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Méid Chocolate hazelnut truffles – The perfect homemade gift for every occasion

With summer approaching and outdoor gatherings going ahead you will no doubt be invited to some gatherings in the coming months. Why not treat your friends to some homemade treats! These Chocolate hazelnut truffles are so simple to make and taste delicious you will be the talk of the party.

Ingredients 

450g Dark or milk chocolate, chopped

120ml Double cream

100g Nutella

30g butter, softened to room temperature

100g toasted and finely chopped hazelnuts

Method

Step 1

Place 225g of chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Microwave in four fifteen second increments, stirring after each, for a total of 60 seconds. Stir until almost completely melted.

Step 2

Pour cream into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisking occasionally, heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from the heat, then slowly pour over the chocolate. Stir gently. Once the chocolate and cream are smooth, stir in the Nutella and butter until combined and smooth, mix in 70g of the hazelnuts. Cover with cling film pressed on the top of the mixture then leave to sit at room temperature for up t0 30 minutes. After 30 minutes place in the fridge until it reaches “scoopable” consistency, about 4 hours.

Step 3

Place baking parchment on a tray.

Step 4

Take the chocolate mix out of the fridge. Measure 1 teaspoon, roll mixture in your hands into a ball as best as you can, then place on the baking sheet. The mixture will be a little sticky. Coat your palms with a little cocoa powder, which I find helps you handle the mixture. Repeat rolling the rest of the mixture. 

Step 5

You can melt the remaining 225g of chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the chocolate in a measuring jug or heat safe small bowl. Melt in 15 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth.

Step 6 

Dip each truffle completely into the chocolate using a skewer or a fork. Place balls back onto the baking sheet after you dip each one. Drizzle with any leftover chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely set before serving.

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Enjoy!!!

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Our Top 5 Hikes….so far!

Ireland has some of the best walking and hiking trails in the world and with lockdown and the easing of restrictions it’s the perfect time to get on the hiking boots and spend some time in nature! With a backdrop of stunning landscapes, you can choose your adventure from a range of challenging adventures and majestic mountain ranges to leisurely strolls through historical trails.

1 –  The Hellfire Club, Dublin

To kick off this list let’s start with something short and snappy! It has a variety of short forest trails and provides wonderful views of the city from the south-west and is perfect for beginner hikers or someone who just wants an easy Sunday walk. On the weekend you’ll find tonnes of dog and there is even a lovely coffee shop beside the carpark…perfect for a weekend catch up with the girlies.

The best-known Hellfire club story is the one in which the Devil himself appears. A stranger had joined the members at a game of cards. At some point one of the card players dropped a card on the floor. As he bent down to retrieve it he noticed that the stranger had cloven hooves instead of feet…and well…the rest is history!

2 – Erris Head Loop Walk, Mayo

This off-the-beaten path is a beautiful coastal walk with views of the sea and cliffs. Hikers will also see the ruined watchtower and EIRE 64 sign. There are markers along the route to indicate the trail. Keep in mind doggies aren’t allowed on this walk as it’s reserved for grazing sheep! The loop is about 5 kilometers lightly trafficked loop trail located near Béal an Mhuirthead, County Mayo, Ireland that offers the chance to see all walks of wildlife, this is an amazing walk for all types of hikers. Plus it’s possibly one of the most Instagram-able places I’ve ever been!

3 – Lough Ouler aka The Heart Shaped Lake, Wicklow

One of my favourite things to do in Wicklow is to take a hike up Tonelagee to see Lough Ouler – Ireland’s heart-shaped lake! I’m sure you have seen all the pictures posted throughout the Summer months and have been dying to go. Now, this hike is not beginner-friendly and I would recommend wearing waterproof boots (trust me, I’ve learned the hard way!) it can be super boggy so runners can take a miss on this one. The hike can take about four hours depending on how many snack breaks you take…I always end up taking a couple! You can park at Glenmacnass Waterfall, which is amazing in itself but get down their early it can get really busy throughout the day.

4 – Croagh Patrick, Mayo

Croagh Patrick is steeped in Irish history, religion, and mythology. At 764m high and offering breathtaking views across Clew Bay it’s also a rite of passage for hiking enthusiasts! Now I must admit this is a complete day job (I couldn’t walk after!) and a difficult climb at times (I think I was on my hands and knees crawling up rocks at one stage) but the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean make it all worth it. It’s also great for people who tend to get lost easily as it’s really straightforward. There is also amazing comradery between hikers cheering each other on the climb up and down. A must is a visit to one of the nearby pubs when you’re finished for some grub and pint it makes it all worth it.

