Moving Blogs

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post to let you know that I’m moving blog hosting from to self-hosted over at I’ll be moving over the subscriptions over the next couple of days so you should keep getting posts from me in your reader.

If you’re following me using a RSS reader, please redirect your reader over to

Looking forward to seeing you all over there,



Wholewheat Penne with Pancetta, Onions & Spinach

I assume most people are like me, rushing home from work in the evening and trying to get dinner on the table. Some days I consider cooking anything for dinner an achievement, let alone cooking a healthy, well-balanced meal. On those days, the only thing stopping me from phoning the nearest takeaway is the thought of having to go outside to collect it.

The next easiest thing to a takeaway has to be a simple pasta dish which can will be on your table within 20 minutes without much work. I tend to keep my fridge stocked with pancetta, baby spinach, and decent parmesan, and my store cupboard always has onions, pasta and olive oil in it. With a little bit of love and effort, these simple ingredient can be transformed into something delicious and healthy.

This recipe isn’t so much a strict recipe as a method using some basic ingredients. If you have chorizo rather than pancetta, feel free to use that, or if you stocked up on courgettes recently, grate them up and use them instead of the spinach. Add some cherry tomatoes if you have a punnet of them in your fridge, or replace the onions with shallots if that’s what you have to hand.

Pancetta, Spinach & Onion Pasta

Wholewheat Penne with Pancetta, Spinach & Onions

Serves 2


1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
2-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
200g wholewheat penne
100g cubed pancetta
100g baby spinach
salt & black pepper


1) Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and add the onions. Saute for 10 minutes until they are softened, and then add the garlic.
2) Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
3) Meanwhile, add the pancetta to the pan and season well. Add the spinach to the pan after 7 minutes and allow the spinach to wilt down.
4) When the pasta is cooked, reserve a mug of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and add to the pan with a splash of the cooking water. Mix well, adding another splash of water if needed, and season to taste.
5) Serve sprinkled with some grated Parmesan.

The Blogger Tag!

The lovely Sarah from At The Beauty Desk tagged me in the Blogger Tag in January and I’ve finally gotten around to answering the questions and tagging some of my favourite blogs!
blogger tag
1. When did you start your blog?
I started my blog back in 2011 when I was moving to Dubai, nearly 3 years ago!
2. What encouraged you to start?
I previously had another blog when I was in university and missed it! I wanted somewhere to be able to record my adventures when I was away and everything grew from there during my travels and then after I moved back to Ireland.
3. What was the first blog you ever actively followed?
I think it was, which started me down the path of reading beauty blogs and wanting to buy everything.
4. What types of things do you blog about?
I blog about a wide range of topics, from photography, food, mental health, books and beauty. I know most bloggers recommend focusing on one topic but I enjoy writing about whatever crosses my mind.
5. What has been your biggest revelation since beginning to blog?
How many people have written to me thanking me for my honesty and openness for blogging about my struggles with my mental health. Having an outlet for my photography has led to such drastic improvements in how I frame my photos and how I view colour. The support my blogging/ twitter friends have given me (seriously, you people are awesome). How much I enjoy meeting up with other bloggers and talking with people who get it!
6. What do you find toughest about blogging?
I struggle to find enough time- I work 45 hours every week and with everything else on top of that, my personal life is really busy. I have a blog schedule and have some posts scheduled beforehand.
7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I really enjoy when I get comments from people saying that something I wrote affected them or that they like my photography.
8. What are your blogging ambitions for 2014?
I want to get a more regular blogging schedule- I hate logging in and seeing that the last time I hit the publish now blog was over 2 weeks ago.
9. Recommend 5 Blogs for anyone reading this to follow.
Rebecca from The Lucky Rainbow
Rachel & Kat from DollyRouge
Kate from KatesKabin
Chloe from NurseFancyPants
10. Who do you tag?
Anyone who wants to jump in!

Back in Action

I’ve been away for the last month from this blog, from Twitter and, pretty much, from most of the Internet. I have a backlog of blogposts to read in Bloglovin, a mountain of emails to respond to, and have missed so much stuff on Facebook. I missed having an Internet connection.

The reason for this month long absence has been the achievement of my main goal for 2014- to move out of our old damp and rundown apartment and into somewhere warmer and more modern. While the move has been great (bathtub, big kitchen, no mould), our internet provider dragged their heels getting our connection setup.

However, I’m back and will be back on the blogging wagon from tomorrow.