Our Staff’s Top Walks for January

“At the Butler’s Pantry we believe the key to good eating in 2021 should be free of past restrictions and involve eating healthy nourishing food cooked from scratch using fresh whole ingredients”

The past year has been tough for all of us so now we invite our customers to join our Reset 2021 Initiative. Our positive policy aims to kick-start a New Year of eating well and getting outdoors by focusing on fresh, wholesome, nourishing ingredients. All our meals are made, using the best seasonal Irish produce available, with no additives or preservatives.

Our Reset 2021 Initiative will make it easy for all our customers to eat well and enjoy a delicious and healthy start to the New Year.

With this in mind we include a list of our staff’s favourite walks in and around some of our stores. Grab yourself and coffee and check out some of the beautiful walks in your area that Dublin has to offer.

 

1. Sandymount – Sandymount Strand

Less than a 10 minute walk from our Sandymount Store, Sandymount Strand offers a relaxing walk that includes pleasant views of the Poolbeg, Irishtown Nature Park and Dun Laoghaire.  The walk is roughly a 1km long and for those seeking further adventure can be extended out to the Poolbeg Lighthouse for a stunning sea view.

 

2. Castleknock – Farmleigh Park

Roughly a 10 minute walk from Castleknock Village, close to Phoenix Park, you’ll discover Farmleigh. Perfect for a relaxing weekend stroll, this small park has a wide variety of large mature trees and a beautiful artificial lake. Here Farmleigh House is the main attraction and boasts beautiful gardens, well worth a look.

 

3. Donnybrook – Herbert Park

5 minutes’ walk from our Donnybrook store this is a lovely green inner-city space. Dog friendly and filled with grassy areas including a wide variety of colourful trees. The park includes a playground with Croquet, Tennis and bowling fields. So grab yourself a coffee and take a stroll morning or afternoon or enjoy a spot of the lunch on one of the parks many benches.

 

4. Clontarf/Raheny – Saint Anne’s Park

A short hop will take you to Saint Anne’s park with it’s magnificent prize winning rose gardens, impressive water features and interesting historical background. For a casual stroll or a strenuous workout, the park is suited for all ages young and old. Ideal for dog walkers and parents of small children

 

5. Harcourt – St Stephens Green

Situated a few minutes from our beautiful new store at the bottom of Harcourt Street, Stephens Green is an inner city gem. With over 3km of pathways, a choice of benches and grassy areas, this park has been enjoyed by Dubliners for 2 centuries. The parks large lush greenery and historic monuments offer a relaxing distraction from rush hour traffic and an ideal place to enjoy a coffee and pastry.

So next time you visit these stores be sure to treat yourself to a relaxing walk in the above as recommended by our staff!

Think Pink for October

Think Pink for October

Our Mission

The Butler’s Pantry is proud to announce a 2 year ‘Charity of the Year’ partnership with the Irish Cancer Society, to raise much needed funds, through fundraising initiatives with our staff and customers. As part of our partnership, we are running the ‘Cupcakes Against Breast Cancer’ Pink Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

The Irish Cancer Society’s vision is a cancer-free future. To achieve that goal, they provide vital services and support to those affected by cancer. Money raised by the charity is spent on cancer research, education and prevention.

Night Nursing Service

We specifically chose the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing Services, which provides end-of-life homecare for cancer patients and their families. These nurses will sit with your loved ones through the night, working to provide the highest standard of nursing care. This service is heavily reliant on public contributions and is entirely funded by generous donations.

On average, one night of care costs €350. This service is provided free of charge and is available to families for up to 10 nights. This vital support and expert care offers comfort to those when needed most in an anxious and troubling time.

Although most common in women over the age of 50, breast cancer can develop in people of all ages. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about encouraging people to inform themselves and others about this disease, while raising much-needed funds to provide treatment and comfort for the patients and their families.

Your Role

This October, we are encouraging our customers to Think Pink and get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we will be selling our very own Pink cupcakes, with €2.50 from each going directly to the charity. These delicious treats will be handmade in our kitchens with weekly changes in flavour. Our creations will feature delicious fresh ingredients such as raspberry, strawberry confit and rose. We will also have The Irish Cancer Society Pink Pins available for purchase at our tills. We will remind our wonderful customers to Think Pink for the month of October!

 

For further information and contributions visit www.cancer.ie

vegetarian

Healthy Vegetarian Choices

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Being a vegetarian for the past 20 something years, I often find it difficult to find tasty wholesome meals, especially when on the run. Like so many of us, I lead a very busy lifestyle. I sometimes feel that it can be hard not to reach for the quick, unhealthy fast food choices that are readily available. It always seems like these are easier to come by than healthy and wholesome food to go.

At the Butler’s Pantry where I work as a Retail Manager there are plenty of choices when it comes to healthy, nutritious vegetarian and vegan options. Our chefs are always adding to the range. They love to showcase fresh and seasonal produce. In the shops, we are seeing a growing interest for more veggie options. A lot of customers are trying out ‘Meatless Monday’ or simply incorporating more vegetarian options into their diet. It’s a lovely, light way to eat.

I have had tried many of these meals after work and really love the fact they are easily heated in the microwave taking only a few minutes. Perfect when you are tired after a long day. The best part is they are totally guilt free as they are made with the finest ingredients, from scratch in our kitchens, just as you would cook at home!

