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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08 Oct

Tesco Online Shopping Review

I’m beginning to get back on my feet over the past couple of days. We’ve made a couple of changes in the house which means that I’m getting more time to rest and that in turn means I’m feeling an awful lot brighter.

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20 Sep

Save With Jamie

“Save With Jamie” is a beautiful and tactile cookbook filled with plenty of food images where the recipes are written in an easy to read style.  However, today I’m scratching beneath the surface to see if it measures up from a frugal food point of view. Read More

16 Sep

Tassimo Review And Coffee Biscuits

A couple of weeks ago I was a guest of Mondelez International to the launch of their new Tassimo Range in Ireland.  I was lucky enough to receive a machine to try out at home myself and so today I’ve a Tassimo review and coffee biscuits for you to try out. 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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20 Aug

Simon Bushby

Last Friday night a group of family, friends, colleagues and supporters gathered around my brother-in-law, Simon Bushby, to support him for the live show of RTÉ’s “The Hit“.

For as long as I’ve known him, he has had music in his heart and has been composing since a very young age and studied at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Simon plays with the band “Home Brew” but in true superhero style, by day he works in retail banking.

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18 Aug

More Expensive To Feed A Family

I originally blogged about this topic in May 2011 on my old blog – Wholesome Cook. Today I was messing around on the blog and found the old blog post, I’d kind of forgotten about my old blog. So I re-read what I’d written with great interest. As an experiment, I took the original shopping list and ran it through the same online shopping website. The results are very interesting.

So is it true? Is it more expensive to feed a family in August 2013, compared to May 2011? Read on to find out.

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21 Jul

Adams Cloud

Have you heard about Adam’s Cloud? I first heard about Benji Bennett over 3 years ago now when I chanced across his interview on Ireland AM.  I cried, a lot, for this incredibly strong man who had written the first of what was to become a series of books in memory of his son Adam.  That award winning book is called “Before You Sleep”. Read More

11 Jul

Review of Wild Food

The discussion amongst fellow food lovers in Ireland has been split right down the middle over the past fortnight. On one side the excitement from those who love to forage and make things with elderflower was evident. On the other hand I spotted more than a few “foodies” lament that they didn’t like the stuff and can’t stand the foraging movement.

Elderflower, according to more than one, is the new wild garlic. En vogue on food blogs and finding it’s pesky way into seasonal menus nationwide. Read More

04 Jul

Review of Veronicas Snacks

Veronica recently sent me a selection of their baked organic snacks so that the kids and I could try them out. She has also provided me with a hamper of her treats for one lucky reader. Read More

24 Jun

Review: Food For Friends by Edward Hayden

Published in April 2013, Food For Friends by Edward Hayden is well timed for summer parties and  home entertaining.  I was sent a copy of the book for review and here’s my thoughts: Read More

03 Jun

Bloom In The Park 2013

If you’re into gardening and the UK is just a little bit too far for you to travel to see the big flower shows then Bloom In The Park is for you. While it might be the Irish version of the more popular events like Chelsea Flower Show, it is in fact far more as Bloom also hosts a vibrant food festival. Read More

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