Food, Family & My Latest Venture..

At a talk I was giving recently I mentioned that I only work with people I like.  A pretty broad statement I know.  In hindsight I probably should have said people I admire.  But that doesn’t sound right either.  So I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I meant…

Walking in the countryside really helps me think..

Walking in the countryside really helps me think..

The most important thing to me in this world is my family –  my husband and my children.  In my opinion a family unit, whatever it’s make up, should always be held in the highest regard – for it is within a family that children learn to become worthwhile members of society.  They learn to share, to be kind, to work hard.  They may argue and disagree, but they also unite and stand together when times are tough.  Would you agree?

More contemplating this week while I picked these beauties

More contemplating this week while I picked these beauties

I have come to realise recently that the people I work with have become like an extension of my own family.  For example, there’s the Irish Farmers Journal gang. I love working with them on my Irish Country Magazine features.  They are supportive and sharing – like a regular family.

Then there’s Glenisk.  Talk about girl power – those girls are like my sisters (me being the oldest I must admit).  They are hard-working, generous, great fun and a continuous source of inspiration.

And if you hadn’t heard, I’m the Food Correspondent for KCLR96FM’s The Saturday Show.  Presented by Sue Nunn, Sue has mentored me for many years in the art of broadcasting.  Like any family, the guys in the studio continuously annoy me about bringing in cakes for them all.  Again, just like a regular family.  IMG_4701

And no guys, I’m not baking for ye!

And now I announce the latest family that I will have the pleasure of working with..

I am delighted to say that I have taken up the position as the southeast Restaurant Reviewer for  It will come as no surprise to you to hear that is a family run business with an incredible work ethic – so yes, I’m delighted to include in my ever-expanding food family.

I know they say you can choose your friends but not your family, but when it comes to work, I always choose my family – and I have chosen wisely.  After all, life’s too short to be surrounded by people who don’t encourage and inspire you.  Well that’s what I think anyway..

So that’s what I meant when I said I only work with people I like. Families may come in all shapes and sizes, and when it comes to work, the shapes and sizes of my extended family units fit me well.

Pondering over – is it time for cake……?




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