Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent



‘I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.’……..

unravelling oliver

….is the opening line to this novel that certainly captures your attention.

Oliver Ryan is a successful children’s writer living in Dublin with his wife. They have a privileged lifestyle and  a solid partnership or so it would appear until one night Oliver beats his wife Alice into a coma.

In the aftermath of the savage attack, Oliver’s story unfolds and so do the stories of those who have crossed his path throughout his life.

Irish writer, Liz Nugents, first novel is a gripping psychological thriller.The novel opens strong creating an atmosphere of suspense and a feeling of unease for the reader. It is a truly fascinating yet disturbing insight into the making of a sociopath. And of course, being a Dubliner, i loved the setting 🙂 . I really enjoyed this book and give it a good solid 4 star Dublin Mummy rating.

Have you read it? Did you love or loathe it? Let me know in the comments and if you have any good book recommendations i would love to hear them.

Happy reading,

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1 star = don’t waste your time or money | 2 star = fair | 3 star = good
4 star = very good | 5 star = excellent


Chilli Con Veggie


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Good 0ld Jamie Oliver, this is a recipe from his website http://www.jamieoliver.com. I am always striving to eat less meat and find family friendly veggie dinners that everyone will eat. This recipe ticks all the boxes. It freezes really well and tastes great served with rice and topped with sour cream, grated cheddar, guacamole and coriander. This recipe has a lot of ingredients so make your life easier by prepping everything before you start to cook.  Continue reading

Easy ‘Cheaty’ Slowcooker Meatballs


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Sometimes you have to take a few shortcuts and this is one of my no effort recipes that delivers super tasty results. I  call it a ‘cheat’ because i use jars of sauce and i don’t bother browning the meatballs before putting in the slowcooker.

meaty balls

Serves: 6 – 8


2 x 440g jars of tomato based pasta sauce

800g minced pork

2 x cloves of garlic crushed

1 x large onion finely chopped

2 x eggs

1/2 cup of oats

2 teaspoons of dried oregano

salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pour your pasta sauce into a slowcooker.
  2. Place all the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl, and using your hands mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Roll the meat mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and place directly into the slowcooker on top of your sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours. Midway through cooking, give your meatballs a gentle stir to make sure all the meatballs are covered in sauce.

Serve with Tagliatelle and garlic bread or some mashed potato and steamed broccoli.

This recipe is easily halved or doubled and freezes really well.

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