All about me

Food & Romance writer

Please scroll down and click on images to find out more about the books I’ve written and all about me…..

Gimme Dinner : 50 Great Dinner Recipes published in September 2022 and ready to view on any of your devices.

‘Good Enough’ Dubut Novel 2021 – Click for Link to View

‘Good Enough’ is so much more than a story. The elements of food, music, fashion and home are all brought to life on accompanying social media platforms for a tactile reading experience like you’ve never had before. Enjoy a feast for the senses as you interactively engage with this story written for the modern world.Sheila Kiely EnjoyCover

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

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We live in Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland and I work with my husband Denis in our Food Safety Consultancy business (Industrial Management Systems) and we have six  grown up children.

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 thoughts on “All about me

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. 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. 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

    1. 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

  7. 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!


  8. 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!

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

  10. 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. 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

  11. 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. 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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