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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)…
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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


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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When life gives you Lemons….

February 28 2014 at 13:13

Lemons! You see them every day – nothing too unusual or exotic about them. BUT they are in fact amazing. The zesty wonders are indeed a known source of vitamin C but we’d like to reveal some of the less well-known wondrous benefits of the citrus fruit.

We have all heard of the life-hack of having lemon in warm water first thing in the morning. Honestly there are few better ways to start the day in our opinion.

- Lemons are packed with potassium. Not only good for heart health but also nerves and brain function.

- They are great for digestion (especially when taken in warm water) so bye-bye burps and bloating!

- Packed full of antioxidants, they work magic on hair, nails and especially skin.

- Even the very scent of lemons have been proven to reduce stress so they are beneficial to the management of stress and anxiety as well as giving energy levels a kick.

- A fabulous anti-inflammatory, lemons are super for alkalizing the body, reducing acidity, which is a growing concern for many who adhere to an increasingly acidic western diet. The less acidic your body is – the more difficult it is for diseases to thrive.

- They stimulate the liver and help keep your bowels happy too!

- Choc-a-block with antibacterial properties as well as vitamin C, lemons are one of nature’s best friends when it comes to supporting your immune system.

- Just to make them even more awesome, they contain B complex vitamins, fibre, iron and magnesium to name but a few.

- Benefits your lymph system.

- Keeps your breath fresh. Remember history class? Lemons help prevent scurvy as well as gingivitis. Just be sure to keep it diluted so as not to harm your tooth enamel.

So lemon in warm water is basically a magic potion! However there are tonnes of topical uses for a myriad of ailments such as corns, calluses, eczema and varicose veins when mixed with oils or honey (have a prowl about and check them out).

And we couldn’t not mention our personal all time favourite thing when we get the sniffles or a raspy throat – hot lemon and honey! Throw in some ginger (and/or garlic if your nose is snuffly). Tip: grate some of the rind. Lemon rind contains a whole heap more nutrients in it!

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