Tuesday, May 24, 2011

homemade granola: the most delicious breakfast

300gr of oats
100gr of mixed seeds (ie. sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
50gr of nuts (hazelnuts and/or almonds, walnut, etc)
50gr of dried fruit (currants/raisins/apricots)
3 tbs of local honey
1 tbs of olive oil
1tbs of ground almonds (optional)
1 ts of ground cinnamon

Serve: with yoghurt or milk

Granola is a fantastic alternative way of eating oats for breakfast in the summer if you don't fancy the old porridge. It is such a treat and so easy to make. those in the supermarket might be packed with sugar, butter and other not so healthy ingredients but making your own you can have control over what exactly you are having for your breakfast.

First, mix the oats with the seeds, the ground cinnamon, ground almonds, honey and oil to roast in the oven (150C), stirring every so often to make sure they roast evenly.
Leave them in the oven until they are golden but it should be ready in about 30 minutes.

Once cooked, leave it to cool and then add the dried fruit and nuts. Mix and eat with yoghurt, milk or just on their own.

Store it in a sealed jar to keep it crunchy.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

#IRLday get Ireland trending

On Monday 23rd May, US president Barack Obama is visiting Ireland. International media will be focusing on Ireland so it is the perfect opportunity to show the world all the great things the country has to offer. It is a chance to shine and get Ireland trending on the Twittersphere by using the #IRLday hashtag.
Whatever you are into, tweet about it: your favourite place in Ireland #irlplaces, your favourite Irish dish or food #irlfood, your local restaurant #irlrestaurants, an Irish song #irlsongs, writer, book, musician... anything at all that will help us make 23rd May Ireland Day!

And don’t forget to get your twibbon!

Here’s David Butt’s blog on what Irish restaurants and foodies should tweet about on #IRLday
http://irlday.org/2011/05/19/what-should-restaurants-tweet-about-on-irlday-contributed-by-david-butt /