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Fast Food : Beetroot & Feta

What’s not to love here. Simple, easy, delicious recipe with video for the people who are screaming at the bloggers to ‘JUST GIMME THE RECIPE’. Enjoy!

Crumbled feta & beetroot salad.

Mixed Salad Leaves
(Dunnes Stores Ireland Bistro salad actually has beetroot in it)
-Chopped Cooked Beetroot
-Red Onion
-olive oil
-balsamic vinegar
-crumbled feta

x Sheila

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Clocks Forward for Salad Season! Baby Potato Salad. (Recipe Video)

Well now! This is new!! (but not quite)

An Irish classic potato salad is made with salad cream, no BBQ is complete without it! ⬇️

Baby Potato Salad

– Boiled baby potatoes, chopped bite size
– Chopped spring onion & chives
-salad cream
-salt & pepper

If you’ve never tried salad cream this is a throw back to 70s / 80s Ireland. Heinz or Chef are generally the salad creams we choose!

This recipe was posted before but I thought you might like it with the video too – click to play.

x Sheila

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How to Slow down in 2023 and get things done. Plus a recipe for Moroccan Beef Stew (Slow Cooker Version).

LAST day of the first month of the year already! How did that happen so quickly and what have you achieved? Or are you waiting for February to get going on that ambitious list of yours? Here’s a tip – get OFF the f*n phone. Easier said than done I know.

The Plan

For various personal reasons (one of which was being called ‘fake’) I’ve taken a step back from social media and reclaimed an awful lot of time. The ambitions are as follows:

  • Blog post once a month
    • With a catch up and a recipe, where would I be without food?!
    • This month’s recipe is Slow Cooker Moroccan Beef Stew
  • Edit of my romance novel ‘Good Enough’
    • This is well underway, basically there are some minor errors that shouldn’t be there so these are being fixed
  • Promotion of my podcast of ‘Good Enough’ novel
    • This starts today 31 Jan. Basically the podcast is complete and you can listen to the entire Romance Novel ‘Good Enough’ being read (by me!) for FREE. I just need to promote it and get the word out.
  • Continue work on the sequel to ‘Good Enough’
    • This is underway with plans to complete writing by end of 2023 and edit in 2024.
    • I am very excited about this project but as I work full time this will be slow and I will enjoy the process with intent
  • Instagram once a month
    • It used to be twitter that made my time disappear but there is no navigating that in any sensible fashion these days so I find that grand to just dip in and out of for news etc without going down a rabbit hole. Basically it’s a bit of a jumbled mess and I don’t stay there for long
    • Instagram on the other hand is just far too beautiful for her own good and a pond into which I could continually gaze.
    • What have I learned from my time off instagram? I am missing NOTHING. I am looking forward to dipping in later on this evening, perhaps creating a reel. I really like instagram but there is no need for me to visit every day. I am very interested in the accounts that I follow and looking forward to seeing what they’ve been up to. Like catching up with an old friend.

Good Enough Novel Podcast Promotion

  • My first novel ‘Good Enough’ is a feel-good romance and the recorded chapters on the podcast vary in length but on average are approximately 30 minutes. This could be an ideal listen if you’re getting out there walking or could be a good listen on a long drive.
  • You will find it everywhere you choose to listen . (PLEASE begin with CHAPTER ONE ! )
  • If you can’t find it where you want to listen let me know and I’ll see what I can do to rectify that

Moroccan Beef Stew (Slow Cooker Version)

  • Ingredients – serves 6–8
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1kg stewing beef pieces, e.g. shin
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 cm thumbwidth piece of ginger (or 1 tbsp ginger paste)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Method:
  • Peel and finely chop the onion and place in base of slow cooker
  • Peel and crush the garlic and finely chop or grate the ginger and then add along with all the spices and honey and mix well
  • Stir in the beef pieces
  • Add the tomato puree, canned tomatoes and mix well.
  • Cook in Slow Cooker on Low for 8 hours

(Good with buttery mashed potatoes or boiled rice, with a side of green beans.)

Looking forward to catching up at the end of February. In the meantime take it slow and get some time back.

xx Sheila

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4 very Easy Party Food ideas for Christmas celebrations – go on, throw a party !

