Halloween (Part III). Food for thought.

IMG_1522In case you haven’t got it yet, I love Halloween! Actually I love anything that requires a mixture of food, decorations and an excuse to be creative (not that we need an excuse). And yes I love Christmas too so watch this space, but I promise I won’t get on to that for a few weeks yet!

So after you have carved the pumpkins you need to decide what to do with the pulp. This is a recipe for a very simple soup that requires very little work. The nuts give a lovely flavour as well as texture. Continue reading

Halloween (Part II): We scare because we care!

IMG_1320I know lots of countries have their own traditions and celebrations around this time of year. Here in Ireland we celebrate Halloween in a uniquely Irish historical context. The festival was first celebrated as a pagan festival back in 100 AD when the Celts marked the season of Halloween or ‘Samhain’, an old Irish word meaning the ‘end of Summer’. The belief was that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life. Continue reading

Halloween…(part I) It’s a grave business

IMG_1275I’m not sure about around you but around where I live Hallowe’en is taken seriously!

In the past I have shamed myself: putting out a few meager pumpkin specimens with (almost) smiley faces, while my neighbours put in a huge effort. Continue reading

The keys to the (future) kingdom were finally ours.


keysFinally it had come to pass. The dilapidated house was going to be ours and it was time to hand over our house to its new custodians. To prepare for the first night in our rental home where we would stay while building work was carried out, I had packed an overnight bag for each member of the family. Continue reading

Iron on griddle iron: seared sirloin with garlic soy infusion.

rusty ironBear with me on this one, you are probably wondering why on earth I would have a photograph of some rusty iron as a header. Well it’s because this week I have had a craving for some iron, my body telling me that it needs this particular type of fuel. And this piece of rusty iron is staring at me every day, right from my kitchen window, on my neighbour’s house. Continue reading