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Irish Seasonality Update April

April 07 2014 at 15:06

Quick Seasonality Update April:  In Ireland, April is a massive month for new season vegetables. Just coming into season we gain; asparagus, aubergines, carrots, cucumbers, pak choi, peppers, radish, scallions, tomatoes and the super powerhouse of spinach.

Spinach, originating in Asia, is used in virtually every cuisine.  The reason for it’s global popularity, is that when in season, it is a bumper nutritional gift for the body.  It’s rich in Vitamin A (skin & eyesight), packed with Vitamin K (bone building – remember ‘Popeye’?) and is a good source of Vitamin C (immune system), Vitamin E (kills free radicals), folic acid, calcium and iron.  It’s packed with antioxidants and it is also rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.   Try juicing, two large handfuls of spinach, 3 celery sticks, half cucumber and small quantity of ginger for the ultimate spring detox drink.

Coming out of season for the year we lose; Brussels sprouts, kale, leeks, parsnips.  Goodbye to the winter Veg.

Still in season, and at their nutritional best are cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, rhubarb and round lettuce.

Fruit is not yet in season, it will still be a month or so before we see the Irish berries again.  Irish apples are still good from storage. We gain some herbs this month, with basil, parsley, sage and thyme are all spring fresh.

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Google – a virtual walk around our store!

March 22 2014 at 21:24

Woo hoo.. Google has just released our internal street view of our shop, we are one of the first companies to do this, so if you have never been to our Blackrock Store, check this out and have a virtual walk around (you can walk all the way down to the back of the shop)…http://goo.gl/vqqmD0
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Same Day Delivery Dublin

March 07 2014 at 21:29

We now offer evening delivery in Dublin from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (to suit you office folk). Available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. In addition, we have now launched Saturday Dublin delivery… (to suit you all). The rest of the country is Next Business Day Delivery

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“Raw Cacao Nib Toffee Recipe” by Susan Jane White

March 06 2014 at 20:00

Sumptuously divine sample recipe and a reminder that number one bestselling author, Susan Jane White, will be signing copies of her new book in store this Saturday 8th at 11am. Recipes for wheat-free, sugar-free and dairy-free eating.

Raw Cacao Nib Toffee Recipe

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Apparently, women think about chocolate more then men. Some scientists think this is because eating cacao helps release a cavalry of dopamine in the female brain, the same substance released during orgasm. It’s even been suggested that when women eat raw chocolate, it affects activity in the cerebral hemisphere responsible for regulating sexual desire. Only one way to find out…

1/2 cup date syrup
3 tablespoons extra virgin
coconut oil
1 mug light tahini (or 1 x
340g jar)
3 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
2 tablespoons carob powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt flakes

Makes 25–30 servings

Melt the date syrup and coconut oil together over a low heat. Add the remaining ingredients, mushing with a fork. Ensure the oil is well mixed. Taste, and adjust with vanilla or sweetener. Work quickly, as the oil will begin to separate from the other ingredients as soon as it starts cooling. It needs a warm environment. Line a small rectangular container (a little lunchbox perhaps?) with cling film so that it comes out over the sides. Transfer your gorgeous gooey gloss into the lined container and tickle with more cacao nibs (if you have any left). Transfer to the freezer for 4 hours before indulging. Store it there too, as it melts quite quickly at room temperature. Please share.

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Irish Seasonality Update: March

March 03 2014 at 18:30

March signals Spring vegetables coming to life again.  It’s not a busy month for new vegetables coming into season but it is a busy growing month setting us up for April delights.

The main vegetable coming into season is Rhubarb.  It is one of the lowest calorie vegetables, very low in sugar, packed with B-Complex vitamins (immune support), Vitamin A (good eyesight and skin) and is a powerhouse of vitamin K, with 100g providing 24% RDA (K helps bones and mental functions).  To top this it’s super tasty.

Still in season, and at their nutritional best are brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms and parsnips.  We lose beetroot, celeriac and turnips in March.  Going out of season shortly is kale, leeks and swedes so stock up as we won’t see them until the winter.

April is a massive month for Irish vegetable seasonality, with the return of the salad and herb crops.  Delicious veg such as asparagus and aubergines come into season.  A lot to look forward to.

No fruit is in season in Ireland in March.  However apples are still good from Storage.

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