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5 Tips to Successful Goal Setting for the New Year

Tools to Help You with Goal Setting

By now you are either full steam ahead on your goals for next or have failed miserably. Ok so the latter sounds a bit 'drama queen' territory but the shameful way we berate ourselves for getting stuck and lasting only 2 or 3 days or so with our goals you'd swear world peace depended on our success. 

As it has become our time honoured tradition in Herbi & Carni to have an inspirational post in January, this year is no different.

5 Simple & Easy Food Photography Tips to get You started

Simple Food Photography Tips to get you started on taking food photos for your blog

Recently we were asked by We Teach Social to share our best blogging tip. Today it dawned on us that you deserve the tips too. Going forward we will be adding more tips, tools and strategies to help you in any way we can. Now that we think about it sure these food photography tips will prove useful to you for any food photos you take, food blog or not.

Goodalls 'A Modern Irish Cookbook' wins Top Award

Goodalls: A Modern Irish Cookbook wins top award

A huge congratulation to Goodalls for winning a Gourmand Award for Ireland’s first-ever blogger cookbook - A Modern Irish Cookbook, curated by Goodall’s.  At the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Beijing the book has been awarded ‘Best in the World’ in the ‘Best Auth

For the "Nearly Mums" Today

Thoughts on Mother's Day by a "Nearly Mum"

Another Mother's Day dawns today. For the last couple of weeks I had promised, swore to, myself that I'd avoid the internet like the plague today. Before two weeks ago though my plan from last year was to have a gorgeous blog post all about the 'Irish Mammies' and celebrate the day in a flourish of happiness. As those of you who know me are aware I lost a child in 2000 through miscarriage and last November I found out my mother had left us all. 

5 Simple Tips if a Vegan & Coeliac Guest is coming to Dinner

5 Steps to Kitchen Success having a plant-based, vegan & coeliac dinner guest
Our resident Carni here (aka Tony) should probably do up this post. He's had one of those to dinner most days for the last few years. I'll have himself read it through before I publish so it's Tony Approved. What would you do if one of your guests for your beloved Christmas Festive Feast informs you that they can't have grandma's egg nog, your infamous Irish coffee, truffles, chocolates. Not to mention the main event? Do you include them or ignore them and skulk around for the month of January avoiding eye contact?

Our Plantbased Pantry Staples

Our Food-Intolerance-Friendly Pantry Staples

Below are a few of our Pantry Staples which have helped us make meals which suit Marian's various intolerances and yet ensure mealtimes are hassle-free for both of us.

Gluten-free: A Life Journey

This is third of 3 blog posts I wrote for Goodalls Ireland in February 2013. It focuses on tips for those starting out on a gluten-free diet and suffering from coeliac disease. Coeliac disease differs from food intolerances and allergies as it is an autoimmune disease. The tips below I found useful when learning to overcome the effects of food intolerances and being gluten sensitive.

Marian's Top 10 Starter Tips to Deal with Food Intolerances

Marian's Top 10 Starter Tips for Dealing with Food Intolerances

Marian's Top 10 Starter Tips:

I learnt these along the way in 2011 as I dealt with severe effects of food intolerances. I hope they help you in some way towards dealing with your food intolerances. (I’ll add to this whenever necessary.)