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Healthy Taco Fries & My Top Surf Films for this Weekend

So guys last week has got the be the best cracker of a new year I’ve ever had. After an amazing Fraoch Yoga New Years retreat in Galway (check out the post here), last week was topped off by doing my first ever live cooking demo on TV3 with the lovely folks at Ireland AM. So for the chilling January week that’s in it, here’s the tasty, but not so naughty taco fries recipe that I made for Ciara and the boys. It’s the perfect healthy fakeaway for a night in and here’s my top 10 surf films to get you motivated to get in the water for the New Year! Read More

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A Great Tool for a New Approach to the New Year

 

Happy New Year! How was your Christmas? Myself, I was working a lot on the run up and right after, but the day itself was a wonderful low key affair. My mom and I had a tasty breakfast, a long walk on Mullaghmore Beach and some fantastic chats about the tough year  just past and our optimism for the one to come.

walk essentials, hot punch, wool throw and waterproof mac

walk essentials, hot punch, wool throw and waterproof mac

Read on for to hear about a delicious Christmas and the amazing tool to set you up for 2017. Read More

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Props & Tonics – 5 Tips for a happy healthy life in 2017

I’m going to start with a little negativity to move on with some guns blazing positivity.
2016 was a plonker of a year. There was serious health problems, personal upsets and the deepest loss I’ve ever felt. Goodbye 2016, party’s over, please leave. On the flip side this was the year I got my first book deal, completed a lifelong dream of doing a culinary arts course, lived for two months in the Canary Islands and got my little dream apartment by the sea. One of the things I realised as 2016 went on though and all the crapola started to get to me, is that I needed more of what my dad calls “props & tonics” for a happier healthier life in 2017. Read More

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Kombucha – Look after your gut this Christmas

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year for tasty treats, parties and (for me anyway) a few hot ports. All of this can leave us feeling a bit bloated and lethargic to say the least.  Christmas has come early for me this year in the form of a kombuch scobi. What on earth is a scobi you ask?  Read More

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Get up & Gofio – A Gluten Free Superfood for Breakfast

 

Normally I shy away from the word “superfood”, I think food marketing folks use it to deceive innocent shoppers. They’re like “add this mysterious green powder to your breakfast and you can eat all the shite food you want to all day after that”. To me a superfood is something that a) bolsters my diet in some amazing way – like physillium husks for fibre, chia seeds to replace eggs, coconut oil for, well, everything – or b) keeps me full for a long time. The combination of being a little person with an active metabolism and living in a cold climate means I’m fairly hungry a lot of the time! Read More

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Speculaas – A New Christmas flavour to spice up the holidays

You know the feeling you get when you get new clothes, a new video game or master a new sport? Well strangely enough, I get that feeling from tasting a taste I’ve never tasted before. Of the top of my head the “normal flavours” I would have encountered with my family meals as a child were – Italian, american, indian, french and a little Mexican.

Sometimes I feel like I get stuck in a bit of flavour rut, so I get very very very excited when I figure out how to use an new ingredient. The star of the hour? Mace! Read More

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Aquatic Fright – My Top 5 Sea Scary Films for This Halloween

So myself and my friend Aoife have great ambitions for our costumes this coming Halloween, but with a few days of parties coming up, that’s quite a few hours of costume prep.

How on earth will we occupy ourselves?

Firstly we might have a go at these witches fingers from the Happy Pear (video here) and then balance out our nerves with a Zombie Cocktail from Jamie Oliver (video here). Read More

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#WATOBER – What it is? How do I get involved?

So hopefully if you’re reading this post you’ve already found my two previous posts from last year explaining #watober (but if not follow the link here and here). But here is the gist anyhow, welcome.

Last year before starting to work for myself I had been a year out of college, desperately looking for work in my area of study and totally confused about what was going to happen next. Would I emigrate? Work a shit minimum wage job? Change profession entirely before my career had even really kicked off? I had had to move home to my mothers house after many years of independant. I was stone cold broke and still paying off the loan for the masters degree that had yet to land me any work.

Happy days all round.

I’ve always liked to take a relatively proactive approach to feeling crappy, so on this particular morning (which just so happened to be the first of October) I drove to the gym. Which at the time was my main source of sanity and did a fairly intense workout. The trainer and I had even previously discussed how we thought the gym was a great source of natural antidepressants.

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last year’s posts with numbers and cameo animals

But for the first time ever I felt no different afterward. Zip. Nada. Sweet F all. Driving home I wracked my unhappy brain. What else makes me happy? What else keeps me calm?

Easy.

The Sea. Read More

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Solo Living – A New Gaff for a Happy Brain

 

I’ve done it.

I’ve taken the plunge and signed a lease on an apartment all on my sweeny.

Will I be able to feed myself? Will I be able to sleep with all the lights off? Will I rock back and forth in the corner due to lack of human contact? Or become a crazy cat lady 50 years early? Read More

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Where Have I Been? Where Am I Off To & a Delish Rice Bowl Recipe

Hello lovely folks. It’s nighttime and I’m writing this by candlelight (because the light fixture is broken, and also because its bohemian and such) and listening to my new favourite thing, Seasick Steve.

I’ve been trying and trying to have a new blog up each week, but sadly it’s just not possible yet, fingers crossed for the winter as I’m planning on a lot of exciting recipe testing in the coming months.

So a little, but not a lot, on this week just gone before I get into the tasty recipe! Read More