Beef and chorizo stuffed creamy cannelloni

Ingredients Beef stock 5% lean mince 800gPassataTinned tomatoGarlic OnionMushroomWorcestershire sauceRed wine vinegarPaprikaMixed herbsChilliTomato sauce Cannelloni tubes - I used 16 for a portion serving two adults and two kids White sauce - (milk 500ml,garlic,onion,butter & flour(50g of each) ,nutmeg optional) Cream garlic granules White cheddar grated -optional     Method To make the beef and... Continue Reading →

Patatas bravas and crispy chicken strips bowl.

INGREDIENTS AND METHOD Chicken strips Panko breadcrumbs 1 egg Onion granules Garlic granules Paprika Tumeric Chicken thighs Mix all the dry ingredients into the Panko breadcrumbs. Flatten the chicken slightly with a meat mallet or whatever comes to hand and then cut into strips. Dip the chicken into the egg, then the breadcrumb mix, spray... Continue Reading →

Shellfish paella

Who doesn't love Paella, it immediately reminds me of sunny Spanish days or indeed rainy days like today in Ireland during the Covid 29 lockdown. We were due to fly to Majorca yesterday but thar wasn't meant to be so instead I decided to bring a little Spain to our dinner table. It's a dish... Continue Reading →

Homemade crispy chicken drumsticks

IngredientsPanko breadcrumbs (half a bag for approx 12 drumsticks) Lemon pepper (you can get this in most shops I get mine in Tiger or Mr. Price) 3 tablespoonsOnion powder 2 tablespoons Garlic powder 2 tablespoonsTumeric 2 tablespoonsPaprika 2 tablespoonsSalt 1 tablespoon EggRapeseed spray oil I use my airfryer to cook these and honestly they are... Continue Reading →

Mondays meals #21 Beef stroganoff

Ingredients Lean beef piecesRed onionGarlic clovesButton mushroomsPaprikaTumericGarlic granulesWorcestershire sauceBeef stockBasmati riceGreen vegetables MethodBrown off the meat in pan for few minutes with a little shake of garlic and paprika as it browns on a medium heat.Remove beef and add chopped onions, garlic and  mushrooms with a little water and rub the beef juices off the... Continue Reading →

Parental leave reflections

It's been a Summer of very little time watching, of later mornings, of wearing pyjamas a-past 8am, of the luxury of snuggle times in the mornings. Downtime has been a treat that we have fully overindulged in. We took complete advantage of not having to partake in the morning rush. No dragging ourselves out of... Continue Reading →

First day of school wishes

Day one in the next chapter of their life story has come to an end. Eyes are being rubbed with knuckles and soft yawns escape their lips, as the enormity of the first day of school leaves its mark on my two beautiful children. They someone seemed taller today, as if they grew a foot... Continue Reading →

Leaving your twins behind in NICU.

Today is the 24th of July 2019 and five years now since our twins left the NICU unit and we were finally reunited at home. What a five years it has been, full of love, laughter, tears( what five year olds don’t occasionally butt heads) but most of all a overwhelming feeling of contentment and happiness. I don’t know does the worry ever fully leave after nearly losing them during my pregnancy, being born at thirty five weeks and having a stay in NICU which a few days in took a frightening turn but thankfully all was ok in the end. But today looking back at this day five years ago when my daughter came home and the twins were finally reunited ,it was out first day on our own in our own home and I will never forget the look we both shared as we stared down at these tiny babies. We were completely and utterly in love with them but petrified like all new parents are. We were solely in charge of raising two tiny babies, moulding them ,encouraging them,building them up and having lots of adventures along the way. I wrote earlier in the week about the age of five and it really is a coming of age to the world of “kid” . Those five pounder babies have done a huge amount of growing up over since this picture was taken. The fear that bubbled away inside is a-lot dimmer now, it does knock every once in awhile, it might make things seem a little worse than they are, but I do feel that is a side affect from the worry and stress from the preemie days.

That feeling is easier to dampen down these days, to silence, because looking at our two healthy and happy children playing together side by side reminds me how lucky I am to be their Mam. Life is precious and fragile, every day is a gift not a given and we will make the most of every second we have together xx

DodeestoDaquiris

I wanted to be with them, needed to be with them, to hold them ,feed them ,tell them I was their Mammy .

But I couldn’t , my husband was with them in NICU , I knew he was minding them for me, I desperately wanted to go to them but I had to rest after a C-section delivery. I tried to get out of my hospital bed several times as soon as I was out of recovery post delivery, to somehow manoeuver myself out of it, but the pain was nothing like I had ever experienced before. Whoever said C-Sections were an easier birth obviously never had one, I’ve written about my feelings about birth here. Soon enough the overwhelming need to see my babies, my teeny little newborn son and daughter and the want deep down to be with them,such already was the loneliness deep within my empty…

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