Hello fellow food lovers,
Recipes below for a few excellent dishes. The Paella is hands down one of my favourite dishes. I can’t wait for the next bite! The secret is in the rice believe it or not, so give it a whirl!
This is the longer and unedited version of our weekly column in The Sunday Times (August 12th 2012)
Hope all is well,
A few recipes from our weekly contribution to The Sunday Times. I have to say, all three of these are worth printing out and sticking on your fridge for year round dining pleasure!
This is the longer, and unedited version from August 5th 2012
Thanks for reading WiseWords,
Well, I am back. Slightly sore from my first 10 k walk of the academic year but made it in brisk time and feeling electrifyingly alive as I sit here tapping on the typing keys. Yes, I realise if you are a runner you will laugh your butt off at this ‘fast time’ of mine.
But yet smugly I sit here.
While out walking I was forced to listen to snippets of conversations, as I walked behind or infront, of those I encountered along the way. Should you be a writer of fiction, I would take the following little snippets and use them as a prompt to write the next BIG BESTSELLING novel you have been waiting to write. (They all have legs).
Drunk bum drinking buckky along the canalside walk-of-shame murmuring and muttering something about the next big game. You motioned to me toothlessly, and I smiled back with half a grin, knowing sooner or later, you’d be paying for your lifelong drinking sin.
The Daddys pushing puschairs with toddlers running behind you in tow, you’re walking along the waters edge – keep an eye on the kids you know! Yes the waters nice and calm today, but Galway weather changes without notice you see – so keep a hand on those little ones – or you’ll be hearing from me!
The beautiful Russian redhead – mid forties it would seem, stroking her belly blossomed, as if to sooth it – we might deem. But talking on the phone, in English – so strained and sad – it seemed like she was fighting with the unborns (possible) Dad. She mentioned wanting to kill him, it seemed a threat we wives know all to well. I’m sure it was the hormones as her baby belly swells.
The yummy mummys at the cafe .. o’er looking their Range Rovers parked out front. I envy the luxury of time you have, and hope someday to pull that stunt. It’s funny though, I noticed, with all the luxuries of cars and prams abound, not one of you was smiling …. you seemed sad with lipstick frowns.
And finally on my way back, sweat dripping on my brow, I paused to say hello my friend, to ‘Laurence-the ladykiller’ as he sat on his boats bow. ’Stay and have the tea with me’ … says he luring me in like he’s known to do…
‘No Laurence I must run, late for class and my first day too’.
This ends my observations for today … but scroll down for a few photos please.
After my walk … I went to fill up my water bottle and was so (not shocked at all) dismayed to see the same tired old food in the canteen.
I am back in college – looks like it will be a 30 hour week of class and tutorials.
I am trying to stay cool, calm and collected and not freak out over the work load that is ahead of me and hope that I can get my head in the game and start back to studying with a bang. The Chef bought me some very comfortable ‘gear’ and I am glad to see he still has a sense of humour over loosing ‘me’ for the academic year.
Meanwhile, back at Chez Wise … the kids are back to school also and so absorbed in their own world of drama (apparently there is very little ‘golden time’ in school this year – now that they are all older and have to actually ‘work’ in class!) that they have not really noticed I am not there. This is all thanks to the support of my husband and mother, of course.
Ok – back to work I must go. If you are out buying the newspaper this Sunday (September 9th), then buy The Sunday Times please. We have a recipe for Blackberry Buttermilk Buns in our weekly column that will knock-your-socks-off.
Hope y’all are doing well and still trucking along xx
Horseradish and marmalade glazed chicken thighs, tomato salad and peach cobbler. (The Sunday Times weekly column. July 29th 2012)
Hello fellow food lovers,
Here is the longer, and unedited, version of our weekly contribution to The Sunday Times newspaper.
Here is a few excellent recipes for summer suppers. First, a very easy recipe for chicken thighs. Find a friend that makes excellent marmalade and beg like crazy till she gives you her last jar. Then use it all up and forget to invite her over for dinner.
