Coconut oil, beloved by health bloggers and professional chefs alike, poses a lot of questions for the average student cook. It’s hard to know what it’s best used for, and whether or not to believe the hype surrounding its supposed … Continue reading Is Coconut Oil Worth The Hype? Having only recently come in to popularity in Ireland, it has quickly achieved “superfood” status, among claims that it cures various ailments and encourages weight loss.
So last week I got a shock, of the worst, financial after-the-earthquake kind. After living in scandalous levels of excess for the past few weeks, the money I had made pretending to answer the phone and stamping post in my … Continue reading BAD BEAN – Living on baked beans for one tumultuous week Aoife Breen spills the beans on what it’s like to subsist solely on baked beans for one tumultuous week.
Eatyard is one of those cool hipster places that doesn’t feel like it’s in Ireland. With its storage container food outlets, wooden seating arrangements and abundant fairy lights it’s become one of my favourite places to visit in Dublin. If … Continue reading The Eatyard Experience – Dublin’s Foodie Haven Kate Banks gives the low-down on Dublin’s foodie haven
Supermarkets are depressing. The big ones I mean; repetitive isles of uninteresting products, hopelessly packaged in arctic jackets of polythene; lurid packets of cheap sweets; vegetables bland and uniform, too perfectly coloured; pre-prepared packets of dinner death; special offers that … Continue reading Grocery shopping alternatives There are ways to make the mundane things less so…Try Moldova Rathmines
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.
Coffee is a beverage inextricably linked to student life. Typical sights around Trinity campus include sleep-deprived Arts students desperately gripping onto their skinny soy lattes whilst trying to make sense of life, or Hamilton students casually strolling to a lecture … Continue reading Spilling The Beans on Dublin’s Coffee Scene ‘‘Why purchase something you can also buy in an airport on the other side of the world when you could get a truly special beverage in Dublin?’’
Fish in a curl Use Dublin Bay prawns. Not the ones flown in from the Pacific. That would be treason. Buying them frozen is fine — when fresh they go smelly very quickly. Decide how many you can afford, and … Continue reading Fish: Four Forms Fish is fast. We all live very fast. Here are four flash formulas for fleeting eating.
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.
There’s something about Halloween that awakens the inner child. Fancy dress, imaginations running rampant, mass sugar consumption — it’s so good to be 12 again. No one can deny the childish, giddy feelings that the lead-up to the scariest day … Continue reading Recipe – Halloween Themed Cupcakes Trick and Treat
Tucked away on relatively quiet East Lombard Street, Lunch! is the kind of spot that defies initial impressions that it is either too “quaint” or “gimmicky.” I have a feeling that the novel name was chosen in the pre-internet days, … Continue reading Lunch! Is there more to the name?
Steven (Stephen? Baking Borg 9000?) A three-time Star Baker at the time of writing, Steven has incurred the suspicion of the Bake Off fandom for simply being too good at everything. Undoubtedly one of the top bakers in the tent, … Continue reading Bake Off: The Quarter Finalists