20th September 2016 Helen

I like numbers – they make sense of things for me.  They show the truth about how things are.  Presented plain and simple they tell no lies – that part comes later when they are wrapped up in words. So here are a few numbers for you…. Over the last 35 years, over 166,000 women have travelled from Ireland to access abortion services abroad.  That’s roughly equivalent to the combined population of of the cities of Waterford and Cork. Today, like yesterday and the day before, more than 9 women left this Country to access abortion services. Today, like yesterday…

30th July 2016 Helen

My kids are nerds, being raised by nerds with a taste for all things nerdy. Their taste in music is no exception. Amidst the warbling of One Direction, Katy Perry and (gah) Justin Beiber their playlist also features Stevie Wonder and Kate Bush. They frequently lose it to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary and they were quite downbeat when David Bowie died. Literally people my work here is done.  You can understand so why I was chuffed at news that the latest Netflix offering – Beat Bugs, which launched in early August, and is loaded with hits but the very fabulous…

12th July 2016 Helen 16Comment

Hi.It’s been a while. To be exact it’s been six months. In that six months of manic-ness we’ve had a crappy (and short-lived) experience with a reclusive au pair; lost all sense of work life balance with jobs that gobble more than they were meant to; and seemed more starved of time than ever before. I’ve found my tipping point: it’s when I find we are juggling three kids, two jobs, no childcare and a house still full of packing boxes and broken skirting boards. It’s the constant feeling of holding my breath all day waiting for everything to go wrong – so much so…

22nd June 2016 Helen

While himself has been away, I’ve been indulging in a whole host of Netflix programmes that he’d never partake in! Yay! I was on a bit of a documentary roll and gorged on the ever brilliant Louis Theroux back catalogue – with everything from alien hunting desert dwellers to religious zealots getting the quirky and charming Louis’ treatment. ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ may sound like I was really, really enjoying all this ‘lone time’ but I hate to burst any bubbles. It’s the well put together documentary by the very fabulous Rashida Jones on the amateur porn business in the States. Unsurprisingly it…

23rd February 2016 Helen 4Comment

My search for tasty and easy food has seen breakfast time over-hauled.   We’ve not entirely abandoned our Breakfast Frittata, but in search of a bit of variety two or three weekday mornings we’ve been testing a few Granola recipes.  Here’s this weeks medley: a warming Coconut, Cinnamon, Seed and Nut Granola. Served up with a few scoops of Greek or Natural Yoghurt, it’s yum. I’ve been making these large tubs of Granola up on a Sunday afternoon when the oven is on anyway. It’s all very ad hoc with a glass of wine in hand !  It takes about five minutes to make…

Coconut, Cinnamon, Seed and Nut Granola
Print Recipe
A naturally sweet and crunchy Coconut, Cinnamon, Seed and Nut Granola
Servings Prep Time
20 servings -ish 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings -ish 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Coconut, Cinnamon, Seed and Nut Granola
Print Recipe
A naturally sweet and crunchy Coconut, Cinnamon, Seed and Nut Granola
Servings Prep Time
20 servings -ish 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings -ish 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings -ish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients well in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (this should take max 1 minute) and pour it over the dry ingredients, stirring it up well.
  4. Tip into a large baking dish and put it in the middle shelf of the oven.
  5. Stir every ten minutes to ensure it toasts evenly and doesn't burn.
  6. After 30 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container and enjoy with Natural Yoghurt. Sweeten with honey, maple syrup, agave nectar to taste or add a sprinkling of dried fruit (like Goji Berries).
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14th February 2016 Helen 4Comment

I’m a bit meh about Valentine’s Day. It’s all very nice and that but – maybe a bit like I find the ‘in your face’ sexiness of Fifty Shades oh-so-unsexy, I’m less than excited about the slightly embarrassing obviousness of it. That said I have had some truly memorable Valentine’s encounters.  There were, of course, many years of telling childish fibs about stacks of cards that had never actually arrived.   In my late teens I had the Dawson’s Creek style overly-elaborate, rose-filled Valentine’s that only a (well-intentioned) teenage boyfriend could have thought was a great idea.  In my twenties I traveled with a…