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Denis Cotter’s Wild Rice and Parsnip Fritters

Recipe of the Month Cafe Paradiso
These fritters take about 20 minutes to make but are so worth it. Dennis Cotter pairs them with mash and a mushroom sauce but I reckon they’d work with anything with a sauce (curries, chilli, thick casseroles etc.) or even with salads. Try replacing the dried dill with turmeric to serve with a curry. I used Only Natural organic black rice in place of wild rice, it has a lovely flavour and texture, why not cook extra to use in salad? read more →

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Ger’s January 19 Monthly Update

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A fresh new year is upon us once again and we hope you’re as excited as we are at the prospect of a new year and all the amazing possibilities that it offers. We here in Only Natural hope that we will continue to be part of your journey into natural health and we will try to bring you the latest information, trends and products as they hit the scene over the coming year.

Propolis

As winter progresses we turn to vitamins C and D, Zinc, Echinacea and Olive Leaf, Oregano Oil and Garlic, all the traditional immune boosters to keep sickness at bay. This year however I think that a sometimes overlooked winter ally is going to make a bit of a comeback. I’m thinking of propolis. Also called bee glue, propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with resins gathered from tree buds. They use it to keep the hive infection free and it seems it can have a similar effect for us. read more →

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A Chaga Recipe from Anthony William

Anthony William Spiced Chaga Latte

Anthony William is a blogger and author on natural healing that I admire a lot and when I read this recipe based on the therapeutic properties of Chaga mushrooms I immediately wanted to share it here. I’m in no position to personally endorse anything as an anti cancer agent but, given the proliferation of the disease in today’s society, I feel that people should be aware of its potential and given the choice to use what they choose alongside of, or indeed in place of, conventional treatment. Here’s his take on Chaga and a suggestion on how to use it.

Spiced Creamy Hot Chaga

Nothing quite hits the spot and soothes the soul like a warm drink on a cold day (or anytime of year!). Add in the incredible medicinal properties of Chaga mushroom and some special healing spices, and you have yourself a deeply therapeutic and delicious drink to enjoy. This recipe would be wonderful to serve to friends and family or to savor on a quiet morning or evening alone. read more →

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Christmas Recipe of the Month – Brazil Nut Roast en Croute

Recipe of the Month Brazil Nut Roast En Croute

A personal Yuletide favourite

Our Christmas recipe is one that’s close to my heart as it’s the nut roast that I’ve been bringing to our family’s Christmas Day celebrations since I can’t remember when. It’s Rose Elliot’s Brazil Nut Roast en Croute and comes from her ‘Supreme Vegetarian Cookbook’ which was first published in 1988. I know that we’ve moved on a lot in terms of vegetarian/vegan consciousness as well as in the range of amazing ingredients at our disposal since then but Rose Elliot was such a trail blazer when vegetarianism was still ‘wacky’ and this is still a humdinger of a recipe so what more need I say?  It takes a little bit of prep and, as that’s not what you want to be doing on Christmas morning, I like to make it early on Christmas Eve and have nothing to do but pop it in the oven on Christmas Day. And, as every good roast needs a good gravy to go with it, we’re suggesting a classic gravy recipe from Cranks Cook Book. Enjoy. read more →

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Recipe of the Month – Butter Bean Goulash

Recipe of the Month Butter Bean Goulash Only Natural
This recipe is a very simple one to make but actually very tasty and it was kindly donated to us by a customer.  I made it as per the recipe below but for the carnivores out there I think some sliced chorizo would work really well in this.  Just at sliced chorizo when you are sauteing the onions so all the lovely flavours are released. read more →

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Ger’s October 18 Monthly Update

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I do love a good Show

The Vitality Expo in the RDS in early September (you know the one, I harped on incessantly to get you all to go!) was brilliant. For me some of the highlights included the zero waste talks which made me want more than ever to make that ethos central to Only Natural (watch this space, plans are afoot). The sooner the collective penny drops and we all realize that our use and throw away lifestyles just aren’t sustainable, the sooner we stand a chance of keeping our world habitable. Yes by all means get yourself a buy now trendy keep cup (and be proud that you did, the ocean is made up of drops) but see it as a jumping off point and let the consciousness slowly pervade your life, how you dress, what you eat, where you holiday, one facet at a time.

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Home Made Muesli with Highbank Orchard Syrup

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Our recipe of the month this month comes from Highbank Orchard and uses their award winning Orchard Syrup, a sweet and delicious syrup made from nothing but organically grown Kilkenny apples! read more →

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Ger’s September 18 Monthly Update

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We’re still beaming with pride at being selected among the top 100 shops in the country by Retail Excellence Ireland and looking forward to participating in the selection process as it continues so fingers crossed please. I’ve said it already but I’ll repeat myself. Thank you all of our loyal customers who make it possible for us to enjoy moments like this by your continued support. In a world where more and more of life is turning into faceless, personless interactions some of us in retail want to buck the trend, we actually want to know you and serve your natural health needs all the better for it. read more →

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Ger’s August 18 Monthly Update

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Trending in Only Natural

General awareness of the benefits of medicinal mushrooms (said to be the ‘next big thing’ in natural health) has certainly been growing over the last few years and recently we’ve seen customers increasingly interested in one particular mushroom called ‘Lion’s Mane’.

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Ketogenic Naan Bread with Melted Garlic Butter

Naan bread
Once again this grain-free, ketogenic bread has been supplied by our Blood Sugar Balancing Guru (as he is otherwise known!) Paul Wright! Paul is a qualified Nutrition and Health Coach and is currently studying to become a Nutritional Therapist. He became interested in nutrition to help control his own Type 1 Diabetes and through his own experience and experiments has obtained a vast amount of knowledge on how to control blood sugars. read more →

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