Have a read when you have time and if you are having a ‘wrap up summer’ party then these three recipes are for you!
Thanks for reading and incase you missed the big news we are delighted to have been nominated in three categories for the Blog Awards Ireland 2012. We are delighted to be on the long list and wish all the bloggers the best of luck!
Thanks for reading and enjoy the recipes,
Maybe I have writers block ….
Because everytime I sit down to write … one of my four munchkins comes in and BLOCKS me from what I am trying to do.
(The HSE does not allow us to put photos of our two foster kids on the blog which is why you only ever see two kids. The other two are gorgeous, happy, health, smiley girls. Picture it, ok?)
Someone around here is ALWAYS within one minute of ‘dying of the hunger’ so we try our best to keep a lot of vegetarian food ready to go. If they are really hungry – they will eat it and love it and come back for more.
A new favourite of the children’s is grated beets (raw) on their salad. They also like ‘em roasted in a bit of bacon fat.
When we let them off their leash and take them in to town for a bite to eat they are making fairly smart choices. At least no one is begging to go to Mickey D’s anymore Chef!
I did not think they would eat this – but they did. And now they want it every day.
I made these ‘extra’ hot so they would not like ‘em … and that backfired too.
The chef has one of the best – and easiest – recipes for rice pudding. This one will make a great breakfast treat for the kids when the weather turns cold.
This is one of my favourite images. I know it is in B & W … the colour one looks HIDEOUS.
First time making Paella – the Chef makes the best darn dinner we have ever had. The secret is in the rice. Run out and buy The Sunday Times today. They have the recipe.
I know. I still do not like – or eat – chocolate. BUT, I am told by many that this is the best brownie ever.
We are delighted to have been long-listed in THREE categories for this years Blog Awards of Ireland and I cannot tell you how freaking excited this makes me. I know the lists are indeed very long and the chances of making it to the short list are very slim – but let me tell you folks – it is the best feeling in the world just to be nominated.
Thank you readers for making this my favourite place to be, right here, in Blogtopia.
Those are all the WiseWords I have for today, ’tis Sunday after all!
Oh – PS. The book sales are going very well. If you are still looking for a copy Kennys.ie offers free shipping worldwide!
Hello fellow food lovers. Here is the unedited version of our Sunday Times Column piece from July 22nd 2012. A few excellent recipes for Mexican summer salsa and guacamole and a tried and tested recipe for a delectable perfect spongy pavlova.
Enjoy the recipes – click on the image below .. and do not forget to visit www.Mymexicanshop.ie for all your Mexican culinary adventures.
A few more photos below to tempt you is all …..
Remember me? I have been buried alive since June 30th under house guests. Mostly little people (ten of them under the age of eleven). This Friday, the last of our house guests will leave and we will be ‘free’ for the rest of what is left of ‘summer’.
We will return to regular blathering and recipe sharing and storytelling at that point. The image below is of a few roasted n’ stuffed peppers we had last night. There are two leftover and I am getting ready to heat them up with a poached egg for breakfast. If you hurry – you can have one.
In the meantime you should know that this makes all the difference in the world to the current state of my kitchen floor.
My brother, who according to the children is ‘taller-therfore-seems-older-but-is-really-younger-than-MOM’, is here
wreaking pure havoc vacationing with his two adorable children little monsters and so far he has crashed and rebuilt my network, killed and rebuilt my iMac and upgraded and downgraded and backed up everything we own. I am in such a tizzy over it all and can’t tell you if I will ever be able to figure out HOW THIS WORKS – but everything is moving SO MUCH FASTER I feel like I should quit caffeine.
Last week, a friend of mine from Plate2Page workshop came to visit. She took A LOT of gorgeous photos that will feature in our second book. She also ‘upgraded’ me and now I am using this. I have never used anything like this. It is a whole new world of learning for me but because everything moves A LOT FASTER around here now, I am using it in every room of the house at any given second. She also gave me a serious tutorial in how best to use photo processing software and how to make the best damn Quinoa salad we have ever had.
