The Dinner Files- Ellen from Bumps and Roundabouts


Today’s interviewee is Waterford woman and mum of two small boys, Ellen from Bumps and Roundabouts. With two under 3 and doing an amazing job supporting her eldest who has ASD and is on a special diet Ellen is an inspiration to us all, let’s see what her dinners are like!


Tell us about dinner time in your house- what time is it, where do you sit, who is there?

Dinner time is very unpredictable here. It will change depending on what time Clayton is working and what we are having. As Aidan is gluten and dairy free I often make his dinner before ours. It is usually somewhere between 5 and 6pm.

How do you get dinner on the table in the evening ?

We share the dinner making. We each have our ‘signature’ meals – for example; I always make the curry and Clayton always does the Shepherd’s Pie.

Do you meal plan or do you decide on the day what’s for dinner?

I plan out all the meals for the week but I don’t necessarily stick them to specific days. Meal planning definitely saves us money and stops waste.

What dishes regularly appear on your dinner table?

Shepherd’s pie, pasta dishes, lasagne, curry – I try to vary it every week but you can be guaranteed of pizza!

What dish is guaranteed clean plates all around?

Shepherd’s Pie. We make a gluten and dairy free one so everyone can have it.

What’s your favourite quick dinner solution?

Stir fry or curry. Chicken, veg, sauce and rice – done!

What’s your favourite junk-food dinner?

Pizza! I think I was Italian in a past life

Are there ingredients or dishes that face complete refusals at your dinner table?

Sweetcorn – no one in the house will eat it.

What is your own, all time favourite dinner?

My mom’s spaghetti bolognese – I don’t know what she does differently but it is so much nicer than mine!

Have you any tips to share on getting the family fed?

Meal planning helps to avoid the mid week ‘’what do you want for dinner’’ discussion.

Who’s washing up?

We have a dishwasher but before that it was always Clayton’s job. I will do everything else in the house once he sorts the washing up.


Thanks for taking part Ellen, a lot of your favourites are on our list here too. I love that you talk about having a “signature dish” I am definitely going to call mine that from now on! I agree too that the “what do you want for dinner” conversation should be avoided at all costs.

One Comment

  1. Thanks for such kind words Sinead Completely missed this going live. Thanks again for including us 🙂

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