Simmerings


Emotional Eating – Desolate

Emotional Eating – Desolate

 

My daughter and her husband are embarking on a great adventure, emigrating to Vancouver.My head says this is a great idea, their lives should be filled with lots of exciting activities – they already know how to design a great,...

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Emotional Eating – Virtuous

Emotional Eating – Virtuous

 

Emotional eating has such a negative connotation, but I thought it’d be interesting to really pay close attention to that concept and see which food matches which emotion. So, for starters, let’s focus on “Virtuous” – usually comes on...

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Naturally Gruesome Goodies

Naturally Gruesome Goodies

You’ve got to pick your battles, and doing a no-sugar Hallowe’en is probably beyond the measure of most of us. However, you can choose not to fry their little brains with crazy food colourings.

Our headstones are made with Oreo cookies...

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The Right Start

The Right Start

 

I had a very interesting experience the other day at a meeting with somebody who had done some design work for us. When I first met Aileen, she was pregnant with her third child, Oscar, who is now 17 months old. Oscar was along and we...

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Cookery Classes – Who Needs Them?

I found myself in Kinsale – arguably the good food capital of Western Europe – this week at the Kinsale Gourmet Academy. The night was an introductory night for a 6 Week Cookery Course. Truthfully, I was just taking the opportunity to...

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It’s a Date

It’s a Date

 

So, friends are coming to dinner and you want a dessert that ticks all these boxes
□ A dessert without sugar
□ Really fast and simple to make
□ In season right now
□ Doesn’t cost a whole lot
□ Looks intriguing and enticing
□ Taste is...

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Tea Totally

Tea Totally

Tea Totally

I must confess that I never expected the huge level of interest in our recent venture of providing Afternoon Teas at Ardgillan Castle. Nor did I expect there to be as much interest from the men as there has been. So, I’ve...

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Hot or Not

Hot or Not

 

I’m not sure why it is that we’re not great in Ireland for eating chilled soups. Our weather is not that bad, we’ve even had a few great summers in the past decade. It feels like we miss an opportunity for using surplus vegetables –...

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Oh Jack Bushy

Having had an embarrassing number of different career incarnations, I was a very late entrant to the world of food. It astonished me to discover just how hard kitchen staff must work. It is not just the job itself, but working long...

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Purslane Power

Purslane Power

Apparently this absolutely delicious leaf has been cursed as a weed until relatively recently. I’ve eaten this as a very simple salad and can’t wait to ensure a continuous supply for myself. The Purslane was dressed with an organic...

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