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Ger’s August 18 Monthly Update

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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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The Seeds of Change in Only Natural?

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We’re thrilled to have just started working with Irish Seed Savers the conservation charity based in Co. Clare whose remit is to save and disseminate Irish Native varieties of fruits and vegetables, trees, herbs and flowers. They play a major role in helping to conserve Ireland’s native biodiversity and without them many of our native varieties would now be extinct. This is an ongoing and vital job and we think they deserve all our support!

“What’s the difference between us and other suppliers of vegetable seed?” they ask. 

“Companies that are bigger, who have a more commercial approach to selling seeds, generally buy them in cheap from Holland and other European countries then supply their own packaging. All our seeds are completely organic, open pollinated (this means you can harvest your own viable seeds from the resulting plants) and Irish grown, as natural as you can get”

Irish Wild Flowers
That’s good enough for us! Come in and check them out, our initial order will consist of seeds suitable for sowing in this, the second half of the year. And what do you get from the experience? I can think of few things more therapeutic or rewarding than watching a seedling that I’ve sown emerge from the soil. Hortitherapy maybe? Take it a step or two further and you could contribute to you and your family’s diet with real, wholesome, tasty food that you’ve grown yourself, Mother Earth is good if we work with her.
Great oaks from tiny (native Irish) acorns grow!
Open Pollinated Seeds
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Recipe of the Month – Ollie’s Mammy’s Stew

Irish Stew

What? Cocoa in a stew, who’d have thought?
I’m really loving Oliver McCabe’s new The FuelFood Cookbook and it was a great pleasure to have him signing copies in Only Natural recently. We’re equally excited at the prospect of having him do a demonstration day in Murphy’s Barn on Saturday May 7th. It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to benefit from Oliver’s unique wholefood cookery knowledge at first hand, on top of which we’ll be throwing in a delicious and wholesome lunch with recipes from the book and all in the most inspiring setting not far from Wexford town. Why not keep the date free? Tickets are now available online here.

Anyway back to the recipe. It’s Oliver’s mammy’s very own recipe for Irish Stew and, what with Paddy’s Day just round the corner we thought it might be good to remind you that, even in today’s multi cultured food world, our own tradition of simply prepared, wholesome dishes deserves to be honoured and enjoyed. This Irish Stew however has a bit of a twist, yes cocoa! I’ve added chocolate to chilli before and I must say that this works too. The result is a rounded, mellow flavour where the strong taste of the lamb isn’t quite so dominant. The quality of the ingredients is everything in a recipe like this so we’d suggest (A) supporting your local Craft Butcher for better quality meat and (B) buying organic vegetables where possible. The chilly season isn’t quite over yet and trust me, this is what you want when it’s cold and rainy outside. Do give it a try!

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