My name's Nessa and I'm a 36 year old mother of four. I live with my husband, Diarmuid and our children Jack, 12, TiarnĂ¡n, 8, Fionn, 6 and Millie, 4. We live the country with a backyard filled with hens, ducks, cats and a dog. I run a busy household, with many different nutritional needs, likes and dislikes and through the blog I like to share some of my tried and tested family recipes. 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 & in 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 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 an occasional contributor to 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 {11}

Fionn {5} and Tiarnan {7}

Fionn, Millie{3} and Tiarnan.
Tiarnan & Jack, having some fun in the kitchen.
Millie helping to make bread!

Dad, at an auction, where many nice items were bought for the kitchen.
Tiarnan, Myself & Fionn with Nick. 
Flowers for Granddad!
Demonstating at Totally Tipperary
Demonstrating with Edward Hayden, at Taste of Dublin 2011
Tiarnan & Fionn with my nephew Sean, who does a lot of the gardening.
With the lovely Rachel Allen, while on a course at Ballymaloe.

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, bi-monthly column in Easy Parenting and I'm an occasional contributor to 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


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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