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Like the upstanding millennials that we are, we adore a good brunch. But more than a good brunch, we adore a cheap brunch.

And what could be cheaper than brunch dishes you can whip up from the comfort of your own kitchen?

Ladies, we give you our three favourites…

Ham and cheese womelette

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of ham, chopped
  • ½ cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Spring onions to taste

Whip the eggs until they create a light foam. Add the cheese, ham, paprika, salt and pepper. 

Preheat the waffle maker and spray with oil. Pour the mix into the waffle maker and cook for about 4 minutes.

Scatter with spring onions and more cheese if desired. Enjoy!


Brunch frittata

  • 80g grated cheese     
  • 8 free range eggs
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped    
  • 4 rashers, chopped
  • 1 handful baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika

Put the sliced potatoes in a pot of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain them and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the onion and the chopped bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Keep the pan on the heat and place the sliced potatoes in one layer on the bottom of the pan. Scatter the bacon, onion and the spinach. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the spinach starts to soften. 

Beat the eggs until they form a light foam, add some pepper, the paprika and the cheese.

Add the egg mixture to the pan, put a lid on it and cook over medium to low heat for 10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through. 

Serve cut into wedges with a some cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado if desired.

Breakfast baked potatoes

  • 4 medium potatoes, cooked
  • 4 free range eggs
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 100g bacon, chopped sliced
  • 75g grated cheddar
  • A few sprigs of chives
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 180°C. In a large pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onions until translucent. Add the bacon and cook for 3 minutes.

Cut out the top of each potato and scoop out most of the inside (you can keep it to make potato croquettes).

Stuff each potato with the bacon and onion mix, some cheese then crack one egg inside. Season with salt and pepper. Add more cheese on top and place on a lined baking sheet. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Top with chopped chives and serve with baby spinach and a dollop of sour cream if desired.



Who loves spending hours in the kitchen in the evening to get dinner ready? Well, not us anyway.

But when you need to get dinner ready in only a few minutes, there is more you can do than get a cheeky takeaway or go for frozen or canned food. 

The recipes below are tried and tested favourites that guarantee a tasty feed and no time wasted. 

1. Gnocchi with lemon and chive pesto

2. Pitta pizzas

3. Stir-fried ginger chicken

4. Thai beef salad with noodles

5. Asparagus and ham omelette

6. Smoked bacon and potato frittata

7. Red pesto spaghetti

8. Chicken pesto salad

9. Tabouleh

10. Vegetable quesadillas

11. Prawn pad thai



To be honest, we can't think of a better way to celebrate Sunday (and maybe help cure this nasty hangover) than a little chocolate treat!

With the following recipes, you will satisfy your sweet tooth and get a much needed chocolate fix. 

If you really don't feel like baking today, maybe ask the help of a friend…

1. Chewy gooey flourless chocolate cookies

2. Chocolate chip pecan blondies

3. 3-ingredient flourless chocolate cake

4. Cookie chocolate cheesecake bars

5. Frosted chocolate moka cupcakes

6. Chocolate crême brûlée



If you have committed to going vegan, or if you are just trying to introduce more plant-based food to your diet, you may have noticed that eliminating animal produce isn't THAT hard. 

But while you can make some delicious curries, pies and pasta dishes without missing meat or dairy, baking is a whole other story. 

How do you replace cream cheese in a cheesecake? How do you bake without eggs? Luckily, a lot of vegan bakers have answers these questions and come up with the most delicious vegan versions of your favourite cakes. 

You are welcome!

1. Apple caramel cheesecake

2. One-bowl chocolate cake

3. Chocolate chip cookie cheesecake

4. Lemon cake

5. Gluten-free carrot cake

6. Vanilla and berry layer cake

7. Coconut chocolate cake with vanilla coconut frosting

8. Plum and polenta upside-down cake

9. Snickerdoodle cupcakes

10. Chocolate peanut butter mugcake




When we are feeling a bit peckish, the easy option is to head to the newsagent and get a bag of cheeky crisps or a chocolate bar. 

At the end of the year, this could cost you an insane amount of empty calories, as well as bucket loads of money. 

So what if you made some healthy treats yourself instead? We promise, they are about 10 times tastier than anything you can buy, and don't take forever to make! 

1. Hazelnut and goji oat bars

2. Vegan brownies

3. Blueberry quinoa muffins

4. Chocolate banana bread with peanut butter frosting

5. Booster bars

6. Protein balls



Yes, it's Monday we have all decided to be good this week.

But is there a better way to make sure that you stick to your balanced diet than including some healthy treats along the way?

