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Recipe of the Month – Maple Glazed Salmon

Recipe of the month maple glazed salmon

Hardly a recipe at all really, here’s a way (shamelessly lifted from Wiley’s Finest’ Blog) to turn a piece of salmon into something special. With a coating of some quickly blended spices, a blast of heat and a drizzle of maple syrup the fish turns into a mix of spicy, salty and sweet Unami. I tried it with some of Jimmy Meyler’s organic salmon, delicious!

Ingredients:
Serves 4

4 (6-ounce) Salmon Fillets
1⁄2 tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
Oil for Cooking
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey

Spice Mixture

2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Ground Smoked Paprika
1⁄2 tsp Ground Cumin
1⁄2 tsp Brown Sugar

Method:

1. Heat a pan  or griddle pan on high for 10 min. and then turn to low before cooking. Combine the spice ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle fish with salt; then rub with spice mixture on all sides except skin.
2. Spread pan surface with cooking oil and place fish skin side down. Cook for 7-8 minutes depending on thickness. Test with fork—fish will flake easily when done.
3. During the last minute of cooking, drizzle maple syrup or honey over fish and continue to cook for 1 min.
4. Serve immediately with sautéed vegetables or your favorite side. This is also great over a mixed greens salad. Enjoy!

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Your Local Food Network

Your Local Food Network

“Food is a currency of trust” – Richard McCarthy, Slow Food, USA

The idea for Your Local Food Network sprung from many hours spent propping up a coffee stall at our local farmer’s market. Like-minded friends gathered weekly to buy food from a spattering of local producers. We often asked ourselves why our market wasn’t a more lively and vibrant space. Shouldn’t we have more choice from local farmers and growers? Where are they? Why can’t we buy directly from them?
And so, hundreds of coffees and several pounds of cake later, Your Local Food Network was formed.

Its goal: to connect more people to local growers and farmers and encourage active collaboration.

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Paul and Asthma an Anna Skrine Case Study

Anna Skrine Case Study Only Natural

Your body is truly miraculous in what it can do if you take away the cause of its problems! This case history is of a man who was almost 70, and who had been suffering with asthma since he was 20, and taking medication for it daily since then. His condition was getting worse and worse in that he kept getting chest infections that needed yet more drug intervention; and when I saw him he had even had to give up his daily walk for fear of getting yet more chest infections. It has taken only three months for him to get well, and he is now almost drug free, and back walking his usual 2 miles daily!

Paul and Asthma

I very recently saw Paul (age 69) who had had asthma since he was age 20, and has been on inhalers since then.  For the last 10 years he had had a series of chest infections which always started in the wind-pipe trachea.  When it was bad it took weeks to clear with antibiotics and steroids, and sometimes the physical intervention of a bronchoscopy too.  But it always came back again, with the same cycle of drugs needed to temporarily clear it.  He had never been a smoker.  He used to walk in the evening, but was now afraid to go out into the cold.  He was on 8 puffs a day of the inhaler ventolin, and another inhaler as well.  After the allergy test Paul gave up all dairy foods and white bread (these are incidentally the most common causes of asthma, and he was having both daily). read more →

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Lorna’s Back to School Tips with Active Iron

Back to School Tips Active Iron Only Natural

It’s that time of year again for the kids to head back to school. As they dive in to classes, sports, and other after-school activities, it’s a good idea to take a few measures to help set them up for a healthy year. Here are our top 5 back to school health tips to think about.

Bedtime

It’s important for kids and adults to get enough sleep each night. Most adults need around eight hours of sleep every night with kids needing a little more. Sticking to a routine is important so those early mornings don’t become grumpy ones. Set them (and yourself) up for the day with a reasonable bedtime. read more →

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Raw Key Lime Pie

Dale Pinnock Raw Key Lime Pie Only Natural
I think most of us now know that healthy eating is not all about denial and deprivation but this recipe once again proves that it is possible to eat delicious treats whilst doing your body (and mind) some good.  Plus the vibrant colour of this Raw Key Lime Pie is bound to be an attention grabber at any dinner table!  The recipe says serves 2-4, this would be 4 generous slices and you could easily devide this into 6 slices. read more →

