My Journey

I’m a working mum and a hobby cook. I have always loved to cook, first taught by my Nana who was self taught and later inspired by my Dad who was a professional. I was lucky enough to ditch the desk job a few years back and head off to Ballymaloe Cookery School. I had visited Ballymaloe on a day course long before; a birthday present from the hubby. I absolutely fell in love with the place and vowed I would be back to do the 3 month residential course. After two abandoned resignations I finally got there in 2007. Two babies and one global financial crisis later I’m back behind the desk living out my culinary dreams in my spare time.

I’ve been threatening to write a cook book for years. But with the job, a gaggle of kids and pets to look after there just never seemed to be enough time to get those scrappy recipes into order. Not Posh Food was born in 2015 – as a way to preserve our family recipes at a time when Nana was no longer able to remember then. It is now a repository for family, friends and strangers to access simple nutritious recipes. When life gets hectic the blog takes a back seat, but most of the time the recipes I post are what I’ve cooked up for the family that day and managed to get a half decent photo of. Sometimes I’m in such a rush to get the food on the table I don’t get a decent shot – which is while you will see some stock images included. I do my best to source images which accurately represent how the dish looked. I pay the royalties on these images and always credit the very talented individuals from around the world who created them. 

More recently, I have become a lot more interested in nutrition. I had an introduction to nutrition when I studied at Ballymaloe, and since then I have completed a certificate in Nutrition and Mental Health, with Professor Julia Rucklidge. The relationship between our gut health, our immune system and our brain is really fascinating. Before you make any changes to your diet or your exercise regime it is important you do your research, and consult your GP. Everybody is different and as a result of this, different people will experience different results.

If the recipes work for you (and especially if they don’t) I’d love to hear from you,
Happy Living!