Raw Food & Veggie Workshop

Loaf Story

When on Wednesday evening I found an email from Katie about the last minute Raw Food & Veggie workshop, I didn’t have to think twice.
I emailed her straight away and confirmed my attendance. There were at least three reasons to spend this Saturday morning at The Stables on the Fumbally Lane.

Firstly, I really wanted to meet Katie. I heard so much good about her and because I never made it to Connemara to her Dillisk project, this workshop seemed like an amazing opportunity to finally meet her.
Secondly, many of my friends are vegetarians/ vegans and even though I have lots of veggie cookbooks (PlentyThe Happy Pear, The Extra Virgin Kitchen are only a few to name) I usually end up cooking quinoa salad, safe and tasty but so terribly booooring!
Finally, I had no other plans and considering absolutely dreadful weather outside, cooking workshop sounded like a fantastic idea to spend Saturday!

Katie shared with us some scrumptious, vegan recipes like Kale crisps, Raw Lasagne or Irish Kimchi. Not to mention those divine truffles, mmmmm…..
The mix of flavours, colours and textures in every dish was simply beautiful!

Here are some pictures from this awesome workshop!

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Apple pie

Apple pie recipe

Have you ever noticed that whenever you make a cake, those eating it just can’t resist commenting on the moisture levels. If people aren’t silently nodding  & mumbling “mmmmm” chances are you’ve baked a dry one and should be ashamed of yourself ;)

This easy apple pie recipe always score well on the moisture scale and should be washed down with cup after cup of hot tea on a lazy afternoon.

Apple pie recipe

To show you how easy this recipe is, my brother and I (k66videos.com) made this sweet video for you;


  • 330g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150g lard
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 7 tbsp cold water

For the filling:

  • 1kg cooking apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 100g caster sugar

Apple pie recipe


Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Now cut the fat into the bowl. With your finger tips rub the fat into the flour until crumps form. Add the sugar, sprinkle with seven tbsp cold water. Now mix all.
Press the crumps into a bowl, wrap and chill for 30 minutes. In  the meantime grease the dish.
Now flour surface, roll 2/3 of the dough, out to around, about 5cm larger than the dish. Using the rolling pin, drape the pastry over the dish, then gently push it into the contours. Now trim any excess pastry.

Peel the apples, cut into quarters, and cut them into medium slices. Put the apple slices in a bowl, poor on lemon juice. Sprinkle the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar over the apples. Toss to cold.
Put the apples in the pie dish, and arrange so that it is slightly mounted in the center. Brush the edge of the pastry with water.
Now roll the rest of the dough. Wrap it around the rolling pin, and drape it over the filling. Trim the top crust. Press the edges together to seal. Cut an X in the top crust. Gently pull back the point of each triangle to reveal the filling. Using a pastry brush, glaze the pie with the milk so that it bakes to a golden color. Sprinkle over sugar.
Chill for 30mins. In the meantime preheat the oven to 220C. Bake for 20 mins, then reduce to 180C and  bake for 30mins. Insert a skewer through the steam vent to check the apple are tender.

Best served warm with vanilla ice-cream. “mmmmmm” guaranteed!!! :)

Apple pie recipe


Under Portuguese Sun

Casa Grande, Douro Valley

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words…and I believe THEM, therefore I decided not to write a single word about my trip to Portugal, which I totally fell in love with, but instead post photos from my Portuguese vacations and let your imagination take you away!

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Douro Valley
Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

My hubby :*
Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal

Provesende, Douro Valley, Portugal

Lamego, Portugal

Sintra near Lisbon
Sintra, Portugal

Portuguese rarities
Lisbon, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Have you been to Portugal? Do you have your favourite places? Your favourite Portuguese food? I would like to hear from you :)

Sipping the Douro

Douro Valley, Portugal

Olá! to you all from the Douro Valley in Portugal where together with my hubby we are spending holidays in a truly wine-lovers way.

Picture with iPhone 5

We’re so wowed by the steep terraced vineyards which rise from the banks of the Rio Douro! Once we get home, I promise to post more pictures and write all about Nuno & Sonia’s little family vineyard, the wonderful Alexandra & Huberto of Casa Grande do Serrado who treat us like we’re part of their family and of course the heavenly tasty food of North Portugal.

Muito obrigado para parar perto! ;)

Gluten-free, is it just another buzzword?

gluten free what it means

A couple of days ago my brother bought me a package of gluten-free muesli…

gluten free musli avoca dublinGluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It is the ingredient that gives dough its elasticity.

Since I got it, I started wondering: what exactly gluten-free diet means. I see it everywhere: gluten-free muffins, bread, pizza, breakfast cereal, crackers, buns. It seems gluten is to 2014 what carbs were to the diet conscious ten years ago. You can also easily say that gluten-free sales are a rapidly growing segment of the food market in Ireland. So is it just another marketing ploy or perhaps I can really improve my intestinal health?

gluten free what it means

I know people who tout not only the digestive benefits of living without gluten but the weight loss advantage it offers too. Others credit a gluten-free diet with improving all sorts of conditions including autism?!
There is no doubt about it that gluten is a major concern for many. For people who has Coeliac Disease (In Ireland 1 in 100 people may have coeliac disease. Source: Coeliac Society of Ireland, 2012), a condition whereby gluten causes serious damage to the intestines, a gluten-free diet can be life saving. For majority though it seems to be a choice, a fashionable trend.

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Let’s say that I decide to go gluten-free. Does it mean that I can eliminate gluten simply by removing breads from my diet? Well…the answer is no. The fact is that gluten is in many processed food products, so going to a gluten-free lifestyle often means eating much less processed food and cooking from scratch more often. I read that it can be a real shock to go to a gluten-free diet overnight, and many people are struggling with this transition.
Ok, but what about those processed, so self-called gluten-free products? I read a few “gluten-free”labels and trust me, it is definitely not the ticket to good health. It looks that many producers add in gluten-like additives like soy lecithin which can cause as much harm as gluten itself. And it’s not only strange-sounding ingredients that are common in gluten-free products. It blows my mind that there can be so much sugar and fat!
So, to be truly gluten free, is it enough just to avoid foods that contain gluten? Unfortunately not. Some over the counter medication may have gluten in them. There are even certain types of lipsticks that use a high concentration of gluten.

What I’ve learnt in recent days is that gluten comes in various forms, manifestations and combinations. And perhaps if we are not coeliacs, we might simply begin drinking more water to naturally detox our bodies, eat salads with lean protein, and fresh fruits and veggies…that’s my plan anyway :)

If you’ve gone gluten-free, please share your story with me. How long have you been gluten-free? I really would like to hear from you.