The Walk in My Shoes’ 2015 calendar was launched at an invite only lunch in Cleaver East. Twelve of Ireland’s top Michelin-starred chefs have stepped out of their comfort zone and into a charity calendar to raise vital funds to support young adults in Ireland with mental health difficulties. Some top chefs involved include Masterchef Oliver Dunne, L’Ecrivain’s Derry Clarke, Kevin Thornton, Chapter’s One’s Ross Lewis, Gary O’ Hanlon, Residence’s talented Graham Neville, Raymond Mc Ardle, RTE’s Kevin Dundon and many more.
The ‘Walk in My Shoes’ 2015 calendar has taken chefs out of the kitchen and into funky shoes to promote positive mental health. The calendar features 12 of Ireland’s top chefs, 12 delicious recipes, 12 inspirational quotes and 12 great pictures- photographed by Ireland’s most influential photographer Barry Mc Call and styled by Courtney Smith. The calendar will sell online on walkinmyshoes.ie for €12 and in Fitzpatrick’s Shoes at no. 76 Grafton Street. All funds raised will go to ‘Walk in My Shoes’.
Speaking at the launch of the calendar, Oliver Dunne, who initiated the project said, “As chefs, we have hectic schedules; we all have good days, tough days and bad days. We want young people to know that we’re all the same, we all have mental health, we all have different days but if we can’t cope, then we need to ask for help.”
‘Walk in My Shoes’ funds the St. Patrick’s Support & Information Line which is a confidential telephone and email service staffed by experienced mental health professionals 9-5 Monday to Friday with an answering and call-back facility outside hours. You can contact the Support & Information service by calling 01 249 3333, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Walk in My Shoes’, a campaign run by St. Patrick’s Mental Health Foundation raising funds to provide mental health services, support and information to vulnerable young adults throughout Ireland. ‘Walk in My Shoes’ was Inspired by a 16 year old in St. Patrick’s University Hospital who wished his friends could ‘walk in his shoes’ to understand what he was going through. In the 2015 Calendar, chefs have stepped into shoes they normally wouldn’t wear to raise awareness and stamp out the stigma that surrounds mental health.
SPICED LAMB BURGERS WITH HUMMUS & SWEET CHILLI
Ingredients Serves 4
• 500g Lamb Mince
• 1 Tbls Olive Oil
• 1 Small Bunch Chopped Coriander
• 4 Cloves Crushed Garlic
• 2 Green Chillies (deseeded & chopped)
• ½ Tsp Coriander Powder
• ½ Tsp Cumin Powder
• ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
• ½ Garam Masala
• 2 Tsp Grated Ginger
• Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper
• Juice of Half Lemon
• 200g of Hummus
• 4 Tbls Sweet Chilli Sauce
• 4 Soft Baps
• 1 Small Tub Greek Yogurt
• 1 Head Ice Berg Lettuce
• 1 Vine Ripened Tomato
• 1 Red Onion
1. Mix all the ingredients (except lamb mince & coriander) and blend to a paste in an electric blender or a pestle & mortar.
2. Mix the paste with the fresh coriander and combine with the lamb, mixing it really well.
3. Shape the meat into four even size patties.
4. Heat up a large frying pan, when really hot add a splash of oil and fry the patties until nicely caramelised on both sides and cooked to your liking.
5. Lightly toast the baps and liberally add one or two large tbls of hummus onto the bap topped with the sweet chilli sauce.