Hi there, welcome to Kitchen Feasts!

I’m Vanessa , a trained artist and printmaker. I am a single mamma to Elena (six) and Alexander (five). I spent 20 years in retail and hospitality and in 2020 made a career change into finance and securities. We live by the sea in south County Dublin, Ireland.

I can be found wandering the house in my favourite jeans and runner socks always holding a cup of coffee by day or glass of wine by night while picking up toys and discarded clothes. My favourite foods are pasta, avocado, almonds, Dijon mustard, coriander, dill and Greek yogurt so these feature a lot in my recipes. There is no real concept to my blog, I simply share what works for us however a lot of my recipes are designed to feed a family of two and designed for a working parent who has no time to spend hours in the kitchen. My son is a very fussy eater, his biggest issue with food is that he doesn’t like food that is mixed, which can be a problem. I mainly cook for me and live in hope that he eats his meal.

So for all the days that are sublime and for the days that, well just don’t live up to the others, food is my saviour, my recipe for life.


31 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for checking out and following my blog recently! I hope you get a chance to stop by again and try a recipe out for yourself! I look forward to following your posts in the future as well.


  2. Kim McGuire says:

    Hi Vanessa! Welcome to the world of food blogging. I’m looking forward to following your adventures and do hope you follow your dream to apply for a cookery show!! Thanks for following In an Irish Home. All the best. Kim

    1. Hope that’s ok? Are you kidding me, that’s wonderful ! Thank you so much x

      1. So pleased! Some people don’t “do” awards, so can never be sure. 😘

      2. I never say no and take it as a big compliment that you thought enough about my blog to pass this award to me. Thanks again and well done on your nomination!

  3. deliciouslynell says:

    Ciao! I’ve nominated you for an award, but acceptance is purely optional. If you’re interested then please check out this post:


    1. Thank you so much! I do of course accept and once i’m a little more organised I shall of course write it up. Thank you again, you are too kind x Vanessa

  4. Hi Vanessa, just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Participation is optional, so if you would like to know more you can check out my post here: http://thejollybeetroot.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/dragons-loyalty-award/ 🙂 – Niki x

  5. Hello Vanessa, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award 🙂 I love your pictures and the way you present your food, I also like your recipes, especially the pud in a cup, I am sure my chocoholic-son will love it!

    1. This is funny, as I just nominated you as well! I wrote my post but didn’t have time to notify you as there were various family tantrums. Thank you for your nomination to me. I really value your following and support and love your blog and wish you many further awards. Vanessa x

      1. Thank you so much Vanessa for nominating me 🙂 I hope your dreams come true and you will have the chance to open your cafe or BB, don’t give up 🙂

  6. Nancy says:

    Beautiful blog Vanessa. I’m so glad you joined Fiesta Friday this week, enabling me to discover it and you. I look forward to wandering through your past posts, and I’m looking forward to the new ones too!

  7. Nancy says:

    Dear Vanessa
    I have nominated you and your blog, for the Sunshine Award!
    Please know that participation in purely optional, no hard feelings or unfollowings on my end! I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post [unless you wish to pass on the award nominations]. Promise 🙂
    You can pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass on the award at: http://feastingwithfriendsblog.com/2014/03/23/award-acceptance-wishing-for-spring/

  8. Nancy, thank you so much!!! It is such a lovely feeling when someone nominates you, and of course I accept, just a little delayed i’m sorry. You are very kind and I shall get my thinking and writing cap on now, Thank you again x

  9. Hi Vanessa! I wanted to stop by and let you know that I nominated you and your blog for the versatile blogger award. If you decide to accept the award, just follow this link. http://cookingwithawallflower.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/versatile-blogger-award/
    It’s a way for bloggers to show appreciation to other bloggers =) Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so so so much! This means a lot to me, and knowing that I have great followers and support from you and everyone or anyone that reads my blog is a wonderful boost and feeling. Thank you!

      1. You’re welcome! You deserved it. I love your blog! =)

  10. Jhuls says:

    Hi there! I hope you are having a beautiful day… and I hope this Sunshine Award will add a smile on your pretty face! 😉

    It is not an obligation to participate, but if you decide to, here is the link: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/sunshine-award-4/

    ❤ Jhuls

    1. Ah Jhuls, thank you so much. I am a lucky person to be a part of this world of blogging and to have people like you to keep me going! Thank you!

      1. Jhuls says:

        You are very much welcome! 😉

  11. chefjulianna says:

    Hi Vanessa! I hope you are having an awesome week! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You do have a very lovely blog and I really think that you deserve this award. For more info, go to: http://foodieonboard.com/2014/04/23/so-many-thanks/

    1. This has been an awesome week! What makes it awesome was waking up to your message and feeling very lucky. I most certainly do accept and will write a post up shortly. Thank you! I hope you are having a great week too and have some nice plans for the weekend x V

      1. chefjulianna says:

        I am so happy you will accept it, Vanessa and take your time! I hope you have a good weekend too – no big plans on my part….maybe a little Fiesta Friday on Friday 😀

  12. rita says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    I’m Rita Moudar , Project manager at Buzzeff Middle East,
    we are a social advertising platform and we are looking for bloggers who can participate to our clients campaign by seeding videos or publishing sponsored articles ,
    we pay 300 $ for 10,000 views and 100$ per article
    please contact me if you are interested and want more details,
    thank you,
    Website: http://www.buzzeff.com my email rita.moudar@buzzeff.com

    Rita Moudar
    Project Manager
    Mobile: +212 665340758
    Fixe: +212 522 232 840

  13. Jhuls says:


    I may be busy with life and work the past weeks, but I am happy that finally, I am passing this ‘Versatile Award’ to you. Whether if you are participating or not, the award is yours to keep. Please click the link for details: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Wishing you a lovely day!


  14. Dear Vanessa,
    I’m moving my blog from wordpress.com to a selfhosted site. If you wish to still receive an email when there is a new post on mademoisellegourmande.com, you need to subscribe again. I’m very sorry for that but would love if you’d keep on following! 🙂
    Love, Tina

  15. Hi, You have a lovely blog and hope to see more from your space 🙂

    1. Thank you! I look forward to looking at your lovely site too 🙂

  16. Kim McGuire says:

    Hi Vanessa. Hope you don’t mind but I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award: https://inanirishhome.com/2016/05/26/liebster-award/. If it’s not your kind of thing…no worries…if it is…great! I hope you accept, though, as I’d love to read your answers. All the best. Kim

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