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bloom Magazine Issue 2: January 2012

The very latest news from the community delivered to your letterbox for free every month.

Food and cookery ranging from easy peasy inspiration to recipes to local restaurant reviews.

What’s going on in your own neighbourhood, health, beauty, local legends and much more.

East Belfast is in the depths of winter, so come on in and warm yourself...

Each of our rooms is your sanctuary of relaxation as our treatments are each as restful and refreshing as the last. Discover the true meaning of indulgence and the feeling of precious renewal. Escape to the The Secret Day Spa!

Gifts and gift vouchers available at our online shop. 30 Belmont Road, Belfast BT4 2AN Tel: 028 9067 1914 “We have carefully created The Secret Day Spa to be a boutique haven of relaxation & rejuvenation. Our aim is to give our clients both an indulgent Spa experience and our Belfast Beauty Salon Essentials, leaving them feeling & looking, refreshed and fantastic.�

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A very warm welcome, come on in. .


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Welcome It literally is a warm welcome judging by the pic above and I think we all need the cockles warmed at this time of year. Sometimes we don’t mind the winter when Christmas is on its way, but that’s done and dusted and it’s onwards and upwards into 2012. We have had such a wonderful response to our first issue so thank you so much to everyone who got in touch with their good wishes. At the heart of what we are trying to do is to promote the community and that means you, your neighbours, your local businesses and the breadth of talent on our doorstep. We have been astonished as to how much of a heartbeat there is in the East with so many new ventures opening or launching in our streets. But crucially, we all must do what we can to support them. No doubt 2012 is going to be a tough one for small businesses, so the best thing we can do to weather it is to simply shop local. What you need may be just a few streets away rather than a few miles away. By shopping around the corner, you’ll be doing your bit for the community. And never mind the fire, there’s nothing quite as warming in a neighbourhood than a nice bit of community spirit. Enjoy the magazine and a very Happy New Year to all our readers and advertisers. If you would like to find out how you could grow your own business by advertising with us, contact 07719 104862 If you have news, events, charity updates or anything else you want East Belfast to know about, contact


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6 Local News

23 Cookbook

13 Rising Star

28 Food Focus

15 Health & Beauty

30 What’s On?

16 Health & Fitness

34 Local Legend

All the latest news and views in the East  Belfast area that you need to know about.

A chat with the multi talented and award  winning couture milliner, Gráinne Maher. 

Start the new year with the beauty experts at   The Secret Day Spa.

As we enter a new year, we have some expert  fitness advice for a happy new you.

We head down Mexico way with top chef  Thomasina Miers.

A look at one of the East’s most stylish  eateries, Bennett’s.

Let’s see what the community has planned  for you this month.

An impressive 25 years in business, we chat  to Warwick’s Butchers. 5


Local news and views. Get in touch..

Free Parent Childcare and Benefits Advice

Employers For Childcare Charitable Group provides parents of dependent children with a helping hand by offering a range of free services. These include a freephone advice and information helpline, a childcare search facility and the Childcare Benefits Advisory Service. The Childcare Benefits Advisors provide free, impartial and confidential advice and information to parents on social security benefits, tax credits, Childcare Vouchers and other benefits which may be applicable to your circumstances. The advisors carry out personalised benefit assessments for parents who are considering entering employment or changing working hours. Through these assessments, the advisors take into consideration potential hours of work, rates of pay and childcare costs to ensure that it pays to work. Also, through the HMRC Childcare Indicator Calculator, the advisors work out whether Childcare Vouchers or tax credits are best suited to meet your household’s childcare costs. The service is free and confidential and parents are given a copy of the information discussed. To find out more about this service or to speak to an advisor, call 0800 028 6538 or email or employersforchildcare.

A special project which saw young people act out their views on public transport in the form of a play at Stormont has secured a top award for the Consumer Council, Youth Action NI and Translink. The young people who participated also helped to shape the recommendations in the report and produced a play to demonstrate the findings for government and transport operators at Stormont’s Parliament Buildings. They also gave evidence at a special sitting of the Regional Development Committee.

Tall Ships Return to Belfast

The Tall Ships are returning to Belfast in July 2015. The city is to act as the starting point for The Tall Ships Races 2015, an annual race series organised by Sail Training International. The hugely popular event last visited Belfast in August 2009, when it attracted 800,000 visitors in just four days. A further 250,000 people lined the shores of Belfast Lough to watch the 40 ships depart the city, leaving behind them a benefit of an estimated £16 million to the local economy. Sail Training International’s Head of Race Directorate, Paul Bishop, said: ‘Belfast previously hosted The Tall Ships Races in 1991 and 2009 and the city, port authority and council events team have built up an excellent reputation for looking after sail training Tall Ships and their trainees during these events. They also run a regional annual sail training programme which is at the heart of Sail Training International’s objectives: the development and education of young people through the adventure of being at sea.’ 6

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Titanic Yardmen Cycle and Walk 1st April 2012

The Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) team presents the Titanic Yardmen Cycle and Walk where participants will walk or cycle the route that 1000s of yardmen took to work each day. On completion of the route cyclists and walkers will tuck into a ‘piece’ on the Titanic slipways before recreating this iconic image of the original yardmen. You can help raise money for, and awareness of Bowel Cancer UK, promote healthy living through walking and cycling and support the use of greenways. This is also an opportunity to be part of the Titanic centenary celebrations and visit Belfast’s newest attraction Titanic Belfast. There are a number of ways you can become involved: ·Cycle: Departing 12 noon from the Billy Neill Centre along the Comber Greenway to Titanic Belfast ·Walk: Departing 12.30 from Pitt Park to Titanic Belfast.·Volunteer to help on the day in various roles. Volunteers register by emailing their name and their contact details to Cyclists and Walkers must register for the event by purchasing a Registration Yardmen Ticket through the CCG facebook page or through our website Registration fee includes your Yardmen pack, refreshments and your very own duncher/flat cap. Proceeds from registration will go towards Bowel Cancer UK. Please note if you are unable to register online you can do so by telephoning 028 9046 7925. Followin registration all participants will receive a sponsorship form and are encouraged to seek sponsorship to raise as much as possible for this worthwhile cause. Sponsorship money will be collected on the day of the event.

Consumer Council Shows You How to ‘Weather The Winter’

What to do and who to call if snow affects your flight, there’s a sudden power cut, or your pipes freeze or burst, are just three of the topics covered in the Consumer Council’s new ‘Weather the Winter’ leaflet, as part of the Council’s Winter Campaign. Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council said: ‘Last winter was one of the coldest on record, resulting in disrupted water supplies for thousands, and affecting people’s travel plans at one of the busiest times in the year. This year, we are advising consumers to be as prepared as possible and our handy leaflet provides tips as well as telephone numbers and website addresses should bad weather cause problems.’ The wallet-sized resource also includes your rights when shopping online, as well as tips for saving money on your Christmas shopping, oil, electricity and gas bills. Free copies are available to download at or by calling 0800 121 6022. 7

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Computer headaches? Head to the Clinic

Avec Solutions are located in Avalon House on the Newtownards Road and are a community based IT Company that has recently opened a very helpful PC Clinic following requests from a number of home computer users in the local area who had issues with their equipment. Customer Care Manger Kerry Moreland, explained, “We are a not for profit company, part of the East Belfast Partnership, so any money we do make is put back into the community. We have primarily worked with other charities and community based groups but have had a lot or queries from local people looking for somewhere local and reliable they can take their home PC to have it fixed. Typical problems nowadays are that your PC maybe gets infected with a virus or you can’t get connected to the Internet, so thers’s no Facebook or homework gets done. We deal with these a lot, removing viruses and backing up pictures etc. Many of the viruses we see now show themselves on the computer as a virus cleaner but in fact are part of the problem. You may buy them on line only for the problem to continue with the addition that they have your card details. There are many good free Antivirus products out there for home users and we normally install these as part of a repair, to make sure you don’t get caught out.’ If you need your computer repaired or upgraded you can contact Avec on 09045 9000 or email - Avec PC Clinic 280 Newtownards Road.


Ireland’s favourite vintage fair, Frock Around The Clock, kicks off the New Year with the first vintage extravaganza of 2012 on Sunday 5th February. A bright, glittering spot on the horizon after the long dark month of January, the event will showcase 50 Irish vintage dealers and creative designers selling the best in vintage and upcycled fashion, jewellery, homewares and collectables for all vintage lovers to enjoy along with sweet treats, retro hair and beauty styling, and live music all day long. Visitors will also have access to exclusive competitions and special offers on the day. Admission: Adults £5, Seniors & Students £3. Early Bird admission between 11am and 11.30am gives £2 OFF the general admission prices. The fair takes place on Sunday 5th February 2012, 11am to 4.30pm at the Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. Exhibitor list and more information at 8

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News East Belfast’s Catwalk Queen

Local girl Ashleigh O’Brien has reached the final of Top Model UK. Now in its sixth year, Top Model has established itself as the leading fashion industry model search event. It has been a whirlwind experience for Ashleigh, as she explains, ‘I applied for the competition in September, then heard back that I had made it to the interview stages. I had to travel seven hours down to London which was stressful as it was my first visit. There were around 100 people or so and we had to walk in front of everyone and the judges, including Geoff Cox (London fashion week casting director). This was terrifying! I heard back at the end of the week that I was successful, shed a tear then jumped up and down screaming for a while!’ The Top Model search campaigns culminate in an exciting weekend of professionally produced and choreographed Grand Final runway shows at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, London, March 16th and 17th 2012 so we wish Ashleigh all the best in the competition. Each year Top Model also selects an official charity. For 2012 it’s Great Ormond Street based childhood cancer charity ‘Children with Cancer UK. ashleigh

Peter Oliver Hairdressing Salon are delighted to welcome Louise Coyle to their team. ‘Louise is a very talented and passionate hairdresser,’ says Peter, ‘who has worked in some of Belfast’s top salons, usually in a management capacity. She is very creative with a vast knowledge of colours and does everything with a smile. She inspires everyone she works with with her zest for work. Louise most recently worked in Lounge Hairdressing Salon in Balyhackamore.’ To book an appointment with Louise please call 02890 671058. 223 Upper Newtownards Road.