5 – Carrauntoohil Mountain, Kerry

This a gorgeous hike to the top of the tallest mountain in Ireland. Though there are several different routes up Carrauntoohil, the Devil’s Ladder is the most common route and a killer on the legs, you’ll have buns of steel by the end of it! Keep in mind most of the “ladder” itself has become eroded and loose rock makes the scramble up and down… let’s say….exciting, but very rewarding! The hike itself is best done through April till September and I’d only recommend experienced hikers to take up this adventure but don’t worry build-up from the hikes mentioned in the list above and you’ll be Bear Grills in no time!

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May 2021. This year’s theme is ‘Nature’. The theme was chosen because being in nature is known to be an effective way of tackling mental health problems and of protecting our wellbeing. We all know first hand that spending time outdoors has been one of the key elements in enabling people to deal with the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nature is an important need for many and vital in keeping us emotionally, psychologically and physically healthy.

Nature can be widely defined when associated with mental health benefits. It can mean green spaces such as parks, woodland or forests as well as blue spaces like rivers, wetlands, beaches or canals. It also includes trees on an urban street, private gardens, verges and even indoor plants or window boxes. 

One of our main goals here at Méid Denim is to protect and promote our environment and what is has to offer. We want to encourage our followers to explore your outdoor surroundings this week and try to maintain some outdoor activities in your busy schedules moving forward!

Here are some tips to try and connect with nature going forward;

  • Find nature wherever you are 

Nature is all around us. It could be a public green area or park, a beach or the open countryside. Even in our bigger towns and cities you can utilise public outdoors areas and explore what your local community has to offer. 

  • Connect with nature using all of your senses

It is important to have some quiet time to reflect in natural surroundings using all your senses and can be a real boost to your mental health. This can be anything from sitting out in your back garden, or while going for a walk just noticing the sounds and sights of nature around you which can help you to find a sense of calm and joy. 

  • Get out into nature 

If you can, try to spend time visiting natural places – green spaces like parks, gardens or forests – or blue spaces like the beach, rivers and wetlands. This can help you reduce your risk of mental health problems, lift your mood and help you feel better about things. 

  • Bring nature to you 

Sometimes it can be difficult to access natural places because of where you live, how busy you are, how safe you feel or your health. An alternative is to incorporate nature in your home! Adding house plants, pots of herbs, a small vegetable patch or getting a bird feeder are all great ways to enjoy nature from the comfort of your home.

  • Exercise in nature 

If you can participate in physical exercise try to do it outside. Walking or running outdoors in nature may help to prevent or reduce feelings of anger, tiredness and sadness. Why not try leaving your earphones at home this time and listen to the sounds around you.

  • Combine nature with creativity 

Try combining creativity with your natural environment. This could involve taking part in creative activities outside, like dance, music, or art. All of these things can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Noticing the beauty of nature and expressing this creatively can help you find meaning and an emotional connection to nature that will stay with you for a lifetime. 

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Pieta House Fundraiser

For the month of May we have decided to help fundraise for an amazing organisation Pieta House. We will be donating €5 for every pair of Méid Denim jeans bought for the month of May and you can also donate directly to our fundraiser page here. Pieta first began in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. Since then they have seen and helped over 58,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. They now operate fifteen centres and five outreach service across Ireland. 

The main fundraiser associated with Pieta House that takes placed annually is Darkness Into Light which is a flagship fundraiser. We will be joining hundreds of thousands of people wake in the small hours of the morning this Saturday the 8th of May 2021 to take part in Darkness Into Light which touches the lives of many more in venues across the world.

Over 80% of Pieta funding comes from the public. The funding is then used for the following resources; Counselling, Pieta Centres, SBLO Service, Freephone helpline, Resilience Academy, Suicide Bereavement Therapy, LGBTI+ Outreach service and Amber Flag which is raising awareness of mental health issues and stigma for school age children.

It is important that if we are worried that a friend or loved one is suffering or thinking of suicide that we could recognise suicide warning signs– here are some of the key warning signs to watch out for:

What to listen for:

  • Talking or writing about hurting themselves, dying or saying that they want to die
  • Talking about ways to die or having a suicide plan
  • Saying that they are ‘trapped’ or have no options in their life
  • Saying they have no purpose in their lives, that they feel hopeless

What to look for:

  • Engaging in self-harm or reckless, risk taking behaviour
  • Giving items away or saying goodbye to people
  • Becoming more inward looking and withdrawing from family and friends
  • Changes in their sleep patterns – too much or too little sleep
  • Extreme emotions or dramatic changes in mood
  • Increasing their use of drugs or alcohol

If you recognise one or more of these warning signs in a loved one’s behaviour, don’t wait for someone else to do something contact Pieta! Pieta operate a 24 hour freephone helpline with qualified counsellors.

Pieta also provide a free counselling to children, adolescents, and individuals who have been bereaved by suicide. Their model is based on an integrative approach. providing a person centred, flexible bereavement service which meets the needs of the clients. There are two services for those bereaved by suicide; SBL Service and Suicide Bereavement Therapy.