Posts Tagged ‘ Chocolate ’

The Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat

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Standing in the supermarket’s food section aisle you’re confronted with hundreds of different products compounded by the happy proliferation of subcategories. You have a wide choice of grocery items at your fingertips. Or have you?

A 2013 study by the U.S. consumer rights group, Food and Water Watch, examined the market share of 100 common grocery items and unearthed a disturbing trend: you’re actually down to 2-4 big companies when buying most grocery items. This is certainly a global trend, extremely valid in modern Ireland. Continue reading

News in Brief- Tesco Launch Not So Eggcellent Trolley Deposit Scheme

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For the day that’s in it and those of you that are in the office and in need of some NIB to brighten your day, let’s kick off with a catastrophe in Kerry.

A crucifix has the whole place divided as councillors can’t decide where to hang the thing in their local offices. Some councillors argue the inclusion of a crucifix, on their office wall; will promote sectarian divisions and religious inequality, while others think the mere presence of a little MDF son of God will make people more honest. Jesus, no pun intended (maybe a little bit); if a wooden statue could stop people lying we’d all be working under mini-statues of our mammies. Councillor Toirèasa Ferris, who labels herself a Christian, opposes the idea as she said; ‘where does religion come into pothole filling’. The councillors have obviously forgotten the real meaning of Easter which is entirely chocolate based.

Tesco in Ballymun understand, they know there are too many Easter eggs and not enough time. Just don’t grab too many, it’ll cost you a tenner for the use of a trolley. The new deposit scheme has been implemented after ‘massive trolley loss’. What constitutes ‘massive’ trolley loss exactly NIB wonders? Who knows though, they may rise again in a few days. Continue reading

News in Brief – Storms Hit Hard As Gun Law Repealed

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So NIB is back after prolonged Christmas hols and what’s been happening around the country?

We’re all underwater as storms continue to wreak havoc like the last guest at your New Year’s Eve party, who wasn’t invited anyway and then turned up with friends in tow and ate the entire prawn ring, but anyway. According to those in the know, jobs are looking up, crime stats are down and soon North and South might be getting along. Continue reading

Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Marshmallows

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So what do you do when you have ten million marshmallows?? Well, instead of risking diabetes I made some chocolate biscuit cake and threw them in there! (Then I ate the cake so defeated the original purpose). I can’t take credit for the biscuit cake recipe; it is my granny’s and is the best I have ever had, the biscuits stay crunchy unlike biscuit cakes with digestives in them I find. There is also an egg stirred in at the end. Don’t be scared, I have been eating this for 24yrs and I am fiiiiiine 🙂 Continue reading

News in Brief-Ireland Fussy About Threesomes As Drugs Find Is A Real Kinder Surprise

There were three in the bed and the little one said, ’I don’t think James Reilly will like this’. Yes the threesome furore that has only been pushed from the papers since we found out Tubridy earns more than most people make in a lifetime. But there is actually a very innocent explanation behind the SpunOut.ie website. What with all this cold weather we’re having it makes sense to all bundle into bed together for warmth. Minister Reilly’s just got a dirty mind. Continue reading

Chocolate-Orange Créme

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Now I have to admit before I begin; I do not like mixing chocolate with any kind of fruit….ever. Not raspberries, never bananas and you’ll never catch me dipping a strawberry into any kind of chocolate fountain. Do not get me started on those evil little strawberry cream chocolates in a box of Roses, ick. However, I am partial to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. So, I created my own Terry’s chocolate orange créme. It started out as more of a posset because I thought of it after making Lemon Posset for Christmas Dessert but I think the term “posset” really should just refer to creamy citrus-style desserts, it just seems wrong for some reason to call a rich chocolate-y cream “posset”. So I decided not to. Continue reading

Kahlua Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This chocolate-coffee cake is incredibly rich, dense and decadent, it’s hard to manage more than a small slice; though not impossible 🙂 I have adapted the following recipe from Avoca’s “Mother’s Day Chocolate Cake” from A Year at Avoca: A Cookbook which is such a great cookbook that uses amazing recipes that feature great quality Irish ingredients. Continue reading

Having A Cracking Time: The Big Egg Hunt 2013

Egg Hunt jpegOn strolling into Dundrum Shopping Centre on Wednesday morning, I noticed something slightly amiss with the local scenery. Three large beautifully painted Easter eggs had taken up residence on plinths by the Mill Pond. This, I felt called for further (and immediate) investigation, for where there is an Easter egg, then surely chocolate would not be far away… Continue reading

