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Its February .. the month of love and no sugar!

8 Feb


Dry January got off to a spectacular start and continued as such for exactly 14 days and 16 hours … then a rat strolled across our yard as nonchalant as you like, I could be mistaken but I think he was smoking a cigarette – YES he  was THAT CALM!

What followed was the freak out of all freak outs on my part and after a brief draining of blood from his face a very calm taking control of the situation by Dave! Rats are one of my biggest fears in life, second only to death and in joint place with falling and breaking all my teeth, so as you can imagine I wasn’t too happy seeing one in the middle of what had been a lovely afternoon. Mr Rat, as the neighbours have taken to calling it (they had been watching him for a while it seems .. no, I don’t understand this either) had eaten all our chillies and was probably heading for the capsicums which were starting to rot in the sun. Dave disposed of all our veggie plants in one swift movement, laid poison, set traps and poured me a glass of wine. There really was nothing else for it, the only way to stop me crying was to have me drinking!

The rest of January although not strictly dry was very restrained until Australia Day which became a 4 day weekend of immeasurable fun lubricated with various alcoholic beverages … Oh the fireworks! The laughing! The fun!


And shur then it was February ….

I started reading about going sugar free in earnest after Christmas, my main source was Sarah Wilson’s blog and e-books. Any fans of Masterchef Australia may remember Sarah presented the first series, she has an autoimmune disease as do I so this really interested me as she claims to have healed herself and lost weight by cutting fructose and wheat from her diet. It was something I had been thinking about for years so I decided it was finally time to give it a shot. So from Feb 1st I have not eaten any fructose including that in fruit and avoided wheat as much as possible, I am doing really well! My tastebuds have recovered to such an extent that a glass of full fat milk now tastes deliciously sweet!

This week I joined the local library, it was such a shock to see how high tech libraries have become its a long way from the stuffy little place we used frequent in Arklow in search of Roald Dahl & Enid Blyton books! For one thing the books check themselves out these days, you can keep them for 21 days, there’s dvds too and its not quiet AT ALL! My main reason for joining was that I wanted to read another book on giving up sugar called Sweet Poison by David Gillespie, Sarah Wilson refers to him as an inspiration. The book is incredible, I read it in 24 hours (it would have been less but I had to keep stopping to get into the pool and sleep) and would recommend it to anyone interested in health, the food industry, why we are getting fatter, heart disease, cancer, diabetes or just looking to expand their knowledge base (in other words info-hungry like myself!).

I’m not going to try and convert everyone but if you have ever wondered why humans are doing more exercise than ever but getting fatter, eating more low-fat/light products than ever but getting fatter and why this has all come about in our lifetimes this subject is worth looking into!  Oh and don’t worry I will be eating fruit again in a few weeks, I am detoxing totally first then I’ll start eating it again.

Are you wondering what I am eating? If so let me know and I’ll do a post on a few meals ….

Today I made these rice paper rolls, very simple and filled with all sorts from the fridge such as peanut butter, courgette/zucchini, cucumber, carrot, capsicum/pepper, fresh coriander, last night’s roast chicken, avocado (of course!) …I’ve munched on 3 as I’ve been writing this! Other filling ideas are cold rice, noodles, meats, prawns really anything works as long as its not liquidy.  Great with a simple little dipping sauce of lime juice, tamari (soya sauce) and chilli …


Of course February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day falling slap bang in the middle of month! I just love love and not just the romantic hallmark flowers and chocolates sort but the real life best friends, sisters, parents, family, being there for each other, knowing you are not alone in this big bad world sort of love! In the past few weeks I have come across some really beautiful stories that I want to share … if you’re a Hurley get the Kleenex out ..

Bill and Shelley: Their love story 

The Race Grows Sweeter Near its Final Lap 

Ada Bryant and Robert Haire 

And lest we forget those that were not so lucky to know love in life …. Margaret Magdelene No. 322 

And as for me well I am super lucky and know first hand all sorts of real love but none so greater than what I feel for my early Valentines gift …. isn’t she a beauty????

20130208-131155.jpgYip, I’m as shallow as they come ,

Be good,

SJ xx

Busy busy …

7 Jun

So the detox is over .. I loved doing it, felt so great from about day 6 onwards .. I was up bright as a button each morning and felt full of energy! My skin was glowing and although I don’t have a scales so can’t give the figures I reckon I lost some weight, well I was def thinner around my middle … and everyone said my face was skinny, which in my mind is a total waste of weightloss energy! Seriously I have lot of fat on my lower half and I lost it off my face ??!!! I didn’t use up my 5 pilates classes with Jett during the course of the detox so I will use the remaining 2 up this week .. I love her classes, they are really tough and it hurts afterwards .. but its good to know you’re alive 😉

Detox is over 😉

Since the detox ended last week I have been really busy .. socially! Totally undoing all the good detoxing …
Lots of meals out (sadly without my camera) .. in some lovely places like Kennedys of Fairview where I had a delish lemon sole with peas & bacon in a cream sauce and mashed sweet potato .. yum! Great wine too and very efficient service – the waiter actually knew what we were going to order as he could hear us talking, it was really funny!
Friday was spent wedding dress shopping with my bride to be friend .. lunch in Fallon & Byrne’s cellar of pate with breads (they accomodated my request for gluten free bread without hesitation) and a bottle of pinot grigio ..

