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Good nutrition cookbook

I thought I share some news with you. Recently I have kept a really low profile: no posts, not much activity on Twitter or Facebook. But there is a great reason for that: I am working on the book! No no, not my own! :)
I was invited by the UCC and the Breakthrough Cancer Research to be part of the non-profit project developing a cookbook for patients with cancer who are experiencing cancer-induced weight loss. This book will contain advice and recipes tailored specifically for cancer sufferers. The book will be distributed to all of the cancer centres in Ireland and available to patients free of charge. I’m cooking & photographing all the recipes so it’s quite a responsibility. Therefore please keep your fingers crossed for the project! And feel free to share your thoughts! :)

PS. Here’s is sneak peak of the first pictures, just shiii :)

Dublin food blog. Smoothies

Dublin food blog. Smoothies

Dublin food blog. Smoothies

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Grandma’s remedies for a summer cold

Yes, I know, it’s nearly June and I’m blogging about cold remedies but I have been sneezing and coughing since Thursday and with bank holiday just around the corner I need to turn to my granny’s old recipes for help. When I’m having a common cold, I try not to visit a pharmacy and take pills, I rather seek for Mother’s Nature secret weapons hidden in fruits of the earth. So while drinking some home made remedies I decided to blog about them: tea with lemon & honey, milk with butter, honey & garlic and onion & honey syrup.
Here are some simple ideas of fighting illness that I learned from my grandma.

Garlic is a powerful, natural antibiotic – and it doesn’t kill off our healthy bacteria, that’s a fact. So why not to mix it with another wonderful and healthy ingredient: honey. It contains such ingredients as enzymes, organic acids (responsible for the taste), vitamins and minerals. To make milk with honey, butter and garlic, warm up a glass of milk and add a bit of butter, honey and a teaspoon of chopped garlic clove. It looks nice, tastes terribly but always works!
#For garlic to be effective as a healing agent, it needs to be raw. Also, it should be crushed and exposed to air for ten minutes before it’s consumed to fully activate its key germ-killing compound.

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Another brilliant idea of fighting cold that I learned from my granny is an onion syrup. Throw chopped onions into a jar, arrange them in layers – top each layer with honey. Let it stand for 3-4 hours. Then pour the syrup out of the jar and strain it. I like the sweetness of this syrup and the fact that you can barely taste the onion.
#You can store it in refrigerator for up to 2 days

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Finally, tea with lemon and honey. Lemon is a vitamin C bomb and its juice is great for colds, flu & chest infections.
My granny used to make a tea with juice from almost a half of fresh lemon and a couple of teaspoons of honey. It tastes amazing.
#Before adding honey make sure that the liquid has cooled down a little, high temperature destroys properties of honey.

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I would like to hear what are your home made remedies for cold :)