The kids and I did some blackberry picking at the weekend. It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again. And where there are blackberries there are new school bags, packed to gills with new books and virgin stationery waiting to fulfil their very purpose. In nature the schoolbag would be seen as one great big bag of potential seed. If the student uses the contents wisely and on purpose the results can be explosive or perhaps the contents will be wasted, rushed through, thrown aside at every opportunity – the potential within never fully realised. There’s something about blackberry time that, for me anyway, always heralds positive new beginnings. It’s like the start of a new year all over again, which it is in a way. It’s a chance to lay down new rules and have another fresh start.
It can be quite the battle these days to get people to focus on value rather than price. The two are not interchangeable. It is also a folly to compare sectors. Wearing a low quality t-shirt cannot be compared to eating low quality or poor food.
Generally I’m not that fussy about how people use words. Language is for the living and it evolves as we do. Read any Chaucer poem and you’ll see how far we’ve come. I’m not for jumping up and down at the omission or misplacement of an apostrophe, but there is a problem when we start to use words interchangeably when they are not.
If you’re just up it might take a second to wrap your brain around this but stick with me. New research has just been released that suggests people are not fat because they are lazy and don’t move but instead are lazy and don’t move because they are fat! It took me a while too, but I’m got it in the end. Basically this study was all about junk food and processed food and the long term health effects they have on the human body and, more interestingly, on the human brain.
There’s nothing better in the summer than eating outdoors. If you’re a fan of barbecuing then any excuse will have you outside wielding those long tongs and smoking up the air. While we’re all about Barbecuing at James Whelan Butchers at present because of the ‘Tipperary BBQ Idol’ competition that’s ongoing for the month of July, it’s also a really great way to cook. Ultimately it means less mess in the kitchen and if you prepare in advance dinner can be ready quickly and healthily.
I’ve got great news – The Tipperary BBQ Idol has just been launched thanks to Tipp Fm, ourselves here at James Whelan Butchers and Dunnes Stores. Besides the fun that we are all looking forward to during this month long competition, there is a fantastic prize attached; a top of the range BBQ, AND FREE MEAT FOR A YEAR! Worth €1000 What an amazing haul for the winner and all for just outdoorsy cooking over the fire. So if you are the Keeper of the Flame or the Master of Meat in your house you have to enter.
James Whelan Butchers and Dunnes stores of Oakville Shopping Centre have come together with Tipp FM this summer to bring you the ‘TIPP BBQ IDOL’ competition.
Are you the envy of your friends with your BBQ skills? Are you the ‘Rachel Allen’ or the ‘Nevin Maguire’ of the BBQ?
You don’t need me to tell you how to cope with Irish summers. I shouldn’t have to remind you that just because it says June on the calendar you still shouldn’t leave the house without being prepared for any and all weather eventualities – sun screen and bug spray will reside harmoniously with wet weather gear in the boot of any Irish car.
I’ve just finished reading about a new study coming out of America that has just shown how lethargy, and its close cousin obesity, can come from consistently eating processed foods and not just processed foods in huge amounts.
On Monday of this week I had the privilege of presenting a masterclass in Irish beef at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence in Brussels. The audience for the masterclass were members of the “Irish Chefs Beef Club” in Europe which was established some time ago by Bord Bia.
With the chocolate eggs of Easter already a memory, the longer evenings and brighter mornings are just bursting with potential. I feel summer is only around the corner and with it comes an urge to think carefully about what I’m eating. Maybe it’s the fact that we can go outdoors again without three layers of fleece lined clothing that makes me feel healthier and more conscious of what I’m doing to and for my own body. Eating well and feeling well are as we know, intrinsically linked. This is by no means a new revelation; as Hippocrates famously said, “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”