About Me

Who am I? 

My name is Úna-Minh Kavanagh (Úna-Minh is my first name) and I’m a multimedia content creator, games producer, writer and author from Co. Kerry. I have a BA in Irish and Journalism from Dublin City University and a Professional Certificate in Digital Policy from UCD and I’ve been constantly curious my whole life.

I’ve always wanted to try new things – after all, we’re only here in this moment, once.

If you have a taste for Irish food and drink, love to hear what’s going on in the food industry or are in general a geeky individual like myself, you’ve come to the right place!

Welcome to Spill the Beans, a blog that celebrates my intense love for food and foraging while slipping in many sneaky, nerdy references when I can.


Ballymaloe-certified with a Distinction in Wine and a Food Hygiene and Safety HACCP certificate, I’m a keen cook and a food writer.

Media background

I am the former Assistant Producer at the award-winning video game studio, Die Gute Fabrik.

I worked as Cooks Academy’s Digital Content Manager. In the past I worked as a Staff Writer for Her.ie, a community journalist with WorldIrish before its merger with Irish Central, as well as being the content editor for JustEat.ie and an intern journalist at Storyful.

My work has been featured in The Irish Times, Image Magazine, Her.ie, and WorldIrish and I’ve been interviewed on regional and national radio, television and internationally in The New York Times.


I love foraging and I’ve done it for many years but as always, do not forage or eat any plant / animal you’re not 100% certain you can identify. The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only and recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded throughout history by books, journals, reports etc. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner if planning to treat an illness or issue – I will not be held responsible for the improper use of any plants or documentation provided.

Affiliate links

  • Sometimes I may recommend a foraging or on-topic book that I enjoy! I’m an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small commission if you purchase anything through that link at no extra cost to you.

Now for the boring stuff…

  • What you find mostly on this site will be informative mixed with my personal opinion, with recipes and photographs being my own – unless stated otherwise or photographs / videos are sourced from creative commons websites such as pixabay or pexels.
  • Please do not use my content in any way without my permission, but if you’d like to use it, feel free to drop me an email at unaminh@weareirish[dot]ie
  • While I do love to receive feedback and comments on posts, any messages that are abusive or off-topic will be removed.
10 thoughts on “About Me”
  1. Una, it was lovely to meet you last Friday at BITE. I really enjoyed talking to you. I have had a quick click around your blog and I love it so far! I can’t wait to delve into it a bit more. Hope to see you around since we live so close!

    1. You too Maggie! Really lovely chatting to you – blog is a bit neglected at the moment but appreciate you having a browse 😉 Keep in touch!!

    1. Hi Agnieszka! I’m not too sure if anyone sells it I’m afraid because I’ve only ever foraged for it on the coast. It can be found in abundance there as long as you make sure it’s not by the roadside.

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