Half Marathon Training: Week 6

After last week’s 10k went so well I went into this week feeling really motivated and I had a new goal – run 11k before work. I usually run in the morning because I find it easier getting the run out of the way first thing. But I’ve never ran such a long distance before…

Ireland Staycation – Part 1

Last month my friend from Canada came over to visit. It was her first time in Europe and a great excuse to spend a few days exploring this little country of mine. She landed early on a Saturday morning and after dropping off her luggage and a restorative bagel we hit up the city. We…

Half Marathon Training: Week 5

It’s been heating up in Ireland! The last week has been sunny and hotter than usual – which culminated in a very hot Saturday for our 10km run. Luckily our beautiful route along Salthill in Galway had a refreshing sea breeze which meant we were kept cool, unluckily because we had forgotten to wear sun-cream…

“Sushi” Stacks

This is not authentic sushi but is a great quick dinner and you can change up the ingredients depending on what you have to hand. I think I came across this on Instagram but to be honest sometimes I just find random recipes on my phone that I’ve bookmarked and I have no idea where…

Half Marathon Training: Week 4

This week was an improvement on last week – I knuckled down and followed my plan. It wasn’t easy, especially my run in the rain but today I feel like I really accomplished something this week and that I’ve made some progress. Before when I ran I would look at the ground because I felt…

Food Project: Queso Fundido

Some recipes I can only make for a large gathering – otherwise I’ll end up eating the entire thing myself. So I was waiting until we had a few people over before I tried to make queso fundido – a yummy melty cheesey dip. We had a few people over for some board games and…

Half Marathon Training: Week 3

This week wasn’t as good as it should have been, instead of getting stuck into training I skipped my runs as the weather wasn’t the best. I also need to forget about trying to beat my speed for every run I do, from what I’ve been reading the thing I really need to focus on…

Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Sorry for the delay in this post – I’ve had a friend visiting the last week and didn’t have any time to update the blog! This week went well – I’ve learned that even though training for my 10km I found listening to podcasts helped, this time round I feel like listening to music improves…

Cauliflower “Rice” Bowls

While I would never turn my back on carbs totally, I have been trying to limit the amount I eat – one way I’ve been doing this is to substitute cauliflower for rice. I simply blitz up the florets in my mini food processor and then I bake it in the oven as I find…

Half-Marathon: Getting back on the Horse

A bit of a change from my regular posts of food and indulgence but I am hoping you’ll bear with me. I’ve been trying to reach my goal weight for over a year now and lately I’ve stalled in my progress. While I know that exercise won’t cancel out a bad diet I’ve signed up…

Mushrooms on Toast

This is a real “all-rounder” meal – suitable for breakfast (just maybe go easy on the garlic), lunch, brunch, dinner, supper…..you get the idea. It’s one that I have so often that I make sure I always have mushrooms, butter and a couple of slices of rustic- style bread in the freezer. My favourite is…

Cooking Project: Cinnamon Rolls & Life Lessons

An alternative title for this blog post is “I really need to calm down when things don’t go the way I want them to and to go with the flow instead of giving up” but that’s a bit long-winded. I had my family visit me today and I offered to serve brunch. I treated myself…