As well as main meals we also have a range of wholesome soups such a Roasted Root Veg with Thyme and Honey. Delicious accompanied by some rustic baguette! Our salads and sandwiches are great options too. Try our Ardsallagh Goats Cheese and Beetroot Salad or our Falafel Wrap for a lovely lunch or light supper option.

My favourite dish is the Greek Stew with Roasted Root Vegetables, Feta Cheese and Olives. It’s packed full of nutritious goodness and full of flavour. If you close your eyes you can almost imagine you are on holidays in the Mediterranean!

Our new Spring/Summer Menu introduces even more choices such as the Aubergine Parmigiana or Thai Vegetarian Curry, absolutely delightful!

Lisa

Retail Manager,

Monkstown

Buckwheat

Buckwheat the Wonder Seed

Here at The Butler’s Pantry, our chefs are always monitoring trends and experimenting with innovation in food. One such innovation that we have introduced is the use of buckwheat in the tart base of our lemon meringue tart.

While the name might suggest that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that’s related to the rhubarb and sorrel plants. The flowers from the buckwheat plant are extremely fragrant and are attractive to bees who product a special, dark honey from them. The edible part of buckwheat are the seeds.

 

What are the Health Benefits?

Buckwheat flour is undoubtedly healthier that regular flour. This nutrient packed, gluten-free seed is considered by many to be a superfood. It is rich in protein, insoluble fibre and important minerals such as zinc, manganese and copper. It’s packed with antioxidants like tannins, catechin and rutin. It has a high polyphenol content, a micronutrient that is only gotten through some plant based foods.

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Buckwheat is also known to have blood sugar and cholesterol lowering effects and the ability to improve digestion. It offers a high amount of total carbohydrates yet it scores low on the glycaemic index (GI). This is the measure of how quick your body absorbs carbohydrates. If the food has a low GI score, your blood sugars will rise slowly and won’t spike. This makes it a great food for someone with diabetes as it keeps the blood sugar regulated.

As buckwheat is a fruit seed as opposed to a cereal grain, it’s a wonderful substitute for grains for those who are sensitive to wheat, gluten or any other grains. So full of nutrients, zero gluten and no fat, what’s not to love!

 

How can it be used?

Buckwheat is becoming more and more popular as consumers become more aware of its health benefits. It’s a great breakfast option when used in cereals, porridge and pancakes. It’s also a wonderful addition to salads, makes a delicious crust for a creamy chicken pie or eaten as buckwheat noodles or pasta which are readily available on the market. At The Butler’s Pantry, we are now using buckwheat flour for the base of our lemon meringue tart. The buckwheat flour is 100% organic and it makes a delicious sweet dough for our pie. It adds a nutty and roasted flavour which compliments the sharpness of the lemon curd and the sweetness of the Italian meringue. The buckwheat adds a lovely ‘snap’ to the base which is a delicious texture. It also means that our lemon meringue tart is now flourless so is a great option for those with gluten intolerance.

Why not visit one of our shops and treat yourself to our new and improved lemon meringue pie? We’d love to hear what you think of our addition of buckwheat!

feed the heroes

Feed The Heroes

Although most of us are spending a lot of time safe in our homes during this pandemic. There are thousands of critical frontline workers who are working tirelessly and risking their lives on a daily basis to fight Coronavirus. We were determined to find a way to show them that we were grateful for everything that we were doing to protect and care for us all.

 

feed the heroes

 

Naturally, food is what we do best so it made perfect sense for us to provide some of the frontline hero’s with some wholesome food. Enter Feed The Heroes, a wonderful grassroots initiative set up by Cian O’Flaherty. His initial ambition was to raise €1,000 to buy a few meals but it has seen funds of over €1,000,000 raised and served almost 80,000 meals to our nation’s frontline workers. You can find out more or get involved here.

 

Those who are working on the frontlines are having to dig deeper than ever at the moment. They are working longer shifts, with little time or facilities to cook food. The food that’s donated helps to sustain these exhausted workers where they might not otherwise have been able to have a nourishing meal.

 

station - the butlers pantry

 

Restaurants, take aways and caterers across the country are pulling together to offer generous donations of food. The meals are delivered to staff at the Covid-19 testing centres, hospitals, HSE contact tracing, the National Ambulance Service and the Fire Brigade.

 

It was decided that our meals would be best suited to the National Ambulance Service who are currently operating out of Dublin Fire Brigade units. They have 12 stations across Dublin. Usually the shift team prepare food in house but all extra personnel have been moved to Covid-19 test centres or contact tracing so their catering has stopped. Our drivers delivered cooler bags to all the stations packed full of our meals and treats, all prepared by hand in our kitchens in Bray. A small token perhaps but we were delighted that we could play our part to help to fuel the frontline.

 

Donnybrook Fire Station

 

Of course, it goes without saying how proud we are of our own heroes in The Butler’s Pantry. Our staff have continued to work tirelessly around the clock under very challenging circumstances. They are adhering to the strictest health and safety measures and doing so with big smiles on their faces! We will continue to work together so that we can service our wonderful customers in our local communities with real good food.

 

Thank you to all our health heroes, stay positive and keep fighting, we will get through this.