What could a year of simplicity mean for YOUR life?

December 7, 2013

ooking back the Summer holidays around Christmas 2008 were a huge turning point in my life. I’d been blogging as a hobby for a few years and loving it more and more. My mum had died suddenly a bit over a year before and I was finally ready to start writing a cookbook of her […]

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How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks*

December 3, 2013

y Dad has never been much of a cook. Tea, toast and the odd batch of porridge (oatmeal) on a frosty winter morning is all I can ever remember him preparing in the kitchen. So after my Mum died, needless to say, I was worried about him on many levels. How was he going to […]

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3 Reasons to Invest in a Set of Kitchen Scales + an Unusual & Super Delicious Cake

November 18, 2013

ne of the most common questions I get asked from Stonesoup readers is to include measurements for cups and spoons with my recipes. My response is always to politely suggest that they invest in a set of kitchen scales. If you’re already one of the kitchen scale ‘enlightened’ then skip on down to this week’s […]

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My Number 1. Tip for Stress-Free Entertaining

November 11, 2013

bout a month before Fergal was born we decided to have a few friends around for dinner. And even though it was a lovely evening I was kicking myself, metaphorically, for most of the night. You see, I’d broken my own cardinal rule of entertaining. And boy did it come back to bite me! I […]

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Are You Wasting These 7 Vegetables?

November 4, 2013

or the longest time, I’ve dreamed about buying a little farm. I can see it in my mind so clearly. There will be an olive grove, a little vineyard, an orchard of nut trees and another of citrus. And pride of place will go to a big walled veggie garden. We’ll have chickens of course. […]

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6 Reasons to Love Lentils

October 29, 2013

grew up on a sheep farm. My mum was an awesome cook and definitely passed on her sense of adventure in the kitchen to me. But all in all we were very much a meat-and-three-veg type of family. I’d never even heard of lentils until I saw Neil from the ‘Young Ones’ talking about them. […]

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How to get started cooking for yourself

October 29, 2013

hen I was little, I remember being in awe of my mother’s cooking talents. And while I loved her lamingtons and her legendary lemon meringue pie, the thing that used to really amaze me was the nights we’d have meat and veg for dinner. Getting so many parts ready so they were all cooked at […]

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The World’s Best Garlic Press?

October 23, 2013

here’s something I’ve been meaning to share with you for a while. It’s about my policy when it comes to freebies. You see, as my blog readership has grown, so has the number of emails I get from PR and other companies offering to send me free samples of ingredients, books and kitchen equipment. In […]

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12 Clever Ideas for Eating Dairy-Free

October 16, 2013

o I have a bit of a weird fetish. I’m always interested in experimenting with different diets. Mainly because I’m curious to understand how changing what I eat changes the way I feel. But also because I want to understand what it’s like for people with allergies who have no choice in the matter. When […]

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Is Red Meat Good for You?

October 7, 2013

I just want to preface this by saying there are many excellent reasons to become vegetarian. Especially cost and not wanting animals to die in order for you to live. I get it. And I fully respect you if you choose not to eat meat for any reason. So if you’re happy not eating meat. […]

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6 Reasons to NOT Count Calories

October 1, 2013

t least once a week or so I get an email from a reader requesting the calorie count of one of my recipes or a suggestion that I include it at the bottom of all my recipes. My response is always the same. Thanks for your suggestion, but I don’t believe in counting calories. And […]

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Like to win a FREE place in the
Healthy Meal Method?

September 30, 2013

YOU can win one of 5 FREE places in the Healthy Meal Method program! Here’s how to enter… 1. Watch the FREE training videos over here: www.thestonesoupshop.com/healthy-meals-free-training/. 2. Leave a comment below the video telling me the story of how you will embrace the Healthy Meal Method and the difference it will make to your […]

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September 24, 2013

his week I’ve got something a little different for you… When I started preparing for my upcoming program, ‘The Healthy Meal Method’ at the Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School, I took the time to interview some of my existing students. One of the things I love about online classes is that my students are literally from […]

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How to Reduce Your Sugar Intake
(even if you have a super sweet tooth)

September 18, 2013

‘ve been thinking about sugar lately. A lot. When Fergal’s Irish grandparents were here I was fascinated by how much sugar his grandpa ate. One morning granddad polished off a bowl of rice bubbles (krispies) with 3 teaspoons of sugar. Washed it down with some tea with another 2 teaspoons and finished it all off […]

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How I Stay Healthy

September 11, 2013

ecently I was chatting to my brother Dom and he asked me ‘when was the last time you were sick?’ I had to think about it for a while. And I honestly couldn’t remember. There has been a few runny noses and some pregnancy related tiredness. But since becoming a full time Stonesoup employee, back […]

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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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