I came across the following inspiring words when I was reading a book called Benedictus by John O’Donoghue a while back.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

May the clarity of light be yours,

May the fluency of the ocean be yours,

May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

img_4111It is these words that motivate me in JOUP, in the philosophy of our food. There is something so Irish and comforting about this blessing. We have such a beautiful heritage, even when it comes to food. When we go back literally to our roots. To the potato, the carrot, the stew and the hearty food that our ancestors would have eaten. Are we too quick to dismiss our Irish food heritage? Are we still connected to the fear of the famine?

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

In this fast paced, busy world where convenience is the name of the game I can hear my ancestor’s whisper in the wind, in the rustling of the trees, in the stolen moment of looking outside; “slow down and nourish yourself“… “Take a moment” … otherwise what is it all for?

Up next is a good ol’ fashioned recipe that bring up great childhood memories for my mum and that she has taught my kids to make themselves. It’s a great one for them to when they get home from school and I find it fills their bellies and slows them down after a busy day at school! img_5380

Do you find life so busy now? Have you any good strategies of slowing down that you’d like to share? Or maybe some traditional Irish recipes that have been passed down? Comment below … we would love to hear from you …

Is mise le meas,


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