Food files: Five minutes with Indy Power
The healthy food blogger behind the hugely popular website The Little Green Spoon, champions a nutrient-rich, gluten-free and refined sugar-free way of eating.
My cooking Is simple and healthy
I use fresh, seasonal ingredients, and lots of herbs and spices, instead of complicated cooking methods, to make things taste amazing. I like to throw things together quickly - there's always time to make something delicious that's good for you.
There's a lot of interest in 'clean' eating
Everyone is a lot more educated about nutrition and as a result, eating well is becoming more popular and much more accessible. If you eat well, you really will feel better and once you realise that, it's kind of contagious.
Coconut is one of my favourite ingredients
It's so delicious and incredibly versatile as well as being great for you. I cook with all kinds of coconut in sweet and savoury things, and I use coconut oil on my skin and nails too.
A lot of inspiration comes from my travels
I love all kinds of food and I love trying new things from different places to inspire me. My mom is a great cook so I take a lot of inspiration from the food she's always made us. She is half-Japanese so I've always loved Japanese ingredients, and they inspire a lot of my recipes too. I'm also constantly inspired by what's in season, often I base a recipe around a single ingredient I pick up and just see where it takes me.
I want to show how delicious healthy food can be
I hope that my blog shows people that eating well doesn't have to be complicated and you don't have to compromise on taste. There are so many amazing natural foods and it's about embracing them rather than cutting things out.
Indy's first cookbook will be published by Ebury next year. See thelittlegreen spoon.com
Add some style to your dinner table with Tig's Dublin 8 plates, which are inspired by the city's urban landscape. The plates come in five abstract photographic patterns and are moulded by hand, digitally printed and hand-painted before being glazed and fired. €40 each, available from designist, 68 South Great George's Street, Dublin. designist.ie
This month we're...
...Feeling festive already
Fallon & Byrne's Christmas food and wine extravaganza is happening in its Dublin store on Thursday, November 12 between noon and 9pm. As ever, it's a fabulous opportunity to sample some delicious food and meet producers, which this year includes French cheesemakers. Fallon & Byrne chefs will also be on hand to give Christmas dinner and baking advice. See fallonandbyrne.com
...Raising a glass
Whiskey is the world's fastest growing spirit and a new book, A Glass Apart by Fionnán O'Connor, with photography by Ove Grunnér, looks at the distilling procedure and historical accidents that makes Irish single pot still whiskeys so unique. It's an essential read - and a great stocking filler - for whiskey connoisseurs. From €37.50 available from amazon.co.uk and bookstores.
... a must for brunch
The latest addition to Dublin's Aungier Street's burgeoning food scene is Bow Lane, a new cocktail bar and restaurant from the people behind Whitefriar Grill. Finger food platters here include venison meatballs in pancetta with cherry mustard, while the à la carte menu offers rabbit pie with buttery mash au gratin. And its gambas Benedict is a weekend brunch must. See bowlane.ie