Bloomsday

Today is the 16th of June, otherwise known as Bloomsday.  It is the day on which James Joyce’s profoundly influential book, Ulysses is based.  Ulysses is the story of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus and their movements through Dublin city over the course of one day and it is widely regarded as the greatest novel … Continue reading

Rhubarb Muffins

What is there to say about Rhubarb? It’s by definition a vegetable, it has poisonous leaves and it’s roots are used in Chinese medicine as a laxative.  (Less about bowel issues please, this is a food blog not an advice column on digestive maladies).  Rhubarb is lovely.  That is all.  Here is a recipe for … Continue reading

Eat like an Italian!

I have a great fondness for Italian food.  I think it has an integrity to it, an honesty that celebrates the provenance of it’s origins and this is something that all food producers should take seriously.   My husband and I spent a few years travelling and working overseas on cruise liners before we got … Continue reading

New Year Food Resolutions

At this time of the year the media is awash with “New Year New You” type campaigns, telling us all we must lose weight and get healthy.  This can be helpful and unhelpful in equal measures.  While eating more fresh fruit and veg and cutting down on processed food are certainly positive steps, we shouldn’t feel bad about … Continue reading

Apple Bran Muffins

After some ferocious indulgence in chocolate over the Easter, here’s a little health kick in the form of apple bran muffins. They are a handy breakfast on the go and a great way to get fruit and wholegrain into fussy little people. 275g wholemeal flour 50g wheat bran 100g brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder … Continue reading

Easy Muesli

It is so often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet it so often gets forgotten. I’m a big fan of breakfast, whether it’s a big stack of American style pancakes with syrup oozing seductively down the sides or an indulgent and always satisfying full Irish. Most days however, elaborate … Continue reading