The new Aldi and IRFU Cookbook has got off to a flying start this week in a bid to raise €1 million for Barnardos.

‘Home’ is a collection of 72 family-friendly recipes developed by the IRFU High-Performance Chef Maurice McGeehan and enjoyed by Irish Rugby players while on Ireland duty.

It is available in Aldi stores around the country, priced at €11.99 with all proceeds going to the children’s charity.

Each of the recipes has been nominated by one of over 55 Irish players from the Women’s, Men’s and 7’s squads, including Aldi’s two new rugby ambassadors, Linda Djougang and Beibhinn Parsons, alongside existing brand representatives Paul O’Connell, and James Ryan.

Ryan’s contribution is a Soy and Ginger Steak with Hoisin Roasted Mushroom and Fried Rice while Djougang has put forward a Strawberry and Mascarpone Yoghurt.

“I’ve been a fan and customer of Aldi for many years, so I’m delighted to come on board as one of Aldi’s new Rugby Ambassadors,” said Djougang.

“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. 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.”

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

“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. 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.”

“Barnardos is a very important partnership for Aldi, and the work they do to support vulnerable families and children reflects our values.,” said Aldi Ireland Managing Director Niall O’Connor.

“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.”


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