…and we’re back!

Just like that summer’s over & we’re back.  Back to school, work, sport and routine!  Today the ‘Evening Echo’ has published a couple of recipes from my second cookbook ‘Enjoy!’ along with some of my ‘tips’ for back to school.  I did some work on a school lunches table a few years ago which can…

School Lunches

Year on year the same resolution – ‘the kids will make their own lunches’ – but it never happens.  Until now!  I got organised and put a system in place and it’s working.  The greatest balker is of course the eldest who has been getting away without making his school lunch for 12 years now…

School Lunches

Yes, it’s that time of year again and I’ve dispatched the eldest two children back to school today.  The other four will remain at home until Thursday so I’m easing myself back into the lunch-making. I’ve yet to meet a parent who doesn’t despair at this chore and last year I put together ‘School Lunches –…

Bacon, Cheese & Chutney Quesadilla

Ranking up there with omelettes, quesadillas are, in my opinion the perfect standby.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack, quesadillas can be anything you want them to be.  This particular version is one that I’ve been having for brunch lately.  Having made a batch of Blackberry & Apple Chutney I’ve been using it on everything and decided…

Packed Lunch Inspiration

So what’s inspiring me to write about packed lunches (again)? There are three reasons: Firstly, ‘Ummera’s’ recent success in the U.K. (Three Star Gold in The Great Taste Awards) has reminded me that I had tucked away a sandwich menu from ‘Urru Culinary Store’ in Bandon, Co. Cork which reads like a 5 star menu (on…

Pitta Pizzas

Still on the topic of school lunches today I’m sharing a standby that goes down particularly well with my boys.  Pitta pizzas.  Great served hot at home for lunch or an anytime snack but equally good cold in the school lunch box.  The nice thing about pizzas is that you get to choose the toppings you like and for…

School Lunches – The definitive guide

The one thing more annoying than making school lunches is to have said school lunch make its way home again uneaten. Introduction / Reality Check The best case scenario will be that the child makes their own lunch but in my experience (10th year X 6 school lunches) this seldom happens. When I started to…