Who am I? 

My name is Úna-Minh Kavanagh (Úna-Minh is my first name) and I’m a multimedia content creator 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 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.

These days I blog about food here and travel blog with my Mom at Before My Mam Dies.

Media background

I am an 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.

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.

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) Comments

  1. Great Blog on your cookery course at Ballymaloe…reading it everyday from Oz 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Ash! 🙂

  2. Hi Una,
    I am in love with you Blog!!
    I’m following you on this and your instagram. I’m heading to Ballymaloe next year and love the insights you’re giving!
    Great work!
    Best of luck in your final exams!

    1. Thank you so much for reading Tracy! It means a lot to know that people are tuning in! 🙂

  3. Love your blog, too, Una 🙂 Cheers for the shout-out & very interested to see what unfolds for you post-Ballymaloe!

  4. 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. Will do for sure! Hope the rest of BITE was a success!

  5. Agnieszka says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a sea spinach supplier, no luck so far…..do you know who sells it? thank you

    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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