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Aldi And The IRFU Launch Cookbook In Support Of Barnardos

By Donna Ahern
Aldi And The IRFU Launch Cookbook In Support Of Barnardos

Aldi Ireland and the IRFU have launched their first cookbook, Home, in a bid to raise €1 million by the end of 2022 for Barnardos, one of Aldi’s official charity partners.

Now available exclusively in Aldi stores nationwide for €11.99Home features 72 family friendly recipes developed by the IRFU high performance chef Maurice McGeehan and enjoyed by Irish rugby players while on Ireland duty.

The discounter said that these recipes have been nominated by over 55 Irish players from the Women’s, Men’s and 7’s squads, and offer an insight into Irish rugby and the healthy breakfast, dinners and desserts our athletes enjoy.

McGeehan, said, “One of the main things I’ve learned during my career which is represented in ‘Home’ is that simplicity is key."

"Using fresh, local ingredients along with a few cupboard essentials, anyone can cook delicious, healthy, and authentic dishes at home. I try to ensure that every dish I make is packed with flavour and nutritious ingredients, but my biggest passion as a chef is that I believe no matter what you’re cooking, nothing should ever go to waste," he said.

"That’s become something of a mantra to my life now and throughout this book you’ll find plenty of simple ideas that will not only help you reduce your food waste but enhance the flavour of every dish,” he added.

Rugby Ambassadors

Aldi’s two new rugby ambassadors, Linda Djougang and Beibhinn Parsons, also feature in the cookbook alongside existing brand representatives and Irish rugby stars, Paul O’Connell, and James Ryan.

Home brings a fresh approach to at-home cooking, showcasing a variety of delicious and nutritious recipes suitable for everyone. From James Ryan’s Soy & Ginger Steak with Hoisin Roasted Mushroom and Fried Rice to Linda Djougang’s Strawberry and Mascarpone Yoghurt, Home is the ultimate source of recipe inspiration.

"I’m so happy to kick off my work with Aldi by helping to create this fantastic cookbook because, as an international rugby player, fuelling your body with nutritious and tasty food is essential," Djougang said.

"I’ve picked up some great recipes from Maurice over the past couple of years, so I really hope Aldi customers enjoy recreating some of my favourite dishes from the cookbook with family and friends,” she added.

Speaking about the new cookbook, Aldi Rugby Ambassador, Paul O’Connell, commented, “This one pot wonder is a firm favourite in my house."

"There’s very little prep involved, all the ingredients are available in Aldi, and using one pot means a lot less wash up! Serve with some guacamole and rice and you’re good to go,” he said.

Profits From ‘Home’

As an extension to Aldi’s Fresh Food Partnership with Irish Rugby, profits from Home will directly contribute to children and families in need across Ireland through Barnardos Early Years and Family Support Services and will support the Aldi and Barnardos partnership in providing 10,000 warm meals to children who attend its centres, in addition to funding other key services.

Each year, more than 21,000 vulnerable and at-risk families and young children benefit from the services provided by Barnardos.

Suzanne Connolly, CEO Barnardos commented, “Healthy food and home cooking for children and families is a big part of what Barnardos do in our centres– and I have no doubt our cooks will be borrowing some inspiration from Home in the future."

"I encourage you all to drop into your local Aldi stores to pick up a copy so you too can enjoy delicious recipes and ideas all while supporting the vulnerable children and families across Ireland that Barnardos supports every day,” she added.

Vast Range Of Dishes

Aldi customers nationwide can now create a vast range of dishes using the selection of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.

The unique cookbook includes an array of nutritious breakfast options, light bites, family favourites and delicious desserts. Chefs big and small can now look forward to cooking up a storm, all the while doing their bit for the community.

Speaking at the launch of the new cookbook, Niall O’Connor, group managing director at Aldi Ireland, said, "The book offers an exciting source of recipe inspiration for our customers who love to cook a variety of dishes using our sustainably sourced Irish produce.

"Barnardos is a very important partnership for Aldi, and the work they do to support vulnerable families and children reflects our values. We pride ourselves in giving back to the community so we’re thrilled that our customers can do the same when purchasing the cookbook by helping us reach our target of raising €1 million for Barnardos by the end of 2022,” he concluded.

Available in stores nationwide now, Aldi’s very first cookbook Home, created in partnership with the IRFU, is available for €11.99, with all profits going to Barnardos. For more information, visit

Barnardos Text to Donate

Every €2 donated could provide a nutritious breakfast for a vulnerable child in one of Barnardos Early Years Centres.

 2021 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. For more retail news click here. Click sign up to subscribe to Checkout.

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