Naughty or Nice?
Enjoying food is all about balance, so let foodiesAoife McElwain and Aoife Barry give you a naughty and anice option each week. Choice never tasted so good!
MILKSHAKE VS SMOOTHIE: NAUGHTY: Baileys milkshake For a naughty milkshake for two spoiled grown-ups, mix in a blender four tablespoons of Baileys with two scoops of the loveliest vanilla ice cream you can get your hands on.
Add some ice-cold milk (low-fat, if it makes you feel better) until you get the texture you're after. About 250ml should do the job. Serve in tall glasses and drink
NICE: Chocolate cherry smoothie
Doesn't a chocolate cherry smoothie sound like a truly indulgent treat? Well, it's even better when it's loaded with fruit and is vegan, gluten-free and raw. Kristen Suzanne is a raw foodist who really knows how to make healthy food taste wonderful. Her chocolate cherry smoothie is so good you can have it for breakfast — and who wouldn't want chocolate and fruit for breakfast? This adaptation of her recipe adds a healthy dose of flaxseed into the mix. Take 1 cup measure water (any cup will do; just use the same cup for all these measurements); 1 frozen or fresh banana, chopped; 1 cup frozen or fresh cherries; 1 tbsp milled golden flaxseeds; 2 tbsps raw chocolate powder (or cocoa powder if you can't find the raw version); a splash of vanilla extract and some ice cubes. Put all the ingredients, except the ice, into a highspeed blender and mix until smooth. Add the ice and slurp down for breakfast. Lip-smackingly good! See www.kristensraw.com for more.
Kildare Village’s Summertime Festival kicked off yesterday, and it will be providing a bevvy of treats for its customers every weekend until mid-August. Good Food Ireland is taking part, and you’ll be able to meet some of the most inspiring Irish foodies in the nation. See bit.ly/summer timefestival for more details.
FOR THE NICE
If your child is itching to learn how to cook, treat them to the Junior Chef Cookery Camp, run by Source Sligo. Eithna and her team will teach young people how to make fresh pizza, pasta, smoothies, ice cream and drinks. It takes place from Monday to Thursday, 10am-3pm. Camp 1 runs from July 4-7; camp 2 from July 11-14; ¤95. See www.source sligo.ie.
FOODIES TO FOLLOW:
@smorgasblog Smörgåsblog is an Irish-based, Danishinfluenced food blog run by Joanna Schaffalitzky. With a love of cocktails, cakes and off-cuts of meat, hers is definitely a blog for the naughties out there. Follow her on Twitter and get acquainted over on www.smorgasblog.ie.
@caitlinhtp Caitlin Boyle loves food, fitness and finding a way to encourage young women to love themselves. Her Operation Beautiful movement encourages people to spread positivity, while her tweets feature top meals and all kinds of discussions. Feelgood tweets from a top-class blogger.