Grampian Avenue Community Garden

Anyone interested in helping set up a community garden in Grampian Avenue is being asked to get in touch with Belfast City Council. Do you enjoy gardening, meeting your neighbours, learning new skills, and growing your own fruit and vegetables? Then this initiative is for you. Come along to the public information meeting in Walkway Community Centre on Tuesday 17 January 2012 at 7pm. Community Gardens are sprouting up across Belfast, bringing people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds together. Gardening offers many benefits including, keeping you physically active and it is a great stress-reliever. Next month’s meeting is to evaluate public interest in a potential community garden in Grampian Avenue. Individuals and community organisations welcome. To register your interest or for more information call Lynne McCreery on 077 2153 7436 or email 10

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Deirdre Robb is a resident artist at Creative Exchange Studios at Portview trade Centre Newtownards Road and a member of the East Belfast Artist Collective which manages the Engine Room Gallery. She has something quite special lined up for 2012, as she explains. ‘I have been selected to take part in a sculpture competition in Scenic World, Katoomba, Australia from Feb-Mar 2012. I am the only international artist selected which is a real honour and for that reason they have indicated that they will focus much of the media attention on me! I will be an ambassador for the organisations that I am associated with as well as representing myself as an East Belfast artist. The work for this proposal is a site-specific sculptural installation; ‘Flight or Flight’ in the Blue Mountain world heritage site at Katoomba, Australia. The concept behind the work is about my own experiences of being female and observations of other women in my work and home life. I have harnessed the symbolic nature of the butterfly as a representation for ‘change’ and linked it to iconic superwomen that are familiar to society. The works will vary in size but in general are 180cm x122cm butterflies. I am now trying to do some fundraising to obtain a contribution or sponsorship for the costs. On return I intend to exhibit the work locally and will deliver a presentation on the project with miniature artworks of the superhero sculptures.’ So if you are a local business and would like to support this special occasion, contact Deirdre on 07905788573, at the studio 02890 452299 or via email at

Wedding DJs With a Difference Put Bloom in the Mix

If songs like ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, ‘Macarena’ and ‘YMCA’ send a cold shiver down your spine, then Mark and Chris from Bespoke Music Solutions are the team you need at the music helm for your wedding disco. The music for your function will be tailored to your needs and they even mix their music on record decks (the way it should be). Best of all, Bespoke Music solutions are kindly offering Bloom readers a discount of £50 off a full evening’s entertainment! Simply quote “Bloom Mag” when contacting them. Phone 07800 576220 or 07595 567544. 11

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Hats Off ! Belfast born designer Gráinne Maher has had a remarkable year and has even bigger plans for 2012.


nown primarily as a couture milliner, Gráinne Maher produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes, hand-dyed feathers, Swarovski crystals and antique embellishments. She also experiments with avantgarde styling and modern materials including leathers, sheepskin and Perspex to achieve statement pieces that are not for the fainthearted. After studying Music at Queen’s, Gráinne moved to Devon for her PhD researching the effect of corsetry and other body manipulating costume on the voice. This led to an increasing interest in fashion and ultimately to a period of study in Dublin and London under world class milliner Ian Bennett. Most recently Gráinne has sent a statement headpiece to Washington DC to participate in a fashion salon. Her perspex MEDUSA is a mass of intertwining snakes with forked wire and Swarovski tongues. Pluck & Devour is Grainne’s acrylic jewellery and accessories label. The first collection was launched at Belfast Fashionweek featuring a series of laser cut perspex Pegasus and Griffin pendants embellished with a wire mounted Swarovski teardrop crystal hanging from one hoof. These are now stocked in several boutiques across NI and ROI. The range won first place in the West Coast Cooler Citra Showcase competition which offered the opportunity to sell in Urban Outfitters. Selena Gomez host of this years MTV EMA’s wore two separate jewellery pieces by Gráinne. The P&D ‘Bark at the Moon’ pendant in black glitter acrylic, and a second statement neckpiece heavily sequined and hand-beaded with swarovksi, with long cascading gold chains. This has brought Gráinne’s work to a global audience! Gráinne’s most recent venture is setting up a pop-up designer boutique called Proof. Its mission is to be Proof of the wonderful array of fashion design talent here in NI. It offers independent and upcoming designers that window without having to sell wholesale or incur vast overheads. Phase One of Proof opened on 22nd October 2011 running till Christmas Eve 2011, selling a range of fashion and accessories collections including some fashion photography and illustration work. Gráinne is currently in preparation to open a Gráinne Maher concession at House of Fraser in Belfast’s Victoria Square. This will include a range of both her millinery and jewellery lines.

Gráinne Maher 07813 775164 13

No. 36

Belmont Road Fresh, Local, Homecooked Nosh

No. 36 is a newly established coffee shop on the Belmont Road, offering the best of home cooking, beverages prepared by experienced baristas and to complement a wide range of home baked goods. In addition, No.36 has a retail section presenting a selection of home made chutneys, jams, shortbread, truffles and tray bakes that you can take home to enjoy or pass as your own. Look out for our range of hand-crafted and home-made hampers on display which is ideal for that special gift for any occasion. To complement our take on the breakfast menu a selection of home-made gourmet scones and muffins are available. At lunchtime you can find fancy tarts, delicious bakes, meaty pies and other hot pots in our kitchen. Our soups are inspired from recipes from Belmont road to Bombay served alongside gourmet sandwiches, Ciabatta and wraps. Our motto is Fresh Local Home cooked Nosh. Fresh – as we wouldn’t have it any other way - a key emphasis of our business is that all food offerings will be determined by seasonal produce. Local as we want to support local businesses and keep within the spirit of the community. Home cooked as it shouldn’t be any other way. We welcome you to come and dine in or take away; we can also offer outside catering for any size of occasion or event. Customers will be welcome to join us at our tasting night later in January – keep an eye for more details at the shop.

