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Gimme the Recipe & Enjoy! – two cookbooks by Sheila Kiely

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We live in Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland and I like to write about food and sometimes travel.  I work with my husband Denis in our Food Safety Consultancy business (Industrial Management Systems) and we have six children aged 23, 21, 20, 20, 18 & 18.

Yes, there are two sets of identical twins and my life is very busy!
As there are 8 mouths to feed – most days – I have a practical approach to cooking.  The kids are sporty and with the ferrying around that involves combined with working full-time, I don’t have a lot of time to prepare weekday meals.  For day to day cooking everything has to be readily sourced and not off the richter scale in terms of pricing so I usually shop in my local supermarket.

With the kids growing up we’re starting to get away and travel more so I’ve been writing a lot more about that lately.

My first recipe book ‘Gimme the Recipe’ which is a collection of my favourite tried and tested everyday recipes was published in March 2012 with Mercier Press and my second recipe book ‘Enjoy!’ is jam-packed with all the food I love.  I am not a trained chef, I am a regular busy working mother doing a constant juggling act.
These recipes are for everybody, if I can do it, you can too.
x Sheila

Here’s a link for ‘Gimme the Recipe’  my first book – published in 2012.  My second book ‘Enjoy!’ published in 2016 is available online now and in bookshops.

& below is what some of the press, food bloggers and chefs had to say…. including Darina Allen !!!!!!!!:


‘You might not be able to have it all but, with Kiely’s recipes, I’d say you can certainly make a decent stab at cooking it all.’ — Fiona Kelly The Sunday Business Post 20120318

A fresh and practical approach to home cooking…The recipes are easy to follow and Sheila Kiely takes a practical and realistic approach t the cookery methods – busy people prep as they cook and do not have a chopped/diced/cubed or grated onion magically on standby.’ Galway Advertiser 20120315

Fresh and enthusiastic… — Roz Crowley The Irish Examiner 20120323

“…a fresh and practical approach to home cooking” EasyFood 20120501

“… it inspires confidence and makes you feel you can certainly whip up anything you fancy…” — Lara Bradley Sunday Independent Living 20120422

‘…terrific cookbook…repertoire of recipes that nourish and delight… I particularly loved the chapter on planning family gatherings and parties at home.’ — Darina Allen Irish Examiner 20120428

“I was very excited to get my hands on Sheila’s book” — Nessa Robins Westmeath Independent 20120512

“…a saviour for busy working mums.” — Joe McNamee Irish Examiner Weekend 20120512

“the go-to-bible for easy-to-follow-recipes” 20120801

‘Unpretentious, approachable and the results speak for themselves. Highly recommended.’ 20121211


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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne-Marie says:

    Hey Sheila,

    Have just made the hotpot, well, it’s in the oven while I try wait patiently for it to cook! I think it’s turned out ok so far. The proof will be in the eating. Thanks again for the receipe. AM. xx

  2. Deirdre Horgan says:

    Hey Sheila, this looks great, I didn’t know you were doing it. Only had a quick look but the photos are beautiful! Enjoy Orlando. Dxx

  3. Wendy says:

    Hi Sheila, I too am a mother of six, 24, 23, 20, 19, 14 and 10.
    Older ones away during term time, but all at home for holidays! I find big batch cooking helps a lot, and frozen in individual portions, then no matter who comes or goes (student accommodation!) they all have ‘home-cooked’ meals, and even Hubby knows how to use the microwave!!

  4. fiona mcguire says:

    Hi Sheila, my lovely friend (and your cousin-in-law) Joanne passed me details of your blog and I just had to write to tell you how much I love it. Every single recipe looks delicious and sounds mouth watering – i’m hoping to find time to test a few out one day soon. As a working mum with a toddler and another one on the way, I am in awe that you find the time to write a blog what with six busy offspring.
    I met you at Joanne’s wedding and couldn’t get over your boundless energy – must be all that delicious food. Had to tell you that your blog is just fabulous and makes me pine for a trip to Ireland. Thank you for all the dinner party inspiration and kids lunch box tips. Keep ’em coming!

