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Friday 19 September 2014

Valerie finds the recipe for success

Published 11/06/2013 | 05:24

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A Carlow woman has cooked her way to success thanks to a family recipe.

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Valerie James from Tinryland, Carlow was one of twelve lucky women who will have their family recipes included in the new Flora Cookbook. Her recipe for 'Chicken Chi Chi' beat some stiff competition to be chosen for the book. The twelve winning recipes in the 'Flora Cookbook' competition were unveiled at a VIP pre-race reception at the start line of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

'I am delighted for Valerie and thoroughly enjoyed testing and tasting her lovely Chicken Chi Chi recipe,' said Master Chef's Nicha Maguire, who is the campaign ambassador.

'I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who sent in a recipe for the Flora Cookbook campaign. The response was super and it was great to see such a variety of healthy recipes. The job of picking just twelve recipes was a tough one, but we tried to encompass a variety of dishes that are ideal for anybody looking for some healthy meal time inspiration.'

This year, celebrating its 10th year as sponsor of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon, Flora teamed up with Masterchef's Nicha Maguire to invite participants to share their favourite family recipes for inclusion in this new Flora Cookbook.

There was a fantastic response to the campaign and Nicha Maguire and the Flora dietician Harriette Lynch worked together to introduce small changes to the recipes to make them even more nutritious, such as replacing salt with herbs, adding more vegetables and using healthier fats.

Entitled 'Recipes for the heart you love', the Flora Cookbook also contains recipes from Nicha Maguire, who re-worked five of her own favourite family recipes to make them even more nutritious by, for example, using Flora Buttery instead of butter in her scrumptious Savoury Scones recipe which have 80% less saturated fat than the butter version

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