About Me

Hi, I’m Catherine, born and bred Dubliner, with a piece of my heart in the countryside.  I started this blog in 2015, having jumped ship from my 9-5 desk job, in finance. Now, I have a whole heap of jobs from food tour guide to caterer to restaurant marketeer. This blog gets written late at night when I am out running (I have a series of breathless voice memos to prove it!)

Elbows off the Table is reminiscent of a by-gone era when your granny would have kept your table manners in check,  a time when organic was the norm and buying microwaveable dinners was considered ‘alternative’. Somehow in just a few decades that has turned completely on its head. Request your meat in a brown paper bag today and you might be considered a treehugger, but food didn’t come wrapped in cling film in our Grannies time. However I really feel there is a movement coming fast and strong. With a sea of plastic, melting icecaps and food scandals regularly dominating global media headlines,  we are looking back to our roots for answers more than ever before. People are adapting time-honoured traditions from growing their own food to adopting minimalist, plastic-free lifestyles and buying from the local small artisan producer. In a nutshell that is what this blog is about – respecting old school traditions in modern day life. It is an exciting time!

This blog also encapsulates my enthusiasm for the community of the ‘table’ and sharing a meal together. Have you ever noticed that the conversation over meal or a glass of wine can be a hell of a lot different to the one where the dinner was scoffed down over an iPad or in front of the tv? The table is where memories are made, key milestones and birthdays are celebrated and a time for people to come together at the end of the day. Although I don’t have too many rules for the table, (and I don’t actually mind if you put your elbows on mine)  I do think it is always worthwhile and important to make an occasion out of every meal, to at least spend as long eating it, as you did preparing it.

Follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or I’d love to hear from you at catherine.on.allen@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by,


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