>>>>> Then the best meal of the weekend .. Sabor Brazil !
If you haven’t heard of this little Brazillian place you will soon! It is so hard to describe the level of service we received here .. by far the most attentive I have ever experienced .. lots of extra tasting courses before and between our starter and main, fabulous biscuits after our meal, flaming sambucas, dessert wine and THE MOST amazing truffles .. The chef and half owner Marco used to be a chocolatier in Brazil .. I had deep fried cassava root chips to start and fillet steak with a walnut bechamel sauce for my main .. YUM! I will definitely be back as its a gorgeous place to celebrate an occasion and be treated like a princess by the host and other half owner Tom.

10 oz Fillet Steak with rice & walnut bechamel sauce ...

AMAZING Truffles .. like little clouds of chocolatey yum-ness!!

Marco & Tom from Sabor Brazil with us very stuffed and happy ladies x

On Sunday myself and the boyf went for a late lunch in Rustic Stone, Dylan McGrath’s restaurant on George Street. This was my third time eating here and the first two meals had been great so I had high hopes … sadly this time it didn’t really impress me.  We went for the 28 oz t-bone steak to share, truffle chips, new potatoes, luscious lime salad and the courgette, avocado and olive mix! Everything arrived looking delish ..  steak cooking away on the hot stone accompanied by deep friend anchovies, pesto, chopped coriander with hazelnuts and sage butter .. However there was something missing and I think it was flavour!!  I expected the steak to be really tasty as I love meat off the bone but it was dissappointing. Perhaps I was suffering from eating out fatigue after the weekend I was having but the boyf was less then impressed and the service while adequate was disinterested at best. We had a cocktail each and the bill came to €98 so this is the upper end of lunching out for us … and I am sorry to say on this occasion it was not worth it.

28 oz T Bone Steak cooking on hot stone ..

Monday was spent at Bloom in the Phoenix Park – AMAZEBALLS !!! We realised as soon as we got out of the car that we had forgotten the camera .. TOTAL FAIL 😦

From the minute we walked in I was impressed. So well organised, well presented and planned. It suited us to a T as food, gardens, plants and animals are our top interests .. add gadgets and beer tasting to that and we were in our element! First place we visited were the cute little piglets asleep in the sunshine .. the boyf was wearing a t-shirt from Hairy Baby that read “I’M A SAVAGE FOR BACON AND CABBAGE” which got him lots of attention and laughs .. one man even stopping him and saying “Don’t let those pigs see you wearing that!!!”

I then spotted the lovely Caroline from Bibliocook who was at the 8DegreesBrewing stand, we tried their ale and it is yum! Will be purchasing as soon as its hits the off licences in a couple of weeks! I then introduced myself to Alan Kingston from Glenilen as I love their products and wanted to congratulate his wife Valerie on her latest award.  Next onto Green Saffron where I stocked up on my favourite Murgh Tandoori mix along with a few new ones .. I had met Arun Kapil at Limerick’s Milk Market and have made friends on Twitter so he was really nice and gave me a gorgeous big canvas shopper (which was so handy for ALL the food we bought) and a bottle of delish spiced orange salad dressing!

Other things I bought: Bluebell Falls Goats Cheese with honey, pulled pork sambo from Crowes Farm for lunch, 3 little beetroot plants from GIY, Bacon Jam from Ed Hicks which seems to have been the BIG HIT of Bloom if Twitter Foodies are anything to go by!

All in it was a great weekend, the lovely weather helped .. and I finished it off by watching the first episode of Irish Come Dine with Me  .. then Made in Chelsea!!

I need to take it easy this week as I have Taste of Dublin next Saturday … Oh God!!

And another four day weekend for me …

3 May

Of course now I never want to work a Friday or Monday again, next week is gonna be a barrell of laughs!

Spring Flowers

After the excitement and emotion (not a joke, I had butterflies & tears in equal measures) of the Royal Wedding

>>>>> yes I LOVED the dresses, PipMidds is a total roide, Wills has come way up in my estimation, the little girl covering her ears on the balcony MADE that photo and Beatrice&Eugenie were really not that bad…

but Kate Middleton is the real Royalty IMHO, she showed them! <<<<

… I spent most of this weekend at home on the ranch with the folks..

>>>> gardening, chatting, drinking wine, lunching at Macreddin Farmers Market, visiting the scene of the attempted ATM robbery in Tinahealy, running to my old primary school & back, walking with my girls, a baby and a dog, then leaving laden down with farm fresh eggs from my parents little henny-pennys and all the veggies I purchased in Macreddin from Dennis Healy’s fantastic organic farm!

Have you ever seen garlic straight from the ground ?? Seriously, you have to ..I can’t show you mine as I used it before I thought of photographing it but its really not what I was expecting .. really like an onion in fact.

Then back to the big smoke for more work on the raised beds “we” built last weekend .. strawberry plants and onions are down …. it was a very healthy outdoorsy weekend.

I have even have some extra freckles .. wooo hooo!
Now its over and I am sad 😦
Although I do have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks though, namely…

>>> Dinner with my sidekicks in The Old Convent, Clogheen, Co Tipperary. This has been on my wishlist for, like, ever. Its an 8 course tasting menu and I intend tasting all that .. and what ever else is on offer.

>>>  The following weekend I have a hen party in Kilkenny…Can’t reveal any details .. but trust me.. its unusual!

>>> I am also hoping to partake of a detox class .. but my partaking is yet to be confirmed so more on that later ..

>>> If this lovely weather continues … May is gonna be good month!

>>> Hopefully I’m not jinxing the weather but I am loving this song right now! … Have you ever seen the rain?

And to finish … The Vegetable Patch …. CUTIE-NESS !!