A little bit about me:

Hi I’m Vanessa and together with my husband and taste tester ‘D’ we are Kitchen Feasts. We live in a beautiful seaside town in Co Dublin. We bought our first home a few years back and yes we still have lots of unpacked boxes in our attic.

We are proud owners of one very independent and intelligent cat called Lawrence and one very stupid but adorably cute Labrador called Cara. Safe to say, they have a love hate relationship going on.

I am a ridiculously early riser and get on average two to five hours sleep a night. I talk non-stop and am generally an all day happy person but am particularly bad in the morning. I am one of those people that coffee calms me down and if you want some peace in the early morning, give me a cup of good coffee and I might (I highlight Might) be quiet for an hour or so.

I run most mornings between 5 and 10 kilometres, and because I refuse to give up my favourite foods, I recently joined a gym and swimming pool.

Obviously totally addicted to my morning cup of coffee and to name a few other things: almonds, avocados, coriander, coconut, and chocolate. Always dreaming of a healthier and easier food lifestyle but then reality kicks in and I realise that life is just too short, eat what you want and when you want. Sometimes a nice slice of cake, a big bowl of pasta or toast topped with melted cheese is a must!

I am a terrible photographer and own many a camera, but always seem to revert back to my little phone to document our life. Sad I know but that’s just my laziness kicking in.

The last 15 months have been a very long and rocky time for us. I gave birth to our beautiful and perfect daughter Elena Jane on the 1st of January 2015 but sadly she didn’t survive and we are now learning about who we are and how to live life again as we are now very different people than we were this time last year. But now finally we have a little light shining in our lives again as on the 8th March 2016 our ridiculously gorgeous and perfect baby boy was born. We named him Alexander (The Great), 6 lbs and 14 oz of pure joy and growing rapidly. Like his father he has an insatiable appetite which now means I get to eat lots of yummy extra calories and I get to make a few extra indulgent treats when time permits of course!

So when I’m not changing nappies and feeding Alexander (and sitting staring and watching him sleep) I spend my days day-dreaming and coming up with new recipes  and ideas for the blog and my ultimate dream of writing a cookbook and owning our own cafe. That is when I’m not working for a very cool little wine shop and cafe in Co. Dublin.

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 thoughts on “About”

  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. 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

  3. Hi there, we have nominated you for a Liebster Award: http://britishblokescooking.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/humble-humble-humble-nut-incredibly-thrilled/ hope that’s ok?

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


  5. 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

  6. 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!

    • 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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/

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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/

    • 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

      • 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 😀

  13. Hi Vanessa,

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  14. Vanessa,

    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!


  15. 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

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

  17. 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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