• Kitchen Therapy

    Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

    I have been making these vegetarian sausage rolls for a couple of years now and they are a big hit in our house. To be honest my husband, who is a fully-fledged carnivore always says that he prefers them to regular meat sausage rolls! There is something about the combination of flavours including the subtle chewy texture from the addition of chopped nuts that make them absolutely mouth-watering. Again like most things in the kitchen they are very easy to prepare – you will have them in the oven in 20 minutes. I promise! And remember you always have the freedom to change around the mixture of vegetables you want…

  • Relationship Matters

    Don’t Try To Outdo Your Mother – Trust Me You Will NEVER Win!

    Have you ever been in a conversation with your mother about your experiences of motherhood and how tough you found it at times before she stopped you in your tracks to remind you of how much tougher it was 'in her day'? Yes, sound familiar? Exactly how far do you get before she stops you? For me, I generally don't get past the hospital when I went in to give birth before she interjects. And something that I have come to learn from having these conversations with my mother is that I will NEVER win. She will always trump my experience. Whatever hardship I feel I have endured, you can…

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    New Year’s Resolutions – A More Realistic Approach

    So it’s that time of year again, where we have all been stripped bare of the Christmas festivities and merriment and are left standing with nothing but a proverbial mirror in front of us. We had the tree, the decorations and the jollities to hide behind – there was a continuous flow of reasons to eat, drink and be merry and it was fantastic. For at least a week we could suspend reality and get lost in the ‘magic’. But then the New Year hits like a thunderbolt and all of a sudden there is an almighty crash back down to earth – the decorations all come down and the…

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    Beating The January Blues

    I’m blue. In fact I am so blue I am navy. Yes I’m suffering from a severe case of the January blues. And the strange thing is I have heard about them but it has never really affected me before, or at least not that I can remember. But for the last week I have been walking around like Charlie Brown, head down, feeling glum and majorly down in the dumps. And I really wish it would lift.

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    A Time For New Beginnings

    Well, we made it. We have come through and made it to the other side and most importantly, survived Christmas. How was yours by the way? I can honestly say with pleasant surprise that not only did I manage to "get through it" but I also ended up really enjoying it (something which has proved to be quite challenging for me in recent years). Yes, thanks to the actions and at times inactions of others, without planning it I had a lovely time and I can't believe I am saying this but am slightly sorrowful to see it pass.

  • Kitchen Therapy

    Traditional Irish Soda Bread

    I always find making my own bread so rewarding - there is nothing like the smell that comes from the oven as it is baking. It envelopes the entire house and is completely mouth-watering. On top of that it only takes about ten minutes to prepare. If you have buttermilk in the fridge I highly recommend giving it a try, you will not be sorry. We often have it with soup or simply as a snack with butter and plenty of jam - absolutely delicious! I often send a slice off in my daughter's lunch box as an extra snack and it is always gobbled up. I hope you enjoy!

  • Kitchen Therapy

    Winter Warmer Vegetable Soup

    I make this soup on an almost weekly basis these days because the weather is so damp and cold and it is such a fantastic way of helping to warm your insides! Plus it is packed full of vegetables and nutrients so it is especially good if you have little people in your house who push the vegetables around on their plate at dinnertime telling you how much they hate carrots and broccoli. As long as you keep the quantities relative to each other, you can put almost any vegetable into this soup and it will taste great. I guarantee it! My daughters love it with fresh rolls, in fact…

  • Relationship Matters

    When Grandma Comes To Stay (And All The Rules Go Out The Window)

    I don't know about in your house but in ours my husband and I have now established some very set ground rules when it comes to our two little girls. They are aged 4 and 2 and at this stage we know all too well what (a) will set them off, (b) make them giddy and hyperactive, and if they get too much of it will (c) make them act out and answer back. For them such things include:

  • Relationship Matters

    You Know You Don’t Always Have To Ask Me First!!

    Have you ever felt like you are parenting every member of your household - husband included? We have definitely had a couple of discussions lately about the fact that I am getting frustrated with the feeling that I have to take charge with everything in our home. For example I know when milk is running low, I know when clothes need to go into the washing machine, I know when the dishwasher has run out of salt and rinse aid and I know exactly when my daughter has to go to the toilet just by looking at her. But I've started to realise lately that although I may know a…

  • Kitchen Therapy

    Nut Loaf

    For all you vegetarians out there you will understand the beauty and deliciousness of the nut loaf! And for those who are not but looking to try something different, this dish is brimming with flavour and texture and packed full of nutrients! I kid you not. Again it is so resourceful because you can use whatever nuts you have in the cupboard at the time or are your own personal favourite - there are no set rules with vegetarian food! Give it a try - you won't be sorry :-)