• No Idle Hands May 2, 2018 Róisín Curé

    “Hands up whose hair drives them mad when it needs a cut,” I said, showing the kids I teach my latest sketch of a barbershop. I had explained that I had been there for two and a half hours, and they had asked why my son needed to go to the barbershop when it was that busy. A flurry of hands went up and a chime of 10 and 11-year-old voices asserted that yes, their hair drove them mad sometimes. A young lad at the back with a good head of hair groaned and said that right now his fringe was driving ...

  • Home Made Bread Roll Pizza and still Sugar-Free…but for how long? April 30, 2018 Róisín Curé

    Bread. It has sugar in it. But I’m still gonna eat it… This Bread Roll Pizza was my husband Marcel’s excellent idea the other day, and I’ll share what I did in a minute. Neither of us likes going to the supermarket, so these days it’s hard to find something nice in the fridge for lunch. One thing I nearly always have, however, is beautiful home made bread. No, there is nowhere to buy wonderful bread in Kilcolgan, which is why I make it. I have to because the kids take sandwiches to school every day. We won’t talk ...

  • Sugar-Free-Sketching Day 6: (No) Cabbage Borscht & Soda Bread April 23, 2018 Róisín Curé

    Borscht and soda bread. Comfort food at its best… Boo-hoo! I am feeling rather sorry for myself today. For the last few years the middle finger on my right hand was refusing to open when my hand was closed. This apparently is called Trigger Finger. It was getting worse, and my doctor recommended an injection of cortisone. He didn’t mention how painful the injection into the tendon on your hand is. Ouch! Afterwards I was in dire need of comfort food and all I could think of was making a delicious pot of cabbage borscht. I made it last ...

  • Sugar-Free Sketching Day 5: Chilli For Breakfast April 22, 2018 Róisín Curé

    Chilli for breakfast is a far cry from the porridge and cereal I grew up with, but I love it. Day 5 and I’m back on the wagon. Actually Day 4 I was too as it was the previous day that I fell. It’s Sunday and I thought I’d make Huevos Rancheros, mainly because I had one corn tortilla left over from last night’s dinner and I knew that another day would see it turn dry and yucky. Besides, Marcel loves huevos rancheros. “Watch out,” I said to him. “I put lots of chili.” “No such thing as too much chilli ...

  • Sugar-Free Sketching …Day 3 and I’m Already On The Cake April 21, 2018 Róisín Curé

    Off the wagon! And it’s only Day 3! I was celebrating, and there was cake involved. This is how it happened. Under The Cosh My son Paddy is in Transition Year. That means he does very little in the way of actual work, but spends lots of time on personal development. Part of Transition Year is to do work experience. They had to find three weeks’ worth of work experience in three different places. “I know what I’d like,” said Paddy. “One hands-on job with boats, one science job and a fun one.” This is very Paddy. He lives in ...

  • Sugar-Free Sketching – Day 2 April 19, 2018 Róisín Curé

    It’s Day 2 of my Sugar-Free Sketching project. Nothing like a community spirit to increase the chance of success – why not follow my progress!

  • No Sugar, Thanks – Day 1 April 18, 2018 Róisín Curé

    I am so fed up being fat. After the awful winter we’ve had, I feel like this most days, but yesterday it was worse than usual. I had spent a couple of days with my dad, who is a demon for sugar. He has broken his ankle and isn’t driving so I went to the shops for him. He rang me while I was there. “I was wondering why you were taking so long,” he said. “I’m stuck at the dessert aisle,” I said. “I can’t decide which ones to get you.” “I love junk food,” he said, which was his ...

  • Not So Smug Now: Last One at the Airport April 6, 2018 Róisín Curé

    After scoffing at my husband’s desire to be punctual for flights, I nearly paid the price. There’s a (very obvious) lesson in that somewhere

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