Welsh Rarebit: The perfect cheese on toast recipe, for tea time

Valerie O’Connor has a Proustian moment when a simple question prompts a trip to the land of dinner in the middle of the day and a time when tea was had at teatime.

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Beer of the week: Smoked Chilli Porter

Metalman Heat Sink Smoked Chilli Porter , 5.0% ABV; 330ml — €2.80
Metalman from Waterford were the first of the Irish craft brewers to invest in a canning line as they believe freshness in beer is paramount (and I agree). 

 

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The Menu: Taste of West Cork Festival

He shall cover it in more detail next week but The Menu can hardly contain himself at the prospect of the imminent Taste of West Cork food festival (September 9-18) with over 170 events taking place in 32 towns and villages and eight islands across the West Cork region.

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Robin Gill’s Garden Courgette with Smoked Buffalo Milk Curd and Roof-Top Honey

On a recent visit to London I got to Palomar in Rupert Street in the heart of Theatreland.  I’ve been wanting to go for ages but could never get a table. 

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These salad recipes can be eaten as a dinner or served as sides at a party

SALADS were eaten in ancient Roman times, the word “salad” derives from “sal”, the Latin for salt. 

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Watch out for the Autumn wine sales in Irish supermarkets

The autumn is wine fair season in Irish supermarkets. Aldi was first out of the blocks last Sunday with an intriguing selection of wines from around the world at their usual low prices. 

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Restaurant review: Old Town Chinese Restaurant, Dublin 1

The Old Town Chinese Restaurant in Dublin 1 is an authentic Sichuan Chinese restaurant serving large portions of tasty and very inexpensive regional food.

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Top 8 sliced hams tested

IT puts pep in our sandwiches, works well with eggs, salads and adds more flavour to fresh vegetable dishes, cooked chickpeas and lentils — ham has a lot going for it.

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The menu: Cork Simon Community fundraising dinner party

SIMON SUPPER
The Menu shall be polishing the cutlery, putting an iron to the table linen and airing out the ‘good room’ in anticipation of a very special meal.

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Restaurant review: Good Things, Skibbereen, Cork

Carmel Somers’ new venture houses a welcoming café on the ground floor; upstairs, a cookery school by day hosts the nighttime restaurant. 

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Some of the best wines to look out for in the week ahead

It is no great revelation that our tastes in wine frequently change with time.

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A selection of courgette recipes from Michelle Darmody

  • Grated courgette cake
  • Courgette pickle
  • Courgette and prawn pasta
  • Yellow and green courgette salad with ricotta

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Darina Allen travels to the UK to visit organic growers, farm shops and farmers markets

  • Roth Bar and Grill Lemon Curd Muffins
  • Emily Watkin’s Dark Chocolate and Cherry Arctic Roll
  • Dill Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche
  • Beetroot and Raspberry Ice-Cream

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3 recipes from Jamie Oliver's new cookbook 'Super Food Family Classics'

Jamie Oliver’s new book is stuffed with simple, healthy recipes with the aim to encourage adults and children to spend more time in the kitchen. 

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Darina Allen: Claudia Roden’s Konafa with a Cream Filling

I spent a few days recently on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, I taught a course here at the Cookery School entitled ‘A Taste of Istanbul’. 

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The menu: Pop-up perfection at The Garden Café, Cork

The Menu has long been meaning to make mention of the wonderful little Garden Café, sited in a Victorian glasshouse perched just above the heart of Blackpool, and a wonderful combination of pop-up supper and photo exhibition has given him ample reason to do so. 

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Beer of the week: Porterhouse Plain Porter

Porterhouse Plain Porter, 5.0% ABV; 330ml — €2.10
A short tribute this week to the remarkable vision of Oliver Hughes who died suddenly over the August Bank Holiday. 

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Salt and pepper are vital for enhancing and helping to create flavours in our food

  • Salt and pepper squid
  • Black pepper chicken
  • Peanut butter sea-salt biscuits with dark chocolate chips
  • Salted caramels

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Wines from Rhone, France’s second largest region after Bordeaux

If you are grilling at home any of the southern Rhones below will work well. I’ve included one white in case you are cooking fish or would like an aperitif.

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Restaurant review: The Burren Storehouse, 'Kieran's Kitchen', Co Clare

The Burren Storehouse opened earlier this year. It is strictly a casual dining spot where the menu changes daily.

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