The recipes below all feel like pure indulgence without being a threat to your waistline. So give them a go!

1. Healthy double chocolate banana brownies

2. Healthy baked chocolate oats

3. Double chocolate breakfast cookies

4. No-bake chocolate macaroons

5. Two-ingredient banana chocolate chips ice-cream bites

6. Cheesecake cupcakes

7. Healthy peanut butter cups

8. Paleo coconut blondies

9. Honey banana muffins



So, the weekend might be just around the corner, but seeing as we've all been advised to stay indoors until further notice, it looks like those after-work drinks you planned with your pals are very much off the cards. 

But not to worry, if there's anything us Irish have in abundance it's creativity in the face of adversity, which is why there's never been a better time to raid you drinks press and get creative in the kitchen. 

To help, we've rounded up some of of favour winter cocktail recipes to help you through the storm. 


1. Hot Toddy

Need a little pick-me-up during the cold snap? Say no more. 

This comforting combination of sweet honey, whisky and spice will do just the trick. 

By The Cocktail Bandit 


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2. Chamomile, Lemon & Gin Cocktail

This delicious combination of chamomile, lemon and a sweet, aromatic apricot syrup is just what's need to keep you toasty all night long. 

Plus, its ingredients evening contain antioxidant, anti-Inflammatory, healing and cleansing properties, making it the perfect choice for anyone suffering with the winter sniffles. 

By Jules Aron 

3. Winter Cranberry Sangria

Bring a little sunshine into your home this seasonal take on a Spanish classic. 

Created using combination of prosecco, soda water, fresh cranberries and flavourings, this Insta-worthy drink can be made in batches, meaning it'll see you through to the end of the storm 

By Simply Delicious 


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4. Apple Cider Spritzers

Toast to a night spent huddled around the fire with there sparkling creations.

A fizzy take on a winter classic, these sweet yet spicy cocktails will make you forget all about the weather outside. 

By Holly & Flora 

5. Indian Tea Room

A flavour-filled treat to sense, this eastern inspired cocktail will transport you to a far-off paradise. 

There's recipe might be a little more complicated than our usual 'vodka and dash', but hey, it's the perfect opportunity to brush up on our cocktail skills. 

By davidmmor


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On pancakes, a slice of toast or simply by the spoonful, there aren't many foods that can compete with gold old Nutella. 

To celebrate World Nutella Day (we know, isn't it great that a day of the calendar is dedicated to the famous hazelnut spread?), we have scrolled the Internet to find some properly scrumptious recipes using it as a guest star ingredient. 

Warning: serious drooling ahead…

1. Chocolate cake donuts with Nutella glaze


2. Nutella banana cruffins


3. Salted caramel and Nutella stuffed double chocolate chip cookies


4. Nutella banana swirl muffins


5. Nutella soufflés


6. Nutella and caramel mug cake


7. Nutella layer cake


8. Nutella cheesecake dip


9. Salted Nutella and peanut butter sandwich cookies


10. Nutella cupcakes


11. Nutella brownies


12. Easy Nutella cheesecake





Whether you're entertaining friends, hosting Christmas dinner, or even just relaxing by the fire, the festive season is a great time to get creative in the kitchen. 

And no we're not talking about roast potatoes and brussels sprouts – we're talking margaritas and prosecco spritzers. 

That's right. 2017 is all about the Christmas cocktail. 

Gone are the days when wine and lemonade meant the height of sophistication, nowadays it'll all about delicate mixtures and Insta-worthy garnishes. 

But never fear, because we've rounded up the best Christmas cocktail recipes that are sure to impress this December. 

1. The Holiday Berry Sparkler

A combination of cranberry, cider, triple decker and Smirnoff Ice, this fruity cocktail is simple to make and relatively inexpensive. 

It's crowd pleasing flavours and festive colours make in the perfect addition to any Christmas party. 

By The Gastronom

2. Festive Cranberry Margarita

A Yuletide twist on an old classic. 

This warming cocktail strikes the balance between sweet and spicy with a delicate mixture of silver tequila, cranberry juice and cinnamon sticks. 

By danikasea

3. Hot Toddy


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Need a little pick-me-up on these cold winter evenings? Say no more. 

This comforting combination of sweet honey, whisky and spice will do just the trick. 

By Mrs D-Daily 

4. Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz

Now you're talking! 

Gin, soda and pomegranate juice? We can definitely get on board. 

By Clink Clink Drink 

5. Frozen Red Wine Smoothie 


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It might be freezing outside, but it's warm by the fire – and what better way to keep cool on those cosy nights in than with a festive red wine smoothie? 

Don't let the name put you off. The frozen blueberries, cranberry juice and vino actually sounds oddly delicious. 

