24 Jul

Beetroot Roast Lemon Salad

It’s so hot I’ve considered (not for the first time this year) cooking biscuits on the car dashboard. Unfortunately I’ve discovered it’s not quite hot enough here so I’ll have to forget about that fantasy for another day, or a trip abroad perhaps.

I made the mistake of putting the boys to bed 3 hours late last night. We were out and about and by the time we got home they wanted a snack which pushed bedtime to 10.30pm. There wasn’t a hope of them lying on this morning though because the 2-year-old gave the household a rousing rendition of ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ at 6am. It was very kind of him I must say, considering it is his father’s least favourite song. When you drive a bus/coach for a living it’s the very worst song you can be woken up with.

Continuing with my not-well-thought-through streak, I decided to go for a walk to the bank in the 27 degree heat this afternoon, in a pair of jeans, pushing the buggy with 2 tired small boys. That ended. Well.

Today’s lovely lunch was the result of the boys pulling at the coriander in the front wilderness garden and walking in the house with a fist or two of coriander flowers. They are beautiful, so fragrant and delicate and perfectly edible. This beetroot roast lemon salad is low-fat and salt-free, as is the dressing. I’ve had a few friends enquire over the past week for recipes like this that are easy to put together and healthy!Beetroot Roast Lemon Salad

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22 Jul

Black Pudding Salad

You might have seen the recent video where Buzzfeed staff in the US decided to try out some Irish ‘snacks’. I’m not sure that many Irish people snack on black pudding. That’s not to say that we don’t like it. The only person who won’t eat it in the family is the 15-year-old, simply because she prefers the white version, straight from the casing. Before you get worried about eating raw meat product;, pudding is cooked in the casing before going on sale, it’s traditionally cooked a second time before eating at home – but it is perfectly safe to eat chilled.

It’s always the traditional foods that cause the most debate in this house. I like to cook my pudding in the grill pan by sitting it underneath the sausages and rashers as they grill above. That way the juices soak down and you get a double-whammy of salty porkness (this is a technical term in our house). My hubby on the other hand quite likes his pan-fried in a little bit of oil to get the rounds of black pudding crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.Black Pudding Noodle Salad Read More

06 Jul

Grilled Turkey Wrap With Pesto

I recently had the opportunity to work with a piece of kit from Tefal called the OptiGrill. I have to emphasise I am under no obligation to share my recipes here on the blog. However, I am genuinely impressed with the grill; how it cooks food, how I was able to use it for many versatile meals, and it has even converted my other half to cooking at home more.

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24 Jun

Take 1 Chicken, Meal 2 of 3

This is the second in a series of 3 blog posts where I’m sharing recipes for a family of 5 for under 63c per portion, based on 1 roast chicken. For the shopping list, and first recipe, check out my first post from Sunday evening “Take 1 Chicken, Meal 1 of 3“.

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21 Apr

Garlic Beans

The teen swears that her all time favourite meal is my homemade baked beans. She is always happy with a slice of toast and a big ladle of goodness and I’m delighted that she’s eating well. Feeding hungry teens on a budget can be tricky! Read More

10 Feb

Warm Prawn Salad

There’s an hour before bedtime. We call it crazy-hour in this house. This evening it was marked by the two boys running around in circles, shouting and giggling. All I can do is watch and embrace the madness. As himself doesn’t get home until close to bedtime it can be hard to try to eat a full dinner while the crazy-hour is underway. I try to eat my main meal during the day with the boys and then have a lighter supper after they go to bed. That’s the idea behind this warm prawn salad. Read More

08 Jan

Spice Crusted Potatoes

I’ve reached that point in January where my body just craves healthy food. I think it’s down to the need to feel well and boost vital nutrients in the body. I realise that I normally blog on a sweet-savoury rotation but I’ve not been baking much recently. I’ll try my best to squeeze something sweet in soon I promise! Read More

06 Jan

Slow Cooker Beans

Today is the day that I will get a tea break to myself, all to myself, while the 2 year old naps and the other kids are in school, himself will be at work. I will get a tea break. I will drink a hot cup of tea from start to finish and the house will be quiet. Apart from the quiet bubble of the slow cooker that is.  Please do read the advisory note on cooking with dried beans in a slow cooker at the end of this post. Read More

02 Jan

Creamed Corn Noodle Soup

Today we went for a walk. This is a momentous occasion. Between chest infections, colds, flu and the dreadful weather we’ve had over the past month these trips out haven’t been happening.  Wow but getting out in the fresh air with the two boys is good for the soul. I love my home, it’s such a haven from the bad weather; warm and cosy, but it’s no substitute for the pure Vitamin D and glorious breeze coming in off the sea that we benefit from. Read More

17 Dec

Savoury Crumble With Mustard

I was recently contacted by Maille, who asked me to review a gift box of their premium mustards. What better way to review a product than to try it in a recipe and see how it stands up to my Savoury Crumble with Mustard? Read More

12 Dec

Turkey Carrot Rice Crackers

This day fortnight (insert shriek of panic here) you will probably get to the point where you don’t want to see another piece of turkey or ham for a month. Yet sitting in front of you is half an uneaten turkey and likewise a ham. Christmas can be a time of excess and you’ll always spot it at the Christmas dinner table.

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10 Nov

Green Bean Salad

The weekend has come to a close, and I’m practising a little bit of mindfulness. The opportunity to sit and just think is so cleansing and refreshing for me that I think I should do it more. It’s not just that I’m working on my mind, I’m paring back many of my favourite recipes to simple, clean flavours that work like this green bean salad. Read More

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