FOOD FEATURES Indonesian Lapis cake made with pandan

Food and Drinks Trends for 2018

Consumers are going to become even more demanding of food and drink. Pandan, purple sweet potato and sherry are the new ‘it’ food and drinks that will appear on menus next year; vegan food will become the ‘new normal’ instead of a niche and consumers will increasingly expect brands to deliver products that don’t just taste good, but deliver a feel-good factor too.


Irish Producer Launches Healthy Algae and Rapeseed Oil

A small Wicklow-based company with big ambitions has launched a cold-pressed Algae and Rapeseed Oil. It’s healthy, made sustainably and creates a virtuous circle where Irish ingredients are used by Irish food producers to make an Irish product that can help to make Irish people healthier!

FOOD FEATURES How to make Kefir

How to Make Milk Kefir at Home Easily

Kefir is a grain that you ferment in either milk or water (that’s why people talk about milk kefir or water kefir). We regularly have a jar of milk kefir on the go in the gréatfood kitchen. It helps to maintain a healthy microbiome in your gut so that healthy bacteria can thrive. We swear by it because it gives you a flat wobbly tummy without having to diet. (Eat a few spoons of milk kefir after eating a pizza and the next day you won’t feel that your waist has tripled in size.)

FOOD FEATURES Roast Garlic with Balsamic and Thyme Oil

Balsamic Roast Garlic with Thyme

We ate brunch at the Two Pups café in Francis Street in Dublin and had what they called ‘black garlic’ with a poached egg salad. We asked them how to make it so this is an approximation of the chef’s recipe (to whom we owe a debt of thanks). Squeeze the bulbs and eat it on bread, add it to salad dressings and use to garnish and roast meat or vegetable and to accompany poached eggs on toasted sourdough bread with rocket leaves.

FOOD FEATURES What is brie de meaux

What is Brie de Meaux?

Brie de Meaux is a soft raw cow’s milk cheese with a bloomy rind made in the town of Meaux in France. It is an AOC product (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) which means that it must come from that region and from that terroir to earn the right to put AOC on the label.

FOOD FEATURES Resistant Starch

How to use up Cooked Pasta and Create Resistant Starch

We used to throw away cooked pasta if we cooked too much. Now we turn it into another dish, proof that you don’t have to eat freshly cooked pasta to enjoy a good meal. Cooked pasta which is left to cool, then chilled in the fridge and eaten the next day is a good source of resistant starch which helps to make your gut healthy.

FOOD FEATURES How to clean Vintage Cutlery

How to clean vintage cutlery

You’ll find vintage cutlery on Etsy, Ebay and if you are lucky at your local charity shop. It needs to be cleaned before you use it to remove marks and tarnish to make sure that it is spotless and safe to eat with. Keep any items that are worn for decorative purposes – only use cutlery that has its silver plate intact to eat with. Both methods below work for silver cutlery as well as silver plate.

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