Soul food

RTÉ Guide - - Interiors - Bal­ly­knocken House and Cook­ery School, www.bal­ly­

There’s some­thing spe­cial about the au­tumn – the beau­ti­ful colours, the stun­ning sun­rises and sun­sets – it just makes you want to get out and en­joy our lovely is­land. It’s also the time of the year when we need to mind our­selves. The sud­den change in tem­per­a­ture can mean colds, flu and the likes. So ’tis also the time to be mind­ful of what you eat and try to boost your im­mune sys­tem, stay healthy and add ex­tra veg­eta­bles, pro­tein, min­er­als and vi­ta­mins into our di­ets.

Au­tumn is the time to add bold flavours to your dishes, like garam masala, car­damom, fresh gin­ger or lime and even adding a few squares of dark choco­late to casseroles is de­li­cious. An­other two in­gre­di­ents that I find my­self us­ing more of at this time of the year are dates and mo­lasses. Most of all, though, cook from the heart and en­joy a lit­tle of what you love.

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