We’re all big fans of Amber SOS jewellery in Only Natural and the staff can be regularly seen donning their, not just healing, but stunning pieces on a daily basis – as can their children, pets, relatives!!
Well if you’re a fan of amber and are thinking of treating yourself or someone you love make sure to call into Only Natural on Saturday 14th December from 10am to 3pm when Ben from Amber SOS will be instore. He will be bringing with him a large variety of stunning pieces PLUS he is offering 20% off all purchases on the day so it is a day not to be missed!!
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 →
As always we have a wonderful selection of gifts to choose from this year:
The salt lamp, more popular than ever, decorative as well as therapeutic, we have all sizes, sculpted and natural. Prices start from only €17.
Combining ultrasonic technology, optional mood lighting and aromatherapy, the 105 Aroma-Diffuser is an elegant and safe alternative to the traditional night light oil burner. (Regular price €49.95 offer price €39.95).
Amber jewelry, made from real Baltic Amber, very beautiful as well as an source of healing properties. We’ve never had a better selection then we do right now!
Don’t worry we don’t want you to feel left out so there will be tastings instore this coming Saturday 17th December along with copies of the recipe so make sure to call in and pay us a visit!
Christmas is a time for family, friends, fun …. and, well, food! While it isn’t ideal to scoff handfuls of chocolates and mince pies, a little indulgence over the festive period won’t do any harm. This recipe is based on a new tradition that has crept in over recent years …. a Chocolate Biscuit Cake made in the shape of a Plum Pudding – pure novelty!
Traditional Chocolate Biscuit Cake is laced with milk chocolate, sugar, sometimes condensed milk and is crammed with sugar-filled biscuits and treats. This version on the other hand is still indulgent, but is kinder to your body. It uses nuts instead of biscuits along with delicious dark chocolate, zingy crystallised ginger and is sweetened with Brown Rice Syrup (a fructose-free sweetener). A real treat for December 25th and one the whole family will love!
200g 75% Organic Chocolate
150ml Organic Brown Rice Syrup
60g Crystallised Ginger, roughly chopped
100g Ground Almonds
100g Organic Almonds, roughly chopped
100g Macadamia Nuts, roughly chopped
200g Organic Raisins
- Line a 1 litre pudding bowl with 2 layers of cling film as smoothly as possible, leaving some hanging over the edges (you’ll use these to pull the pudding out once it sets)
- In a large pot over a gently heat, melt the butter, chocolate and brown rice syrup, mixing regularly
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir through
- Pour the mixture into the prepared bowl. Tap the bowl gently on the worktop a few times to fill any air pockets.
- Cover with cling film and place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours but preferably over night.
Use Ready-to-roll icing to decrate the pudding or simple top with crystallised fruit and chocolate shavings!