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A moving feast ….

25 Sep

In the spring of 1987 as I was eating my breakfast before school,  my mother said to my 2 younger sisters and I “There’s a surprise coming in September, guess what it is?”

“A dishwasher!” I guessed

“Well, actually yes but that will be here before September there is something better coming too …” she said.

“Better than a dishwasher” I thought to myself. Unlikely, very unlikely!

I was delighted about the dishwasher because I had recently come to the conclusion that we desperately needed one ..  you see every time I wanted to go somewhere my Mam would say “after I have done the dishes” .. dishes were ruining my little life!

As for the other great surprise? That was a third sister, followed a couple of years later by a fourth. Although I am fond of them now I was fairly annoyed that my mother couldn’t have gotten us some brothers at the time. I remember that morning so well, it was a very cute attempt to get us excited about a new baby wasn’t it? Backfired with me though!

The dishwasher in 1987 didn’t change my life in fact it probably ruined it a bit more as small children are a good height for stacking .. especially when you have a very busy mother and a “work ethic” family .. However this week I felt the excitement all over again as we have moved house and there is a beautiful new fitted kitchen and (joy of joys) a dishwasher!!

There is also a lovely little yard where we will be attempting to grow some veggies, I may need some advice on this as the seasons, climate, varieties are all completely different to Ireland.

The past week has been spent moving, cleaning, sorting, unpacking, cleaning, losing everything, slowing finding things again, buying more furniture and even more flippin cleaning … I am exhausted!

When I read this recipe yesterday I knew it was just what I needed – I didn’t have all the exact ingredients but as my national school teacher used to tell us “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” and it was delish!



Rye bread instead of wraps, fresh coriander instead of dried, cherry tomatoes instead of “cooking” tomatoes (whatever they are?), button mushrooms instead of large, lettuce instead of spinach .. and a chilli for good measure!

tomatoes cooking

add paste and herbs


sweating mush and onions Sweating the onions, low heat & patience – usually I try to rush them resulting in burnt onions! But I’m wising up … a pinch of salt helps too!

coriander and chilli I added chopped coriander and chilli to the tomato sauce just before serving …

mushrooms and balsamic Added in mushrooms then balsamic … which btw adds an amazing flavour to the mushrooms, I’ll be doing this again!

mushies ready to go


avo and toast This avo was very ripe so I just spread it on the toast but sliced would be nice too … a sprinkle of salt at this stage to bring out the flavour!

Ready for assembly ..

finished The finished dish .. it was really tasty and healthy .. if I was doing it in this form again I would poach the eggs, scrambled are perfect for a wrap!


Later on I had this … yes it is Nutella. A girl has to get her fruit you know!

SJ x









Moving on.

14 Jan

Once I had given my notice at work I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, I was so nervous about doing it as I didn’t want to let anyone down. My boss and everyone else in the organisation have been really supportive and I’ve had lots of “fair play” “you’re dead right” “you’re sooo lucky”  “have a ball”  which has all been lovely, but is in some strange way making me very sad about leaving.

Of course I have replaced one worry with another and I now lie awake at night worrying about money, new jobs, being so far away from home, making new friends .. I am ridiculous.
One of my main worries was that I wouldn’t find like-minded people, or foodies like myself that I could chat with but today I found this blog. The author commented on one of my photos on Instragram, so social networking is working for me. Apart from being a gorgeous food blog its written by an Irish girl who lives in Perth and does yoga! Yay! There are people like me out there too. Finding this has brightened my day and I am slowing working my way through her “Aussie Blog Roll”. Its like my food blog obsession of 2009 all over again .. with fresh meat!!

The packing has started, we bought one of these each (not quite as cute but infinitely more practical than those pictured above) and I also have my sister’s backpack from her travelling days so hopefully I will be able to bring everything! From my last time in Australia I know the clothes, especially the work type attire, is allot more sedate than here (not enough colour for me) so I want to bring allot with me. It will also save on spending my $$$ before I start earning.

So far I have just taken all my holiday clothes and put them in the bag, so lots of bikinis, kaftans and summer dresses. Next I need to go through everything in my wardrobe and see what fits the bill – I am looking for light but not skimpy, its about 38 degrees in Perth right now! In one of the papers today there was a spread this season’s lovely prints so I am going to check those out in Forever21 and Penneys in the next couple of weeks as advised therein. I also follow a great stylist on facebook and twitter (@Sanfhaisean) called San Fhaisean who posts photos of outfits put together from what’s available in the high street shops at any one time. I hope to God there is someone similar in Australia .. or I won’t have a clue what’s in the shops (possibly a good thing!).

I have a gorgeous red polka dot tea towel and a brightly coloured apron that were Christmas presents and will help me make any place my own. I have a lovely new pink cover on my passport and a travel pillow waiting to be broken in. Leaving all my cookbooks on my childhood bedroom shelves is kind of breaking my heart … but bringing them would surely break the bank in luggage weight charges and I plan on using my iPad to its fullest as my virtual cookbook shelf.

33 days before I depart Ireland … 37 days before I arrive in Australia … the countdown is on!!

Heading to Chapter One en  famille this week .. a girl has gotta enjoy her remaining days at home ya know ..

SJ xx