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Fighting Back – A man who fought his addictions

Fighting Back – A man who fought his addictions – The story of an alcoholic who fought through his addiction to become a MMA fighter.  His toughest battles were by far outside the octagon  When one thinks of addiction and young people, they are usually thinking of drugs such as heroin.... 

Eight artists selected to develop artworks for the new children’s hospital

Following a highly competitive open competition, eight artists have now been selected as part of the Children’s Hospital Group Public Art Programme to develop innovative artworks for the public spaces surrounding the new children’s hospital and the two new paediatric outpatients and urgent care... 

Stay Strong

  Unless you’re strong this world is wrong for coping day by day The pressures causes mental health in a world of gloomy grey For the mind takes in the worry’s that effects our inner roots And it frays our nerves and rocks you from your head down to your boots It can leave you disorientated... 

Pesto Pasta Recipe

Ingredients 400g penne pasta 250g brocolli, cut into florets 1 garlic clove, peeled 1 large lemon 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes 3 tbsps pine nuts 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 tbsp parmesan cheese Method Tip the pasta into a large pan of boiling salted water and cook according to the instructions. Meanwhile,... 

Peanut Butter Squares

Ingredients 150g/5½oz butter 200g/7oz dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa solids) or milk chocolate (or a mixture of both) 250g/9oz digestive biscuits 200g/7oz soft light brown sugar 300g/10½oz crunchy peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla extract Method Line a 20cm/8in square tin with baking parchment,... 

Pancake Tuesday

You might have noticed the pancake mix, lemon and sugar showing up on the shelves of your local supermarkets. Pancake Tuesday is tomorrow, Wednesday 14th of February, Valentines Day, is Ash Wednesday this year. Shrove Tuesday, the religious name for the day, comes from the word shrive which comes from... 

Philosophical causes of suicide in Ireland

French philosopher Albert Camus once opined that “the only real philosophical question there is, is whether or not one should commit suicide”. He argued, quite forcefully that it is the lot of man, that when he comes face to face with the stark reality of the absurdity of existence, his continued... 

Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients 200ml semi-skimmed milk 55g unsalted butter 2 x 7g sachet dried yeast 455g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 whole nutmeg 55g caster sugar 2 pieces of stem ginger 1 large free range egg 2 tablespoons plain flour 55g... 

Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients 1 tbsp unsalted butter 1 clove garlic minced 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 teaspoons of all purpose flour 1 cup of low fat milk kosher salt 2 tbsps low fat cream cheese 3/4 cup grated paremesan 3 tbsps chopped fresh parsley freshly ground pepper Method Melt the butter in a skillet over... 

Apple Tarte Tatin

Ingredients 250g Ready made all butter pastry 6 dessert apples, peeled, cored and quartered Juice of 1/2 lemon 100g caster sugar Pinch of cninnamon 3 Star Anise 3 tbsp calvados 75g diced butter Method Preheat oven to 190C Roll out your pastry, you need a little bigger than the frying pan, set to one... 

Chocolate Fruit Cake

Ingredients 350 grams prunes 250 grams raisins 125 grams currants 50 grams piece candied orange peel 175 grams soft unsalted butter 175 grams dark brown musocvado sugar 175 ml runny honey 125 ml tia maria or coffee liqueur 2-3 oranges (juice and zest) 1 teaspoon mixed spice 4 tablespoons cocoa 3 large... 

Mince Pie & Custard Tarts

Ingredients For the filling: 175ml milk 50g caster sugar 3 large egg yolks 1 tbsp cornflour 1 tbsp butter 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste For the pastry: 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 300g butter, very cold and cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing 100g caster sugar 1 large free range egg,... 

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie!

Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, a festival of thanks for the bounty provided. On different days, it is now part of the culture in a number of countries including Canada, some Caribbean countries and Liberia. In the United States it is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in the November, coming it this... 

Swedish Mulled Wine

Ingredients: 1 litre red wine 3 cinnamon Sticks 8 cloves 10 cardamom pods 3 tablespoons caster sugar To serve: Almonds Raisins Method Place all the ingredientsfor the mulled wine into a large pot and place over a medium high heat Bring to a steady simmer stirring untill the sugar has completely dissolved Strain... 

Mini Mince Pies

  Ingredients: 170g flour 1 tsp cinnamon 100g cold butter, cut into small chunks 1 tbsp of caster sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tbsp of water 420g jar of mince meat 1 egg   Method Place the flour and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub in using your finger tips until you have a rough breadcrumb... 

French Onion Soup

Ingredients 2 tbsp butter 4 large onions, sliced 2 tbsp plain flour 1 tbsy thyme leaves 1.4 litres beef stock 1 tbsp brandy salt and pepper 1 clove garlic 12 slices stale french bread 100g grated gruyere cheese Method Heat the butter in a large casserole over a medium heat  and add the onions. Season... 

Traditional Irish Barm Brack

Ingredients 225g plain flour 2 tsps baking powder 375g pack of fruit 250ml cold tea 50 ml whiskey 125g light brown sugar 1 large egg 1/2 tsp mixed spice A ring to place inside Method Place the fruit mix in a bowl and pour over the whiskey and cold tea. Allow to soak in liquid overnight. Preheat ove... 

Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients 250g / 8 oz of softened butter or margerine 250g / 8 oz dark muscovado sugar Half of a 225 tin black treacle 375 g /12 oz plain flour 5 tsp ground ginger 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 eggs, beaten 3 pieces of stem ginger (crystalised/ from a jar) – optional 300 ml /half pint of milk 2 tsp... 

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients 1 pumpkin 700g or larger 2 eggs 225g light brown soft sugar 1 tablespoon plain flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 350ml evaporated milk 23cm unbaked pastry case Method Cut pumpkin in half... 

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients: 1 butternut squash, peeled and deseeded 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 2 onions, diced 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 850 ml vegetable stock 4 tbsp creme fraiche, plus more to serve   Method Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the squash... 
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