The art of survival (and video games)

(Originally posted in 2014. Updated and edited November 2020) When I first got into foraging, it was because of one thing: survival and one of the most unusual reasons why I love food so much is my fascination with wild food and living off the land. I’m a geek at heart, and when it comes…

Top 15 Networking Tips for Introverts

Networking isn’t easy. It can take up a lot of your time and it’s hard to keep pitching over and over again. As introverts, it can also be a grueling process. I’m a naturally introverted person, which for me means that networking and heading to events can sap a colossal amount of energy out of me. Not…

Pub Etiquette: Why it’s ok not to get into buying rounds

“Drink anyone? I’ll buy this round” When it comes to a night out with a big group of friends, there’s a big chance that you will all get stuck into making the long slog back from the bar with several drinks in hand. Before you’ve even looked at your own wallet or thought about how…

Part 25: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Another Sunday, another short round-up of some of Ireland’s best food producers! Celebrating local produce, this week I’m looking at five more companies that caught my eye: Kearney Blue Cheese A deliciously creamy cheese with a balanced blue flavour throughout, Kearney Blue is definitely one for the cheeseboard. Based in Northern Ireland, the cheese itself…

The Survival Series Part Ten: Dandelions

Escapism can be such a release, but when combined with real world scenarios and food it can also be quite fun! Inspired by my love for post-apocalyptic survival, wild food and adventure, part 10 of this series is focusing in on: Dandelions Often considered as one of those pesky weeds that hang about your garden,…

The Survival Series Part Nine: Comfrey

Some day when all hell breaks loose, there will be a group of us who will be able to make our way in the wilderness and embrace survival. A little knowledge goes a long way! This series is inspired by my love for post-apocalyptic stories and foraging, and this week I’m looking at: Comfrey A…

Part 21: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what Ireland has to offer, each week I highlight some of the country’s wonderful homemade produce and products! Here are five more producers that caught my eye this week: Longways Cider Company Longways Cider Company producers premium Irish cider direct from their family orchard in Co. Tipperary. Vibrant and fruity with…

Part 20: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

What we create here in Ireland is something that’s worth celebrating. We have world class meat and dairy, and with talented producers on our doorsteps it’s no wonder that we’re admired from abroad. Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week: West Cork Pies Fan of the rebel county? West Cork…

Can you help me locate this cookery diary’s owner?

I spend my time surrounded by books. Freebird Records, also known as the Secret Book & Record Shop on Wicklow Street, specialise in vinyl and second-hand books and a black notebook immediately caught my eye. Dishevelled around the edges and with no name on its cover, the book housed immaculate handwriting with elaborate descriptions. It…

The Survival Series Part Six: Stinging Nettle

In a world that seems to be dominated by fast and convenient food, do you ever wonder if there’s such thing as a free meal? This series, inspired by the “obviously impending” apocalypse and my love for survival, aims to share the best of food that can be found in the wild. Remember, when you…