Archive for August, 2011

Lily’s Tea Shop In-Store Tasting

We told you a few weeks ago that we have a new range of loose leaf teas from Irish company Lily’s Tea Shop. Well, you can now taste them for yourself, rather than take my word that these are just about the best teas around.

Dom from Lily’s Tea Shop will be in-store on Thursday 1st September for a tasting session.  Drop in for a free tasting of one of Lily’s variety of very special teas. Perhaps Dragon Pearl Jasmine Tea might be your thing or even Vanilla Sencha. Whatever you fancy, Dom will be pleased to make you a nice cuppa.

No purchase necessary.

Dalkey Mustard

We’ve just become fans of Dalkey Mustard.   As the name suggests, its Irish made & you wouldn’t believe how lovely this is.  It contains just mustard seeds, honey, wine vinegar, spices, sea salt & no nonsense.

Don’t take our word for it though; try uber chef Kevin Dundon’s recipe for Dalkey Mustard Dressing.

  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch caster sugar
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain Dalkey mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the lemon juice in a screw-topped jar, add the sugar and a good pinch of salt, then shake until the salt has dissolved.

Add the oil to the jar with the mustard and shake again until you have formed a thick emulsion. Season to taste and chill until needed.

Gluten-Free Green Tomato Teabread

Incorporating a fruit or vegetable pulp into a recipe is a good way to make a moist gluten-free cake.  This recipe uses green tomatoes, which many people who grow their own should still have available, but any tomatoes will work fine. This makes a not-too-sweet loaf cake or ‘Teabread’.  Cut back on the sugar if you want a more savoury final result.
4-5 medium green tomatoes
2 tablespoons boiling water
75g vegetable margarine
200g sugar
2 eggs
250g Doves Gluten-Free Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch salt
1 heaped teaspoon mixed spice
75g pecans or walnuts (coarsely chopped)
Cut the green tomatoes into chunks and run through blender with the water until creamy. Cream the margarine and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat in eggs. Add the tomato pulp and beat well.
In separate bowl, combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, mixed spice and nuts.  Add one cup at a time to tomato mixture. Stir well each time. When fully mixed, put into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hr at 350°F/180°C

Jess Keane, our favourite nutritionist, is one of the impressive line up of speakers at this year’s Rude Health Show at the RDS.

Jess will be speaking on Sunday 11th September from 1.00pm – 2.00pm on The Path to Wellness & Vitality- the benefits of following a plant based diet.

We still have some free tickets for the show if you want to see Jess or any of the other speakers, food demos or hundreds of trade stands.

Further details of the show, which runs on Saturday & Sunday 10th and 11th September, can be found on

Daniel Field Natural Hair Colours

We have just introduced a new range of natural hair colours by Daniel Field.

Most permanent hair colouring products contain Ammonia and/or Hydrogen Peroxide which are not great for sensitive scalps,  during pregnancy or for anyone who just doesn’t fancy putting harsh chemicals on their head.  The beauty of the Daniel Field range is that they give permanent colour with 100% grey coverage without the need for either Ammonia or Hydrogen Peroxide.

We have a range of 22 colours in stock, from Soft Blonde to Raven Black.  Further colours are available to order.

Harp Way to Paradise

If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do this Saturday, 20th August, you could do a lot worse than check out a recital of the harp with afternoon tea in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Dungarvan.

The concert will be performed by Una Whyte. A talented and experienced musician,  Una has performed at prestigious concert venues and has toured in many countries including France, Holland Belgium, Switzerland and even China.

The concert begins at 3.00pm and tickets (priced €10.00) are available on the door.  The entry price also includes afternoon tea.

All funds raised from the concert will go towards the church repair fund.

Susan Jane White

We are keen followers of Nutritional Cook & Food Writer Susan Jane White (formerly Susan Jane Murray).

She has a weekly column in the Sunday Independent magazine which regularly introduces interesting ingredients and really usable recipes. Her message is very much like our own – that eating healthily can also be enjoyable.

We can gauge how popular she is by the number of people who come into the shop on a Monday morning clutching her column.

If you want to meet Susan Jane in the flesh, she’ll be at the Rude Health Show in September (we still have some free tickets available).  If you can’t wait until next Sunday’s Indo, her website is pretty good

Rude Health Show 2011

The 2011 Rude Health Show will be at the RDS in Dublin on 10th & 11th September from 11.00am – 6.00pm.

This year’s show will be better than ever, with hundreds of trade stands, a full lecture programme, a food demo theatre and artisan foods area.

Speakers include Patrick Holford, Dr Eva Orsmond (of Operation Transformation), Karen Ward & Prof Jane Plant to name just a few.  The food demo area is also bigger than ever and will include demos from the likes of Susan Jane Murray and Prannie Rhattigan.

We have a number of  tickets worth €12.00 to give away FREE.  Drop into the shop to collect one.


Ah Danucci…. the very name just conjures up everything Irish – sipping tae & eating brack next to yer mammy’s turf fire.  OK, admittedly not the most Irish sounding product in the world, but believe it or not these fine chocolates are made in Ardee, Co Louth.

We first came across these chocolates in Fallon & Byrne in Dublin & just had to have them.  The latest additions to our Irish Artisan collection include Luxury Salted Caramels in 70% Couveture Chocolate (with a lovely liquid caramel centre), Dark Truffles with Brandy Soaked Figs and Dark Clusters with with Cranberries and Pistachios.

For good measure we also have a couple of Couveture bars – a milk one @ 40% cocoa and dark one @ 85%.

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