as many times as you like.

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25 Oct

Cooking With Kids

I’ll let you in on a secret; our ground floor is made up of only 2 rooms. The first is the living area which is North facing and has space for a sofa and a dining table and chairs at a squish. The second is my small galley kitchen, South facing, which is bathed with light the whole day through. This is the heart of my home and where I spend most of my day. The kids are part of the furniture in the kitchen, standing on chairs to peek at what’s on the hob; they stir, mix, peel and the 5-year-old chops to help me out. We come up with recipes together and eat together. Sometimes (often) the toddler climbs on the table, so at least the kitchen is small enough that I’m only 1 step away from being able to pop him back down to earth when required.

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13 Oct

Like Mam Used To Bake Review

If you’ve been following Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell’s journey from blogger to published author over the past year you know how much of herself she has poured into this book. I received a copy of the book from Mercier Press a couple of weeks ago and now it’s time to give you the Like Mam Used To Bake review. Read More

09 Oct

Flavours Of Fingal

I didn’t realise I took quite so many photographs when we visited Flavours of Fingal as guests of Fingal County Council last month. I’ve been going through my memory card and figured now would be as good a time as any to share them with you!

Local pumpkins and other produce.

Local pumpkins and other produce.

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25 Sep

Food Bank

Every now and again I have a browse through the search terms that lead people to my blog.  I have regular readers and supporters but then there are others that find their way through the search engines.

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13 Sep

Priorities, Motivation And Food Poverty

One of the reasons why I started this blog was to show that it was possible to live well on a low income and to show that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m pretty sure that most food experts (chefs, cooks, writers) would agree with me regardless of income.

Some of my motivation to eat well on a low income does come from a desire to live well, and that is part of the “whole sum” that I’ve written about before. A big part of my motivation comes from the desire to be in charge, to take back control of our finances when so much of the income in the household is swallowed up on bills. Read More

12 Sep


A couple of weeks ago, Lidl contacted me to tell me they were publishing a small recipe booklet by Paul Flynn to be distributed for free in-store.  They asked me would I be interested in getting an advance look at the booklet and trying out the recipes for myself. Given that the theme of the recipe booklet was “7 family meals for €50”, I thought it would be right up my street and took a look at what Paul had come up with.

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