Silky Smooth Homemade Apple Sauce Silky Smooth Homemade Apple Sauce
Colourful roasted carrots and radishes Colourful roasted carrots and radishes
Seasoned Irish lamb kebabs served on flatbread with a juicy grilled watermelon, red onion, Greek cheese and mint salad Seasoned Irish lamb kebabs served on flatbread with a juicy grilled watermelon, red onion, Greek cheese and mint salad
Lamb burger pita with honey, mint & tzatziki mayonnaise and marinated cucumber Lamb burger pita with honey, mint & tzatziki mayonnaise and marinated cucumber
Rhubarb, strawberry and mint limenade Rhubarb, strawberry and mint limenade
Healthy & fresh infused water with cucumber, mint and lemon Healthy & fresh infused water with cucumber, mint and lemon
Quick and easy fresh watermelon juice Quick and easy fresh watermelon juice
Bagels with cream cheese, salmon, dill, cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes and watercress Bagels with cream cheese, salmon, dill, cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes and watercress
Seasoned Irish lamb kebabs served on flatbread with a juicy grilled watermelon, red onion, Greek cheese and mint salad Seasoned Irish lamb kebabs served on flatbread with a juicy grilled watermelon, red onion, Greek cheese and mint salad
Autumn salad with pan seared apple slices, walnuts, bacon and grilled goat cheese bruschetta Autumn salad with pan seared apple slices, walnuts, bacon and grilled goat cheese bruschetta
Stuffed roasted sweet potatoes with a mild chorizo chili, topped off with sour cream and freshly grated cheddar cheese Stuffed roasted sweet potatoes with a mild chorizo chili, topped off with sour cream and freshly grated cheddar cheese
Green & lean couscous with asparagus, sugar snaps, mushroom and spring onion Green & lean couscous with asparagus, sugar snaps, mushroom and spring onion
Grilled spring lamb kebabs in a honey-lime-mayo dressing served with a green asparagus & feta tabouleh salad Grilled spring lamb kebabs in a honey-lime-mayo dressing served with a green asparagus & feta tabouleh salad
Rhubarb - Plum tart Rhubarb - Plum tart
Fawlty Towers' Waldorf Salad Fawlty Towers' Waldorf Salad
Fettuccine with sweet sugar snaps, green asparagus and a parmesan-cream sauce Fettuccine with sweet sugar snaps, green asparagus and a parmesan-cream sauce
Redfish with tomatoes, cheddar and cream in the oven Redfish with tomatoes, cheddar and cream in the oven
Creamy white asparagus soup with parsley & turmeric Creamy white asparagus soup with parsley & turmeric
Avocado and basil pesto tagliatelle with roasted pine nuts Avocado and basil pesto tagliatelle with roasted pine nuts
Green asparagus with pea mousse, fried egg and prosciutto Green asparagus with pea mousse, fried egg and prosciutto
Peach, basil and raspberry infused water Peach, basil and raspberry infused water
Healthy blueberry smoothie Healthy blueberry smoothie
Pineapple juice with a little twist Pineapple juice with a little twist
Sweet potato fries with a sour cream, parsley & garlic dip Sweet potato fries with a sour cream, parsley & garlic dip
American Pie's Apple Pie American Pie's Apple Pie
Chocolate – cinnamon bread Chocolate – cinnamon bread

Silky Smooth Homemade Apple Sauce

When it comes to food, there are quite a few things I miss from Belgium and always look forward to eating when I go home, like Belgian fries with mayo, chicory with ham and a cheese sauce, vol-au-vent, beef & beer stew, meatloaf with cherries or smoskes to name a few, but one other thing I have grown to miss is our apple sauce. In my first month here in Ireland I was craving some roasted chicken with apple sauce, went down to the store and much to my surprise couldn’t find any jars of apple sauce.

Now I must admit I have seen it once since then, but it didn’t look all that tasty so I was left with massive disappointment. Luckily for me I came to realize since then that it’s such an easy thing to make yourself, and you can adjust so it’s exactly the way you want: the perfect balance of sweet & sour with a creamy thickness just the way you want it.

  
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The Foodie Forager

Ireland’s natural beauty is still something that takes my breath away every single day. I feel so blessed that I get to drive through these stunning green hills every day on my way to work and that I live so close to lakes, mountains, the ocean, forests and fields. Apart from being so beautiful, it also comes with some extra perks as a foodie to be able to live so close to so many natural resources; you can actually go foraging or pay a visit to a local farmer or fishermen for some fresh produce.

