Wheat & Gluten Free Cooking Day for Lung and Large Intestine Health


Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Saturday 29th October 2016

The lung and large intestine are responsible for physical vitality and immunity. They take in essential oxygen and eliminate waste whilst maintaining a necessary physical, mental and emotional protective boundary. At this time of year the lung (including the skin as the third lung) and the large intestine are under great pressure, through the cold and damp, to repel invading viruses and maintain healthy boundaries. Come and find out how to support these systems, emotionally and physically by learning easy to cook, vegetarian recipes.

On the menu:

  • Shitake Mushroom risotto (reducing cholesterol and increasing good bacteria in the Intestine)
  • Hunky, chunky warming mixed bean and lentil stew (increase colon health by increasing fiber)
  • Kimchi (perfect for protection and expelling unwanted parasites & toxins)
  • Poached ginger and cinnamon pears (addressing and discussing candida)    
  • Wheat free Caraway Drop Scones (moving stagnant energy)
  • Almond and Chilli Relish (build up boundaries and immunity)
  • Fresh Tumeric anti Inflamatory tea (relax those irritable bowels)

The cost of the day is €75 – couple booking €140 and includes all food cooked and eaten on the day

The day will run from 11 am til 3.30 pm and is hosted in the light and bright kitchen at the Hunky Chunk House. There is plenty of parking and the Bayside Dart station is a 2 minute walk away. There is space for only 6 participants per day so book early to avoid disappointment.

To book a place simply call 086 607 0432


Easy Evening & Day Cooking Classes for Health & Well Being

“How we feel and the food we choose”

Baldoyle Community Centre 

Tuesday Eve’s 7-9pm – Oct & Nov (dates below)


Wednesday Morn’s 10am-12pm- Oct & Nov (dates below)

6 weeks- €60 including all the food we eat

Have you ever wanted all the answers ……. what will stop this headache? Why can’t I fall sleep? Why do I crave chocolate? Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking can help you answer many of the other questions linked to how we are feeling and the food we eat. 

quiche1Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build strong bones, reduce blood sugars and cholesterol.  Lower high blood pressure and remain calm in stressfull situations so you can  live a long happy healthy life,

for more information or to book a place call me on 086 607 0432 or Baldoyle Community Centre on 01-839 5338 

Eve -11th Oct   Day – 12th Oct      Healthy Immune System & Reducing Cholesterol 

Recipes – Onion Biryani & Baked spiced cauliflower
Eve -18th Oct   Day – 19th Oct     Regulating hormones & maintaining strong bones

Recipes – Feta, Seaweed and Roasted Onion Quiche, Humms with mixed seaweeds & Green Bean and Sesame Salad

Eve-8th Nov   Day-9th Nov     Improve flexibility and joints and learn to detox effortlessly 

Recipes – Shaved Fennel Salad, Hot & Sour Soup & Anti Inflammatory Tea

Eve – 15th Nov   Day 16th Nov        Healthy Heart reducing  stress and anxiety

Recipes – coconut Pancakes, roasted Brussed Sprouts with Lemon & Insomniac’s Tea

Eve 22nd Nov    Day 23rd Nov        Healthy alternatives  to stop sweet cravings

Recipes – Sweet Bread with Carrot & Courgette – Pomegranate and Caramelised Onion Bulghar wheat

Eve 29th Nov   Day 30th Nov     Balance in the body for harmony and health

Recipes – Sundried tomato Spelt loaf, Onion Miso Soup & raw Chocolate & Seed Bites

Cooking Day for Stomach, Spleen & Stopping Sweet Cravings

11am-3.30pm  Saturday 24th September 2016


Do you strive to eat healthily but get lost in cravings or habitual eating patterns? Do you eat plenty and still feel low in energy? Is there a sense of lack that cannot be satisfied in your life? In Chinese medicine this would suggest your stomach and spleen energy is out of balance.  Energetically these are the meridians of the nourishing mother earth element, they are the time of harvest and abundance and their flavour is sweet.  In Western medicine it is the Spleen/Pancreas that controls insulin and the breakdown of sugars in the body. It is this organ and this function that we will cook for during this unique one day cookery class.images

Learning these easy to cook recipes specifically for the Stomach and Spleen is a great way to connect with the body and soul’s need for sweet and comforting food without submitting to cravings for refined sugars and starches such as chocolate and bread.

