Cathal's Creamy Tomato and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Cathal pasta bake

When someone else offers to cook dinner I always accept, so when my five-and-a-half year old asked if he could I thought it would be giving a bad example not to let him. Together we chose a recipe that (a) he would eat and (b) he would be able to…

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A Spiderman Party for a Five Year Old Superhero

We’ve had two birthday parties in this house (Yes, actually in this house, our attempts to outsource either one this year were met with derision) in the last two weeks. There have been many, many small boys and girls running and bouncing around the place (and off the walls). I…

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Banana Pancakes with Three Ingredients 

Pancakes. My favourite breakfast. Well, blueberry pancakes are. But two weekends lately the grocery shopping hadn’t been done by Sunday morning so there were no blueberries. I panicked. I cried. I surveyed the fruit bowl. I’d tried banana pancakes before, 2 ingredient ones that my sister loves, but frankly they…

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Cooking with Kids: It's not all about the cupcakes

  “Dad of five and Ireland and Munster Rugby legend, Ronan O’Gara is leading out the Ben’s Beginners programme, which seeks to encourage Irish mums and dads to get cooking with their children, and nurture a lifelong love for wholesome food. Ben’s Beginners believes that when parents and children move…

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Carrot and Courgette Muffins

I’m always on the lookout for things that I can make to put in the kids’ lunchboxes that go to their minder, or for school on “treat” Fridays. These carrot and courgette muffins have gone down great here, and are a good one to get the kids to help out…

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Quick and Tasty: Courgette Carbonara

This is a very regular feature on our dinner landscape, it’s tasty, it’s eaten by the whole family (including babygirl now too) and it’s on the table in under 15 minutes. If the kids are hovering I employ them in grating the courgette and mixing the parmesan and egg together.…

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Pear Pudding

Having reviewed Fay Ripley’s “What’s for Dinner” I promised myself that I’d try the Pear Pudding recipe so I finally got to last weekend. I posted a photo on Facebook and Twitter and the requests for the recipe rolled in (OK there were three, but in my terms that’s a…

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Quick Fix: Pesto Pizza Slices

I’m always looking for quick and easy lunches, but it’s hard to get the three year old to diversify from a ham sandwich or ham wrap. He know what he likes and sticks with it. The boys are big pesto fans, their absolute favourite dinner is “pasta pesto”, and I…

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Quick Tomato Soup

Happy New Year, hope the resolutions are still intact and that you’re ready to give 2014 your all. To start the blog rolling this year I’m sharing a very quick and easy tomato soup recipe, made using tinned tomatoes. The resident three year old refuses to eat any vegetables, yet…

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Smarties Cookies

I’ve written about the chaos that can ensue when I bring my children to the supermarket, the running up and down the aisles and the general mayhem. One of the things that they beg for are the bags of cookies in the bakery aisle as you go in, the smell…

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