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Bloom :Beauty Hot Stones 1hr 30mins - £95

Happy New Year! All of the

festivities of the Christmas period may be over but Winter is certainly still here! So why not indulge in some of our tailor made winter warmer massages? Beat those winter blues with a little indulgence in a Lux candle massage- 55mins £60. This unique treatment uses the innovative natural Lux Massage Candle. Especially selected and tailored to your needs, the warm oils and natural butters are drizzled over the skin for your massage treatment, to melt away tension and deliciously nourish your skin.

Deep soothing and sensorial massage using a unique combination of hot basalt stones, essential hot oils and the personal therapy of touch. The body is prepared with a full exfoliation before the massage begins. The heat of the stones relieves the body of physical tension and pain, improves circulation and promotes an overall feeling of well being.

Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty

Welcome to The Secret Day Spa beauty page. Every month we let you in on our trade secrets to keep the good people of East Belfast looking gorgeous and feeling fantastic!

New vintage Africa Collection

Blend into 2012 fashion with the new nail collection inspired by wild destinations, discovered centuries ago. Camo and Khaki was a hit on the runway and nothing is better than Bio Sculpture Nails to match.

Monticelli Mud 1hr 15mins - £60 If you need some detox after Chjristmas as well as relaxation and heat then this is the treatment for you !A luxurious envelopment of mineral rich mud containing thermal water from the springs of Monticelli, Italy, this treatment has a profound draining, decongesting action whilst relieving any physical tension from tired limbs. The body is left refreshed and toned. Montichelli mud can also be bought in packs of four so you don’t even have to leave the house to use! Montcehelli Mud Packs 4 x 100ml £28.50

Kiss chapped lip goodbye with [Comfort Zone] Lip Blooming Scrub. It delicately exfoliates, eliminating chapped areas and reducing the appearance of the lines. £10.33 available online or in store now.

The Secret Day Spa, 30 Belmont Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 9067 1914. 15

Happy New You!

Health & Fitness

We speak to local fitness expert Chris Davidson to get his advice on how we can all make 2012 that little bit healthier.

‘Like many people in East Belfast, maybe you’re planning on finally making 2012 THE year you get back in shape. Maybe Santa has been good to you and got you all the right kit for your new fitness regime, and you’re raring to go? Well, we all start off with grand plans in January of sticking to a diet and exercising more, to drop a dress size or ‘lose the belly’, and yet, come February the majority of us have given up, trainers discarded under the stairs for another year, old eating habits back with a vengeance. The major mistake most people make is trying to do too much too soon. Going from zero or intermittent exercise and having a rich, indulgent diet, to trying to exercise intensively every day while following a strict, boring diet is a recipe for failure. So here are some tips on how to structure your exercise and diet regime, and stick to your plan, so that you are one of the few who succeeds in 2012:


•A diet shouldn’t feel like a prison sentence - base it on healthy foods you enjoy; minimise the unhealthy foods you maybe enjoy even more! •Don’t kid yourself you can ‘burn off ’ your takeaway meal through exercise - The average Chinese takeaway contains 1,000 kcals, jogging burns 350-400 kcals per hour, so you don’t need to be Einstein to figure out that’s a lot of exercise to balance out one meal! •Portion control and meal timing will be key to your success. If your job is not that strenuous, you do not need a huge breakfast/lunch. To lose weight you will need to eat slightly fewer calories than your body burns daily. Limit carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes) in the evening - your body is geared up to use these as an immediate energy source - if you then spend the evening sitting watching TV then your body is more likely to store this energy as fat.


•Look at your weekly schedule and decide where you can fit in three to four 30-45-minute sessions, whether in the morning, lunchtime or evenings. These sessions can be anything - classes, walk, jog, cycle, gym session. Treat these sessions as appointments you must keep, so there’s no excuses! •Find an activity you enjoy. Looking forward to your training sessions will keep you motivated. Nothing is worse than trying to summon up the energy to go jogging when it makes you miserable! •Your local leisure centre will offer plenty of options to choose your preferred activity from. Sports clubs will also have regular team training you can take part in. East Belfast also has some great resources for walkers and runners. Plus a personal trainer will always ensure your sessions are varied, focused and fun. You have plenty of options!

‘So be realistic about getting in shape - work your fitness training sessions into your weekly schedule. Eat a balanced, slightly calorie-restricted diet, with controlled portion sizes and you will be much more likely to stick to your plan and get leaner, fitter and healthier in 2012!’ Chris Davidson is the owner of Davidson Fitness Personal Training & Ladies Home Fitcamp in East Belfast. Tel 07956 917524. 16

Bloom :Health & Fitness Here are 10 reasons from Aloe2Vitality to drink Aloe Vera gel: 1. A tonic for good health You can get 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by the human body to allow complex enzyme systems to work well meaning the body can function at 100% leading to a feeling of well being.

6. Increases activity of fibroblasts These are specialist cells in the skin which produce fibre which gives the skin structure. The more you have the younger your skin may look. 7. Effect on skin Aloe Vera provides essential nutrition to feed the basal cells so the skin remains more healthy and is able to perform vital functions.

