Update: Since July 2015, I am back in Ireland as my Korean experience came to both a natural and unnatural end. My time in Korea was drawing to a close in July 2015 as I realised that I wanted to move home to be closer to my family and to learn more about being a TEFL teacher. To that end from February 2016, I am attending a CELTA Course here in Dublin. In July 2015, my family suffered an unexpected tragedy that brought my time in Korea to an unnatural close. My sister was killed in a car accident in Liberia and I left two weeks early. This unnatural end to what had been a natural process of leaving Korea hasn’t fully been resolved. As of February 2016, part of my brain (and heart) believes that I am going back to Korea any day now. The other part of me does realise (and is happy) that I have moved on to new adventures. My below entry for this About page was slightly updated below a few months ago to show this adjustment but I think that it’s not 100% clear, hence this update:

Hello, my name is Maggie and I love to cook. Until recently I was living in South Korea, which is where I began this blog, but I am now living in my native city – Dublin, Ireland. In Korea, I had a tiny kitchen with a one-ring stove top and a toaster oven. Since returning home, I’ve been split between two kitchens – my mom’s and my sisters. My mom has a completely gas stove and oven whereas my sister has a gas stovetop and a fan oven. It’s a whole lot of changes and I’m still getting used to them. 

From really simple sandwiches to more complicated curries, I love being in the kitchen and I constantly try to challenge myself.  To that end, I also contributed to a cooking blog on a local Blogazine in Korea (The Sejong Dish) that was founded by my friend Salgu and is managed by a number of expats in my community. This blog, What’s Cooking?, focuses on creating meals using only a one-ring stove.

Over a year ago I found out that I have slightly high cholesterol and I am trying to balance living healthier with all the good (and lots of bad) things that I love. Consequently, I’ve been trying to eat healthier by choosing more heart-healthy food like beans. Luckily for me one of my favourite foods is baked beans (my absolute favourite is a toss-up between potatoes and avocados) which are actually heart-healthy! Yay!

Beyond cooking, I love pandas, teaching, travelling, reading, drawing, and writing. Happy reading.

Unless otherwise stated all photographs are my own taken either with a Nikon Coolpix L820 or a Samsung Galaxy S2 or an iPhone 5s. Unless otherwise stated, all recipes are my own.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in health or nutrition. However, I have a huge passion for food, eating and cooking. I love to cook and to share what I cook. My mam was my teacher and from her assistance I built up the confidence to cook myself and create my own recipes or to amend those in beloved cookbooks.

Copyright: All original content is copyright Maggie O’Driscoll of Spoon in a Saucepan including all photos unless otherwise stated.  Please do not reproduce any content without permission.  Please contact me at spooninasaucepan (at) gmail (dot) com if you’d at like to use any pictures or other content.  If you’d like to share a recipe originally from my site, your are welcome to but please give me credit if the recipe is originally mine.   If you want to pin my recipe or share on your tumblr, go ahead but the above rules still apply. Thank you!


  1. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing my recipes and travels with you. Welcome aboard.

  2. and what a life you’ve lead too. Like you, I’ve lived in other countries and really appreciated other cultures. I’m sure South Korea was beautiful, so far away from home though eh? My daughter took time off too and taught ESL in Spain for 2 years. 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s been an adventure for sure. If it wasn’t so far, I’d have stayed longer! Oh, wow! Did your daughter like Spain? Whereabouts was she?

    • Thanks, Lynz! It was a great experience – I’ve lived in the US as well but as that was a a college student it wasn’t quite the same! I am loving your story – and I can imagine how fun your house must have been! I am one of seven myself so I can only imagine what it’s like. Looking forward to checking out your blog.

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