With those possibilities of course comes a tough choice: what do you bring on your foraging trip? I have picked out 4 must haves for your next trip: a basic egg basket, a wooden trug for your flowers & herbs, adorable milk bottles and last but not least: great pots to organize your tools, write down foraging dates to put with your produce and so on!

  
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Colourful roasted carrots and radishes

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make oven roasted carrots, cause it is now by far my most favourite way of making them. Nothing fancy, just some carrots and radishes, basic herbs and spices like pepper, sea salt, thym and rosemary and a good drizzle of good quality olive oil. Finishing it off with some fresh parsley and that’s it, oa basic but flavourful and colourful meal. As this requires no skills or complicated things, it’s a perfect recipe for beginners as well, and you can pair it with all kinds of other ingredients. I had mine with some wholemeal spirelli and top quality Irish sausages but you can easily serve it with some grilled fish as well or eat it without any meat or fish and just have it with some pasta, potato or even couscous; the possibilities are endless!

  
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Book tip of the month July: N’ice cream by Virpi Mikkonen and Tuulia Talvio

Summer is here! Although the weather hasn’t been all that great in Ireland lately (we did have a few weeks of hot weather), I still have high hopes for a good summer.. and if all fails we can all still just go on a holiday to a more sunny destination of course. Whether you are lucky enough to be enjoying some warm summery days or just want to dream about it, the best way to enjoy the summer, is by cooling down with some delicious ice cream! There have been plenty of recipes in the past for making your own ice cream of course, so what makes this book tip of the month ‘N’ice cream’ more special? It’s vegan friendly! Now don’t go running away if you’re not a vegan, I’m not one either, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate this healthy way of life into yours every once in a while. Balance is the key!

Every recipe in this book is free of gluten, refined sugars and dairy so if you have an intolerance for these, you will love this book for sure! If you are intolerance free you will simply love the new flavours this book will show you, compared to traditional ice creams.

Apart from the amazing recipes, the book also features absolutely stunning photos! I usually only share just a couple of photos from the books I recommend, but it was just too hard to choose this time because of the truly beautiful shots.

  
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Quick and easy fresh cheeky watermelon mimosas

While I’m enjoying the blistering heat in Corsica, France, there’s only one thing on my mind: cool & refreshing healthy drinks! Of course watermelon is delicious just as it is, but if you have to drive for a while or simply want to sit by the pool in 30°, it really is a true delight to be able to sip on some fresh, cool watermelon juice. It takes barely no time at all to make and by adding some ice cubes just before heading out, you’ll have a very cool drink that’s healthy for you at the same time. But why stop there, when you can make a cheeky and bolder drink with just one extra ingredient? Champagne!

Poor ‘aul champagne may not be the healthiest choice of your day, but you can easily shut down any haters by focusing on the health benefits of the other half of this fabulous drink: watermelon.

What makes watermelon so healthy? According to Whfoods.com: “Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well.”

Medical New Today adds: “Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.”

  
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Win: Mixed Wooden Coasters and a Walnut Cheese Paddle from Caulfield Country Boards

Last week I featured these lovely wooden coasters from Caulfield Country Boards in my post ‘A Touch of Wood‘ but this week I have something even more special: a giveaway! The lovely people over at Caulfield Country Boards are giving away not one but TWO gorgeous wooden elements for your home: a Walnut Cheese Paddle and a Mixed Wooden Coaster set. Want to get a chance to win these? All you have to do is:

  1. Like Caulfield Country Boards on Facebook
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  3. Like and tag a friend in the comments on this Facebook Post
  
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Rhubarb oatmeal cookies

For my final rhubarb recipe this year I wanted to do something a little bit bold and cheeky and try something I had never eaten nor made before, because cooking is all about being bold, trying new things and experiencing new flavours. So what did I do? I made oatmeal rhubarb cookies! I had a big, BIG bag of porridge oats just standing in my kitchen untouched (really, don’t know why I ever got it in the first place) and I still had some rhubarb left from the last meal I had with them and I decided: I’m sending you two to the battlefield!

I did some research first of course into oatmeal cookies as I had never made them myself and I took what I learned to come up with my own recipe. First time around the cookies were lovely at first but they went soft and uncrunchy the next day so I made a second batch, which turned out beautifully! Keep in mind though that because of the fresh ingredients, these cookies can’t be kept for weeks, as it just won’t taste very well. I also put mine in fridge but it’s not necessary, they will stay fresh outside of the fridge too, just a little less long.

  
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