2. A useful source of vitamins It contains many vitamins that cannot be stored by the body so we need to top them up

8. Effect on the gut flora It is a natural balancer in the gut where it regulates bacteria and yeast.

3. A useful source of minerals Some minerals found in Aloe Vera are present because the plant grows in mineral rich soil which the root absorbs.

9. Assists in healthy digestion Drinking Aloe Vera, the bowel is able to absorb vital nutrients more efficiently into the blood stream especially protein.

4. Anti-inflammatory and painkilling People who take it regularly often find that inflammatory conditions are greatly benefitted. 5. Antiviral activity A layer of the leaf has the capability of helping against various viruses, the common cold or help balance the immune system.

10. Effect on the gut Aloe Vera has a beneficial action on bowel function resulting in smooth and efficient transit of content eradicating colicky pain.

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Award Winning Funeral Directors

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Congratulations to Mrs. Denise Campbell from Shamrock Place, (off My Lady’s Road) for winning the £100 Tesco Voucher when she purchased a Prepaid Funeral Plan from Willowfield Private Funeral Home. The competition ran in the local press and on Facebook during September and October. Due to the competition’s continuing success, we will be offering another £100 Tesco Voucher when you purchase a Pre-paid Funeral Plan during April 2012. Denise was joined at the presentation with her husband John of 38 years.

Bloom  Loves...

Bloom Loves

THE TRUFFLE SHUFFLE Belgian chocolate truffles. A lovely selection of home-made truffles available at No.36 Belmont Road. You can choose from White Chocolate and Baileys, No.36 Chocolate Orange, Hazelnut or Brandy infused. Or why choose, why not have one of each to help fight off those January Blues! Phone 028 9065 7476

COSY CLASSIC With sub zero temperatures and a bitter howling wind, wrap up nicely with this Seasalt lambswool scarf from Silhouette. Was £25 now £15. 75 Belmont Road.

Treats from the East...

In our quest to support local business, here is a selection of bits and pieces that we love, are available from East Belfast retailers and that we think you’ll love too!

Tel: 028 9065 2428

Strike Gold

Cold pressed from seeds of the Indian Tree, neem oil has a 4,000 year history of traditional use. Modern science has identif ied more than 200 compounds within neem oil that have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiviral, ant-fungal and insectical properties. This explains the wide variety of useful applications. Try The Neem Team products only at Fairy Dust. 415 - 417 Newtownards Road. Phone 028 9073 1141.

Mmmmm Cupcakes...

Artisan cupcake geniuses J Bird Bakery have a moreish range of their creations on offer. Pictured here are their Pink Lemonade cupcakes. Standard size costs £1.50 and the minis are 75p each. This is just one of their range of at least 20 cupcake flavours. 129 Bloomfield Avenue.

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Mexican Food Made Easy

In 2005 Thomasina won BBCs Masterchef competition. She then opened Mexican street food cantina Wahaca which now has three branches. From street snacks and hearty stews to sensational wraps, Thomasina’s book Mexican Food Made Simple is bursting with recipes to eat and share.

Photography by Tara Fisher


Tortilla soup is as traditional to Mexico as French onion soup is to France. It never fails to delight newcomers with its beautiful presentation and wonderfully gently, warming spicy, tomato-ey flavours. Serves 6 Cooking time: 40 minutes 3 tablespoons lard or olive oil 2 onions, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, sliced 100g fine polenta 1 heaped tablespoon Chipotles en adobo 2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh sea salt and black pepper 1.5 litres chicken or vegetable stock (fresh or from a cube) For the garnishes 1 ripe Hass avocado lemon or lime juice 300ml vegetable oil (which can be reused) 2 corn tortillas or 2 chapattis 2 ancho chillies, deseeded and stems removed 100g feta cheese, crumbled a small handful of coriander leaves, chopped 100ml sour cream   Heat the lard or oil in a large pan, add the onions and sweat over a medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes until the onion is completely soft before adding the garlic. Add the polenta and continue cooking for 5 minutes before adding the Chipotles, the tomatoes, sugar, oregano and seasoning. Cook for another 5 minutes, add the stock and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Blitz in a food processor until the soup is smooth. Leave over a low heat for at least 5 minutes before you eat.

the pieces with a slotted spoon on to a plate lined with kitchen paper and fry the ancho chilli pieces until they have puffed up. This only takes a few seconds, so watch them like a hawk and try not to burn them or you will lose their lovely sweetness. Serve the soup in bowls with all the garnishes laid out in small bowls or on plates so that people can help themselves at the table.  


(the Mexican club sandwich) Mention the word ‘torta’ to any chilango (someone who comes from Mexico City) and you will see a faraway look come over them as they are transported back to the torta stands that line the streets of the capital. This sandwich is not for the faint-hearted, but it is exceedingly good.

