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Pasta Masterclass at Jamie’s Italian

Pasta Masterclass at Jamie’s Italian

We were incredibly lucky to be invited by Jamie Oliver’s Irish business partner to visit their restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, in Dundrum, to have a pasta masterclass with their chefs. Even though Jamie obviously wasn’t going to be there, it was an amazing privilege because he was a major inspiration for us to start this blog after watching his TED talk […]

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  23rd November 2014   No comments
Tesco Launch Wonky Veg Initiative

Tesco Launch Wonky Veg Initiative

Tesco Ireland have recently announced they will soon start stocking ‘wonky veg’ for their customers. What is wonky veg I hear you ask? Well, apparently every year millions of kilos of fresh veg is thrown away or used as animal feed if they are classified as being irregular in shape or size. Tesco will trial […]

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  8th October 2014   No comments
What has gone wrong with our daily bread?

What has gone wrong with our daily bread?

  I’ve known for a long time that the majority of the packaged sliced bread that you buy from the supermarket, especially the white variety, is not good for you but it took an episode of River Cottage to ignite my passion for real bread. In the episode, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall explained exactly what goes […]

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  8th October 2014   1 comment
Bored with breakfast?

Bored with breakfast?

Mornings always seem to be chaotic in our house no matter how much prep we do the night before or no matter how early we get up! Then there’s breakfast… how is it that we seem to settle having the same breakfast cereal everyday but we wouldn’t dream of having the same lunch and dinner […]

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  7th October 2014   2 comments
Plan B – Indoor Market

Plan B – Indoor Market

Our three kids (and an honorary Saucepan Kid!) were meant to take a stall at the popular Strandhill People’s Market in Sligo yesterday but unfortunately it was cancelled late the night before due to a forecast of bad weather. The kids were absolutely gutted. They had spent weeks preparing various up-cycled craft but what was […]

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  18th August 2014   2 comments
Vegetable treasure hunt

Vegetable treasure hunt

  Every year we try to plant out some vegetables in our beds. However unlike other years, this summer we had a big problem in our garden. Rabbits!! Yes, they’re really cute and lovely to look at but after you see 12 bunnies demolishing any new vegetables coming through, they quickly lose their appeal! After […]

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  10th August 2014   No comments
The Sugar Series – Part 1 The facts!

The Sugar Series – Part 1 The facts!

Sugar is the reason we started this blog. We watched a Jamie Oliver TED lecture a couple of years ago and were so shocked at the level of sugar in the diets of the average child, we felt compelled to start blogging. Halloween has been and gone and we are surrounded by sweets in our […]

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  20th July 2014   No comments
10 things to do with your kids this summer

10 things to do with your kids this summer

So school has been finished for over a week now. Who’s hearing ‘I’m bored’ already? I don’t know about you but I was really looking forward to the kids being off, the not rushing out the door or daily lunchboxes but we seem to be more busy now than when school was on. In fairness, […]

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  5th July 2014   No comments
Review of Donal Skehan’s HomeCooked Tour

Review of Donal Skehan’s HomeCooked Tour

Last night we took the Saucepan Kids to see Donal Skehan‘s Home Cooked Tour in Sligo. He’s launching his new cookbook ‘HomeCooked’ and is travelling Ireland cooking up tasty dishes from the book. Our kids love watching him on Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube and on RTE as he’s so lively and funny (their words!). The stage for […]

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  4th November 2013   3 comments