What is your educational background?
I started out studying business in Trinity but my real passion was food. I graduated with a business degree but I wished I had studied something in the food area so I decided to do a diploma in nutrition and health coaching in the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH).
Everything I knew about nutrition up until that point, I had taught myself, so it was great to be able to start from the beginning and get a proper foundation, with a real curriculum and order to it.
The great thing about it is that I was able to do it online and fit it in around my schedule. I would love to go back to the IINH for another 2 years to do the Nutritional Therapy course, when I can find the time.
You’ve got a lot of strings to your bow – cooking, blog writing, journalism, TV presenting and food photography. How would you describe what you do?
I’m first and foremost a food writer and food blogger and the other things like TV presenting, cooking and photography all stem from that.
Your hugely popular food blog and website, thelittlegreenspoon.com, is packed with healthy and delicious recipes. How did that come about?
I started keeping a food diary and taking note of how different foods made me feel. My family thought that other people might find this interesting and suggested that I share it online so I started my blog when I was in third year in college and it all began from there.
What kind of recipes do you have on your site?
Some of them put a healthy spin on some classic dishes and some are totally original. Having some recipes for things that people are already familiar with helps to get them interested and then they are more open to trying new things.
You have lots of healthy versions of indulgent recipes.
It’s all about balance. I want to show people that you can still treat yourself but there’s a better way to do it. If you are going to treat yourself, do it right. People are pleasantly surprised and genuinely delighted by how good the food tastes.
When you change your diet your palate actually changes too and you stop craving that type of sugar. For example, when you try dark chocolate with a high coco content of 70-85% for the first time, it tastes quite bitter. The more you eat it, the more your palate gets used to the flavour and it starts to taste sweeter.