Makes 4 Meanwhile, assemble all the garnishes for the soup. Preparation time: 20 minutes Halve the avocado, remove the stone, peel and dice the flesh, sprinkling with a little lemon or lime juice to stop it 2 large, ripe tomatoes or Fresh tomato salsa discolouring. sea salt and black pepper 1 red chilli, finely chopped Heat the vegetable oil in a deep frying pan and cut a drizzle of olive oil the flat breads into thin, short 3cm strips. Tear up the 300g cooking chorizo ancho chillies into rough pieces. Test the oil and, when 4 ciabatta buns it is shimmering hot (and makes a tortilla strip sizzle), 1 tablespoon lard or olive oil (optional) add the strips and cook until crisp and golden. Remove 24

8 large tablespoons refried beans 1 avocado, mashed with the juice of ½ lime ½ red onion, sliced very thinly 1–2 baby gem lettuces 4 very generous tablespoons Chipotle mayonnaise or ordinary mayonnaise   Slice the tomatoes and dress them in salt and pepper, the chilli and a drizzle of olive oil.

2 tablespoons roughly chopped herbs (basil, tarragon, chervil or coriander) 2 handfuls of rocket

Slice the chorizo up into bite-size pieces that can easily be grilled, unless you are cooking them outside on the barbecue, in which case grill the sausages first and then slice them so you don’t lose precious pieces in the fire. Heat a griddle or frying pan until smoking hot, add the chorizo and cook for a few minutes a side until it is looking good and crispy.

Heat a large frying pan big enough to hold the flat breads or a flat griddle pan. Put one flat bread in the pan and sprinkle with a tiny bit of water to gently heat it.

Wash the spinach and shake dry. Heat a large pan, add the butter to it, then add the spinach and cook for a few minutes until the spinach has wilted down. Remove from the pan, squeeze dry and season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

Once slightly crisp, turn it over. Spread a layer of guacamole on first, followed by some grated mozzarella and a quarter of the rest of the ingredients. When the outer side of the bread is crisp and the mozzarella has begun to melt, fold the pizza over so it looks a little like an open calzone. Slide on to a plate and slice into pieces.

Remove to a plate and cut the buns in half. Brush both sides of the buns with the chorizo fat and a little extra lard or oil if you think they need it. Toast on the grill pan on both sides. Serve the tlayuda with the a habanaro salsa or a roast tomato sauce, with or without chipotles. Smear one half of the buns with refried beans and top with the avocado, red onion, tomato, chorizo and lettuce. Smear the other half in the mayonnaise and press down firmly. Eat at once, preferably doused with healthy amounts of the blow-your-head-off habanero salsa.


(Oaxacan pizzas) Tlayudas [clae-yoo-das] are wonderfully messy openpizzas, sold at night on the streets of Oaxaca. Try them grilled, fried or baked in the oven. Serves 4 Cooking time: 15 minutes 1 large bag of baby spinach small knob of butter sea salt and black pepper olive oil 4 large flat breads (large Middle Eastern pittas, Turkish or Italian flat breads) 4 heaped tablespoons Guacamole or the flesh of a ripe avocado 2 balls of mozzarella, grated 80g Pecorino or mature Cheddar cheese, grated 300g leftover chicken or 2 chicken breasts, poached and shredded (see page 140) 8 sun blushed tomatoes or very ripe fresh tomatoes, sliced 25

For the caramel a large knob of butter 200g fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces. a pinch of sea salt 225g caster sugar   Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/gas 2. Lightly grease a 26cm springform cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper. To make the base, melt the butter and whiz the biscuits in a food processor. Mix together and gently flatten on to the base of the tin. Put in the fridge to chill. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and cornflour together. Beat in the cream cheese, egg yolks and vanilla extract with an electric whisk. Gradually add the creams, whisking as you do so. Finally add the salt and lime zest. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, then fold them carefully into the cheese mixture with a large metal spoon (you want to keep all the air and lightness in the cake). Pour on to the chilled base and bake in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until the cheesecake is golden on top, trying not to open the oven door! Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake to completely cool in the oven and only then remove the baking paper.


This is no ordinary cheesecake. The Mexican cheesecake is light, fluffy and volcanic-looking, cracked across the top to reveal an irresistibly delicate middle. A delicious pudding, with or without the wicked pineapple caramel sauce.   Feeds 8–10 Cooking time: 1½ hours 40g butter 140g HobNobs 225g caster sugar 2 tablespoons cornflour 750g cream cheese 6 large eggs, separated ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 150ml double cream 150ml sour cream pinch of sea salt zest of 1 lime 26

For the caramel, first melt the butter in a hot pan and fry the pineapple until it is caramelized and golden, seasoning it with the salt and 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Remove from the pan and add the rest of the sugar in its place together with 100ml water. When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat right up until the sugar has turned a deep, dark golden colour. Turn the heat down, add another 140ml water, watching for the caramel’s spitting, and let it bubble for a few minutes so that the sugar dissolves again and the syrup thickens. Add the pineapple and serve drizzled over the cheesecake or, if it is summer, have the cheesecake with heaps of raspberries. MEXICAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE BY THOMASINA MIERS IS PUBLISHED BY HODDER & STOUGHTON £20

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Dining in Style High ceilings and exposed brickwork, Bennett’s offers beautifully styled casual dining with a menu of locally sourced ingredients.


