About


My name is Nessa and I'm a 36 year old mother of four. I live with my husband, Diarmuid, and our children Jack, 12, TiarnĂ¡n, 9, Fionn, 7, and Millie, 4. We also have another important member in our family, a young man called Nick. Nick has cerebral palsy and lives in the Camphill Community in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, but every few weeks 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, an old labrador dog and recently we've become the proud owners of three alpacas. Between all of them, and our veggie/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 share through the blog. I love spending time with my family, and involving the children with the meal preparations. There is always a hive of activity in my kitchen. I have many recipes on the blog that are especially suited for little ones, to cook & eat. 
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 and the community. Training and working as a nurse has greatly influenced my recipes and how I feed my family. I have always been passionate about food and cooking, so after the birth of my third child, 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.

In January 2010 I began this blog, and this has opened up the world of opportunities. I love writing about food and I love styling and photographing  food, so this blog is a wonderful way to share my passion. In January 2011 I began my column in the Westmeath Independent and in May 2011 I was asked to become 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. 
My recipes have been featured in the national newspapers and magazines, as well as many on-line sites, including The Huffington Post, EUMOM, Writing.ie, Cooleeney Farm Newsletters, Avonmore.ie, RTE food and The Irish Times - http://liveblog.irishtimes.com/1f0c3953ab/LIVE-Friday-Food-Forum/

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 thrilled that it has received such fantastic reviews, have a read here. I'm currently working on my second book.

I really love taking the photographs for the blog and all are styled and taken by me, unless otherwise stated. I hope that 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.
Nessa x

Jack {12}

TiarnĂ¡n & 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 out garden.
With the lovely Rachel Allen, while on a course at Ballymaloe in 2008.
Photo taken with Neven Maguire, while on work experience, at his restaurant July '11. 


If you would like to read my columns I have a weekly column in The Westmeath Independent, a bi-monthly column in Easy Parenting and I've 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

2 comments:

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.

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