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By Mark Gallagher
The gentlemen with whom I share my home (one husband and one child) are disinclined, at the best of times, to partake of vegetables of any description, and though they might be tolerated as a necessary evil occasionally – on top of a pizza, for instance – salad leaves of any kind seem to give rise to a red line. They are, after all, food for rabbits – and I suppose I must have been a rabbit in a former life because they are one of my absolute favourite things. It winds me up though, that the only way to buy them is usually as a whole head of one kind of lettuce – boring! – or as a mixture in a bag – much more interesting and delicious, but it’s hard to get through a whole bag by yourself before they get limp and lifeless, and I hate waste. So this week I’ve been planting my own ‘cut and come again’ lettuce.
Galway Irish Crystal has long been recognised as one of the world's best known and loved Irish crystal brands. Each piece of Galway Crystal is inspired by the rugged beauty of the local landscape and by the wealth of folklore and ancient history along the west coast of Ireland.
With the festive entertainment season in full swing, keep your guests happy with these mini prawn skewers with lemon chili dip by Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio.
The Mayor of Galway, Labour city councillor Niall McNelis, is demanding a ban on non-compostable coffee cups, following publication of a report by Recycling List Ireland, which found that 200 million coffee cups are thrown away in Ireland every year.
Lamb is great anytime, but at this time of the year it is fantastic.
The hay fever season arrived with a vengeance this summer. Many people in Ireland suffer from hay fever without knowing it. People often think that they have a cold which will not go away, but in actual fact they have hay fever. Common questions asked at Evergreen are: “What is hay fever?” “What causes it?” and “What is the difference between hay fever and a viral infection like a cold or flu?”
The South Westmeath Hospice have been overwhelmed by the response to their annual Sunflower Day which took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at shops and supermarkets all around Athlone.
Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio’s recipe for lemon coconut strawberry squares are bursting with flavour including subtle hints of lemon and fresh strawberries. Drizzled with a lemon glaze and topped with shredded coconut, these squares are the perfect treat for every summer afternoon tea.
Olive Gavin owns and runs The Hair Boutique on Chapel Street in Castlebar.