Plum Pudding

Ah the trusty Christmas Plum Pudding; love it or loathe it it’s been around since Medieval times and is unlikely to go out of favour anytime soon.  I remember my first foray into Pudding making, it was the year after our first son was born and I was full of homely, maternal ambition.  I was … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie

  So Halloween is upon us; fright night, the festival of the dead or Oiche Shamhna if you like. It’s a Celtic festival that marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of Winter.  Shops have been selling pumpkins by the shed load for the last few weeks and while many say this … Continue reading

Cherry Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

  A few weeks ago we celebrated Father’s Day and in honour of the super Dads in my life, I cooked up a three course lunch of gargantuan proportions.  To me, memories  are made of Sunday family feasts and I love feeding the three wonderful fathers in my life; my own dear dad, my father … Continue reading

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

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If your house is anything like my house this morning then it’s like a post-apocalyptic, chocolate wasteland.  There are half eaten Easter Eggs EVERYWHERE! The smallest child came into our bedroom this morning at sparrowfart (translation: far too early) to rummage in a sock drawer where he had stashed some of his haul.  Arrival downstairs … Continue reading

Lamb and Red Wine Stew

Ah stew, what could be more comforting than a big bowl of homely goodness.  My go to stew has always been the somewhat well known steak and Guinness variety, thanks in no small part to my appearance on TV3’s Angelina’s Home Cooks.  Earlier this week I really, really wanted stew and didn’t have the required … Continue reading

Thinking Outside the Lunchbox

We’re now heading into the fourth week of school and many of us are struggling to come up with healthy, inventive, appetising lunch box meals for our little ones.  Sandwiches are the safest bet but can be pretty tiresome.  It’s really hard to strike that perfect balance of healthy and appetising, a total minefield when … Continue reading

“Bressie’s Top 5 Tips for Positive Mental Health”

Originally posted on Wellanicity:
This weekend myself and three of the girls travelled to Dublin to attend the inaugural “Wellfest” health and fitness festival that took place in the leafy, affluent, suburbs of Herbert Park. I had intended that my post this week was either going to a recipe, which I had already drafted, or was going…

Apple and Pecan Muesli with Warmed Maple Milk

I’m always messing around with muesli combinations and when I hit on this one a few days ago I was a very happy lady.  The blend of nutty pecans, fresh apple and maple syrup are an unquestionably harmonious trio.  Bring them together with some warm milk (a taste sensation reminiscent of  being a child on … Continue reading