Sian Breslin
It's Siân, pronounced Shan. I'm Welsh. I am also called mum, at times... I write about the importance of healthy family eating and discuss topical family lifestyle issues.

I was born in Wales but have made Ireland my home for the past 30 years. A professional home economist and busy mum of 3, my 25 years of experience teaching thousands of youngsters and parents home management and cooking skills offer a unique insight into family cooking. Having slowly watched the world of food change hands from mums in aprons in the kitchen, to men in white jackets in laboratories; I founded Sian's Plan to bring back the joy of healthy cooking to parents through effective home management and basic cooking skills.

Entries by Sian Breslin

Five Differences Between Eating in UK and USA (NYC)

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2014 | (16:04)

I've just come to New York for my first trip to USA. After a week exploring this great city, I think I'm ready to give you my initial thoughts on how I see eating is different between UK and USA (specifically NYC).

The American Diner

Everyone goes out for...

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10 Utterly Divine Flavour Combinations

(1) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (17:29)

Don't you love the way a certain ingredient can totally enhance the flavour of another ingredient? Whether it is peanut butter and jam or strawberries and cream, some foods just taste better when served with another. Usually opposites attract; sweet and sour, crunchy and smooth, juicy and chewy, salty and...

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Five Fundamentals a Beginner Homecook Needs to Know

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2014 | (16:51)

The cooking world loves a beginner! Every chef from Heston Blumenthal to Marco Pierre White started their cooking careers as beginners! They all made the mistakes but still wanted to keep learning. The benefits of learning to cook are so good for you and your family and once you get...

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Five Mistakes Every Parent Is Making and How to Fix Them

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (18:09)

If I was to have my 'cooking dinner' time over again with children, there are lots of things I would do different. Each stage of a child's food education and development is special and this includes discovering good food, cultivating exciting palates, appropriate size portions, cultivating a healthy attitude to...

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Butterflies and Cooking - What Is the Connection?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2014 | (21:23)

I read Virginia Heffernan's bold article in the New York Times, Magazine. The Food Issue. What if You Just Hate Making Dinner? over the weekend. It was hard to digest.
My initial thoughts were that if Virginia put in as much sweat into her cooking as...

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Why I Have a Problem With Celebrity Chefs

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (23:24)

Between Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Yottam Ottolenghi, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay, the UK has a serious amount of celebrity chefs. While I do like watching the odd tv programme here and there, I do have some problems with them. I had a good chuckle with Fiona from the office...

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How to Combat Fussy Eating, for Adults or Kids

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2014 | (18:00)

I received an email from a fussy eater last week looking for advice on how to combat fussy eating and I thought I should share my thoughts with all of you also. Here it is:

"Thank you for your email and I hope that I can help. It's great that...

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Diet Vs. Exercise - What's the Best for Weightloss?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2014 | (17:23)

You can bin your gym membership! Sport is a waste of time. It's time to celebrate reluctant gym goers.

Further to recent poll I conducted on my Facebook, many of you (my beloved readers) claimed that the most effective component for weight-loss is diet and, not necessarily, exercising. I can...

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Can You Cook Chicken From Frozen?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (23:06)

I received a lot of response from my article on 17 Ways to Avoid Food Poisoning from Chicken. The feedback was good and many of the points were helpful, however there was still some concern as to whether you can safely cook chicken from frozen.


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How to Successfully Bake Courgettes in the Oven Every Time

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (15:18)

Courgettes (or zucchinis as our friends in the USA call them) are easily prepared and full of health properties, whether it's helping to prevent colon cancer or to sharpen our eyesight. Random fact of the day is that courgettes are actually a fruit because they contain seeds. Not...

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Nine Junk Foods Made Healthy

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (12:55)

We often find ourselves reaching for junk food. There is no harm in a treat every now and again, but some junk foods are worse than others and often there are other options which taste just a good. Here are 9 of the most unhealthy food choices and my tips...

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10 Healthy Breakfasts for a Summer Morning

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (10:38)

Do you remember the jingle 'go to work on an egg?' You probably don't, however it is embedded in my family life through clever marketing in the late 50s and into the early 70s. It serves as a good reminder as to how important the first meal of the day...

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Are Eggs Healthy or Not?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (16:50)

I was very surprised to read recently that in 2007 the British Egg Marketing Board had plans to air once again the iconic adverts of the 50s, 60s and 70s: 'Go to Work on an Egg'. However they failed to get the advertisement past the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre because...

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Eight of the Healthiest Cooking Methods

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (14:51)

Cooking a meal from scratch every day is one step in the right direction to healthy, happy families. However, the choice between whether you deep fry in lots of oil, or grill with a dry rub can affect the level of goodness you get. Did you know the combination of...

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Superfoods: Miracle Foods or a Waste of Money?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (01:00)

The Superfood! Does it wear spandex and emit powers from its fingers like any good superhero? Does it have a separate identity that only comes out when danger strikes? Will it save the day when junk food rears its ugly head? All shall be revealed in: The Superfood! Coming soon...

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Seven Foods That Chefs Cheat With

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (12:34)

How many times have you eaten out and wished that you could rustle up dishes just like the restaurant chef did? While many chefs are supremely talented professionals and can creatively prepare the tastiest, healthiest meals, many of them pump up the flavour of the food to the detriment of...

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10 Must-Try Summer Smoothies

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (14:48)

I have written about the high levels of sugar in some smoothies before, but if you get the ingredients right, there really is no better way to punch in a load of goodness and energy than with a long cool glass of nutritionally loaded fruit/vegetable smoothie.

I've set out my...

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Ten Foods That Will Stop You Snacking

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (01:00)

Here are my fail proof filling foods that will stop you snacking throughout the day!

  1. Wholegrain Bread
  2. Complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, granary bread and seeded bread all help us to stay full for longer. While the whole grain has been rolled to aid the bread making process,...

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10 Meat Free Sources of Protein

(4) Comments | Posted 9 June 2014 | (13:05)

You've decided to go meatfree (even just for an evening). Here are some protein rich foods that can replace your forsaken steak...

  • Fish
  • Steamed, poached or grilled salmon provide the best source of complete protein in the fish category. With 33.8 grams of protein in an adult portion of...

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    Six Ideas to Use Up Leftover (or Canned) Fish

    (0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2014 | (12:59)

    So you cooked the fish, ate your fill and still have some left over. Unlike chicken, turkey beef and lamb, ideas for fish leftovers are sparse. One tip is to think of cooked fish liked tinned fish (i.e. tuna, salmon). Suddenly using it up seems much easier. Here's some extra...

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