On the menu is:

  • Fennel and Pea Paella
  • Light and Lemony Turkish Lentil Soup
  • Raw Chocolate and Seed Bites
  • Pomegranate and Caramelized Onion Bulghar wheat
  • Herby Millet
  • Carrot & Corguette Sweet Bread
  • Red Date Tea and a Craving busting Licorice Stick to take home

Also included are Acupressure points for cravings and bringing deep satisfaction

Come and unload the mental stresses and physical strains, have some fun and learn skills that can nourish your sweet self in everyday life

Cost €65 includes all written recipes and food eaten on the day.

Special offer – 2 people €120

Venue: Miele Kitchens, 2024 Bianconi Avenue, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin

To book a place call me on 086 607 0432     Or email joannefaulkner@live.ie

New Break up, New Blog



Bye bye chocolate

The clue is in the title – yep, another boyfriend bites the dust, and even though I had been the one to end it I still found myself thinking about him all the time.  Obsessing how we could have made it work and how we could have done things differently. He was my waking thought that would carry on throughout the day like an addiction.  My mind habitually replayed the relationship, over and over; searching for any comfort from the painful feeling of loss and separation ……and then came the chocolate.  Chocolate isn’t usually my thing, I can take it or leave it but wow when I was feeling very tired and alone the day after being maid of honor at a wedding with out my plus one I worked my way through a whole box of celebrations followed by a tub of chocolate ice cream the next night and so it would have gone on had I not copped on and took control of my mind.  I needed to stop this cycle, break the addiction of my thoughts and my cravings.

In Chinese Medicine, overthinking really weakens the spleen and never really helps or changes the situation.  The flavor for spleen is sweet, so when we get into uncomfortable situations or when our mind chews and chews on a topic we often crave the comfort that comes from sweet flavours.  An easy, instant, sugar hit is chocolate.  It gives the mind temporary relief but in the long run creates sugar lows and further obsessive thinking.  Energetically the spleen is responsible for satisfaction and its flip side, addiction: easy to see how sweet flavours create addictive patterns both physically and mentally in Chinese Medicine

What can help is reaching for a better feeling or thought.  So park the problem, tell your mind you are not going to think about it until 6 o’clock and then you are going to only think about it – in fact you are going to write about it – write all about it and then throw the paper in the bin at 7 o’clock, but until then do something to make yourself feel better, bake some bread, sing along to your favourite songs at the top of your voice, call a friend, read a good book, go for a run, look at the clouds and just give your overthinking mind a breather, help your body and mind relax, this in itself improves any situation.

So what did I do?  All of the above plus made a few batches of the Raw Cacao Balls.  Because the raw cacao bean has been fermented rather than roasted, this form of chocolate is actually good for the body.  In its raw state, the antioxidants in cacao can be 20 times more powerful than blueberries. When dairy and sugar are added to cacao unfortunately the antioxidant properties of this food are blocked.  Also raw cacao is super at releasing the happy hormone, serotonin within the brain, bringing on that satisfied feeling without the aid of a sugar high.  These tasty treats are simple to make and keep well in the fridge. They are perfect if you feel like comfort eating.  If the lover that you love is not behaving how you would like, if you constantly replay conversations to see if things could have gone better, its time to stop chewing things over, its time to stop ruminating, deliberating and contemplating; Its time to start creating with Cacao.


Cacao Treats

•    2 tablespoons ground pumpkin seeds

•    1 teaspoon chia seeds

•    5 tablespoons ground almonds

•    2 tablespoons raw cacao powder – raw

•    1 tablespoon maple syrup (or alternative)

•    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract



Tahini/peanut butter/honey


Raisins soaked in apple or orange juice

Coconut oil

In a food processor blend all the ingredients in the order above.  When the seeds are ground and everything looks powdery use a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture, squeeze and roll into small balls using your fingers and the palm of your hand.  This can be messy so wear latex gloves if you like as they stop the mixture sticking too much.  Put them in a Tupperware in the fridge for an hour or so to harden and chill.  I have no idea how long they last as myself, visitors, neighbours, children eat them all pretty quickly.  They make great gifts too – who doesn’t love healthy chocolate.