ennett’s was conceived in 2003 by Stephen McAuley and Colleen Bennett (whose family name was taken for naming Bennett’s) – this was following a successful opening and running of Fontana Restaurant in Holywood for five years, during which time it was awarded a Michelin BibGourmand. However Stephen & Colleen wanted to open a more casual establishment. The opportunity presented itself when premises at the corner of Belmont/Holywood Road became available in 2003. 'Although a slightly smaller space than what we had been looking for,' says Stephen, 'there was great character about the building with lots of history. All too many old buildings were/are being knocked down to make way for the new, but this leads to a lot of character buildings disappearing from our community. We heard many stories from the locals about the history of the building, one of which was that in the war years the room was used as a dance hall.' Inspiration came from trips to London, Barcelona and Vancouver. With influences dictating a philosophy (adhered to in Fontana) of good wholesome food, locally sourced, (and as far as practical organic) freshly cooked and good front of house service. 'We still 28

maintain this philosophy, offering good food, locally sourced, from 8am each morning. Colleen oversees the menus that are put together by the chefs relative to the seasons. Additionally, there are specials offered on a daily basis depending on what is fresh and available.' In the morning, a Bennett’s Fry is a speciality (or a bowl of porridge for the more health conscious), lunch is casual and quick, served after breakfast from 12.00 – 3.00pm. After this, the hard worked chefs are given a break until 5.00pm when dinner starts which is a relaxed affair with drinks offered before and after your meal. During the week the kitchen closes at 9pm but on Friday and Saturday stays open until 10pm. Approaching their eighth birthday, Bennet’s are pleased they made the commitment to the Belmont area. 'We feel we have added in a small way to the regeneration of the area, which, because of a lot of hard work by a lot of local people, is making the Belmont area both a desirable place to live and pleasant place to spend some time in. There is definitely a great sense of community all around us and we are proud to be part of it.' 4 Belmont Road. Phone 028 9065 6590.

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MONDAYS Sydenham Parent & Toddler Group Invarery Community Centre BT4 1RN Tel: 028 9047 1456 Mon 10-11.30 £1 per family Tea/coffee/juice/toast.

WEDNESDAYS Busy Bees 10 -11:30am Knock Methodist Church, Knock Road, BT5 6JA Tel: 07867 551366

St Finnians 10-11.30 Cregagh Park BT6 9LF 028 9079 2793.

smallTALK @ orangefield 10-11.45am Orangefield Church and Community, 464 Castlereagh Road BT5 6BH Tel: 07745076911

Wandsworth Mums & Chums Group 10-11.45am Wandsworth Community Centre, 26a Belmont Church Road BT4 3FF Cost £1 per family.

Willowfield Mother and Toddler Group 10-12pm Woodstock Road BT6 8PR Tel: 028 9045 7654


Calvary Baptist Mums and Toddlers. 10.30-12.00am 100 Dee Street BT4 028 9073 2331 £1 per Family.

Mersey Street Presbyterian Parents & Toddlers 10-11.45am term time Mersey Street Presbyterian Church BT1 1EX Tel: 028 90 657025 £1 donation Strandtown Baptist Tots 10.15- 11.45am (term time) Strandtown Baptist Church, 1 Clonallon Court Belmont Road BT4 2AB Tel: 028 9080 8380 £1 per adult 30

THURSDAYS Cregagh Mums & Tots 10-12pm Cregagh Community Centre Mount Merrion Avenue BT6 OFL Tel: 028 9040 1444 Knock Parent & Toddler Group 10-11.45am Knock Presbyterian Church 53 Kings Road

BT5 6JH Tel: Pamela 07921 067927 or Gillian 07803 117619.

FRIDAYS Wandsworth Mums & Chums Group 10-1.30pm Wandsworth Community Centre, 26a Belmont Church Road BT4 3FF Tel: 07903 674698 £1 per family

SCHOOL OPEN DAYS Nettlefield Nursery Radnor Street BT6 8BG Tel: 028 9045 8237. Mon 9th Jan 2-3 Sandbrook Nursery Wellwood Avenue BT4 1NG Tel: 028 9067 1115 4th Jan 1-3pm. Belmont Infants 215 Belmont Road BT4 2AG Tel: 028 9047 1539 Contact school for individual visits McArthur Nursery School Susan Street BT5 4FE Tel: 028 9045 1965 Fri 6th January 1-3pm. Orangefield Primary School 55 Cameronian Drive BT5 6DF Tel: 028 9070 4822 Contact school for individual visits

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Food and cookery ranging from easy peasy inspiration to recipes to local restaurant reviews.

What’s going in your own neighbourhood, health, beauty, local legends and much more.

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Bloom :Whats On Victoria Park Primary School Strandburn Street BT4 1LX Tel: 028 9047 1274. P1 12th January 11am-12. St Matthew’s Primary School Seaforde Street Belfast  BT5 4EW Tel: 028 9045 7885 Contact school for details Braniel Primary School Ravenswood Park BT5 7JU 028 9040 1234 Tues 10th Jan 4.30-6.30pm for both nursery and primary 1. Castlereagh Nursery School 135 Clonduff Drive BT6 9NT Tel: 028 9070 4539 Thurs 5th Jan 6-8pm


TUESDAY Belmont Tower Childrens dance classes 4-7pm Zumba Classes 6-7.15pm Pregnancy Yoga Classes 7.30-8.30pm

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THURSDAY Belmont Tower Art classes 10am-1pm Baby Sensory Clsses Development classes to support baby’s sensory development. 7-13 mths Thurs 10-11am 0-7 mths Thurs 11.30-12.30 Yoga with Sharon 6.8pm