    1. sheila kiely says:

      Hi Fiona and thank you for such positive comments. Great start to my day 🙂 As my kids are well beyond the toddler phase now (yougest boys are 9) it’s a lot easier to find time now than when they were smallies (& I’ve also developed very selective hearing over the years!) Congratulation on your impending arrival, Sheila

  5. Raymond Sicignano says:

    Hello Sheila!
    I check out your blog at least once a week to see what’s cooking (and baking). Your bagels looks delicious. Growing up in Brooklyn, we had bagels every week on Sunday. As you know, the key to a great bagel is the water and New York water seemed perfect for bagels. I’d love to try a Cork bagel! Keep up the great work.

    1. sheila kiely says:

      Thanks Raymond. Delighted to hear that the blog is holding your interest and that you are coming back for more! 🙂 Sheila

  6. speltforchoiceblog says:

    Hi Sheila, lovely to meet you again this weekend. Told my husband about your book so it’s added to the list he’ll be buying over the next few weeks. Hope it’s a huge success for you! Marian

    1. sheila kiely says:

      Ah, thanks so much Marian for taking the time and trouble to find my blog and indeed to leave a comment. I really enjoyed the Food Writing course and found that the day flew by. Great to see you again. Sheila

  7. Hey Sheila,

    Just wondering when you book is out and if you have any link to it?



    1. sheila kiely says:

      Hi Dermot, great to meet you at Ballymaloe last weekend. ‘Gimme the Recipe’ is due to hit the bookshelves in early March. I’ve placed a link to the book in the ‘About’ section now, thanks for asking 🙂 Sheila

  8. Air Ambulance Ireland Fundraiser.
    Rathmore & Taste of Kerry Food Fair & Family Fun Day. On Sunday 20th May 2012.
    At Teach Iasagan Rathmore Co, Kerry 12-6pm

    1. sheila kiely says:

      Thanks Michael, I will add to the Festivals listing this week, Sheila

  9. Aishling Madigan says:

    Hi Sheila, just heard about your blog & book at an SQT office meet-up last week. Congrats!! I am in awe! Look forward to trying some recipes! Best of luck!


    1. sheila kiely says:

      Thanks Aishling 🙂 Sheila

  10. Henrike says:

    We are delighted to welcome Sheila in the Galway Cakery Cafe in Moycullen where she will be doing some cooking as well as signing her new book!

  11. kathleen downey says:

    hi sheila i looking for a light but delicious choc cake recipe for my dgt 7th birthday , have you a recipe? thanks kathleen

    1. sheila kiely says:

      Hi Kathleen,
      I’ve a recipe on the blog that I use for the kids birthday cakes, it’s also in the book. I usually add some fresh raspberries into the cake mix as I love the combination and it makes it nice and moist. Here’s the link: Enjoy!

  12. Olivia Hurley says:

    Got your book last week & absolutely love it! Have made 6 or 7 of your recipes to date and each of the was a success… I love the fact that I have pretty much all the ingredients needed in my kitchen already or can substitute something I have for an ingredient I am missing. The recipes are practical, quick and delicious. As a first time mum who is heading back to work soon I think your book will be invaluable. Best cookery book I have bought in a long time (and I love cookery books!)

    1. sheila kiely says:

      Hi Olivia. How lovely to read your glowing comment today. This is a book that I feel really passionate about as it writtern primarily for myself and people like me who love food and love recipe books yet don’t have the luxury of time to seek out obscrue ingredients. Every recipe was made using ingredients from my local supermarket and I’m a great believer in substitution. Delighted that you’ve tried so many recipes already and wish you all the best with your return to work. 🙂 Sheila

  13. Ruth McManus Taheny says:

    I too am a busy working Mum, my friend loves your recipes & gave me your cook book. I have used your cookbook & my kids make & love your brown bread. Thanks
    Ruth (Sligo)

    1. sheila kiely says:

      Hi Ruth,
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. I’m delighted to hear that your kids are hands on with the cooking / baking too, every little bit helps! Sheila

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