Scrumptious Chocolate Can Do World Of Good For The Body

With Easter fast approaching, the temptation to overindulge on chocolate might be too much for some to resist.  But although eating chocolate in excess is undeniably bad for the waistline, it does have its benefits, especially when it comes to skincare.  Dark chocolate contains eight times the amount of anti-oxidants that are found in strawberries, and these anti-oxidants protect the body from ageing.  So if you do manage to resist the temptation to devour the first egg you find on Sunday, you can always find comfort in some great skincare products that are loaded with chocolate goodness that won’t do any harm to the figure!

Burt’s Bees, Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuacu Butter Body Lotion is one such product, and is 99% natural, containing both cocoa butter and olive oil, amongst others.  It is a feast for the senses, with the aroma of chocolate and vanilla, and is clinically proven to moisturise for up to 24 hours.  It is designed for dry skin, and although slow to be absorbed, it will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling divine.  Retailing for €12.00, it’s a mid-range purchase that will literally leave you smelling good enough to eat.

And if having skin smelling of chocolate isn’t enough to satisfy your cravings, you can have hair that smells delicious too.  L’Oreal Paris, Casting Crème Gloss in 535 Chocolate is a no-ammonia, non-drip crème formula that makes hair colouring a truly indulgent experience, which will leave a lasting colour which can survive up to 28 washes.  The colour comes with a squeezy, easy to use applicator, and the result is hair that looks glossy and nourished.  Much cheaper than a trip to the hairdressers, at a mere €12.00, and the outcome looks just as professional.

If the smell of chocolate skin and hair doesn’t appeal to your senses, then you can opt for skin that looks like chocolate.  Vita Liberata Rich Silken Chocolate Self Tan is a self-tan which will immediately give your skin that intense chocolate look, without any associated smell.  The colour intensifies over 24 hours, and claims to leave you with a Brazilian glow.  The tan is easy to apply, is genuinely fragrance free, and doesn’t stain your clothes.  It is a bit of an investment product, retailing for €27, but this is a tanning product worth paying that bit extra for.

Seeing Red

Yes folks it’s that time of the year again, when the colour red blooms garishly from every shop front be it in the form of flowers, cardboard hearts, balloons…. and when it seems every second radio ad has variations on the ‘lurve’ theme. What is it about the 14th of February that causes right thinking sane adults to go Valentine’s crazy? Spending vast amounts of already scarce disposable (and sometimes indispensable) income on cheesy tat and sending levels of expectation skyward even in the case of the non-romantic among us (Who hasn’t anxiously awaited the arrival of the postman on this of all days at some point during our lives?)
Could it be the history of the origin of Valentine’s Day? The most common theory being what took place during the reign of Claudius II, in 270 AD Rome. The Emperor banned men from marrying during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine rallied against these wishes by performing wedding ceremonies in secret. For this, Valentine was imprisoned and then executed by order of the Emperor on February 14. Whilst in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter signing it, “From your Valentine.” A Hallmark Holiday is born!
Or could it be the lure of the perennial favourite – chocolate? Chocolate can act as an aphrodisiac; apparently Casanova ate chocolate to make him virile. But more importantly as the majority of women will tell you chocolate makes us feel good; it affects the serotonin in our brains making us feel for all intents and purposes happy. Interestingly over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S, the country with the highest levels of obesity in the western world. They don’t sound very happy do they? Maybe it’s a chicken and egg situation, which came first the obesity, or the chocolate to numb the pain of being fat?
In a nutshell it’s about not feeling left out, who can forget the crushing humiliation as it dawns on the teenaged you that yet again you’re the one person in your group of friends who hasn’t received a much coveted stuffed toy (usually a bear holding a heart) from the guy/girl you occasionally end up kissing at the end of the night in the local disco. Those feelings of mortification and embarrassment are tattooed on our poor young hearts so that even now we strive to make sure we’re not the ones left out this time, oh no. We buy gigantic cards (bigger means better naturellement), underwear, and in the case of a former colleague of mine send a balloon bouquet to a husband’s workplace all in the vain attempt to ensure that we won’t be left out, we won’t be forgotten, we’ll get something even better back-right??
I’ll leave you with this last fact, 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!