20 Dec

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Chilli

It’s the season to love your brassicas.  No it’s not a dirty word, it’s a family of vegetables.  Included in these are the brussels sprout and this is what I did with some this week.

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18 Dec

Braised Red Cabbage

Most Sundays there is a market that himself likes to visit. It’s not too far from home, as the kids would say it’s “a spin”. Normally he rambles around with the kids and sometimes picks me up bits for photographs and at the end of his stroll he always drops by the vegetable stall. Most of their vegetables are either grown in the next county or sourced fairly locally and they are cheap.

Day 18 of my Christmas with Caitríona series is a classic Christmas recipe!

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14 Dec

Flavoured Salt

This is a great recipe to use up your leftover meat from the Christmas dinner. This is a tray bake that can be lifted from plain and simple eating (not a bad thing after Christmas excess) to a meal with a zing from some flavoured salt.Flavoured Salt - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting Blog Read More

04 Dec

Dishwasher Vodka

Normally when infusing alcohol with spices or fruit you have to wait a number of months for the best flavour. This is a cheat’s version, called dishwasher vodka, which if made today will be ready for drinking or gifting tomorrow!

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29 Jul

Pasta Meatball Bake – Recipe And Video

When it’s Winter I crave warming dishes for dinner. You know the ones that give you a hug from the inside out, and that are just rib-sticking good. It’s Summer however, not that we’d know it. Today has been about 14 degrees on average which is pretty dire for the end of July, we’ve also had thunder, lightening, and hailstones. So you’ll excuse me if I revisit some of my favourite comfort food for dinner this evening.

This pasta meatball bake is a family favourite. It’s easy to assemble, and serves 8 people. It’s also a budget dish, costing approximately 80c per portion and as if all of this wasn’t good enough, my kids wolf it down.

To make it even easier for you to follow, I’ve even filmed a video recipe, and (the good news keeps on coming), I’m committing to a new video recipe every Wednesday from now on.

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29 May

Great BBQ Recipes

Truth be told it doesn’t really feel like June is starting on Monday, while the weather is pretty cool – it doesn’t stop me wanting to heat up the barbecue grill and cook!

I’m revisiting all my great BBQ recipes.  What I’ve done today is linked the best in this blogpost so you can return at your leisure. Read More

24 Nov

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 to becoming vegetable evangelists, and retailers on a mission.

The identical twins (for the shop, and book, are a play on words) are the best advertisement for the way of life that the book espouses. While the recipes are at the heart of The Happy Pear cookbook, woven throughout are experiences of their family, employees, and customers. Read More

10 Oct

A Lighter October

I’ve lost 17lbs since the start of September. This is a lighter October than last year or the year before.

I’ll rewind to a point last Summer where I watched “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead“; at the time I thought it was a great film (it’s available on Netflix) but I didn’t connect Joe Cross’ lifestyle to mine. After all, I’m “Wholesome” and I eat healthy food; why would I need to watch what I eat more closely? Then we went to the Aran Islands and I struggled with the climb up to Dun Aonghusa. I was out of breath, and then when I looked at photos we’d taken up the top I realised I couldn’t share them on the blog or social media.

I am so upset with myself. I am the only one who is in charge of my health and I let things get this bad. Read More

16 Oct

Breaking Bread

Breaking bread together is one of the most fundamental things we can do as a family. I believe that the basis of a good community is in the family. It is the first place where we learn to behave as a group. I believe that the basics of interaction as a community are set at the dinner table. How to care, share, talk, communicate, support and so much more. Read More

30 Jun

New Potatoes

I feel like a child at Christmas. Today is the day we get to taste the first new potatoes that we have grown ourselves.

Fresh from the ground, the best way to eat these is with a knob of butter and a crack of black pepper.

Fresh from the ground, the best way to eat these is with a knob of butter and a crack of black pepper.

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28 Jun

Pea Salad

Today is officially the last day of primary school for the summer and I’ve been stocking the deep freeze with cakes and treats for the next few weeks. I really didn’t want to be slaving over the hob for ages. This pea salad takes about 7 minutes to make from start to finish, including boiling the kettle. Longer if you add meat. Read More

23 Jun

Chive Flower Vinegar

We have a chive plant that grows in a sunny and well watered nook at the front of our house alongside some purple speedwell.  Every Winter the declines and every Spring it returns, nourished by the overflow from the gutter over the front door. It thrives so much that last year when the flowers died off the seeds spread. There are now baby chive plants flourishing in the raised beds. Read More

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