Here are some real comfort food dishes made with Irish cheese

In Ireland, in the early 70s, farmhouse cheese production had all but vanished. 

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Santa Rita is Ireland’s best-selling wine brand

This week I want to re-visit an old favourite — a wine producer that I suspect is familiar to every wine drinker in the country.

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Restaurant review: Twisted, Kinsale, Cork

The problem with being first out of the blocks in a long distance event, particularly when you set off at an impossibly blistering pace, is rivals will eventually catch up. 

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Turmeric — perfect natural nutrition

Valerie O’Connor extols the virtues of the yellow root.    

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Beer of the week: O’Haras ‘Opsession IPA, 4.0% ABV, 500ml — €3.30

Seamus O’Hara’s Carlow Brewing Company celebrates 20 years this year and every few weeks they seem to be launching new beers. 

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The menu: Bloom in Phoenix Park

BLOOMING SPECIAL
Instead of making do with a quick trip to the garden centre next weekend, The Menu has his heart set on a visit to Bloom (June 2-6), in the Phoenix Park, the country’s largest garden, food and family festival. 

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How to find a balance between 'clean' eating and healthy eating

An obsession with ‘clean’ eating is more than just taking a healthy diet too far, reports Joyce Fegan.

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Uncle Ben’s healthy plate campaign promotes healthy meals and portion control

WHEN Uncle Ben’s asked us to be a guinea pig for its healthy plate campaign here at Feelgood, muggins put up her hand.

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10 natural foods to boost energy levels

There's a big buzz in the online food community about clean eating and that many naturaly foods can be a great source of energy for the body - here are our top 10.

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Master chefs: The big names at this year’s Litfest

This weekend all eyes are on the Ballymaloe Litfest of Food & Wine. Joe McNamee meets the chefs – and discovers their favourite meals

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Gin of the week: Highbank Orcards Organic Crystal Gin, 40% abv; 70cl — €61.95

The Calder-Potts keep coming up with innovative products, from their wonderful organic farm in Kilkenny. 

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The menu: Enjoy! Food You’ll Love by Sheila Kiely

Several years ago, while raising six offspring and also working with husband Denis in their shared business, Sheila Kiely found the time to write (and photograph!) her first cookbook, Gimme the Recipe, and the follow-up, Enjoy! Food You’ll Love (Mercier Press) has hit the shelves.

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Restaurant review: Locks, Dublin 8

FOR some reason, Irish cities and towns rarely make the best use of their waterways, either ignoring them or turning their backs. 

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Using turmeric spice gives an intense vivid colour to these dishes

Many of the spices that travel half way around the world to our kitchens have been prized for generations, not only for their taste but also for their health-giving properties. 

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Don't miss out on the Litfest, one of the top 10 ‘Best Festivals in the World’

There are over 100 events in the jam packed programme. It kicked off last night in the Grain Store with a welcome party.

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Some Monastrell and good value wines are listed for this week

This weekend I will be at Ballymaloe House near Midleton for the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine.

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Put to the taste test this week ... éclairs 

We have to be content with the basic cream-filled and chocolate-topped éclair.

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Beer of the week: Killarney Scarlet Pimpernel IPA, 6.2% abv, 500ml — €3.99

It makes perfect sense to open a craft brewery in Ireland’s busiest tourist town. 

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The Menu: Food for the future

For a spell, the gastronomic reputation of the lovely seaside town of Kinsale appeared to be succumbing to a certain flabbiness of practice but recent years has seen the arrival of some sharp new operators raising standards across the board. 

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The wines featured this week are all South African

South African wine doesn’t feature on this page all that often for the simple reason that there is not that much imported here compared to other countries, and a lot of what I have tasted is either not worth writing about, or is too expensive for the quality.

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