Shopping Tips – 18 May 2015

Wholesome Ireland Shopping Tips 18 May 2015

Here’s this week’s shopping tips, designed to save us all money! Things are looking a little bit spruced up on the blog. Do let me know what you think.

Apologies for the slight delay this evening. I made loads of notes, thought I’d saved them but I’ve returned to the blog only to find nothing had been saved! [Read more…]

Low Sugar Jam

Low Sugar Jam - Caitriona Redmond

Jam is sweet. It’s meant to be sweet; the sugar used preserves the fruit and makes the jam last for longer. In my house that could mean up to a year; providing I use a sterilised jar, and store it in a cool, dark place.

What if there was a way to make low sugar jam? You’d still have a “set” consistency, but the trade-off would be that you’d have to make smaller quantities because the jam wouldn’t last so long.

I’ve tested plenty of jam recipes over the years. I’ve made jam with less sugar than recommended, replaced the refined sugar with fruit sugar (fructose), used honey, and used alternative sweeteners like aspartame and xylitol. Typical jam recipes are made on a 50:50 ratio of fruit to sugar. This recipe turns all that wisdom around and uses far less than that. [Read more…]

Shopping Tips – 11 May 2015

Wholesome Ireland Shopping Tips 11 May 2015

Here are this week’s shopping tips – designed to save you money in the Irish supermarkets. Here I pick out the best of the fresh items and special buys in my opinion. I know that they will save you money because I’ve saved a fortune since I started doing this list.

If you have an offer that you think I might have missed please comment below or on social media to let me know so that everybody else can save money too. Wholesome Ireland Shopping Tips 11 May 2015 [Read more…]

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Pots

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Pots - Caitriona Redmond

Why would you want to make this cheesecake? Well you could be on a low fat diet, trying to lose weight, or maybe you might be trying to reduce your sugar consumption. It could be all of the above, as is the case with my family members. While I won’t identify them on the blog, I can tell you that in the past 6 weeks, these 3 inspiring people have managed to lose a combined total of just under 3 stone (that’s 42lbs or 19kg).

You don’t need to cook, nor do you need any fancy equipment to be able to make these cheesecake pots, just make sure you have space in the fridge for them to cool. Of course if you’d rather use the full-fat full-sugar version of these ingredients go right ahead! [Read more…]

Shopping Tips – 4 May 2015

Wholesome Ireland Shopping Tips 4 May 2015

May the fourth be with you! It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in Ireland, also in my house the kids are on a midterm holiday until next week. I’m getting this week’s shopping tips in nice and early.Wholesome Ireland Shopping Tips 4 May 2015

Thanks to all the new followers and readers, if you’re new around here this is the weekly dispatch which contains my picks of the best value in the main supermarkets in Ireland. There’s a particular focus on fresh food as that’s what we mainly eat in my house. For more information on how it’s compiled please scroll to the end of this post. [Read more…]