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, 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 has 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. In January 2011 I began writing a 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, 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 has received such fantastic reviews. If you would like to see what others have to say about it, have a read here. I'm currently working on my second book.
I live in Moate, Co. Westmeath with my husband, Diarmuid, and our four children Jack, 13, Tiarnán, 9, Fionn, 7, and Millie, 5. 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, three alpacas and two adorable border collie pups. 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 share through the blog. 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. There is always a hive of activity in my kitchen.
I really love photography and all photos on the blog 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.
I'm on Twitter @Nessa_Robins on Facebook and Instagram. If 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.|
|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.|