Category Archive for: ‘food’

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    Allow Yourself to Be an Amateur

    In this world of success, and experts… of people looking for their big break, of five steps to stardom and instant celebrity… of Pinterest perfection and Instagram insanity… amateur is a dirty word. We all want to go pro. To prove our expertise. And in […]

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    Strawberry Spirals

    Whisking fresh strawberry gelato, the whirring beaters twirl, turning ice crystals to smoothness. Round and round, spiralling. The taste of perfumed sweetness in my mouth. These fruits of love have been with me a lifetime. Since toddling days, when I had a reputation as being […]

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    Passion in Colour – Food, Books and Art at Ballymaloe LitFest 2015

    This weekend is the 3rd annual Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine – to give it its full title – LitFest to friends – foodie heaven, jam packed with inspiration round every corner and yumminess on every plate. It’s a place where I […]

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    Revolutionary Eating

    There are THINGS in my kitchen. Things I am not sure about cooking with… or even pronouncing for that matter. That I am having to learn how to use: Teff flour. Xanthan gum. Xylitol. Quinoa flakes. Stevia. Tapioca flour. And those little seeds that soak […]

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  • Joy Pockets: two dreams in one week

    Last week was one enormous joy pocket, two dreams come true, and so I am departing from the normal Joy Pockets format to share them with you. When I was a little girl, aged 7 and 8,  I used to play by myself in the […]

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  • Hairy guacamole, Batman!

    So there I was, sitting in a bath of vegetable blobs when I thought, maybe this is not such a good idea. If I had a penis I would have just poured myself a tequila half an hour ago. Because a man, if he sees […]

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  • Kitchen Alchemy of a Yummy Mummy

    When I’m feeling sad and blue.Or just don’t know what to do.  I step up to the hob, my pans a-gleaming Setting them going bubbling and steaming Roasts and risolles, soups and stew Frying, grinding, braising too Spices and herbs to heal my woes Garlic […]

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  • Those infamous words: let’s make a gingerbread house

    We are totally addicted to Masterchef in this house – a TV cooking show where the contestants are pushed to the limits of endurance, before having their dishes picked apart by the odd couple of Michel Roux Jr, and Fat-Boy-who-the-fuck-is-he-anyway-Greg-Wallace. But I always say, that […]

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  • Pin-tastic creative ideas

    Welcome to the July 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family CreationsThis post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared crafts, recipes, and philosophies of creativity. Please read […]

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  • Summer is here! Let’s celebrate!

    Today is June 1st, and the official start of summer – (Hello sun! Please stay!!!!!) and with it comes lots of creative beauty – the world is in full bloom, and, so it seems am I. June is my birthday month and I am planning something […]

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