Bake & Grow

Hi there and welcome. My name is Valerie and I have a life of experience working in food that started at my Mother's table. From cooking in kitchens from Malaysia to Germany,  photographing and styling food for film and TV and magazines food is my lifelong passion. Writing about food and food producers all over Ireland as well as teaching, cooking, food growing and fermenting to people who are hungry for more, food is what I live for.

"After a full belly, all is poetry "
Frank McCourt

I am passionate about where our food comes from and firmly believe in the link to our health through our food.

It’s not just about what we eat, but the fact that we are hands on in the preparation of our own food. Never before have people been so disconnected from their food, yet so passionate about it at the same time. I seek to help to close that gap and encourage people back into the kitchen for the sheer joy of finding out how easy it can be to grow, prepare and eat healthy and delicious food.

What Others Say


I loved your baking class good teacher if you can teach me to bake ANYONE can do it! 

Mike Duffy

Taxi Driver 


I would recommend Valerie's workshops to anyone looking to hone their skills in producing tasty probiotic vegetable fermenters like sauerkraut or Kimchi.  

A graduate of An tIonad Glas Organic College Valerie has been returning to us over the last decade us to share her expanding knowledge in food preservation.  Her workshops are always fun, engaging and informative and you too can come away with new skills and produce!

Get with the beneficial microbes and Valerie! 

Catherine Caulwell

Lecturer, An t'Ionad Glas, Drumcollagher Co.Limerick


I have three cookbooks published by O’Brien Press and have written for many of Ireland’s top newspapers and food magazines as well as regular TV appearances.

Val's Kitchen

Real Food Real Easy

With budgets and nutrition always in my mind, here are some recipes that apply to the world we live in now, with gluten and sugar free options, there is plenty here for the family kitchen in the modern world. With classic dishes that we love to order in restaurants that are cheap and easy to make at home

Bread on the table

Baking Traditions for Today

Bread on the Table shows cooks at home how easy it is to whip up a batch of griddle cakes faster than driving to the shops, parking and paying for a plastic loaf. This is a book for everyone: parents who want to put better bread in their kids' lunch-boxes, those who want to bake things for themselves, and people hoping to save money and have some fun in the kitchen.

Irish break

Baking for Today

Irish Bread Baking for Today shows visitors to Ireland how easy it is to whip up a batch of griddle cakes, bake a gorgous Irish soda loaf, even make your own butter. Recipes include: boxty and other potato breads, guinness bread, spotted dog, griddle scones, spelt bread, and many, many more.

Featured In

"A party without cake is just a meeting"
Julia Child


In my new online venture I seek to connect with people in their own home through a series of live workshops, video tutorials and masterclasses. If you have never cooked, baked or helped a seed to grow and would love to get started, then this is the place for you.


Saturday 4th April 2020

In this class we will make the most well known of all fermented vegetables, sauerkraut. 

Sauerkraut is a true superfood and can be made so easily at home in your own kitchen with basic ingredients and no special equipment. 


Connect with me on Instagram, where I usually hang out.

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Read my latest blogs

April 21, 2020

March 3, 2019

October 15, 2018

February 12, 2018

October 12, 2017

August 5, 2017

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