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 We’re all on some kind of journey with food… and cooking.


( whether it be cooking at home, or on the professional cook to chef journey )


Do you call yourself a foodie, order a simple espresso, or a grande capulata-skini-chini-thingy… or do you even care what a ‘dirty burger’ is?


Do you love to spend time playing your kitchen mandoline… or do you even have time?


Perhaps you have a cupboard full of kitchen tools but never seem to have the right one for the job !  






COOKS lacking experience or confidence


This blog is for you if you want to understand food and cooking more and get a repertoire going !


That’s me (Aoibheann). I like to cook every day from scratch, and I like to experiment, so things can go wrong. I’m getting much more confident now but can also lose it again when it comes to a ‘performance’, a deadline, or the feeling of being judged. Maybe it’s self-sabotage, but it’s all downhill from there. So I look for simple tools and tips, to help give me confidence and make kitchen life calmer.




Busy can do COOKS just lacking time


 This blog is also for you if you desperately need to simplify a busy life.


We’ve been there a lot during our professional career life, and when busy parenting. You’ve run out of time, and are done with going round in circles searching for real advice online. You just want the information … easy to see, right NOW!  Let’s bring that loving cooking feeling back.




Keen COOKS and wanna-be CHEFS 


 This blog is for you if you’re really into food and cooking and want to know or share the tricks of the trade.


You’ll be more like Paul then !  Find out about the little tools, the professional style appliances, and the tips that we get, from the experts and trained chefs… they make a big difference.






 Stay connected.


For you, we know how full and difficult life is for chefs, you work your way to the top, then maybe have your own restaurant… and that’s even tougher !  We need your input too on this blog – you might be commenting on the tools as us, or have others to recommend. We love to spread the word about you through your inspiring pictures, any recipes and tips too.  Lots of chefs are connecting with us on Instagram – please do on the blog comments too.  






Where we are on our journey with food?


We ‘re a professional foodie couple, working and living together for over 30 yrs. Aoibheann loves to explore flavours, the unusual, and likes to keep it healthy. Paul is all about detail, and professional equipment and totally comfortable with his cooking skills.  We’ve just sold our restaurant and boutique hotel, our home, car and most of our possessions. We wanted to live nomadically, with just a few suitcases ! So now we’re free in most ways… We’ve taken a huge leap now in our 50’s and given up almost everything to make sure we are back in the driving seat, and not too busy to ‘live’.  We think of life as 10 year episodes or adventures. We never stop working and learning, and growing. This current life adventure is all about living nomadically and digitally. 

We also see the whole cook to chef journey as synonymous with the two of us, and how we each like to cook, and with life’s journey itself.  Paul and I have really different approach to food and cooking. So together we make a full team. We learn a lot from each other, and from the many cooks and chefs we have come across in our long life so far 😉

We have a particular bee in our bonnet about biassed or misleading information that ends up wasting your time and money ! 


So we hope you are hungry…


For relevant, honest information to help you understand food and cooking more. We’re well down the road ourselves, so, with our added experience, let us spend the time doing the research for you, so you can have more time to use both your brain, and your Braun in the kitchen !




What we do for you

We will cut through all that chaotic, biased, or incorrect information we see online, and review things that we believe in, or that we love to use – with both obsession and passion. And, oh, we definitely obsess over detail. We can help you make that kitchen work better for you?

Check out our latest in-depth review here.

Smile !

There is so much photographic talent out there too – thank-you to Caju Gomes and Unsplash for this watermelon smile picture.

The journey from cook to chef, is just like a life’s journey


We want everyone to feel great ! In our previous life adventures, we’ve loved showing people their own beauty in unique ways with special portraits, we got so much joy from making people feel special, or go gooey with exotic experiences and food when we owned maison mk & gastro mk. Opening the senses to experience life as it could be lived. 

Now that we’ve simplified our lives to the maximum, physically, we feel free ! So we’re thinking… how can we still genuinely help, without having a fixed product to receive you in a hotel, restaurant, spa, cooking class, or studio. How can we help you to still get those feelings for yourself. What little things can we do to help you find your own happiest days, so we can live our best life.

For us, the little things matter… and where everyone else stops, we’re only getting going. We care so much about the end user, crikey, now we are the end user. Now that we have time, and food and cooking are still a main focus of our living, we turned our attention to the detail online. We didn’t like what we found so we started to simplify that too. As we delved deeper, we realised that biassed mis-informed marketing was distracting… even stealing our precious time. Everyone should be able to see and buy what they really need, not what someone else needs them to buy !

We’ve always preferred to be behind the scenes working hard, and a little camera shy. But we decided to try to push out of our comfort zone and speak up ! We learned the digital skills we need to blog and reach out to you to tell you what we find. 

In little ways, we hope we can make help.  In the end, we want to help you make better decisions faster, and give you the right information that will help you make cooking an easy and fun part of your lifestyle.


From rustic street food, to home cooking, to restaurant level – in your home.


Whilst we actually want to have great old fashioned home made food, we also want to have the best nutritional food, and great restaurant level food too. It’s not being too greedy, there’s a lot you can do at home with good information,  some tips and techniques, and great equipment. Chefs do a lot more than just cooking !

So it all starts with the right ingredients and equipment and knowledge. 

We want you to experience great food, and have time to enjoy it. There are so many people out there already blogging great recipes and meal plans and nutritional information. You’ll find them mentioned as inspiration in our posts.

We will show you simply the best kitchen tools.

From tiny and powerful, to manual to high tech. that we think will help you on this journey. So we’ve started… one hand blender, one coffee machine, and sous vide tool at a time !

We learn it. We use it. We live it.

 We don’t claim to be the cooking experts, just the messenger, living and loving the foodie journey ourselves. We want to be your expert messenger. You will see the products we have researched, reviewed, just love to use ourselves, or are on our own wishlist !

You’ll also find more little and large, fun or professional goodies on our foodies wishlist page.

  1. We’ll do the HARD WORK researching, resourcing, learning and experiencing
  2. We’ll share the INSPIRATIONS to get you active (tips, techniques, stories, ingredients, useful equipment, recipes)
  3. You reap the REWARDS and LIVE WELL.

So we are helping with steps 1 and 2… the rest ( no. 3) is up to you … to receive.

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Paul & Aoibheann…  a work in progress !


We are big believers in one life | many adventures.


We’ve been the demanding customer and the luxury hospitality provider. We’ve seen the foodie world from both sides.


We love to learn, dig out the detail, and tell the truth.


Cooking better & eating well remain an important part of our lifestyle… living more is our aim. We want the same for you.


learn more about our journey


and our blog,


and our beliefs.