FRIDAY Belmont Tower Belcanto School of Ringing 10am-1pm


The Exhibition at the Transport Museum

Explore as you discover why Titanic and her sister ships were built in Belfast. Discover how local enterprise and skills were combined to produce vessels of exceptional quality and design. Find out about life on board through fascinating objects and personal stories that explore the tragic loss of Titanic in 1912. T: 028 9042 8428 E: W: TITANICa: The People’s Story at the Folk Museum Explore the ultimate living history experience of Titanic by walking and talking with the people who knew her best. Dress in period costumes and take away your own copy of the Titanic launch ticket. Meet local

shopkeepers, businessmen and townspeople, and watch silent movies in the Picture House. T: 028 9042 8428 E: W: William Conor’s Belfast - Home Life - Ulster Folk & Transport Museum 10-4pm, running until Sunday 29 January 2012 The museum has an extensive collection of Conor’s artworks, many of them tiny sketches drawn between 1907 and 1920. As part of the TITANICa: The People’s Story this exhibition of drawings by Conor give an insight into aspects of everyday home life of working class Belfast in the early 1900s. T: 028 9042 8428 E: W: Making Connections - ULster Folk and Transport Museum 12-4pm, running until Wednesday 14 March 2012 Making Connections is a programme of monthly open afternoons for the over-50s taking place on the second Wednesday of every month. Free entry to the Museum after 12pm. For booking and enquiries please contact the Live and Learn Team on 028 9039 5080/5081. E: W:

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Local Legend


A Recipe for Success Warwick’s Butchers on the Holywood Road has been a vital member of the East Belfast Community for almost 25 years. We ask Sid Warwick about the history of the business.


firm favourite on the Holywood Road for almost 25 years now, Warwicks Quality Family Butchers put their enduring business down to what they offer; quality products and a personal service. So where did it all begin, Sid Warwick explains, ‘We started here back June 1987. I’d worked for several people, managed a shop for seven years and then had the opportunity to look at this place and all it happened from there. I still love the business as much as I did then. We have built up many relationships and the loyalty has passed down through generations so we see the kids grown up coming in now. Suppliers wise we pride ourselves on local produce that is fully traceable and we support local farmers. We specialise in dry aged beef. All our beef is bought in the ring and we have it slaughtered and matured for a minimum of 21 days. Some request it hung for slightly longer and we can arrange that for them no problem. For our poultry we do a lot of business with a small family firm, Rockvale Poultry.They’re not mass produced so it’s all very much about animal welfare and good quality.’ Warwick’s have won several awards including one from the The Elite Butchers Association of Northern Ireland and their sausages have won awards too over the last number of years. Eating habits have changed of late and they have met that demand so busy families love the ready made products for quick cooking but they also have their roast on a Sunday too. ‘The stir frys and marinated products we do are relatively new to some butchers. We were one of the first to do them. I used to


supply meat to Froggity’s restaurant in Bradbury Place and that inspired us to try recipes and offer those products. We also offer fruit and veg, some groceries, free range eggs and a small range of deli products too. We also do family packs so that retails at £20 saving around £6. They are very popular plus there are plenty of options and ideas for a week of meals.’ The local community is very important to Warwick’s and over the years they partake in various things such as providing the food for some primary school BBQs and helping out local junior football teams. But the staff are crucial to the winning combination of the business too. ‘The staff are very important to me too. Mark my son is a great asset has been working behind the scenes from he was about eight and has been with us here for a good few years now. One member Bill has been with me over 11 years now. We do everything to the best of our ability and pride ourselves on our quality. We have a lot of loyal customers, they’re like family plus the health centre brings a lot of people over here. Personal service goes a long way. We cut meat to people’s requirements and meet their budget where we can. We wish all our customers a happy new year and thank them for their support and loyalty.’ A recipe for success it seems and with the 25th birthday in June of this year, there will be some special events and offers coming up then to celebrate. 24 Holywood Road. Tel: 028 9065 7086.

Aunt Sandra’s

All welcome to visit our little shop and ice cream parlour Monday to Saturday 9.30 to 6pm

History in the making since 1953 A VISIT to Belfast’s Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory is an experience you will never forget. You can step into the past and see up close how they make delicious candy by hand, making sweets in the same way they were created 100 years ago. A behind the scenes tour at Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory allows you to take in the wonderful colours, smells and shapes as they create classic treats such as fudge, honeycomb, candy apples, brandy balls, clove rock, candy floss and the famous yellow man honeycomb, a favourite at the Lammas Fair at Ballycastle. People of all ages are welcome to take a tour of Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, from little ones, students, mums and dads to grannys and grandads, everyone can come to learn about the business and see how old time sweets are created in front of your eyes. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of one of Belfast’s most beloved family businesses and how the Candy Factory started. If you listen closely, you could win lots of candy goodies in the quiz at the end! Step through the magical door to see where the honeycomb and yellow man is made…Everyone who takes the tour will leave with a selection of sweets, and maybe even make some candy floss to take home too. Located on the Castlereagh Road, Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory has recently extended its premises, with the inclusion of a new ice cream parlour, where you can enjoy milkshakes, ice cream floats, tea, coffee, apple pie or scones.


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Bloom January 2012  
Bloom January 2012  

The January 2012 edition of Bloom Magazine, a local publication for the community of East Belfast