Hi and welcome to the blushing beetroot. I’m Frances and I’ve always been fascinated with food and how it affects your body. I was aware from a young age that certain foods make you feel energised, healthy and made your skin glow while other foods can make you feel sluggish and slow down your body taxing it of energy.

As a teenager, I began making active positive food choices. I hadn’t been a huge fan of vegetables and made a conscious choice to eat more and a wider variety. I gave up tea and coffee and replaced them with water. I asked Mum to start steaming our vegetables instead of boiling and cheekily instructed the milkman to swap full fat milk with low fat! Over the years I’ve built on these small changes and strive to eat the foods that agree with my body and give me bountiful energy.

Luckily my Mum was a fantastic cook and always cooked from scratch. There was never processed food in our home and on an occasional Friday Mum treated us with homemade burger and chips which she always made from fresh potatoes and her burgers are the best I’ve ever tasted. I still want her secret ingredient! Mum baked bread and scones daily and I still remember the delicious smell wafting through the house as we’d all wait eagerly to smother them in butter. It’s obvious when I think about it — Mum instilled the importance of natural food from a young age.

Since becoming a full time mum of two I find myself in the kitchen cooking, more than ever. The days of planning and cooking elaborate meals And dinner parties are in the past! Breakfast, lunches and dinners need to be, easy to make, tasty and cost effective. I’ve also become vegetarian earlier this year and have dramatically reduced my dairy intake, so creating meals without meat and less dairy has made cooking an interesting venture ( but surprisingly with incredibly delicious results!!). The reason for this change in diet is for animal welfare and this is my small contribution to help end industrialised farming.

By going veggie you help lessen the load for animal meat production. This will help bring an end to factory farming and let us return to ethical farming of old days where the animals grazed outdoors. By going vegetarian or choosing free range or organic meats you are supporting kind farming methods.

I’ve decided to go vegetarian for this reason and I’m feeling great. My husband is a meat eater so I buy free range or organic meat for him ( but he’s secretly enjoying the change !!)

Thanks for taking time to check out my blog and I can’t wait to get cracking. . . !!

Love Frances xxx

14 Responses to About

  1. Grainne says:

    Fantastic! Can’t wait to try out your lovely array of healthy and nutritious and tasty recipes!

  2. Michael Brady says:

    Beat of luck Frances with the Blog. I’ve enjoyed reading it and will try out some of the recipes. (Though I’ll still be a meat eater but maybe a more conscientious one!!).

  3. Michael Brady says:

    Great looking blog as well. Very nicely designed!

  4. Grainne says:

    Mmmm! Can’t wait to give this a try! : )

  5. Hi – love the blog and pics 🙂 wanted to let you know about that protein http://www.thatprotein.com..developed by Irish Nutritionists and natural organic and raw ingredients !

  6. admin says:

    Hi! Im delighted you like my blog. As you’ve gathered from my blog I love eating healthily and eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. The products on your site look very interesting and id love to try them out!

  7. Lukas says:

    Hi Frances,

    Just let us quickly inform you that on 22 & 23 March we organize Food Styling & Photography workshop. This is fully comprehensive, 2 days learning session hosted by one the most recognizable (and in our opinion the best) polish food photographer and artist – Kinga Blaszczyk. There will be plenty of talk about holly grail of food photography – composition. Styling, props preparations and of course vegetarian cooking. No sophisticated lighting setup, no expensive equipment needed.

    More info you can find here on our Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/735984019816650

    I hope you find this short info interesting and maybe see you there.
    If you any question just drop me an e-mail – info@photowalkexpedition.com

  8. Clodagh Finn says:

    This is Clodagh Finn, nutrition writer at the Irish Examiner, hoping to talk to you for an article I’m doing on food bloggers. If you’re interested, you might send me a mail. Many thanks, Clodagh

  9. admin says:

    Hi Clodagh, Frances here from The Blushing Beetroot. Thanks for showing interest in my food blog. I’d be happy to talk to you. Could you let me know what this might entail?

  10. Aisling says:

    What a beautiful blog!
    I have nominated you for the Liebster award on my page, you can check out my post about the award here :
    The Liebster Award  | eat-well-feel-wow
    Yours is one of my favourite new blogs, Hope you enjoy!
    Aisling x

  11. Frances says:

    Thanks Aisling I’m delighted you like my blog! I’m hoping to get a chance to answer your questions and take a look at your blog over the weekend. x

  12. Laura Murphy says:

    Hi Frances

    I hope this email finds you well.
    My name is Laura Murphy, I am the Brandarmy manager for Imagine marketing. We are currently putting together final plans for a few cookery demonstrations that will take place at Bloom in the Park this June and we are on the lookout for outgoing, enthusiastic chefs to take part in this. The ideal chef will have a great knowledge of food pairings and culinary skills, but also be very comfortable performing in front of an audience.

    I have seen your website and all of us here in the office think it’s very impressive. We think you would be the perfect candidate for this role – if you think that this would be a great opportunity please let me know and I can go into further detail regarding the running of these demos, dates and times and all other relevant info.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Many thanks
    Laura Murphy

  13. Sinead Dineen says:

    Hi Frances, Do you have an email address that I could contact you by? Kind regards, Sinead

  14. john murphy says:


    My name is John Murphy from Ballyminane Mills ballindaggin enniscorthy co Wexford. My mill Est.1832 is the last working waterpowered mill in Ireland producing flour. I am the third generation flour Miller in my family. Michael Murphy (grandfather) bought the mill in 1905, his son Aidan (87yrs) has continued the milling operations to present day where he has thought me everything there is to know about the place.
    Over the past 7yrs I have been selling Stoneground Wholemeal flour (2kg) to supermarkets/bakeries and am finding it increasingly difficult to keep surviving in this competitive market. That is why we dicided to pull away from the multiplies and sell exclusively from the mill (online shopping/arrive in person at the mill to buy).
    The uniqueness of our mill is that the wheat is ground on a set of French Burr milling stones which are regarded as the best you can use too mill. The workings of the mill ensure that the flour is ground slowly, all nutrients are retained and there is nothing added but flavour!!
    Due to my mill been so unique and rich in heritage history we want to stand out on our own and that is why we are also looking at producing Organic Buckwheat flour. I have spoken to the multiplies/distributors and they told me that it all comes from U.K..
    Would you think that buckwheat flour is becoming increasingly more popular with people that want to lead a healthier lifestyle??
    Would it be possible I could send you a sample of my wholemeal flour for you to try?? I’m in the process of sourcing some buckwheat grain to mill and try out.

    I really appreciate the time you have given me to read this.

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Regards John Murphy
    Ballyminane Mills Est. 1832

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