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Valerie O'Connor
Limerick, Ireland
Certified organic horticulturalist specialising in magic, probiotic fermented foods for health. With over twenty years experience in food and media, read me every Saturday in the Irish Examiner gardening supplement. With good ingredients comes great flavour. I teach classes in food fermentation and plant based eating for your health, as well as one to one and group consultations to get you on the path to plant based, healthy eating. My cookbooks Bread on the Table, Irish Bread and Val's Kitchen, published by O'Brien Press are available in all good bookshops and online
Interests: Food growing, organics, plant-based, fermentation, plant based nutrition for health and fitness
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A horse outside I've always had a fascination with food, no surprise there, and especially what special food memories people have from their lives. Have you ever gone to a restaurant and thought "This is the best meal I've ever... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Val's Kitchen
Boletus Edulus or ceps Much room for mushrooms? When it comes to foraging our funky little fungi friends, it seems that, as a people we are a little bit scared. With edible shrooms carrying bizzarely spooky names like Trumpets of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Val's Kitchen
Probably the main motivator for most people to go on holidays abroad, so that they can leave the endless cycle of dishes, shopping, cooking, washing up and the repeat cycle that looking after yourself is. As Jack Nicholson said to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Val's Kitchen
Nasturiums are gorgeous looking yokes that either love your garden or can't be arsed growing in it. If it's the former then you're in for a treat every year as they self seed at the end of the growing season... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Val's Kitchen
I know that is this picture is a far cry from the food photos that I normally post, them being all green and laden with veg and all things fermenty. This photo was circulated by Gary O'Hanlon, the jolly TV... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Val's Kitchen
Getting out for a long walk in the woods last Sunday was a real treat. I called various pals who were mostly busy cleaning or sleeping off late nights but I did find one who’s always up for a bit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Val's Kitchen
What someone is putting in their mouth is always the most interesting subject, never mind world politics or global warming, what everyone wants to know these days is 'What are you eating?". So, I'm coming out. Die hard carnivore me... Continue reading
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Fermenting foods is one of the oldest ways of preserving food. Not only does this ancient method of preservation keep food fresh tasting and vibrant for months, the lacto-fermentation process also generates powerful probiotics in your food which feed your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Val's Kitchen
New classes in food fermenting for Autumn September 29th - Hook and Ladder, Limerick city - details and booking here this class covers all about why we might get int fermenting, from the basic convenience of having a store of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Val's Kitchen
Inis Mór (big island) is the largest of the three islands of Aran, off the coast of Galway and North Clare. The big island, with a population of about 800, gets thousands and thousands of visitors in high season, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Val's Kitchen