Shifting and drifting – look mom no oars


Its an interesting time, this transformation of winter into spring.  In Chinese medicine it’s moving from Bladder/Kidney to Liver/Gall bladder.  The Kidney is all about winter and hibernation, about going deep within and replenishing resources.  Its element is water and as we are predominantly made up of water it is essential we don’t squander this essence but nuture and nourish it.  During this hibernation we must rest, experiencing calm like a deep pool of water, not stagnant but rather retaining a fundemental unshakable stillness to managing life with effortless flow.

So here we are moving out of that season and where was my own hibernation?  I remember not getting dressed on Stephens day and I know I didn’t work or have kids on the 3rd of January but the rest is a blur.   Here we are entering spring and I passed winter by with a cursory wave from the window of a train which wasn’t stopping.

Its not too late though, its never too late to rest and restore.  As kidney energy is the foundation for all the other elements, it is essential that we take care of it,  undernourished or out of balance it can affect all the other organs.  So here Im going to give a recipe that noursishes the kidney with its use of miso and seaweed but also activates and clears the liver so we are ready for the rising energy of spring.

As we enter into spring I can feel a change happening in my life, Im re evaluating where my life is going and shifting my priorities.  In all ways my life is fantastic, I have a family and a job that I love.  I have food on the table and heat in the house.  Something that has happened though is that I have stopped painting, Ive stopped writing poetry, I’ve stopped swimming naked in the sea and Ive stopped being spontanious.  Ive become super organized and very efficient. Im good at logistics; I’ve had to be as a single mum who loves to do it all.  But Im not sure if the balance hasn’t become a little tipped.  I find myself overly happy when (and if ever) the washbasket is empty or there is no lego on the floor.  Im racing ahead always thinking of new projects to create and blogs to write.  This is the energy of spring, starting, creating, regenerating, pushing through with new buds bursting.  All fine and dandy if I have the winter hibernation to back it up.  However if I spend too much time in the spring and liver energy I feel frustrated when things don’t just drop into place as I scheduled.  The domino effect of my cunning plan for creation is stalled and I clench my fists with the frustration of misdirection.  However if the kidney energy is strong, I can glide through the unpredictability and the messyness of life; adjusting to its twists and turns without loosing sight of the bigger picture, knowing that it will all be ok in the end.   It’s a tricky path, this middle way.  For me seeing it in terms of the Seasons & Chinese Medicine helps the mind understand, and a soup helps the body figure it out.

Hot and Sour Soup  soup-2-1329592

  • 25g dried mushrooms
  • tablespoon of oil
  • splash of Rice wine
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 250g mushrooms
  • 1 ltr Dashi broth (which is the stock from the rehydrated mushrooms)
  • 100g frozen sweetcorn
  • 1 bunch spring onion
  • Splash of fish sauce or soya sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Splash of sesame oil
  • Sprinkle of chopped and dried wakame seaweed
  • 2 handfuls of chopped Pok choi or baby spinach
  • Bunch of fresh corriander

MethodSoak the dried mushrooms in 1 litre of boiling water for approximately 20 minutes until they are soft.  As they are rehydrating fry the red onion garlic, ginger and mushrooms on a medium heat until soft and the onions are transparent.  Splash in the rice wine, allowing it to bubble.  Chop the rehydrated mushrooms and add to the pan together with the sweetcorn and scallions, pouring over the water the mushrooms have been soaking in.  Allow all ingredients to come to the boil and simmer together for 5 minutes. Finally splash in the soya sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, seaweed, spinach, corriander and take off the heat.  While the greens are wilting down decant a laddlefull of the broth, dissolving the miso paste in to taste.  I usually like a heaped teaspoon per litre of broth.  Stir the dissolved miso back into the soup which is now cooked and ready to serve to one very hungry person or two polite people who arent very hungry.  Deeply nourishing yet light and lively.

