Oct 6 2012

It’s ‘The Sunday Times’ …

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Today I feel compelled to write an explanatory post about our gig with The Sunday Times. I never grow weary of hearing congratulatory remarks from friends, comrades at school, family members and even the milkman, bless his heart. But I feel like a little clarification is in order.

Incase you are planning on skipping over this blog post, because you do not care about the newspaper, I can tell you right now that you need to slow-the-heck-down and have a read. By the time you get to the end you will have 10,000 great rasons to buy The Sunday Times.

 Here are a sample or two of the congratulatory messages we have been hearing :

‘Ah, great work in The Sunday Independent. I love that paper on a Sunday now’ …

‘Hey, I saw the column with you and Ron in The Irish Times last week, great job!’ …

‘I can never find ye in the Sunday papers’ …

So, it appears that there is a bit of confusion about not only which paper we have a weekly column in, but also as to the location of our WiseWords.

I shall explain it in photos ….

But first – as only a good student might do – a quick Wiki explanation on the newspaper scene so you know which one we are writing for.

We have a weekly column in The Sunday Times, Irish Edition. We are fortunate to have this opportunity and love writing for such a prestigious newspaper.

Wiki explains …

The Sunday Times is a national Sunday broadsheet newspaper in the United KingdomThe Sunday Times is published by Times Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of News International, which is in turn owned byNews Corporation. Times Newspapers also owns The Times, but the two papers were founded independently and came under common ownership only in 1966. Rupert Murdoch‘s News International acquired the papers in 1981.

Irish edition

During the 1990s the paper developed a separate version for the Republic of Ireland. A Dublin office was opened in 1993, run by Alan Ruddock and John Burns. Originally the Irish edition extended to little more than a small number of news stories, some columnists such as Eoghan Harris, and the inclusion of Irish cinema listings and schedules for RTÉ One and RTÉ Two in the Culture section of the paper; but by 2005, a separate printing plant, journalistic offices, and many Irish journalists, including Liam FayRichard OakleyMark Tighe and Colin Coyle who write solely for the Irish edition have led to most of the main news section as well as all other sections being editionalised for Ireland.

The Irish edition of The Sunday Times is not linked to The Irish Times newspaper, which is published Monday to Saturday in Dublin.

The Irish issue sells about 140,000 copies per week across the paper’s entire circulation area, which includes a separate edition for Northern Ireland. The current Irish editor is Frank Fitzgibbon, a founder of the Sunday Business Post.

In March of this year they launched a new section called ‘Sunday’ and that is the section we have been slotted in. This section has a wide range of topics covered – all stories from Ireland about food, wine, travel, … and people. It is one of the ‘keep’ sections….we have been contributing since May 13th 2012.


The Sunday section can be found in the main bulk of the newspaper (not in the plastic wrapped inserts) near the business section




but before you get to the Sports section.



But no where near all the glossy style and culture magazines.



It is important that you know this. Really important.

Because, starting this week – first blurb is in tomorrow’s paper – YOU will be in with the chance to win €10,000 (say it slowly ten thouuuuuuuusaaaaaaannnnd euros) worth of brand spanking new kitchen appliances from Miele. They are particularly proud of their new moisture plus oven technology and can’t wait to deck out some lucky persons kitchen.

Imagine … sigh …

All you have to do is submit a recipe for The Sunday Times Great Irish Dessert off. The entrants will be narrowed down from thousands of entries (says she hopefully) down to a die-hard crew of ten.

To get a jump start on what you need to do, start by clicking on the http://www.sundayclub.ie website and registering (for free) your name and email address. Once you have decided which recipe to enter then you can upload it to that website. The competition starts on Sunday October 14th.


The ten finalists will have to make their way to Dublin (November sometime) and cook, make or bake their fabulous dessert (against the clock master chef style) and compete against each other to win the prize.



The chef and I, alas, are not eligible to enter this wonderful competition.

Because ……..

WE ARE THE JUDGES. (insert small shriek of squealing here please)

What now? A little interested are you?

Yep. I thought you would be.

So lets review the homework.

What is the name of the newspaper you will be buying tomorrow? (and every week for the next five issues at least till the competition ends and shur by then you will be lost without us on a Sunday!)

The Sunday Times.

In which section will you find the competition details and, of course, our fabulous recipe section too?

In the ‘Sunday‘ section, tucked into the middle of the main section of the newspaper.


Imagine ….  all those lovely Miele appliances in your kitchen. Ten thousand euros worth.


You have a heads up because you are here reading our WiseWords blog …. Get those thinking caps on and start planning your recipe.

We CAN’T WAIT to try it!

OH – and we will feature the winning recipe on our page too once the dust has settled, of course.

May the best dessert win!

Those are all the WiseWords I have for today,


PS – the hashtag is #MieleSTDessert

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  • Oh, hell, I think I’ll have to give that a miss unless my biscuit cake would pass as a dessert. How exciting to be judging it – that sounds like it will be good craic. Great prize too.

    • Hi Lorna,
      It is an excellent competition and we are delighted to have this opportunity
      Lorna. I can’t wait to see what kind of response we get and think it will be a lot of fun!

  • Flippin heck – best comp ever! However i have not one but 2 new kitchens in my house – can I win it for my daddy or my friend with the third world kitchen or some other person? Are the rules very strict?

    • I know…this is the MacDaddy of giveaways… I reckon if you won the competition you could do what you want with the appliances Amee….but all the rules will be on the Sunday Times paper … ya know x

  • can you just imagine! How amazing it would be! Congratulations on being judges too! No pressure 🙂

    • Hi Peggy,
      I know. I could not believe my ears when I heard it was €10,000 for one lucky winner!
      I think once the competition launches it will be fab and a lot of fun for us to
      see a whole bunch of new recipes. Looking forward to the fun challenge of choosing a winner!

