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Rugelach – A Traditional Hanukah Pastry

Rugelach – A Traditional Hanukah Pastry Rugelach is a traditional pastry for Hanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. This year Hanukkah starts on the 24th of December 2016 and lasts for 8 days. This rugelach recipe I’ve made a bit more Irish by soaking the dried fruit in whiskey or sherry. It... 

MIND Diet Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk

A new diet has been created to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  It is a combination of both the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).  These two diets have proven to be effective for both the mind and body. MIND (Mediterranean – DASH Intervention... 

The Empty Vessel

Dark emotions encompassing your soul Smothering your very existence Every waking hour haunted by black emotions Hopelessly searching for what used to be Emptiness and loneliness engrained in your being. It is all you know, you are it, and it is you A black hole of despair, an endless song of pain Wondering... 

Nanobodies May Reduce Pain

New research experimented on mice has shown that a biological molecule called nanobodies can reduce pain and inflammation.  The scientists think this will be a new treatment for eliminating inflammatory pain in humans in the future.  “In experiments on mice, the nanobodies appeared to be more effective... 

Tom’s Classic Mince Meat Recipe

Ingredients 200g dark brown unrefined sugar 200g sultanas 200g raisins 100g currants 130g candied peel 40g flaked almonds 1 rounded teaspoon mixed spice 1 rounded teaspoon of cinnamon (fresh if possible) 1 level teaspoon of nutmeg (fresh grated if possible) 300g grated bramley apple 150g atora suet 4... 

Tom’s Rich Cristmas Cake ( round tin 20cm)

Ingredients 350g raisins 400g sultanas 80g flaked almonds 150g whole cherries 120g candied peel 100ml rum 200g cream flour 2 heaped tsp mixed spice 60g ground almonds 180 g demerar unrefined brown sugar 180g irish creamery butter 1 large tbsp treacle 4 large eggs Method 1. Put raisins, sultanas, candied... 

Tom’s Traditonal Plum Pudding

Ingredients: 230g white breadcrumbs 180g cream flour 1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon spice 1 rounded teaspoon nutmeg 230g of atora suet 3 large eggs 2 large tablespoons of treacle 2 large tabsp of golden syrup 350ml of guinness 180ml of rum 380g dark brown unrefined sugar 500g lexia stoned raisins (muscatel... 

Chocolate Chestnut Cake

Ingredients 225 g dark chocolate 6 eggs, separated 1 pinch salt 125 g unsalted butter, softened 435 g unsweetened chestnut puree 2 tablespoons rum 65 g granulated sugar whipped cream candied chestnuts (for decoration) Method   Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, gas mark 4. Grease a 23 cm spring... 

Tough Gig

Bionic Rats lead singer Derek Clabby laments the current state of the music industry. This is a very real thing, the industry is busted. The Bionic Rats are lucky in that we can record on a minuscule budget & have musicians who give their time and talent without financial reward (I won’t even... 

Chicken Katsu Curry

Ingredients 4 chicken breasts 150ml sunflower oil 1 large free-range egg, beaten 1 tbsp soy sauce 100g Japanese panko breadcrumbs 25g flour, seasoned 300g sticky rice, cooked, to serve 6 spring onions, thinly sliced, to serve For the curry sauce: 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic... 

My TEFL Journey

Most of you will have heard of TEFL teaching, ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ to non-native speakers. Some of you will have pursued this as an ideal opportunity to travel and experience life in another country. Whilst others will have always thought of themselves as teachers. I, on the... 

The Health Benefits of Epsom Salt

The Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Epsom salt is not actually a salt, but a mineral composed of magnesium and sulfate. It comes from a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.  Magnesium is needed in the body to help to reduce inflammation, hardening of the arteries and enhance muscle and nerve function. ... 

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients For the pastry sweet short crust pastry case (or a packet of readymade sweet short crust pastry with 40g/1½oz crushed pecans mixed in) For the filling 450g/1lb prepared weight pumpkin flesh, cut into 1in/2.5 cm chunks 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk (use the white for another dish) 75g/3oz soft... 

Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:   280g plain flour 70g toasted pumpkin seeds 200g shredded fresh pumpkin 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 large eggs 180ml vegetable oil 300g granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon Method Serves: 1 loaf or 1 1/2... 

Is Belladonna Safe For Teething Babies?

When you have a teething baby, a parent or caregiver will do anything to help soothe its’ pain. However, some gels and even homeopathic remedies may be unsuitable for babies. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the homeopathic remedy Belladonna may be harmful to babies. Homeopathy... 

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus Ingredients 2 cups drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas, liquid reserved 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste), optional, with some of its oil 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus oil for drizzling 2 cloves garlic, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon ground cumin or... 

More Than 2 Million People Are At Work

  “For the first time in eight years, there are more than two million people at work. This year, we will exceed our target of moving 20,000 people from long-term unemployment to work,” Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said about the latest CSO figures showing that unemployment has... 

Banana Muffins

Ingredients 75g melted butter 250g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda pinch of salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg 115g  caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 large, ripe bananas 2 medium eggs 125ml milk 10 walnut kernels (optional) To serve 2 bananas,... 

Homemade Tomato and Basil Soup

Homemade Tomato and Basil Soup Preparation time: 5 minutes    Cooking time: 20 minutes   Ingredients 4 tomatoes peeled, seeded and diced 4 cups of tomato juice 14 fresh basil leaves 1 cup of whipped cream Salt and pepper   Method Place tomatoes and juice in a stock pot over medium heat. Simmer... 

How Does It Feel To Be On The Streets?

Walking down the street, Late at night Not feeling wrong, not feeling right I don’t know where I am going, but I am not going home Walking down the road Thinking in my head Not wanting very much Clean sheets and a bed Walking down a lane, one of the many but they all look the same A dead end, or a... 
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