Easy Party Food Recipe No.1 – Brie & Cranberry Pastry Bites

First up, these pastry bites are made with a roll of ready-made puff-pastry. You will find these in the chill cabinet in the supermarket or in the frozen food aisle (if frozen will need to defrost in the fridge overnight). Follow the instructions on the pack for the pastry. The one I used required to leave the chilled pastry out for 10 minutes before use and it comes on its own baking paper which is very handy to line the trays. Space the pastry squares out on the baking trays, make sure your oven is pre-heated. Use an egg wash of beaten egg and milk to brush around the border of each pastry square.

I made Brie & Cranberry Pastry Bites for a Christmas Party, other good combinations are red onion relish topped with goats cheese or sundried tomato / pesto topped with mozzarella

Brie & Cranberry Pastry Bites – Easy Christmas Party Food

Easy Christmas Party Food Recipe No.2 – Parma & Pickle bites

Next up are some delicious Parma, Cream, Cheese & Pickle bites – these are from a Mary Berry recipe that I saw on a show about Christmas Party entertaining a few years ago. A very simple Christmas Party Food recipe.

Easy Recipe for Christmas Entertaining, Pickle(Gherkin) wrapped in Parma with some cream cheese and herb

Easy Christmas Party Food Recipe No.3 – Parma & Pickle bites

So simple that a recipe is hardly required, just chop some basil, parma, sundried tomato and mozzarella or buy the small mozzarella balls (called bocconcini) and assemble on a cocktail stick before dipping into some basil pesto. Delicious and simple for your next Christmas Party Food.

Parma, Mozzarella, Sundried Tomato & Basil bites for easy Christmas Party entertaining

Easy Christmas Party Food Recipe No.4 – Galia Melon & Parma bites

Finally, these melon & Parma bites are really simple and tasty. I like to season them with cracked black pepper just before serving. A melon baller would be a really handy gadget when it comes to putting these together and I really like to use Galia melon as the strong peachy colour is so pretty and the taste works really well with the Parma.

How pretty do these Galia Melon with Parma bites look – another great easy idea for simple Christmas Party Food

Keep an eye on my instagram where I will be sharing more festive food ideas for the Christmas Holiday season.

xx Sheila

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Stew & Romance (would you like to hear a story?)

First the stew.

As you know I’ve taken 50 of my favourite dinner recipes and bundled them together in an ebook ‘Gimme Dinner.’ One of these is Moroccan Beef Stew.

Moroccan Beef Stew photo by Sheila Kiely
Moroccan Beef Stew by Sheila Kiely

Moroccan Beef Stew

Ingredients – serves 6–8
1medium onion
1tbsp olive oil
1kg stewing beef pieces, e.g. shin
3 garlic cloves
3cm thumbwidth piece of ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp ground coriander
1tbsp tomato puree
2x400g cans of chopped tomatoes
100ml water
2tbsp runny honey

Serve With – mashed potatoes or boiled rice, boiled green


  1. Preheat the oven to 150oC / Gas Mark 3.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large casserole pot and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes over a low heat.
  4. Raise the heat to medium, push the onion to the sides of the pot, add the beef, and brown for 2 minutes.
  5. Peel and crush the garlic and finely chop or grate the ginger and then add it to the centre of the pot to cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the ground cinnamon and ground coriander and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the tomato puree, canned tomatoes, water and honey and mix well.
  8. Cook the casserole in the oven for 2 hours with a lid on. Check it after an hour and if there are any signs of it drying out, add some more water.

(Good with buttery mashed potatoes or boiled rice, with a side of green beans.)

Next the romance.

Fridays have become my writing days. Though busy with the real job in admin I am making time for one of my other big loves which is romance fiction writing. I’ve started working on the follow-up to ‘Good Enough’ my debut romance that was just about to be published this time last year – where does the time go !!!

To write the sequel I am rereading ‘Good Enough’ to revisit my characters and remind myself of all their idiosyncrasies etc and as I started to read a few weeks ago I also started to record. What this means is that there is now a ‘Good Enough’ podcast that you can listen to for free wherever you choose to do that – check out the links down below.

Two chapters are being published every week until Christmas and I do like to think it’s a perfect read/listen for the holiday season.

Links to find the ‘Good Enough’ novel podcast by Sheila Kiely – start on chapter One :

I hope you like it!

x Sheila.