Simply carbonara 

When she went there the cupboards were bare.

What a cracker of a day! the sun is shining and I haven’t got round to getting a food shop yet (  im still in holiday mode) so todays lunch was a traditional carbonara made with the contents of the fridge and cupboard, one of you guys over in the Facebook group calls them fridge dinners (very clever) using everything up before getting the big shop in!

The Italians traditionally make carbonara with eggs and cheese leaving out the cream, this makes it an overall healthier dinner, without comprising the taste, slimming world friendly too..

Ps.. the only reason I had fresh smoked rashers and eggs in the house was because the first thing I did when I got back from holidays yesterday was buy the makings of a full Irish x   (no matter where you go there’s nothing like a full Irish and a big mug of tea when you get back)

This dish take 30 minutes to cook from pot to plate and serves 4


  • 400 g pasta
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6 smoked rashers/pancetta
  • 35 g parmesan cheese grated
  • 100 g of white cheddar grated
  • Bunch of fresh parsley
  • Lashings of black pepper
  • A little salt..


Boil pasta according to the packet

Grate cheese and crush the garlic

Chop and Fry of the bacon and garlic in a little olive oil or fry light

In a large mixing bowl wisk the eggs, add  chopped parsley, grated cheddar and parmesan ( leaving a little aside to sprinkle on top when served )

When the pasta is cooked.. drain well and season with salt and pepper

Add the cooked rashers and garlic

Now mix in the egg mixture, the heat of the pasta will cook the egg.. you only need to mix it for a min

Top with the leftover cheese

Eat straight away…

Da da…


You tube, can we really trust Peppa Pig

I’ve always been amazed at how tech savvy my girl is, She’s Three?  I come from a generation that the 3-year-old in the family was used as the tv remote control, the youngest in the family turned over the telly,   (my god I’m old)  Since my girl could sit up she could swipe a phone and use a touch screen, I think one of her first sentences was “mammy can I watch your phone?” It’s the times we are in.

I embraced this new age and got her own tablet.  Honestly, it,s been a life saviour on countless car journeys, flights, long shopping trips and family meals out (also the odd hungover Saturday morning). Everything in moderation that my motto! Her tablet came with the Youtube kids app installed, I never thought twice about needing to police it. She,s 3 and can’t write or spell so I honestly didn’t think she would be exposed to material that wasn’t aged appropriate.  Another thing It was me who would type in her viewing, it mostly Peppa pig, so no harm in that eh.

well, that’s what I thought…  until a few weeks ago, she was watching Peppa on Youtube while I was tidying the kitchen. I heard an ear piercing scream coming from the other room and a huge bang, (which was her throwing the tablet across the room.) I thought at first (the worst)  she had been severely hurt from doing a tumble or acrobatic move on the sofa (that she’s not allowed to do, but still does) I ran in and was met with screaming and roaring, that’s a scary one mammy, make it go away?   Peppa pig is scary  I asked?  it was a scary Peppa, George got sick and he was crying and he was getting sick and sick, I don’t like it, mammy.  She sobbed and told me to PLEASE make it go away and not talk about it anymore… I gave her a hug and read a few stories, just to distract her and forget about it, but we both got a fright.

It took loads of reassurance putting her to bed that night, but after 50 million stories, 6 drinks and 25 hugs and kisses she slept.   I was curious about what she had been exposed to. So I did a bit of digging and looked back on the Youtube history. The Peppa clip that popped up was really similar to the original Peppa! It was identical, only this one had a more sinister tone, with loud screaming, sirens and crying.  George was getting sick like she said. It was like the animators had set out to frighten a child.  I uninstalled Youtube and told her the next day it wasn’t allowed, she was happy enough and kept saying, “yeah mammy “Youb Tube is garrrrry”, I do not watch it anymore”.

After a bit of “mammy digging and delving into it” I discovered we aren’t on our own,  there are loads of videos appear to be popular children,s charters,  like Peppa pig and mickey mouse but contain really frightening material for children. Episodes like Peppa getting all her teeth pulled out while screaming and Micky Mouse getting his ear cut off” and because they appear as thumbnails on the side of the screen children are clicking on them thinking they’re innocent. You can flag them, and report them, but my girl got such a fright she won’t watch youtube again (even if i let her), telling every family member she meets  “youb tube is garrry”..

It’s not worth it any way, netflix all the way here, Next time it could be a hell of a lot worse.

how do you feel about you, re children watching You tube?