  • Great post, Móna 😉 Submitting a recipe for judgement from You and The Chef is a tall order. Fabulous prize for some lucky person. Luckily, I buy and read (big shout out) “THE SUNDAY TIMES” and really enjoy your column 🙂 x

    • Ah now Colette…I am sure you could come up with something
      fabulous! Someone has to win this lovely prize ya know!
      Have a think about it. Plenty of time to mull it over and then enter
      something delicious on October 14th! Hope all is well with you guys in the East x

  • not great with deserts, how’a about a simple pavlova !!..will try to think, need to get my hands on the prize…

    • My the best dessert win. We are really looking forward to seeing the recipes
      so have a think about it for the next week or so and start practising!

  • What a fabulously written post! I think it’s wonderful that you and the Chef will be judging this contest. What an opportunity for both of you and for all the lucky finalists. If I lived over there I’d enter. Not because I have a fabulous recipe but simply for the off chance of getting to meet you and the Chef in person 🙂

    • Hi Paula,
      Thank you so much – you are such a sweetie. We are delighted to have this opportunity and can’t wait to get started on the recipe reviewing. And Paula – there is a bed here in Galway for you and your Ron anytime you want to come visit. We would have soooo much fun! xx Móna

  • Somewhat afraid to NOT read all the way, I did as I was told and chuckled as I did. I think it’s clear to me now…although I am struggling to find you in my copy of the Denver Post. 🙂

    The contest sounds fun…well, judging should be at least; way to go!

    • Hi Barb,
      Imagine … that would be one heck of a syndication of we ever made it into the Denver Post!
      This is a great competition and aside from loving the product we are excited to see the recipes and meet the contestants too.
      Hope you are well and bracing yourself for the long winter months. I have to tell you – first sip of a Negroni for me – and I was hooked.
      I will however look for the baby sister of Campari because the Chef finds the Campari too bitter and I do hate to drink alone xx

  • Now that is what I call a competition!! But maybe if you’re gonna appear in the Denver post you could maybe also make an entrance into the Telegraaf here for ease of reading. Lol. (Telegraaf is one of our national newspapers)
    Fantastic that Ron and you will be the judges for this contest.. I’m sure you’re gonna have fun doing that!

    • I know! I can’t believe it actually. It is such a massive prize for one lucky winner.
      I know you just decked out a new kitchen and all but imagine having had all
      those fab appliances from Miele to use? I can’t wait to start reviewing the recipes!

  • Mona, It’s the one paper I might actually buy on a Sunday and yesterday I saw your smiling face and himself, peering out at me for the first time! Fantastic! Let me see now, could I enter? Desserts are the realm of fantasy for me Mona, I drool over them in books and on pages like yours but hardly ever actually make one. But the Miele gear……mmmm……could be a motivating factor. Sold!!
    PS Can’t wait to meet you on Saturday and good luck sweetheart you absolutely deserve to WIN!!!

    • You know…it would be very hard to resist all that lovely new kitchen gear!
      So get your apron on….I will be watching for some sweet(er) snaps on your blog now!
      We will have a brilliant night, I am sure of it xx

  • OMG how exciting Mona! 🙂 I’m not great at competitions, but 10K on kitchen stuff is worth risking it! 🙂 Love the column Mona, It’s like sitting at the kitchen table with you, Ron & the wisettes! 🙂

    • Hi Lily!
      Yes. You have no excuse at all Lily.
      Get the apron on and start plotting your next sweet dessert!
      Hope you get a new phone soon… x

  • First, I think your voyage as a writer and Ron’s as a chef is amazing! Just amazing and utterly inspiring and I think the two of you deserve the attention and the greatness. And what fun to judge a dessert competition!! Lucky you guys! Oooh I am tempted to enter a favorite recipe but I am by no means anything more than a simple home baker who produces simple home baked goods. But as I am installing a new kitchen and as of yet have no kitchen appliances, it is all too tempting!

    • Hi Jamie,
      Thank you xx
      I have to say … this competition has me all excited.
      Imagine (and I know you can imagine all to well) winning ten grands worth of kitchen kit from Miele!
      Drool …. serious drool ….
      I cannot wait to see your new kitchen .. it will be with envious eyes I stalk your FB page xx

  • Wow amazing competition looking forward to showing my culinary skills

    • Thanks Úna – looking forward to seeing
      your recipe! Competition launches tomorrow so
      buy the paper and register with http://www.SundayClub.ie
      and best of luck to you!

  • Hi Mona, amidst the stress of assignment drafting and essay writing at University I have been brainstorming and baking in a bid to come up with the perfect dessert! I can’t wait to enter as this prize would mean so much to a young couple starting off in a new home. Just wondering when the closing date is?

    Kindest Regards,


    P.S- Congratulations on your success at the Blog awards. It was well deserved. I frequent Wise Words for inspiration or just to smile.

    • Hello Becky,
      The prize is AMAZING .. . .. best of luck to you indeed.
      I am not sure yet – but stay tuned to the weekly newspaper for more details. I will let you know as soon as we finalise the ‘bake off’ date in November.
      Thanks for the visit and well wishes!

  • Had to laugh at the fact that a guide was required for the Sunday/Irish papers! I absolutely love the range of recipes that you have covered to date – great flavours and creativity

    • Only yesterday Joanne…I got a lovely christmas package in the post and it was
      titled ‘Móna & Ron Wise, Irish Times.
      Tanks for letting me know you like the recipes Joanne…big meeting this weekend to discuss next six months food plan with them. #dreamjob

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