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…

Pig Welfare in Ireland: Free-Range vs Factory-Farmed, Which is Better?

After watching Philip Boucher-Hayes’ documentary What Are You Eating? this evening, I struck up an interesting conversation with Shane McAuliffe of Truly Irish foods. I was curious to know, given the clear pride Shane has in the products he promotes, if the Truly Irish brand was free-range.  I received a prompt response: Curious at this…

The Sunday Round-Up: A well-needed catch-up and a cup of tea

My fellow Beanies, it’s been a while. Let’s sit down, relax and have a cup of tea. A lot has changed over the past few weeks. Cooks Academy After a long time to holding out and keeping an eye on the job front, I started with Cooks Academy the week before last as their Digital…

Ciao! It’s Italian Week on Spill the Beans

Last week Mr. POH and I celebrated Chinese week where I cooked nothing but food with an Asian-flair but this week we’re going European. This week, we’re zooming over to Italia, where I’ll be rustling up some tasty (I hope!) Italian dishes. Included on the menu this week is: Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, Lasanga and a…

Nǐ hǎo! It’s Chinese Week on Spill the Beans

In a bid to try something a bit different here in the Spill the Beans household, I’m cooking dishes with a Chinese-flair. So what’s in store for this week? Well we’re kicking off tonight with a Beef Noodle Soup, using egg noodles and beef that’s marinated in soy sauce and garlic. Tomorrow we’ll switch out…

Kitchen Diaries: The joys of a cold shower

The heat from rushing around the kitchen takes over your entire body and you feel like a mobile sweat machine – cold showers are a godsend. Another fast-paced week in the kitchen, I was glad to see that I was getting more into the swing of things and seeing my confidence grow. I’m a natural…

Kitchen Diaries: Babies, Wobblers, Toddlers

I slowly eased my shoes off and threw them as far away from me as possible – my feet were in bits. As some of you may know, this week I started work in a kitchen based in a family centre. Catering to many young mouths, my job involves a lot of multitasking and a…

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…