By Kiju Organic 

6. Christmas Cranberry Sangria


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Bring a little sunshine into your home this Christmas with a festive take on a Spanish classic. 

Created using combination of prosecco, soda water, fresh cranberries and flavourings, this Insta-worthy drink can be made in batches, saving you time and money.

By Simply Delicious 


Adulting comes with many unfortunate tasks to accomplish, such as paying bills, paying bills and, oh yeah, paying more bills. 

Yet one good thing that you learn to love as years pass by is simple homemade food.

Because too many takeaways is the death of your bank account (and probably a hazard to your waistline), you gradually started learning how to cook some basic meals, and before you know it, you actually begin to enjoy it. 

Cooking tasty and nutritious food doesn't require some crazy skills and infinite knowledge, it is only about mastering some basic recipes, one meal at a time.

To help you nail it, we have scrolled the Internet to find the best of the best and establish the definite list of the recipes you need in your life. 

Avocado toasts


Scrambled eggs


The perfect porridge


Blueberry muffins


Classic omelette


Spaghetti bolognese


Chicken fajita


Shepherds' pie


Roasted chicken


Caprese salad


Simple salad dressing


Grilled cheese sandwich


Tuna salad




Roasted sweet potatoes


Simple quiche


Chicken stir-fry


Pasta bake


Chicken curry


Salmon tray bake


Loaded baked potatoes


Winter soup






Choc chip cookies




Banana bread


Strawberry no-bake cheesecake


Apple crumble


Bread butter pudding



Bringing your lunch to work or to college is the best way to eat well and save money.

We mean, who needs a sausage roll from the shop when you can whip up a delicious and nutritious meal in no time?

We asked Emilia Rowan, founder of Cocu, to share three recipes that are both easy and tasty! (You can thank us later)

Egg muffins

For 4 portions:
5 eggs
40g feta, crumbled
30g sundried tomato, chopped finely
1 small handful spinach, chopped finely
Oil for moulds

Preheat oven to 160˚c. Beat eggs in a bowl, Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir gently.

Line the silicone moulds with a little oil and pour the mixture into each one evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes until firm in the centre.

Eat immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Butterbean hummus

2 tins butterbeans (drained and rinsed)
3 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon cayenne
3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until creamy in texture. Taste and adjust seasoning. 

Wholemeal Dipping Chips

Wholemeal wraps
Rapeseed oil
Sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Cut the wraps into 8 wedges (like a pizza) and brush with rapeseed oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and toast in the oven for 8 minutes, until crisp. 

Allow to cool fully and can be stored in a airtight container for 3 days.


Thai veggie salad with sesame and soy dressing

Serves 2

For the dressing:
⅓ cup rapeseed oil    
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
a squeeze of lime juice
2 tablespoons boiling water

For the salad:
150g frozen shelled edamame
2 cups baby kale
1 large carrots
1 red pepper
Handful of coriander 
1 spring onion
Small handful cashews

With a hand blender, blend all the dressing ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge. (nb: there is extra dressing so you can keep it for another salad).

Steam the edamame lightly for 2 minutes, in a pot of boiling water. Drain and allow to cool. 

Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. You can chop the vegetables any way you like, spiralise or finely slice. You can leave the edamame and the cashews whole for extra crunch, or pulse them in a food processor for a different texture. 

Toss all together and dress when you are ready to eat. 

Emilia was in our studio last night to cook these delicious recipes. You can watch her here:



Carb-lovers take note! 

Pasta pies are quickly becoming our dish of choice, and for good reasons! 

We have compiled a list of some of the most delicious pasta pie recipes out there… thank us later!

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1. Massaman curry mac and cheese pie with ground beef

Anyone else drooling at the thought?

Get the full recipe here

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2. Fettuccine and ground beef pie

A tasty twist on a true classic.

For the full recipe, click here

3. Spaghetti carbonara frittata

*heavy breathing!*

Click here and experience the most delicious thing on earth!

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4. Butternut squash and gorgonzola rigatoni pasta pie

Pasta and cheese? What more could you want! 

Get the tasty recipe here ladies! 

Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Rigatoni Pasta Pie with Fried Sage | halfbakedharvest.com

5. Baked capresse with zoodles 

This little baby is gluten-free… so it's a healthy option! 

Get this delightful recipe here

Baked Zoodles Caprese is made with zucchini noodles and tastes like lasagna. A light dish, with zesty Italian flavor and under 200 calories per slice. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

6. French onion spaghetti pie

A French classic.

Get the recipe here.  

French Onion Spaghetti Pie

 Bon Appétit!