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Posts Tagged ‘ Work ’

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

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News in Brief-Ireland Goes Blaa Blaa As Michael D Set To Visit Lizzy

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Blaa, Blaa, Blaa, only in Waterford! That’s right, the floury nap has been given protected status so that the name Blaa can only be applied if the bread is made in the South East. They join Champagne, Cornish Pasties and Feta Cheese after a group of Waterford bakers united to prevent imitators.

A nun has had her claim for damages of €38,000 after a car accident quashed as the judge ruled the accident never happened. Sister Helen Ugbome, of the Nigeria-based Holy Family Sisters told the court she was hit in the rear of her vehicle by Edel Macklin from Glasnevin, while stopped at traffic lights. However Ms Macklin disputed the claims saying, she was stopped behind Sr Ugbome when she got out of her car, told Macklin she’d hit her and got her insurance details. The judge however wasn’t having it and suggested Sr Ugbome was in fact trying to claim an estimate of insurance after an accident a month previous. God giveth and God does taketh away. Continue reading

News in Brief – Photocopy murder? Best leave It To The Gardaí

"You're not in America now, sonny."

“You’re not in America now, sonny jim.”

Apparently 25 per cent of us fear being found out as lacking at work. Many of those suggesting accidentally viewing porn or something us NSFW (not safe for work) is their biggest fear. Eight per cent, according to the report in The Sun, think the photocopier is out to get them. Oh dear.

People “shouldn’t be mucking around in Garda business”. This isn’t film noir, it’s Noonan. Far away on the L.A. suburbs familiar to detective novels the Gardai are apparently having their evidence fiddled with, causing problems in court. Enter Noonan, he was a quiet man, a maverick, some call him crazy, some call him . . . other things. Passing comment in relation to the Anglo Tapes being leaked to the press he said: “The Gardai are the ones who investigate crime in this country”. Good to know of course but not exactly the narrative of a great crime thriller.

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Healthy (and Tasty!) Lunch Recipes

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad. 

  • 1/2 Butternut Squash, chopped and roasted in the oven for about 30mins, until softened and browned.
  • 1/4 block of Feta Cheese, crumbled.
  • Handful of Mixed Leaves such as Lamb’s Lettuce, Spinach and Rocket.

Dressing

  • 1 tblsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chopped oregano

Place the leaves on a plate, sprinkle over the roasted butternut squash and crumbled feta cheese. Pour over the dressing and mix to combine.

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Mixed Veg and Ham Omelette

  • One Egg
  • One Egg White
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk (skimmed or full-fat)
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, chopped.
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, chopped.
  • 1/4 Courgette, chopped.
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped finely.
  • 1 Slice of Crumbed Ham, chopped.
  • Chopped fresh or dried Parsley
  • Seasoning.

Heat up olive oil or low calorie spray in a frying pan. Mix all ingredients together until combined. When the frying pan is hot, pour the mixture in. Meanwhile, heat up the grill in order to cook the top of the omelette. When the top of the omelette has almost set and the bottom is browned, place the frying pan under the grill with the handle facing out so you do not burn yourself taking it out. When the top is browned to your liking remove the frying pan from the grill, place the omelette on a plate and serve with the carrot and pumpkin seed side salad -> recipe below.

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Chickpea Stew

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped finely.
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped finely.
  • 1 Red Chilli, deseeded.
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped.
  • 1 Red Pepper, chopped.
  • 1/2 Courgette, chopped.
  • 1 Can of Chickpeas
  • 1 Carton of Passata or 1 tin of Chopped tomatoes, blended till smooth.
  • 2 tblsp. of finely chopped fresh Parsley or Coriander
  • Seasoning.

Heat up olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan. When hot, sauteé the onion, garlic and chilli until the onion is transparent. Add the vegetables and cook until softened, but still firm. You do not want to overcook them. Add the passata/tin of tomatoes and simmer for about 10-15mins. Add chickpeas and seasoning. Cook for a further 10mins and serve hot with crusty bread. This can be frozen in batches and taken to work in a lunchbox.

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Moroccan-Style Chargrilled Veg Salad

Veg

  • 1/2 Green Pepper, large slice.
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, large slice.
  • 1/4 Courgette, cut into round slices.

Cous-Cous

  • 1/2 a bag of portioned wholegrain cous-cous

Moroccan-Style Dressing

  • 1 tblsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tblsp. of finely chopped Mint
  • 1 tsp. of Cumin
  • 1 tblsp. Lemon Juice
  • Seasoning

Chargrill all vegetables on a hot griddle pan or a George Foreman grill until softened and slightly blackened (only slightly!)

Open the portioned bag of cous-cous and put it in a bowl. Cover with boiling water. Leave for 10mins. When softened place on a plate and serve the chargrilled vegetables on top of the cous-cous.

Spoon dressing over salad and mix to combine. Serve with warm pita bread.

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Carrot and Pumpkin Seed Side Salad

  • 2 Carrots, grated.
  • 1 Garlic Clove, grated.
  • Sprinkle of Pumpkin Seeds

Healthy Dressing

  • 1 tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tblsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped Coriander
  • Seasoning

Mix together the grated carrot, garlic and pumpkin seeds. Pour over dressing and mix to combine. Serve with your lunch or dinner for a healthy side salad.

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Turkey and Guacamole Pita Bread

Healthy Guacamole

  • 1/2 Avocado, mashed.
  • 2 Cherry Tomatoes, chopped finely.
  • 1/2 Red Chilli, deseeded and chopped finely.
  • 1/4 Red Onion, chopped finely.
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of greek yoghurt or sour cream or créme fraiche

Combine all the guacamole ingredients with the mashed avocado. Toast the pita and open it out. Place a slice of turkey onto the pita bread. Spread the healthy guacamole onto the turkey slice. Close the pita and cut into half. Serve with the carrot and pumpkin seed side salad.

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