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Miso Soup, Simply Amazing

Miso Soup Only Natural
Continuing with our Japanese inspired blog I enjoyed lots of delicious, healthy miso soup during my time there and, now that I’m home I’m craving it already so I’m going to share the recipe. What better way to introduce Japan’s premier superfood into your diet. Miso provides immune and digestion boosting probiotics, nutritious protein, plus nutrients like copper, manganese and vitamin K. It’s reputed to have blood pressure controlling and cancer fighting properties. Once you add it to your diet you’ll quickly grow to love it’s deeply savory flavour. There are various types of miso from the darker saltier types to the sweeter white ones. Always make sure you’re buying an unpasteurized miso and never boil it as you destroy its properties by doing so. Try it in all sorts of soups and casseroles as well as dressings, marinades and spreads.

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Diann’s Herbal Tales

Dianna Herbal Tales Only Natural

Diann Fletcher Jones amongst many things is a recently qualified medicinal herbalist, as you can imagine Diann herself is very passionate about the health benefits that herbs can bring and so has decided to share some of this information on a monthly basis! And hopefully before too long we will have a catalogue of different herbs for various ailements and conditions that you can refer to anytime you wish.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Suddenly we are cocooned in blankets of summer green, the gentle vibration of the earth is pulsing with life force and if we stop to listen a sense of well-being cascades over us.
This is the healing for this month, just stop, slow down, bend to the open flower and partake of its healing fragrance, touch the terrain of  a tree trunk and senses it’s heart beat, listen to the wind through the leaves. Be aware of the humdrum of busy insects and the magic of the sun as it dapples drops of light on the earth. That is where you will find peace and health this month .
With love and blessings
Diann x

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Ger’s May 18 Monthly Update

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A natural tan (with or without the sun)

It’s been a harsh winter and I’d like to think that, if there is any justice, a great summer complete with all the benefits of getting out of doors more, is on the way. Many of us will think of how to get that summer sun kissed look but because (a) there are no guarantees of sun in Ireland and, (b) when it does show its face, we have to be so careful about being safe in the sun, I think it’s wise to have a plan B in place. Many people turn to tanning products to get the look without sun or sunbed. But even here care is needed as many of the mainstream tanning products are so full of chemicals that, when you consider that what you put onto your skin inevitably passes into your bloodstream, you might feel it best to avoid them.

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High Fat / Keto Bread

Recipe of the Month High Fat Keto Bread

This bread recipe was supplied by our blood sugar controlling expert Paul Wright and is ideal for diabetics and endurance athletes who are looking to avoid the sugar spike and stay in the fat burning mode zone!  If the mixture is divided into 6 rolls as per the recipe each roll contains 3g of carbohydrate.  It is also gluten and dairy free and can satisfy your bread cravings if your trying to avoid it, these are best eaten with butter whilst still warm from the oven.

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

300ml Almond Flour
5 tblsp Psylllium Husks
2 tspn Baking Powder
1 tspn Salt

Wet Ingredients

300ml Boiling Water
2 tspn Apple Cider Vinegar
4 Egg Whites

Recipe of the Month High Fat Keto Bread

Method

1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add the boiling water with cider vinegar to dry ingredients and mix until it resembles wet play dough.
3. Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks and fold into the mix.
4. Moisten hands and form dough into 6 balls.  Place on greaseproof baking paper.
5. Place in a pre-heated oven of 170oC and bake for about 60-70 mins.
6. They’re done when you hear a hallow sound if you tap the bottom, or prick them with a cocktail stick, if the stick comes out wet or doughy bake for another 5-10 minutes.

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Ger’s April 18 Monthly Update

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Would you buy tahini from this man?

We would and here’s why. Meet Nikolas Papadopoulos. Nikolas is Greek and grew up with a love of the unadulterated foods of his homeland. Having moved to Ireland he set up El Greco Foods in 2013. As his website says :
“Drawing inspiration from the Greek culture of food we travel the country to find the people whose produce we put on the table. Our aim is to offer products that are natural, nutritious, flavoursome and ethically sound.”
We’re so with you on that Nikolas and we’re thrilled to have just become stockists of El Greco’s amazing food offering.
Nikolas Papadopoulos Only Natural
From chatting with Nikolas I discovered how important it is for him to personally get to know the producers who’s foods he brings to the Irish market such as Mihalis Tzortzis the producer of his Olvia organic olive oil.

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