Where is the real coffee in Dublin?

Coffee has become like liquid gold. Coffee is an important part to most people’s start, middle and end of their day. I would describe it as a ‘craze’. A very expensive routine in most people’s lives. Having said that though, coffee is delicious and brings people together. Most social gatherings these days include coffee so… Read more »

Passionfruit and Mango mousse

This is a beautiful dessert or snack. it is so fresh, quick to make and really healthy. Ingredients ½ medium mango, peeled 300g low-fat plain yoghurt 3 passionfruit, halved Method Place the mango in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Place the yoghurt and mango in a small bowl and mix until well combined…. Read more »

Cinnamon and Banana Overnight Oats

This is a FAST, delicious and healthy breakfast. Ingredients: 40g of Oats 1 ripe banana 100ml of milk (almond milk if you’re dairy-free) ½ teaspoon of cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger 20g of raisins 20g of sunflower seeds 1 teaspoon of honey (optional) Method: Mix the banana, milk, cinnamon, ginger and honey (if you… Read more »

Blueberry and Banana smoothie and Boiled eggs

This is not an amazing breakfast, but it’s meant to be an example of a quick and healthy breakfast. I hear a lot of people saying that they do not have the time to make breakfast in the morning so the only thing they are able to do is pick up a coffee and a… Read more »

Banana pancakes

What is better than pancakes with maple syrup on top? Yum yum! I make these as a Saturday morning treat for Andrew and I, or if the week is feeling particularly long I will make them before work :) Ingredients:  3 bananas 3 eggs 1/2 cup almond butter Salt 1 tsp Olive oil/Ghee Maple syrup/honey… Read more »

Egg, Bacon and Avocado

What more can you want for breakfast? This is an absolute winner combination. It contains good fats and nutrients which will keep you full for most of the morning. Ingredients:  5x eggs 4x bacon rashers 1x avocado Method: Scramble your eggs. Fry the bacon rashers up until desired texture is achieved. Cut open the avocado,… Read more »

Meatballs and spinach

Can Meatballs and Spinach REALLY be a breakfast? We are so used to breakfast being classified as cereals, toast, yogurt, croissants, egg, bacon etc. However, the food that you consume should be packed full of nutrients and it should fill you up until the next meal. Sadly most of the cereals and even the muesli/granola’s/spreads… Read more »

Grain-Free Granola

Granola is one of my go to breakfasts. I make a big batch which lasts about two weeks for two people eating about 3x weekly. Granola Mix: 800g 3x Nuts of choice (eg. almonds, cashew, pecans) 200g of mixed seeds (eg. sunflower, pumpkin) Dessicated coconut Raisins Optional: Choc chips Salt Sauce:  Honey Coconut oil Vanilla… Read more »

Curry Recipes

The love for curry in my home has originated from my dad, who still to this day, will make himself a curry for dinner about 2-3 times a week. The same chicken curry, over and over, with slight variance in heat, but he loves eating his chicken curry and that’s great! When I got married,… Read more »

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

Ingredients For the Crust 24 Oreo cookies-finely crushed 1/4 cup unsalted butter-melted For Cheesecake Filling 900 grams cream cheese – room temperature 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar 3 Tablespoon cocoa powder 4 eggs – room temperature 280 grams bittersweet chocolate-chopped For Chocolate Topping 3/4 cup heavy cream 170 grams bittersweet chocolate – finely chopped 1 Tablespoon granulated… Read more »

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    This is your normal bolognese mince, but with a gourmet hearty twist. Don’t let the word g.o.u.r.m.e.t put you off – give it a try, it is not difficult and I think you will welcome the flavour burst you create through using these added ingredients. Ingredients: 500g Beef mince Pasta, shell shaped Olive oil, 2… Read more »

  • Week night dinner: Chicken soup

    We are avid Master Chef fans, and the goal of all sauces, jus, and broths is to extract as much flavour from them as you can. This means no packet sauces and no flour to make a thickened feel! It means doing it the natural way, and this means making use of all of the ingredients and treating… Read more »

  • A new season. A new experience.

    One of the reasons that Andrew and I came to Ireland was for both of us to get a head start in our careers – we are both working hard at moving forward in the fields that we studied. (IT and Psychology) Andrew is thriving in his career, and I have had an interesting time… Read more »

  • Hearty Sausage Stew

    You know those meals that leave you feeling happy all over while eating and after eating it? Those are usually an indication that they probably not that healthy for you, but this one isn’t too bad. When I was growing up my gran would make her famous sausage stew, and THAT is what I felt… Read more »

  • Why we eat Hot Cross Buns at Easter

      When I think of Easter I smile because it is a time that brings family together. In some families they will spend time together reading and reflecting about the Easter story; having easter egg hunts, spreading butter on hot toasted hot cross buns, and laughing together. In all of this have you ever thought… Read more »

  • A traditional South African dish: BOBOTIE

    What is Bobotie?  Bobotie is a delightful South African dish that is filled with beef mince, spices and aromatics with an egg topping. It is a favourite in most South African homes, and it is traditionally served with a side of yellow rice with raisins in it. Why is it a traditional dish? It’s commonly… Read more »

  • Greek Evening!

    As a family we LOVE to cook! Sometimes just so that we can try a new cuisine, we will turn our whole evening into that cuisine, hence the title GREEK EVENING. One day Andrew sent me a link to an authentic Greek guy called Akis Petretzikis (His name is SO Greek! He’s the real deal… Read more »

  • South Africa’s Hottest Food trends for 2016

      Top Trends for 2016: 1. Organic Growth for Clear Label: ‘Clear label’ established itself as a key trend in 2015, with greater transparency and the focus on simpler products with fewer artificial additives taking the concept to the next level – there is a greater desire for pure foods and less gross chemicals! 2. Free-From… Read more »

  • Sugar cookie recipe

      This recipe is sweet, but not too sweet, and light, rolls perfectly, bakes nicely, stays soft, freezes well, decorates great,…and of course it’s pretty easy! Ingredients: 3 cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I use clear) About a half hour before making… Read more »

  • Baking problem tip 1: Wax paper vs Parchment paper

    You might be thinking that this is a bit of a strange topic to write an entire blog post about? I join you there! But what has sparked this post is that if I had a penny for everytime I have been grumpy towards the wax wrap that has melted onto the bottom of my… Read more »

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