In every attractive-vegan-New Age-woman’s recipe, dates are used to add sweetness, the natural way. “Full of antioxidants and a great energy booster,” Deliciously Ella claims as she shoves them into almond milk, protein balls, and brownies… but even I have … Continue reading Are Dates Really Worth the Hype? Dates are a perfect replacement if you’re looking for an unprocessed alternative to the white stuff.
Quinoa, chia, amaranth… you would be forgiven for being overwhelmed by the onslaught of seeds pouring into your health store with names that sound like characters from a bad YA novel. Dubbed ‘ancient grains’ by the food industry’s marketing team, … Continue reading Are Chia Seeds Worth the Hype? Chia seeds are a clear winner in fibre content — not just in the grains category.
The taste of Hallowe’en, for most of us, is a taste of alcohol and euro-store Snickers. A brack your mam bought you might sit on the side table, and maybe some monkey nuts sprinkled around a Chinese-imported pumpkin. The … Continue reading Food of the Dead While most overseas celebrations aren’t much more than a rave with face paint, the Day of the Dead is alive in Mexico, a rich and touching tradition of honouring loved ones, infused with Mesoamerican indigenous religion, Spanish Catholicism and the culture of 41 of Mexico’s ethnic groups.
When I started college, yelling Gordon Ramsey insults was all the culinary experience I had. One piece of advice I can offer in these trying times is to cook for yourself — you’ll save an enormous amount of money. Asian-style … Continue reading Coconut Rice and KwaZulu-Natal Curry It’s more filling and creamy than any rice you’ve ever tasted, and delicious enough to be eaten by itself.
In an age where fat is no longer the enemy of our diets, a new nemesis to health has arrived in the form of sugar. More specifically, ‘processed’ sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup and cane sugar. As a result, … Continue reading Food Trends – Agave Syrup Is it really worth the hype?
Having lived abroad, where juicy, sun-ripened fruit falls off trees on every corner, for most my life, one thing I can concede is that nothing can match the strawberries here. They’re small, sweet and flavourful; and unlike most other fruit … Continue reading Summer Cooking: Cheesecake Strawberries
This recipe was given to me by a family friend from Switzerland, who lives in an adorable chalet in an Alpine meadow and spends her free time hiking, baking and generally being incredibly industrious. I can almost imagine myself accomplishing … Continue reading Summer Snacks: Cardamom Cashews
What really is a festival? A big party, a celebration of something? Music is usually the subject of adoration, but what good is a sweet guitar riff when you are sleeping in a muddy tent, surviving on grease-laden chips and … Continue reading Five Dublin food and drink festivals to look out for this summer