Food glorious food

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I’ve always considered myself a bit of a foodie, not in the sense that I’m a connoisseur or anything but in the sense that I like , I eat a lot of it and without food I’d be a very unhappy lady!! Having Ireland in my blood and being married to a Cork man who loves his spuds, potatoes play a big role in our meal making, well to be honest carbs in general to be honest.  The kids love pasta, chips CHIPS! CHIPS! of course I don’t feed my children chips…..*coughs and twitches in seat* bread and I love it too. So you can imagine how distraught I was being told that I had to go on a card free diet and to add insult to injury I had to cut out sugar too!

I have sugar intolerance and insulin resistance which apparently I have had all my life but hasn’t seem to come to light until the gestational diabetes. Now I finally have an excuse for being fat!!  Obviously I’m gutted as I live for chocolate but I’m glad I’ve found out and I can change it, change the outcome so I hopefully won’t get full-blown diabetes one day. Its done me a favour, its given me the opportunity to kick myself up the arse and take a good look at my diet and the kids too. I was convinced I was eating healthy and although I don’t use jars and packet food and make everything from scratch, it was the snacks and meals being washed down with diet coke that we’re the problem. For the kids I’ve limited the chocolate treats and I’m encouraging fruit a lot more, I send carrots in LPV’s snack box to school and the carrots come home again but I’m trying.

I’ve flipped it around and made some huge changes, its hard and I’m still struggling, I do cheat too as even though I’m awesome I am only human. I’ve substituted my evening chocolate with this heavenly stuff, complete cut out all fizzy (unless I’m drunk), this was by far the hardest to do, I have No idea what they put it but the cold turkey was awful. Only being allowed one piece a fruit a day too is difficult, it’s not until you have to cut something out that you realise how much of that item you do actually eat.

Im trying to “clean eat” where possible too, however this proving problematic when it comes to finding items you need and the price of them in Dubai 10 pound for a small bag of almond flour is ridiculous and to be honest organic shops scare me. The biggest problem is me being a big farking disaster in the kitchen, Oh I can cook but I can’t bake and when clean eating if you want anything remotely treat like you have to make it yourself.

Take last night for instance..Here I am with my paleo cookie recipe, I have my coconut oil which the price of could buy you a small plot of land somewhere in the world, my coconut/almond flour, my cacao chunks and powder all ready for the Great middle eastern pale bake-off . I mixed them I baked them and The only way I can describe them is they looked smelt and tasted like the inside of a rabbit hutch!!

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One but only try  I will give them a whirl again, maybe they’ll be edible next time, I don’t think even the ants that have taken up residence in our house (bastards) would have even eaten them.

Tea and cookies at my place anyone?………No?………why ever not?


Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

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Yesterday LPV and his wee bud S went to see Elmo makes music at the Madinat theatre Dubai. I really love the theatre and LPV is begining to aswell, the madinat theatre has a cosy homely feel to it too, so you can lose yourself in its surroundings, it’s almost like being a theatre at home. Except when you come out your face melts off!!

The show was fantastic, colourful, engaging, fast paced, with all your favourite characters from the show. Bert and Ernie opened the show, the Count, (ah ah ah) and Grover (my personal favourite)  Oscar the grouch aka expat daddy ;-) . And definitely not forgetting ELMO!!


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8 ah ah aha ah




I felt like I have been catapulted back to my childhood watching sesame street on my school holiday, sat on the carpet with a chocolate biccy!! I actually think I enjoyed more than LPV.  If he had been a few years older I would have got told to be quiet as I was embarrassing him.

The show was quite interactive so I felt a bit bad as the audience  I felt, half asleep at times, it was like they needed a rocket up there arses to clap or to acknowledge the effort that had gone in to this show. However sometimes that’s quite typical of Dubai residents.

The shows theme was about music and how we can make music anytime with whatever tools we have around like your voice, feet, banging a saucepan *although I don’t think I will be encouraging the saucepan thing*. LPV is at a great age where he really soaks up information that’s around him, so I can expect a “I’m making music” response  when I tell him to do anything this week.

At 250dhs per ticket, so about 50 pounds was ok, I do think children should have paid less but  hey ho. It was worth the cash, the one thing I thought they could do without was the intermission, LPV and S we’re completely checked out after that and pretty much had a whole ant farm in their pants and wouldn’t sit still. Meeting Grover after was awesome although LPV point-blank refused to go near him and hid behind a pop up banner!

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I changed my mind!!

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Hi Everyone


I had a little break, well it was actually going to be a permanent one. I wanted to stop writing about trying to be a good a good mammy & wife and actually be one but to be honest, this is my 4th baby and I missed it. So much has happened since my last post…..Starting big school, LPV not me. Talks about scrotum, health issues and I can now run upstairs without getting out of breath. The list goes on and on.

These are all things that I’m sure you’ll all get to read about one day in the not too distant future *groans all over the world*

My babies are growing up faster and faster by the day. With each laugh and awkward question the baby memories get more and more distant.  and I lose a few more marbles. However we’re making loads of more new memories to cherish.

Last week was our 1yr anniversary since we moved back to Dubai *thanks timehop* I have to say it feels like we never left, I’m so happy here, ok I really wish flights weren’t so expensive that we could get more visitor and we could go home more but such is life and this is the life we chose.

Anyway this isn’t a long post just a pre warning that there will be longs posts coming your way!!

Hope you’re all well and still with me……

Love ya!!

One year ago today!!

One year ago today!!