Lifestyle


New Waste Plan for Eastern-Midlands Region

As consumers we end up with a lot of household waste in the form of packaging, leftover foods and general waste. Most of us try to recycle as much as we can in order to help a greener environment. However, it can be tedious and impossible at times to control one’s waste where bigger homes with larger... 

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Ingredients 400g Milk Chocolate 250g Dark Chocolate 200g White Chocolate 160g unsalted butter 300g Golden syrup 300g Digestive Biscuits 1. Melt all the chocolate, butter, and golden syrup in a bowl over a pot of hot water. Make sure the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl. 2. In another bowl... 

Chunky Chocolate & Caramel Squares

Preparation: Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. You will need: 15cm (6″) square tin, greased and lined. Ingredients 225g (9oz) Juvela Gluten-Free mix 75g (3oz) light muscovado sugar 150g (6oz) butter, melted for the filling: 397g (16oz) tin condensed milk* 100g (4oz) muscovado sugar 50g... 

Healthy Banana Bread

There are many banana bread recipes available but this is a healthier version and guilt free! You can also tweak this recipe to your liking by adding berries, nuts or choc chips! Ingredients 250 g wholemeal flour 5g baking powder 2 g Salt 55g unsalted butter 30g natural yoghurt 110 light brown sugar 2... 

Chia Ice Pops with Raspberries

Ingredients 1 ½ cup raspberries (fresh or thawed frozen) ½ cup water 15 ounce can full fat coconut milk 1 ½ tablespoons chia seeds six 9 ounce paper cups 6 popsicle sticks Optional add-ins: coconut extract vanilla extract lime juice honey Method 1. Blend the raspberries and water in a blender until... 

1916 Freedom Tour & Competition

1916 Freedom Tour & Competition Irish all over the world, Diaspora, descendent and those still native living have a state to call home but who fought for this wonderful place we call home? If you’re like me and think the reading of aged ink on tree shavings is a waste of time then don’t... 

Tasty health juices and smoothies for kids

Tasty health juices and smoothies for kids   The Vitamin C Booster is a tasty way of providing kids with their RDA of vitamin C.   Vitamin C Booster Serves 2 2 cups spinach, fresh ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed 1 cup water 1 banana 1/4 cup carrots 2 cups strawberries 1/2 cup blueberries Blend... 

Vintage is back in Fashion at the Dublin Co-Op

Vintage is back in Fashion at the Dublin Co-Op   After reading several very well researched studies on how old our world is, I reached the conclusion that there are a lot of people who don’t seem to agree! Scientists and creationists all belief differently and on both sides has come up with their... 

BBQ Ideas for Summer Evenings

BBQ Ideas for Summer Evenings   With the good weather here (well mostly) there is more than enough reason to enjoy the great outdoors. BBQ’s are probably the easiest way to cook outdoors and it is a great social activity and a change from normal conventional cooking. This is one of the reasons... 

The warm weather is here time for some gardening!

The warm weather is here time for some gardening! In this article, Jacqueline Spain uses her encylpedic knowledge of gardening and gives us some tips! I love everything about spring, because the sun visits us more often and the swallows and their friends return. There is nothing as beautiful as the... 

Homemade Granola Recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe Granola is a great for breakfast or a snack but it also makes a great gift! Here is a simple recipe which I guarantee is foolproof! All it takes is a batch of rolled oats and whatever seeds, nuts and fruit your heart desires.   Ingredients 250g rolled oats 50g sunflower... 

Homemade Hot Chocolate

  Homemade Hot Chocolate I love my hot chocolate on cold days; it makes me feel at home when I am out and about. But when I was just a child I used to make my own on days like today, the rainy and cold ones. This Martha Steward (founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) recipe for hot chocolate,... 

Let’s Do Some Gardening Children

Let’s Do Some Gardening Children Spring is here and it is time to get the gardening forks out and start planting and mowing the lawn again. Children especially love the idea of living it up in the garden during spring and summer and I remember my little one, digging in the soil while I was doing the... 

Homemade Bean Burgers

  Homemade Bean Burgers Ingredients 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed. 1/2 green bell pepper cut into 2 inch pieces. 1/2 onion cut into wedges. 3 cloves of garlic peeled. 1 egg.   Method Preparation time: 15 minutes           cooking time: 20 minutes      If grilling, preheat... 

Orange Juice Recipe

Orange Juice Recipe I was looking for a recipe on the internet on how to make your own homemade orange drinks, because vitamin C is something we all need particularly with the seasons now changing.  It is always the time when influenzas’ and colds make the appearances again. Taking enough Vitamin... 

Guinness Beef Stew – Its Not Summer Yet!

Today, there is a bit of chill in the air and I was thinking that yesterday I was mouthing off at how beer does not appeal to me on a sunny day, but somehow now that it is weekend, a beer stew might be a nice way of saying goodbye to the last of the cold evenings of winter, well that is me hopeful... 

Homemade Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Homemade Salted Caramel Ice Cream Today is one of the sunniest days we’ve had in a while and the temperature presently is 18°C. “What a day for an ice-cream!” I though to myself as I was walking along the River Liffey.  I’m not much of a beer drinker, so ice-cream would be more appealing... 

Summer Beans on Toast with Prosciutto

Something Light for the Summer – Summer Beans on Toast with Prosciutto Don’t you just love the way the British can put a meal together, with so much colour on the plate and the garden surrounding this scrumptious meal you are about to devour, unless being watched, you might want to use your knife... 

Chocolate Delights

  Chocolate Delights   Chocolate Cake in a cup Ingredients 1 cup/mug 4 tbsp of plain flour 4 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp cocoa powder Drop of vanilla extract 1 egg 1/4tsp baking powder 3tbsp milk Optional: Nutella, peanut butter, chocolate chips etc   Method First mix all dry ingredients together. Next,... 

A Positive St Paddy’s Day

A Positive St Paddy’s Day After years of self imposed exile from the Parade, this year, myself and my fellow journalist Poraic Cahill decided to observe the day’s events and report our findings for your good selves.  In breaking with another tradition, and against an increasingly, popular perception,... 
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