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 →
Liza Seavers, beauty salon owning, cat loving, marathon running, vegan shares her journey to’green living’ at home and in her Wexford salon Highbrow Beauty. In this blog she reveals her approach to tackling laundry the eco, cruelty free way using products that are tough on stains yet gentle on the environment and all available at Only Natural.
Anyone for Salad?
This delicious recipe makes a great alternative to the traditional Turkey dinner on Christmas Day. There are a few steps involved but it is worth the effort and when topped with all the trimmings on Christmas Day, it’s a guaranteed winner for any vegetarians in your life!
To make the recipe coeliac-friendly, use gluten-free bread and pastry. To make vegan, make sure your pastry is dairy and egg-free. Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Festive cookbook.
I never thought I’d be reviewing a chipper for Only Natural but our food culture is changing and that’s exactly what I’m doing today. I recently had a chat with Geraldine, the owner of Mangan’s in The Faythe because I’m fascinated by just how much she’s taken the idea of traditional chip shop fare (not the healthiest of cuisines) and substantially changed it to reflect today’s changing tastes and dietary choices. Geraldine was certainly ahead of the curve when she decided to overhaul her menu in favour of healthier options in June 2016. She was certainly the first in Wexford to realize that she could attract a broader audience by offering healthier and vegetarian choices beside traditional chip shop fare. What’s exciting is just how successful her initiative has been with the result that she’s still adding to the choices on offer. She’s effectively broadened her restaurant’s appeal to include those of us who want the convenience and tastiness of a take away now and again but without the heart clogging downside. We applaud you Geraldine.
What’s on the menu at Mangan’s?
New to Only Natural, Little Green Leaf vegan cheeses, whether you are vegan or not these cheeses are absolutely devine and are to be sampled and according to many are the best non-dairy cheeses ever!!
Bob from Little Green Leaf will be instore on Saturday 4th November to officially launch his range which includes blue, mozzarella, camonbert, mature and smoked chedders in Wexford so make sure to call in between 12pm and 4pm to have a nibble, a chat and make up your own mind.
We have been a lover of Palm Free Irish Soap here in Only Natural for quite some time and Chloé regularly brings a supply home to France to her Grandfather who claims they are the best soap he has ever tried! So we are delighted to say that they are going to be instore on Saturday 4th November from 1pm to 4pm.
Palm Free Irish Soap was born out of the first handmade Irish soap company (Gallunac est’d in 1996) to exhibit, produce and sell Nationally & Internationally, A Luxurious Handcrafted Artisan Soap. They are now at the leading edge of producing a visually stunning palm oil free soap that is totally Rainforest Friendly.
They use minimal packaging, all soaps are sold in a simple recyclable brown paper bag, (apart from their new Artisan Gift Pack, which is a simple recycled card box) and they ensure that all ingredients and products are completely GMO Free, and Free from any form of Animal Testing.
But aside from all this they really do smell delicious and leave the skin feeling beautifully soft and clean so make sure to call in and have a sniff and a chat and there will be samples to take home too!
Orange and Almond Cake
This vegan, gluten-free cake is utterly scrumptious and a great recipe to add to your repertoire! It can be served warm with spiced dairy-free cream in winter or with fresh berries and vegan ice-cream in summer … a perfect dinner-party staple. The texture is reminiscenty of a traditional steamed pudding, a real favourite for many!
Vegan* Make Up – your chance to try it for free!!!
Instore on Friday 5th May from 10am to 12.30pm Leanne, trained make up artist from Lavera, will offer free makeovers with this beautiful and affordable almost vegan* make up range. Each consultation takes half an hour during which Leanne will advise which products best suit your skin and which colours best suit you.
And to make it even more affordable all products in the range will be 3 for 2 (with the cheapest free!) on the day, so it really is a good time to treat yourself!!
To book your half hour slot just contact us on 053 912 3236.
* red shades contain cochineal which is the only natural red colorant, otherwise all vegan !