A little about me......

I trained as a nurse in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, before completing a Bachelor in Nursing Studies at Trinity College Dublin. I've worked in many different areas of nursing; in hospitals, the community and a doctor's surgery. I have always been passionate about food and cooking, so after the birth of my third child, Fionn, when I found it more difficult to return to work outside the home, I started to give cookery classes to children from my kitchen. These worked out brilliantly and over time I progressed to teens & then adults. In recent years, I have travelled the country giving cookery demos. My training and working as a nurse have greatly influenced my recipes and how I feed my family. In January 2010 I began this blog, and in turn, it has opened up the world of opportunities to me. I love writing about food and I have a great passion for styling and photographing my recipes. 

For almost five years I had a food column with the Westmeath Independent. Since May 2011 I have been the 'Family Food Expert' with Irish parenting magazine, Easy Parenting.  I'm also incredibly proud to have a monthly 'Home Nurse' column with The Farmer's Journal - Irish Country Living, as it merges my training as a nurse with my love for food. My food writing has brought me on an amazing journey and in 2014 I was thrilled to be asked to become a member of the prestigious Irish Food Writers' Guild.

My first book, 'Apron Strings', was published in May 2013 with New Island. This has been a very exciting step for me. I'm absolutely delighted that it received such fantastic reviews. If you would like to see what others have to say about it, have a read here.
With the help of my son, Jack, I've brought together some of my favourite Christmas recipes in this Christmas eBook, which is FREE to download. In October 2015, I embarked on creating a fundraising cookbook with the students and staff of my children's national school, An Grianan N.S., Mount Temple. I collected and edited the recipes, while my son, Jack, designed the book. I also styled and photographed the dishes, with the help of the school children. I was delighted to give my time and energy to such a rewarding project. My recipes have been featured in the national newspapers and magazines, as well as many online sites, including The Huffington Post, EUMOM, Writing.ie, Cooleeney Farm Newsletters, Avonmore.ie, RTE food and The Irish Times

I live in Moate, Co. Westmeath with my husband, Diarmuid, and our four children Jack, 18, Tiarnán, 14, Fionn, 12, and Millie, 10. We also have another important member of our family, a young man called Nick. Nick has cerebral palsy and lives in the Camphill Community in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, but for his holidays Nick comes home to either myself or my sister Fiona, for a few nights. We live in the countryside of Moate, Co.Westmeath. I'm happiest with a mixing bowl in hand, but I also love our outdoor life. We have a backyard filled with hens, ducks, cats, four alpacas, and two adorable border collie dogs. Between all of them, and our vegetable & fruit garden, we're kept pretty busy. 
With many different nutritional needs, likes and dislikes I've many tried and tested family recipes that I love to share through the blog. There is always a hive of activity in my kitchen. I love spending time with my family, and involving the children with the meal preparations, so I have many recipes on the blog that are especially suited for little ones, to cook & eat. 

I really love photography and all photos on the blog are styled and taken by me unless otherwise stated. I hope you enjoy reading my posts and if I can help with any foodie query please do let me know. Thank you for reading the blog and for your continued support.

If you would like to read my column, I have a monthly 'Home Nurse' column in The Farmer's Journal - Irish Country Living. 

I'm on Twitter @Nessa_Robins on Facebook and InstagramIf you would like to contact me directly you can do so at NessasFamilyKitchen@gmail.com


Tiarnán & Jack, having some fun in the kitchen.
My dear Dad, who passed away in December 2012, was a great man for picking up the nicest of props at auctions. I loved that he took such an interest in the blog. I miss him desperately. 
Flowers for Granddad. 
Demonstrating at Totally Tipperary in 2011.
Demonstrating with Edward Hayden, at Taste of Dublin 2011.
Tiarnan & Fionn, with my nephew Sean, who helped my Dad to first plant our garden.
With the lovely Rachel Allen, while on a course at Ballymaloe in 2008.
Photo was taken with Neven Maguire, while on work experience, at his restaurant July '11. 


Lorette said...

I am new to your blog...love it. My first trip to Ireland was about 15 years ago. I met Darina Allen and fell in love with Irish cooking but I actually fell in love with it long before that since my grandmother was Irish.
Now I am a grandmother and am trying to share my heritage with my granddaughter.
Your blog is beautiful...love the pictures and what a way to combine what you love with those you love.
I am also a nurse and I blog at www.parentingintheloop.com

Nessa Robins said...

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Lorette.
Darina Allen is a wonderful ambassador for Irish food. We're also very lucky to have some fantastic food producers in this country.
I had a peep at your blog-it looks great, lots for parents & grandparents! Have a lovely weekend.

mae said...

we were so excited to find your blackberry coulis recipe, and especially excited to find your name is Nessa, as my daughter's name is SaraNessa, nickname Nessa -- and she was born on St. Patty's Day! :-)