Since writing this blog earlier in the day, many people have arrived with spanners for my schedules, Scout leaders with misinformation hidden in secret facebook pages that need Tolkein style deciphering, co-parenting ex partners who mis-read and muck up holiday schedules, clients who cancel at short notice and dates that don’t show.  So Im going to be drinking a bucketful of this soup and trusting that its all ok, if the kids don’t go on their hike, if I never have another date/client, something else will turn up.  I know what I want and that is to live my life in joy so that’s what I’m doing.  Im gonna lie in the boat for a while, just drifting downstream

boat-1556366.If you’d like to learn to make this soup in person as well as lots of other food for the liver, come along to the

Time for a Loving Detox Day,

Saturday 13th February 2016 – 11am-3.30pm

Miele Demonstration Kitchens, Citywest, Dublin

  •  Thai style Hot and Sour Spring Green Soup
  • Mediterranean Caponata
  • Jordanian Green Salad with a cumin and lemon dressing
  • Instructions on how to Sprout
  • Mung Bean and Alfalfa sprout salad with an Umeboshi plum dressing
  • Green power Juice
  • Buttermilk Cake
    Plum Fool
  • Chrysanthemum Tea

Cost €65 for more info click http://wp.me/p1YOpV-j3

Special for Valentines day – 2 people = €120


Time For a Loving Detox

One day Cooking Course for the Liver & Gall Bladder in Chinese Medicine

Saturday 13th February 2016     11-3.30

at the Miele Kitchens, Citywest Campus


Wake up Wake up – Spring is coming

Spring is the time of new beginnings and growth. Nothing stops the new green shoots, they are powerful and flexible. This is the life force in our bodies governed by the Liver and Gall Bladder. It is powerful energy for effective action, enabling the unfolding of our life’s purpose. However in our overactive society the Liver/Gall Bladder can become overheated or blocked causing frustration and anger, pain and stagnation. Detox happens in the spring to encourage and support the Liver to regenerate and cleanse. In this workshop we will learn easy to cook recipes specifically to improve natural flow and flexibility for these meridians.

Hedgehog uncurling

Hibernating hedgehog uncurling

So if you are feeling stodgy and sluggish come and learn what to eat to uncurl from the cold and put spring in your step

On the menu is:

  • Thai style Hot and Sour Spring Green Soup
  • Mediterranean Caponata
  • Jordanian Green Salad with a cumin and lemon dressing
  • Instructions on how to Sprout – incl Mung Bean and Alfalfa sprout salad with an Umeboshi plum dressing
  • Green power Juice
  • Buttermilk Cake
  • Plum Fool
  • Chrysanthemum Tea

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Cost €65 includes all written recipes and food eaten on the day.

Valentines Special €120– 2 people booking together – don’t have to be a couple any love relationship is appropriate

New Venue: Miele Kitchens, 2024 Bianconi Avenue, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24

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There is a 3.4% pay pal charge so please add €2.20 to the €65 if paying with pay pal and add the reference Liver/Gall Bladder

If you would like to pay for the day by eft or cheque please email me at joannefaulkner@live.ie or call me on 086 607 0432


Cuffe Street Cooking Classes

Kimchi-II-1024x539We are back for another term of fun and food, just off Stephens Green in Dublin’s City Centre.  No need just drop in any Thursday listed below 10.30-12.30.  This term theres a mix of regular Western recipes and ingredients that are used as medicinal cures in Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Black fungus and Dang gui

Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build healthy bonesmaintain good blood pressure, to remain calm in stressful situations and to live a happy lifefull of joy 

Have fun and try new food – Thursday 10.30-12.30 – Greenside Hse, Cuffe St

Date               Topic   
28th Jan       Healthy Immune System & Reducing Cholesterol      

  • Sweet Bread with Carrot and Courgette
  •  Onion & Miso Soup

4th Feb     Regulating hormones & maintaining strong bones

  • Oat and Walnut Muffins
  • Corn and Seaweed Chowder

11th Feb     Improve flexibility and joints & learn to detox effortlessly

  • Korean Style Bean Sprouts
  • Babaganoush
  • Chrysanthemum Tea

MIDTERM BREAK 18th February – Shiatsu Treatments @ Dervish 

25th Feb        Healthy Heart reducing stress and anxiety

  • Sprout and Black Wood Ear Salad
  • Coconut Pancakes
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts with lemon

pumpkin3st March          Healthy alternatives to stop sweet cravings

  • Special Spinach
  • Butternut Squash and Red Date Soup
  • Red Date, Ginger and Pear Tea

10TH March           Balance in the body for harmony and health

  • Stuffed Squash
  • Naturally fermented Kimchi

For any questions or directions call me on 086 607 0432.