Birthday Treats!

September 4, 2013

ast year my Birthday was one of those inconvenient ones with a ‘0’ at the end. The type of birthday which warranted a trip to Denmark – on the other side of the world. The type of birthday that called for a long boozy lunch at, Noma, the best restaurant in the world (at the […]

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What’s the best oil for cooking?

August 26, 2013

he other day got a great question via my ‘Stonesoup by request’ survey. It also included a lovely compliment. So of course I was compelled to put it to the top of the list of topics to write about (I’m human after all!)… What’s the best oil for cooking (olive??): I’m confused about the temperature, […]

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3 Tricks for Leftover Ingredients

August 20, 2013

ne thing I find really annoying are recipes that call for using small amounts of perishable ingredients. You know the type I mean. Recipes that leave you with half a bunch of parsley, a few tablespoons of goats cheese or half an avocado… Apart from being annoying, these leftover bits tend to end up getting […]

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Should You Be Fasting or Is it a Fad?

August 13, 2013

ou know when you haven’t thought of something in ages. Or perhaps there’s something that you haven’t heard of before. And all of a sudden you’re hearing about it everywhere… Well that’s been happening to me a lot lately. And the topic ‘du jour’ is fasting. My obstetrician, my Irishman’s boss, even one of my […]

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Quick Announcement and a Favour…

August 8, 2013

The Announcement! I’m super excited to announce that I’m working on a new online cooking course! I’ll have more details soon but in the mean time I want to make sure I’ve covered everything. That’s where you come in… The Favour I have a couple of questions. Any chance you could help out? Great! Just […]

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2 Golden Rules for Substituting Meat & Fish

August 6, 2013

s you’ve probably guessed from the ‘variations’ I include at the bottom of my recipes, I’m a huge fan of ‘tweaking’. Unless I’m testing recipes for a book or my online cooking school, I rarely cook the same thing twice. There are many benefits to being a chronic ‘tweaker’. The biggest is I rarely feel […]

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Are Canned Beans Safe?

July 30, 2013

f you’ve been following Stonesoup for a while or if you’ve read my print book 5 Ingredients 10 Minutes, you’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of canned legumes in my cooking. What can I say… I’m a huge fan of lentils, beans and especially chickpeas. And while I often used dried legumes and […]

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16 Clever Substitutes for Going Gluten-Free

July 23, 2013

t the risk of sounding a bit nerdy here, one of the habits I’ve developed over the last few years is to choose an area in my life to focus on or experiment with each month. Sometimes it’s something I do on my own but often I’m able to convince my Irishman to join me. […]

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10 Quick Questions…

July 16, 2013

ne of the biggest sources of inspiration for my musings on Stonesoup is the Stonesoup-by-Request Survey I setup earlier in the year. Or questions that come in via email. The thing is, I’ve been blogging for 7 1/2 years so there’s a whole heap of tips and recipes that if you’re a new reader, you […]

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A Few of My Favourite Things…

July 10, 2013

[NOTE: The images are some of my favourite recipes at the Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School. Click HERE to find out more about my online classes.] often get emails asking for recommendations for blogs similar to Stonesoup. Without trying to be arrogant, I haven’t really come across anyone else focusing on super simple, healthy 5 ingredient […]

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‘Legume’ of the Week

July 2, 2013

‘m not a huge fan of celebrity chefs. Although I do love a bit of Heston and Jamie and of course Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, I find the whole chef tendency to over complicate cooking a bit off-putting. But there is one cheffy technique that I do love and embrace frequently. I’ve written about it before but […]

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It’s a …

June 28, 2013

o Stonesoup is coming to you a little bit late this week. But I have a very good reason… Yes. It’s a BOY! Fergal St. John Brennan was born on the 21st June. If you’re into the baby stats he was 4.5kg or 10lb and 53cm long. Yes a BIG boy. I seem to have […]

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25 Healthy One Pot Meals

June 18, 2013

ast year I took an online business course. One of the things I found super valuable was that we were encouraged to buy a book called ‘Strengths Finder‘ and take a test to discover what our strengths were. Anyway one of my key strengths is that I’m a ‘futurist’. Which basically means I’m always thinking […]

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Want Healthier Meals?
3 Ways You Can Makeover Dinner…

June 17, 2013

Editors Note: This is the first ever guest post to be published on Stonesoup! The words and photos are from my friends Kathryn & Lucy, authors of ‘An Honest Kitchen‘. e all have meals we love, the ones we look forward to, crave even – comfort meals. But so often these favourite dinners are neither […]

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Do you make this mistake when combining flavours?

June 11, 2013

ne thing I’ve found a little disappointing about being pregnant is that I haven’t had any really weird food craving. This probably sounds a little silly but I was secretly hoping to be stuck with the urgent need for ‘peanut butter and pickles’. Or something even more bizzare. Early on in the pregnancy I did […]

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Can Chocolate for Breakfast be Healthy?

June 5, 2013

he other day my cousin-in-law, Moira, posted a super cute picture on Instagram of my cousin Josh and their son Dan with the comment ‘Wondering if hot chocolate at breakfast time is a bad idea…’ If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking that Moira is right and chocolate for breakfast isn’t so healthy. But […]

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How to cope with different taste preferences or allergies without cooking separate meals

May 28, 2013

little while back I got a great question from Kelsey, a Stonesoup reader. Kelsey writes… Okay, so I live with my boyfriend, and I really enjoy eating healthy (spinach, avocados, beets and goat cheese, etc.) but my boyfriend is really just interested in the meat and carbs in any meal! He won’t eat it if […]

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Are you making this meal planning mistake?

May 21, 2013

henever I talk to people about their frustrations with cooking, meal planning is always one of the most common responses. How about you? Is meal planning something you’re happy with? If your answer is ‘YES’ then skip down to the recipe below and I’ll see you next week. If on the other hand your answer […]

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Meal planning in 2 minutes per week?

May 14, 2013

ave you ever wanted to get more organized with your meal planning? Have you taken the time to sit down, decide what you’re going to eat, then written your detailed list? Then gone shopping with the list and got everything you need? How did that work out for you? I’m guessing if you’re anything like […]

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9 Lessons from the 4-Hour Chef
+ How I came to be in Tim Ferriss’ Latest Book

May 7, 2013

ot last October but the one before, I happened to be in Melbourne at the same time as Tim Ferriss. I’d ‘email-met’ Tim online via a mutual friend and had written a guest post for his blog. So I was delighted when he agreed to meet for a drink. I’ve been a massive Tim Ferriss […]

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