3 C’s Salad

Celeriac, Celery, and Courgette….

3 C's Salad close up

By Andrea Cullen

28th June 2014

This is a dead handy raw salad; that may start you off on a campaign to invest in a spiralizer. The 3 C’s in this salad are celeriac, celery, and courgette. If you live in the USA tough luck as the 3C’s become 2Cs and a Z.

This is a spiralizer

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Heather’s Bolognese

Heather's Bolognese close up

by Andrea Cullen

June 28th 2014

This week mum pulled out one of her tried and tested recipes…. from the oven. And I had three portions in one evening; the sign of a good recipe!

So I am gratefully sharing her recipe for all here to enjoy. This recipe is pretty much fool proof and can be altered based on what you have available. It is one of those kitchen sink tried and tested dishes that can be returned to time and time again when you want to cook something fast, nutritious, and filling. This is a comfort meal; Dad asked for it to be on the menu a second time this week. Nothing compares to home-cooked nourishment.

Serving suggestions:

You may serve this traditionally on spaghetti, whole-wheat spaghetti, or gluten-free spaghetti made from quinoa, millet, buckwheat or brown rice. Or you may decide to make your meal lower in processed carbohydrates and serve this Bolognese on spaghetti squash, steamed vegetables (broccoli is a great choice as it soaks the sauce up beautifully) or spiralized vegetables.

Ingredients for Heather’s Bolognese

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Stunning cycle around foot of Keeper Hill, North Tipperary
Lackagh road

Stunning cycle around foot of Keeper Hill, North Tipperary

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By  Andrea Cullen

27th June 2014

I have a summer rule that I abide to; if the sun shines I get outdoors. Work can always wait and I will work hard into the evening instead to make up the time. Sun is a precious commodity here in Ireland and if the golden rays shine then count me in.

I live close by Keeper Hill in County Tipperary and I have spent almost 40 years playing in her playground. I have run, walked, biked, horse ridden, and driven every corner around her and journeyed often to her summit.

Did you know that you can see 9 counties from her summit? On a sunny day the views are a sight to captivate the soul.

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Summer Smoothie

Finished smoothies.3

By Andrea Cullen, June 26th 2014

This is a nice little recipe that I created the other day after a nice long bike ride. There really aren’t any magic secrets when it comes to making smoothies, as pretty much anything goes into a blender and will blitz with success.

If you are a cyclist the route that I cycled Tuesday past was wonderful! I started in Newport and cycled through Ballinahinch, towards Nenagh, up past the Silvermines, and home via Killoscully and the back road across the Ballyhourigan woods and Doonane entrances to Keeper Hill. If you wish to see this route it is available on mapmyrun.

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When making smoothies I do recommend the following rules as a guideline:

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Gluten-free Scones

by Andrea Cullen

26th June 2014

 Scones 2

This is an easy peasy adaptation of the fast scone recipe that I was reared on; I am Protestant Irish and for some reason when we are expecting guests we bake scones or cakes and we make jam, or a damn good sponge cake or apple tart…. we bake….  I still bake when I am expecting guests; I have no idea why it is automatic!

As a rule I rarely eat carb rich starchy foods like this however, there is always a time and a place for a treat and when you can keep this home-baked and made from real ingredients I say go for it! I plastered home-grown strawberries and cream on mine this evening. Because why not life is too short.

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Gluten-free Bread

Sliced bread
By Andrea Cullen
24th June 2014

So here goes take two of my gluten-free bread creations. This is a lighter version than my previous bread the Yummy seeded gluten-free bread. It worked, it rocks and it is healthy.

I didn’t add any protein powder this time, for no real reason other than I am running short so feel free to fire in 1 scoop of vegan protein powder (e.g. Garden of life raw protein, Warrior protein, brown rice protein, etc.) to the mix as it will work.

This bread has no added fats or sugar, contains an abundance of healthy and natural fats, minerals, and fibre. Don’t be tempted to omit the salt as it will totally change the flavour. I expected the bread to fall apart given there was no egg or protein powder but it has held together well, sliced well and also frozen well.

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Lemon, Raspberry & Almond Cake
unwaxed lemons

Lemon, Raspberry & Almond Cake

By Andrea Cullen

Take 1 on 19th June 2014

  • Gluten and dairy free 🙂
  • Ready in 1 hour 55 mins

This cake was birthed out of a kitchen disaster when I was having problems chopping the cooked oranges in the blender for the original Spanish orange and almond cake recipe when pieces of the plastic spatula ended up in the orange mixture. Needless to say I didn’t want to poison my friends calling over to afternoon coffee so I had to start again. I had no more oranges left so lemons and raspberries came to the rescue!! This is a wonderfully moist and tasty cake, as is the original recipe found on http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/2758/spanish-orange-and-almond-cake.aspx. Both cakes are wonderful for a party and keep fresh for several days; in fact they get better after a day or two.

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Yummy seeded gluten-free bread
Fresh gluten free seed bread

Yummy seeded gluten-free bread

By Andrea Cullen

17th June 2014

Wow oh wow I hit the jackpot with this invention! I will do my best to recall the recipe for you as I was cooking for a stress break which means I was getting creative paying no heed to the volumes used and pretty much having a dance off with myself and some tunes as I was baking. Yea… laugh all you like; it works!

This bread has no added fats or sugar, contains an abundance of healthy and natural fats, minerals, and fibre and most importantly it tastes great! I mean really great; I cannot stop eating it. So far toppings have included almond nut butter and smoked salmon with mango chutney so it works with a savoury as well as a sweet twist.

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