So… WKA is FINALLY back up and it’s been almost 10 years to the day that I set up What Katie ate (June 23rd, 2009), out of my little office RIGHT off my LITTLE kitchen in my tiny house in Melbourne.
You can see pics of that room and some of the very first WHAT KATIE ATE photos here.
It’s taken an age to get the blog back up, but all good things are worth waiting for eh?
Am sure I’ve been getting a few ‘God would she EVER hurry up!!!’ mumblings from the continually supportive and smashingly cool WKA followers on Instagram, and thanks for your patience one and all :)
I was so determined to get it back up this evening Sunday June 16, that I even skipped seeing Noel Gallagher in concert here in Dublin, and for anyone who knows me, that is dedication to the cause! ;)
I decided to take a break from the blog for a few years in 2015 as I went through a rather big life changing period. I felt I needed to take some time away to focus on my work which involved me travelling back and forth from Australia to the UK quite a bit. Great times and super opportunities!
I made the big move back to Ireland after 12 years in Aus and I won’t deny at times it has been hard settling back in. I felt a few months ago it was the right time to get the blog back up and running. I want to focus on lots of great Irish food - food suppliers, food producers, farmers, restaurants, bars and most importantly; working alongside some of the amazing people I have met in the aforementioned food areas in Ireland whom I have come across in the past 24 months.
I still tend to write my recipes as an Aussie cook, so you can find measurement tables and US conversions here on the new site.
Running a food blog is a very full on undertaking. When I ran the blog in Aus I often put in 100+ hours per week of my own time, rarely had a weekend without working and had to focus a lot of my life on it. I chose to have no advertising and I paid for the blog fully out of my own income.
In order to keep a blog running and work at the same time, you do need to get it supported in some manner and this is where I want to add that Dollard & Co in Dublin have been amazing. They are providing me with ingredients in order for me to create great new recipes for the blog. It’s not a paid sponsorship, rather a great union. In addition to other WKA stories I will be working to create, cook, style and shoot recipes for the blog each month for everyone to access and enjoy.
Here are some pics of Dollard & Co and details on how to find them if you are in Dublin town. Their store is fantastic, the staff amazing and overall they have been an incredible support to me.
In addition Helen James who is an Irish ceramic and homewares designer, kindly loaned me a lovey selection of props for this shoot. I love her stuff as it’s super simple and comes in colours I tend to opt for myself when buying crockery for my own personal/dinner party use. A lot of the pieces in the below shots feature her range (including that gorgeous glass I used for the cocktail) which can be bought online here.
To celebrate the relaunch of the blog, I worked up some recipes around a celebratory theme of summer entertaining (not that Ireland seems to understand that term at all - hasn’t stopped raining for what feels like 5 months and it’s freezing!). All the recipes are linked below and the food supplied by Dollard & Co. who are also running a great giveaway as part of the WKA blog relaunch, which you can read all about here on this page.
I hope you all enjoy the new blog, I look forward to the next big foodie post in 2 weeks in addition to lots of interesting bits and bobs which I will upload every few days or so.
Please note - there will be a few teething issues with certain parts of the blog for the first week or so. This platform is a little tricky to get working exactly the way I want it across mobile phones, tablets and desktops, so please bare with me whilst I sort out all that stuff and get is sitting 100% right.
Super thanks to my sister Julie for helping me re-format all the recipes on the site. No better woman for an eye for detail. Big luv xx
Massive thanks to to Neil (Harry ;) for going through all the posts for me today and making sure everything is (almost) working to plan. x
Thanks + enjoy!
EDAMAME, ROCKET + MINT CROSTINI WITH SEARED PEPPERED FILLET BEEF + PECORINO
EGG AND PARMA HAM CROSTINI WITH HOMEMADE SALAD CREAM
SLOW ROASTED, SMOKED PAPRIKA PLUM TOMATOES WITH RICOTTA, PINE NUTS + MINT
BUTTERMILK + LIME GRILLED STEAK, SPRING ONION,
PEA + BLUE CHEESE SALAD
STICKY QUAIL WITH BBQ TEQUILA SAUCE
GRILLED GLAZED PLUM, BURRATA, BACON + BASIL PEARL COUS COUS SALAD, BALSAMIC HONEY DRESSING
The bowls featured in the above post are ones I have been using a lot more of recently and are made by a mate of mine who is based in Suffolk and London. You can view his shop online here and buy some of the bowls he made especially for the relaunch of the blog here.