Q: Why is there so much talk of sex all the time? Sex is the same as it's always been and humans have always managed to do it enough to keep the population growing. It's not that hard to figure out where the bits go and what to do. In my day, you didn't talk about it and you didn't need to. Maybe all this talking about it is what's causing the problems and maybe the problems aren't worth talking about.
I've been 'Cooking the Books' for a few months now. I feel I've got so much better at it, I'm ready to take on the Domestic Goddess herself, Nigella Lawson. After all how hard can it be? I think my cheff-ing skills have really improved now I have learned to follow a recipe.
Last week for 'Cooking The Books', I went for Gizzi Erksine's sophisticated new take on Shepherd's Pie. This week, I decided to go for something a little more family-friendly. I'm not known for my cooking skills and spend as little time as possible in the kitchen, so I wanted a recipe that would impress the family without too much effort.
It had been an eventful early-morning cycle from my home in Rathmines to the Sanctuary's front door in Stoneybatter. Tousling with bleary-eyed pedestrians, commuters and cyclists who appeared to be in some Hunger Games-style race with each other left me agitated. Deadlines and meetings are looming, plenty of life admin lies ahead for the day, and a to-do list - laundry, buying baby presents, groceries - races like a ticker tape across my mind.
Sadie is an energetic enthusiastic dog, and she loves her walks. Aisling's husband often takes her to one of her favourite destinations: Knocksink Woods, near Enniskerry. She enjoyed a particularly active run there last week, running around, leaping in and out of the river, up and down the hills and through the undergrowth.
Lush grass, river, lake, sea or stream, clear skies and a feast that gives voice to vegetables as much as proteins. Too many picnics focus on the latter at the expense of the former. Cold wine is a must (in our household), but some Irish craft beer is a worthy contender. And don't forget the afters, a Victoria sponge with hot coffee.
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