Lifestyle


Creamy Leek and Cheese Pie

Ingredients Potatoes 300g, peeled and diced Leeks 3, sliced and washed Butter 50g Flour 2 tbsp Milk 200ml Cheddar 100g Gruyere or other vegetarian melting cheese 100g Dijon mustard 1 tsp Flat-leaf parsley a handful, chopped Puff pastry 300g Egg 1, beaten, to glaze Method Cook the potatoes in a pan of... 

Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients   500g Quorn Mince 1 tbsp of olive oil (Unlike beef mince, Quorn Mince does not need to be cooked in oil, you can just add it into the sauce. So you only need 1tbsp of olive oil for this recipe) 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 1 stick of celery, finely chopped 200g mushrooms,... 

Does Morphine Increase Pain?

The opium poppy has been used for pain relief for hundreds of years. Opium is produced by the milky fluid that seeps from the unripe poppy seed when it is scraped off and air dried. The seedpod is cut with a blade which enables the gum to ooze out.  The gum is harvested with a curved spatula and then... 

Creating a Vision Board

Creating a Vision Board A vision board is basically a way of clarifying your goals by visualising them happening.  I have created my own vision boards over the years, and 9 times out of 10 my goals have come true. However this only occurs if you are in a positive and energetic mindset.  If you are... 

Asparagus, Spinach, & Feta Quiche

Asparagus, Spinach, & Feta Quiche Ingredients 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 8 asparagus spears, ends removed and cut into 1-inch pieces 4 cups fresh baby spinach 5 large eggs 1 cup milk 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese Salt and pepper, to taste 4 green onions, chopped 1... 

Cleansing Tea

Sometimes life can become a little bit toxic and with that comes illness and infections. We don’t take the time to clean our bodies properly and instead we just carry on filling them with more “garbage”. Drinking some of this cleansing tea once a day will help you get rid of unwanted and detrimental... 

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies recipe Ingredients 125g unsalted block butter 1 egg 100g brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 tsp salt 225g Self Raising Flour 200g chocolate (any kind!) Method Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees c Place butter and sugar in large bowl and mix well Add the egg and vanilla essence... 

Summer Smoothie Recipes

Grapefruit Smoothie Peel and seed 2 grapefruits, then blend with 3-4 tbsp sugar and 1 cup of ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Pineapple & Mango Smoothie Blend 1 cup each of chopped pineapple and mango, 1 cup of coconut water and 1 cup of ice. Add a little sprinkle of toasted coconut on top. Triple –... 

The Killing Fields of the Somme

In the fields where once the trenches were White crosses stand in place Of an inhuman battle fought there In that frightening open space For the soldiers that died there Were just fodder as bullets flew As their leaders sat in safety While the corpses grew and grew Up and over was the call there As... 

Homemade Spice Bag

Ingredients 2 chicken fillets 100g panko breadcrumbs (can be found in asian stores) 2 eggs 1.5 tsp chili powder 1.5 tsp garlic powder 1.5 tsp salt low cal cooking spray 4 medium sized potatoes cut into wedges 1 chili chopped 1 pepper Half onion Method Preheat oven to 200c Spritz baking tray with low... 

Healthy Fish & Chips

Ingredients (Serves 2) 450g potatoes peeled and cut into chips 1 tbsp Olive Oil 2 White Fish Fillets Juice & zest of 1 Lemon Small handful of parsley leaves, chopped 1 Tbsp Capers, chopped 2 heaped Tbsp 0% Greek Yoghurt Lemon Wedge, to serve Method 1. Heat Oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Toss chips... 

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

3 tbsp hot smoked paprika 2 tbsp demerara sugar 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 4 thyme sprigs, leaves finely chopped, stalks reserved olive oil 1 x 2kg–3kg (41⁄2 lb-61⁄2 lb) pork butt (front middle shoulder), bone in, rind removed 4 onions, peeled and quartered sea salt and freshly ground... 

Arms

Arms are what we cuddle with to sympathise a loss And what we use when working to get credit from our boss And what we hold our children with to cradle them asleep And help wipe away a teardrop with when we see somebody weep But other arms can hurt when they’re in the form of guns And bombs and rockets... 

Avocado Facts

Avocados not only taste deliousiously creamy but they are also packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.  They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce cholesterol and are beneficial for cardiovascular problems. They are a good source of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin K... 

Detox Diet for the Skin

The skin is the largest organ in our body.  It covers an area of about 20 square feet.  Detox diets are important to purify the body and remove toxins caused by pollution, chemicals and the food we eat. Water is very important for healthy skin, without it our skin would be dehydrated and shrivelled... 

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients 1 can of black beans rinsed and drained ¼ cup of quinoa ½ cup of water ½ cup of breadcrumbs ¼ cup of minced yellow bell peppers 2 tablespoons of diced onion 1 chopped clove of garlic 1 ½ teaspoon of ground cumin ½ teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of hot sauce 1 egg 3 tablespoons of olive... 

Ways of Handling the Sun this Summer

Ways of Handling the Sun this Summer The Irish Times reported that on Tuesday the highest temperatures in the past three decades were recorded in County Mayo. That gives me hope for a lovely summer and I am looking forward to the weekends I will be having on the beach. This week the media also reported... 

Techniques to reduce exam stress

The leaving certificate is just around the corner, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed when you think of how this exam could determine your future.  A certain amount of stress is necessary to motivate you, but too much can cause a reduction in clarity and memory. However, there are various techniques... 

At One with Life

At one with life can mean a lot along the trails we roam And each one is a page in time a chapter or a poem We take the things that come our way to teach us what we know Like extracting seeds and planting them to watch the product grow The light of day will illuminate the paths and help us see A road... 

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Ingredients 1 ripe avocado, finely mashed 1/4 cup cup white sugar 1/4 brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped Method Preheat oven to 175 degrees Combine the finely mashed  avocado, white sugar,... 
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