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Beef & Guinness Stew

Serves 6 Ingredients 1-2 tbsp of rapeseed oil 1kg shoulder of beef, cut into one inch chunks 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, roughly chopped 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced 150ml beef stock 500ml of Guinness Sea salt and ground black pepper 1 bay leaf 30g of plain flour Method Heat... 

Traditional Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients 125g/4oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour Pinch of Salt 1 Egg 300ml/½pt Milk Oil for frying Method Sieve flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour, break in the egg and add about a third of the milk. Beat well, gradually pouring in the rest of the milk and drawing in... 

What are the pressures causing a decline in Ireland’s bees?

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation of that habitat – Homelessness! “A European honey bee (Apis mellifera) extracts nectar from an Aster flower using its proboscis. Tiny hairs covering the bee’s body maintain a slight electrostatic charge, causing pollen from the flower’s anthers... 

Sun-Dried Tomato Penne

Serves 6 Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 sweet onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 cup vodka 2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, I like San Marzano 1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained (see note) kosher salt... 

Chilli & Lemongrass Chicken

Ingredients 2 lemongrass stalks, finely chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla) 350g chicken thigh meat, cut into bite-sized chunks 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 tbsp curry powder 100ml chicken stock 1 tbsp caster sugar Small... 

Singapore Noodles

Ingredients 1 tbsp sunflower oil 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 large thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped 2 red chillies, thinly sliced 6 spring onions, thinly sliced 100g green beans, trimmed 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 1 tbsp curry powder 100g frozen peas 3 tbsp dark... 

Is Palm Oil Destroying Our Rainforests?

  The consumption of palm oil has increased significantly in the past decade.  It is used in everything from nut butters, chocolate, crisps, oatcakes, biscuits to soaps and detergents.  Unfortunately, this has caused detrimental damage to our rainforest and wildlife, whilst also impeding ethical... 

Lemon Polenta Cake

Ingredients For The Cake 200 grams soft unsalted butter (plus some for greasing) 200 grams caster sugar 200 grams ground almonds 100 grams fine polenta (or cornmeal) 1½ teaspoons baking powder (see NOTE below) 3 large eggs zest of 2 lemons (save juice for syrup) For The Syrup juice of 2 lemons 125... 

Healing Power Of Herbs & Spices

Herbs and spices have been used since the beginning of time to heal ailments and to enhance people’s health.  However, over the past fifty years or so our food has moved with the times, and traditional meals have been replaced with ‘instant meals’.We now tend to flavour our food with ready-made... 

The Way We Socialize Will Be Changing This Year

The way we socialize will be changing this year according to a latest report from Diageo. Diageo’s first ‘Future Series’ trend report revealed three trends that can be expected in 2017. Social scenes from around the world were studied by a team of cultural ethnographers, and three trends, namely,... 

Caffeine Could Reduce Heart Disease

A new study has found that coffee could help to eliminate the inflammation that is associated with aging.  Professor Mark Davis and his fellow researchers from the Stanford University of Microbiology and Immunology studied the data they had collected from over 100 people who took part in the study.... 

French Toast With Berry Compote

Ingredients 4 eggs 1/3 cup light cream 1/3 cup reduced-fat milk 1/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 25g butter, chopped  8 slices thick white bread 200g vanilla yoghurt, to serve Berry compote 1/4 cup caster sugar 300g frozen mixed berries Method Make berry compote: Place sugar... 

Classic Eggs Benedict

Ingredients 6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon Pinch of salt 1 tsp white wine vinegar 4 large eggs 2 English muffins, split and toasted Butter, for the muffins Small handful of chives, snipped For the Hollandaise sauce: 2 large egg yolks 150g butter, cold and cut into cubes Juice of ½ lemon   Method Cook... 

Family Fun – Scooter Island

Family Fun – Scooter Island Scooter Island has been a family business run from Usher Island on the Liffey since 1948 when they were known as Island Motors. Established by Joe Farrell at first it mainly dealt in motor cars, but since the 1980’s the business has been primarily about two wheel... 

Chicken Satay Skewers With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Ingredients For the chicken: 12 bamboo skewers (optional) 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast ¼ cup coconut milk 2 tablespoons curry powder 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds ¼ teaspoon salt Cooking spray For the peanut sauce: ¼ red onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced Pinch... 

Some Babies Are Deficient In Vitamin D

A new study conducted by the American Academy of Paediatrics has found that some infants are deficient in Vitamin D.  The study involved 184 women who breastfed their babies and some of them were deficient in Vitamin D.  The researchers explained that breast milk has low levels of Vitamin D and recommended... 

Natural Remedies For Sore Throats

Natural remedies for sore throats Sore throats tend to be more prevalent in winter, this is partly due to people going from centrally heated environments and then moving outside into the freezing cold. There are many over the counter medicines for sore throats, but they can often cause sleepiness and... 

Dublin Bowie Festival

David Bowie (1947-2016) entertained audiences around the world with music and acting that takes you into another world for 51 years and that is where he now unfortunately finds himself, somewhere in space. But do not let that dissuade you from enjoying the Bowie experience. For a whole five days Dubliners... 

Massaman Curry

Ingredients ✱ 1tbsp coconut oil ✱ 1 cinnamon stick ✱ ½ red onion, sliced ✱ ½ aubergine, chopped into 2cm chunks ✱ 4 midget trees (florets of tenderstem broccoli), any bigger stalks sliced in half lengthways ✱ 1 red chilli, finely sliced ✱ 2tbsp massaman curry paste ✱ 200ml coconut... 

Nut Loaf Recipe

Nut Loaf Recipe Ingredients 100 g quinoa 150 g onion squash 1 onion 40g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 2 cloves of garlic 2 sticks of celery olive oil 200 g tinned or vacuum-packed chestnuts 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 pinch of sweet smoked paprika 1 teaspoon dried... 
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