Hello Bump!

I’m very curious about how you all feel about something……what are your thoughts on announcing a pregnancy?

Did you tell anyone early on?  Just a few?  Or did you share the exciting news with every breathing human being that crossed your path? 

I’ve had some time to think about announcing my pregnancy.  And I tell ya, now I just want to tell everyone.  Yes, at 3 months the risk for miscarriage is still there, around 3%.  But you know what, I don’t really fear a miscarriage. (No, I do fear it!). But I think the joy of announcing outweighs the fear of possible loss. The loss would be devastating whether I announced it or not, so why not enjoy that moment?
And if God forbid the worst happens, I’m going to need all the well-wishes I can get. I don’t mind those dear to me knowing my joys and struggles. I really feel like those who love us will rejoice with us and grieve with us. I find that incredibly strengthening and humbling. People simply have this amazing ability to lift you up and help you heal after those losses and being alone would never be an option for me.

So here,  with overwhelming excitement I shout from the rooftops: Yay! I’m pregnant!!! Nothing wrong with extra support and prayers!
And this baby? I love him or her so much already! Three months of love is growing at an exponential pace and I’m absolutely honoured to tell you all about it!

Going forward, expect a lot of pregnancy related posts in 2016; what to eat, what to wear, how to tell your dog she’ll be a Big Sis :)

xxx, Marta

New Year, New Blog

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s me! Previously Cook it Eat it Love it! :)

Why a new name? Why the “Loaf Story”?

As many of you know, it’s been a fast-paced journey this year. I’ve been having a wonderful time cooking & picture-taking for Good nutrition cookbook, collaborating with other creative types and visual story telling with food taking the centre stage during my travels.
When I started this blog in early 2013, I did not have a clear vision about what to write and just chose a name that came to Jakub’s mind quickly, “Cook it Eat it Love it”. Over the course of last two years, this site has become more than just a food blog; it’s a collection of my life stories, travels, family & friends. Hence 
I decided to move operations under the Loaf Story umbrella and I would love if you joined me there;

Instagram
Twitter
Steller
Facebook
YouTube
Pinterest

I would like to say thank you to those who continue to check in here. It really means a lot!
I wish everyone a great start and that 2015 may be a healthy and blessed year for you and all your loved ones. I would love to hear what you guys think about this new look and name! 

Off to a fabulous New Year 2015!
xo, Marta

Magical Long Table Supper at The MArt

Long Table Supper Dublin

Last night, Jette Virdi, one of the most creative girls I know, hosted Long Table Suppers in aid of Men’s Shed at The MArt in Rathmines and ah! what a spectacular gathering it was!
I went to The MArt with my hubby and our friend Peter. We were treated to beautiful wine and four seasonal courses (celeriac, smoked haddock & hazelnut, beef short rib with pumpkin, mushroom & crispy kale, donuts and my favourite: winter-spiced pannacotta) cooked for us by wonderful Hilary.
I can think of only one word to describe the Long Table Supper: magical! Just take a look below and you’ll know why!

Long Table Supper Dublin

Long Table Supper Dublin

Long Table Supper Dublin

I already look forward to the next supper! See you there? :)

Raw Food & Veggie Workshop

Loaf Story

When on Wednesday evening I found an email from Katie about the last minute Raw Food & Veggie workshop, I didn’t have to think twice.
I emailed her straight away and confirmed my attendance. There were at least three reasons to spend this Saturday morning at The Stables on the Fumbally Lane.

Firstly, I really wanted to meet Katie. I heard so much good about her and because I never made it to Connemara to her Dillisk project, this workshop seemed like an amazing opportunity to finally meet her.
Secondly, many of my friends are vegetarians/ vegans and even though I have lots of veggie cookbooks (PlentyThe Happy Pear, The Extra Virgin Kitchen are only a few to name) I usually end up cooking quinoa salad, safe and tasty but so terribly booooring!
Finally, I had no other plans and considering absolutely dreadful weather outside, cooking workshop sounded like a fantastic idea to spend Saturday!

Katie shared with us some scrumptious, vegan recipes like Kale crisps, Raw Lasagne or Irish Kimchi. Not to mention those divine truffles, mmmmm…..
The mix of flavours, colours and textures in every dish was simply beautiful!

Here are some pictures from this awesome workshop!

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apples (1 of 1)

raw_food_workshop_3 (2 of 2)

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iphone4 (1 of 1)

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Under Portuguese Sun

Casa Grande, Douro Valley

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words…and I believe THEM, therefore I decided not to write a single word about my trip to Portugal, which I totally fell in love with, but instead post photos from my Portuguese vacations and let your imagination take you away!

Porto
Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Douro Valley
Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

My hubby :*
Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Provesende, Douro Valley, Portugal

Lamego, Portugal

Sintra near Lisbon
Sintra, Portugal

Portuguese rarities
Lisbon, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Have you been to Portugal? Do you have your favourite places? Your favourite Portuguese food? I would like to hear from you :)
Marta