Recently, we dined here. It was good – but don’t go running there for supper just yet. Give me, and them, a few weeks to let the dust settle and I will give you a full and lovely report. In the meantime though, feel free to stop in to their lovely bar for a pint.
The children had burritos for dinner last night. Above image was taken after several beers were consumed and still managed to look fabless.
It seems, that Mexican food is A HUGE hit with us Irish people. So far, with our weekly column in The Sunday Times – we have had the best response to the Mexican grub. Honestly – I can’t blame y’all.
In the words of Dora-the-explorer it is DELICIOSO!
Ok – off to make breakfast for all the noisemakers.
Last cute image of this blog post is brought to you courtesy of Ms. Rory Belle aged 2 ish … we call this ‘vacum face’. This was the face she used to make everytime I turned on the vacum cleaner. This tells you NOTHING about how clean or dirty my house was. It meerly just sheds light on the fact that our toddler had an aversion to loud noises … and who am I to scare the bejeezus outta her?
Recipes from last weeks Sunday Times column will follow later today if I can figure out how to use my new mouse!
Those are all the WiseWords I have for today . . .How is your summer going?
The above ‘closing question’ is merely just to pay tribute to one of my favourite funny female bloggers.
Hello fellow food lovers,
Please find below the longer and unedited version of our weekly contribution to The Sunday Times newspaper for the week of July 15th 2012). We have included a few recipes for a sweet potato seafood pancake with a Korean dipping sauce and an excellent recipe for Gooseberry fig rolls. I hope you enjoy giving them a whirl!
On a side note … and hence my ‘quietness’ on the blogging front, two of my siblings are here with their children. That makes for ten kids under the age of eleven being underfoot for the last week and for some of next week too. So everything revolves around them and the current level of starvation they all seem to be experiencing at any given time throughout the day.
BUT wait readers – I have not forgotten about you. Next week, my good friend Simone from Junglefrog cooking blog is coming to visit us and I CANT WAIT to see her. She is going to take a few days worth of photos for our second book (The Chef & I … with kids) so if you are watching our Facebook page or Twitter stream you might be in for a little treat. If you are living in Galway and want to come help out then leave me a comment here on the blog and I will contact you and give you an idea of what/when/where etc.
The book sales are still trickling in. We have not broken even yet but are happy at the steady pace things are flowing in at and expect by Christmas we will have sold close to 500 copies. Maybe more? Have you bought the book? Did you like it?
If not, well now is your chance! The hard copy can be found (free shipping worldwide folks) right here at Kennys.ie and the eBook can be downloaded right here. Have at it. Let me know what you think please.
The weekly chore of churning out a piece for The Sunday Times keeps the Chef hopping here at home. He is branching out and starting to take an interest in several different styles of cooking and I can’t say there are any complaints here at home. “More please’ is all we hear from the kids.
So there you have it, crazy kid chaos here at Chez Wise with ten kids but they are happy to be together so we just sit back and try to deafen the little girl squeals (6 girls and four boys) as best we can.
I hope your summer is going well, drop me a comment and let me know how y’all are doing!
Click on image below for The Sunday Times Column piece.
A few weeks ago the lovely folks at Lisloughrey Lodge offered us an overnight getaway for two.
The winner is ….. the lovely Dianne McKeown from Donegal.
Congrats to you and we look forward to meeting you on Thursday July 26th 2012 at Lisloughrey Lodge for the Great Gourmet challenge dinner.
And now a few photos from the Galway Garden Festival that was held at Claregalway Castle this weekend.
Ok – thanks for playing along in the competition and stay tuned.
More WiseWords will follow during the week.
Hello fellow food lovers,
Here is the longer and unedited version of our weekly column with The Sunday Times (July 8th 2012).
Enjoy the read and recipes,
I am a native Galway girl that seems to be drawn to professions that rhyme with 'err'. Writer, Mother, Restauranteur, Wedding Planner, Dishwasher, Grass cutter, Cocktail maker. I suppose you could say I am a well rounded entrepreneur.
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