The Mixing Bowl: Second Helpings

The Mixing Bowl: Second Helpings

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We are very proud to have been the project manager and editor for a beautiful new book published by Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services called The Mixing Bowl: Second Helpings.

In 2011 Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services launched a cook book called The Mixing Bowl which we edited. This gorgeous recipe book contained a collection of recipes contributed by the residents and clients of the Extended Care Unit (ECU) and the Community Reablement Unit (CRU) in Harold’s Cross. This was a great success and sold 9,000 copies raising over €95,000. We were so happy to be part of such a special project and when they contacted us again in 2016 to develop a sequel we jumped at the chance.

Six years on, we have been absolutely delighted to be part of the team that brings you the sequel: The Mixing Bowl, Second Helpings. A magnificent collection of tried and trusted family recipes that have been generously shared by 67 patients, residents, volunteers and staff of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

With 77 recipes, this eclectic mix includes typical family favourites served from breakfast through to supper time in homes around Ireland for generations and still today. Some of the featured recipes include:

  • Una and John Fletcher’s Lemon Butter Cake, a recipe that has been part of their repertoire throughout the 57 years of marriage they have shared.
  • Patricia Betts’ Boatman’s Stew, so named in honour of her father, Patrick, who created it while working as “Master” on a coal barge on the Royal Canal.
  • Alice Victory’s Speedy Banoffee, which although now has been safely tried and tested, it once caused the ruin of her kitchen as a result of an exploding can of condensed milk!

Charity patron and renowned chef Neven Maguire shared his recipe for ‘Chicken Thighs Braised in Cider with Sweet Potatoes’ saying, “This is one of my all-time favourites, one that I find myself returning to again and again. It has tons of flavour but takes very little time to get in the oven compared to traditional casseroles.

This beautiful recipe book should be on every kitchen shelf in every home. It contains not only the recipes of meals enjoyed by families throughout the country but the memories of the moments that have accompanied them. This is the type of book you pass down to a son or daughter and I’m very proud to be supporting such an important book for such a worthy charity.”

The Mixing Bowl, Second Helpings costs €15 and is available in all good books shops nationwide from 23rd October.  It is also on sale in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock or online at

This is a stunning Christmas gift for anyone you know who loves food and loves beautiful books: the illustrations and design are second to none so please support them!

A very big thanks to illustrator Sarah Brownlee and designer Dave Darcy, two very talented people we had the pleasure of wokring with and who helped make the proejct a real joy to work on.

x Emma