The Menu: A Night at the Castle with Flavour.ie

The Menu has always found Castletownshend in West Cork an intriguing spot and relishes the prospect of an evening there for some fine dining courtesy of one of his most beloved chefs, Caitlin Ruth, of Deasy’s Harbour Bar & Restaurant.

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Restaurant review: Urchin at Cliff Townhouse, Dublin 2

A fun beach-hut in the city; cocktail and tapas bar with tasty food, excellent cocktails, good wines and charming staff.

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Wine suggestions this week are all white and all smell wonderfully

If you are reading this it is fair to assume that you are interested in wine, not just because it has the power to ‘banish care’ but because how it interacts with all your senses.

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: Sweet and savoury tarts

Sometimes simple is best. A warm apple tart with a spoon of lightly whipped cream is one of my favourite desserts and one I do not make often enough.

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The fit foodie: Lamb Curry and Greens Soup

It’s February now and lots of you may have fallen off the fitness wagon but that is OK! There is no need to panic, says Derval O’Rourke.

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Top 8 fish soups tested

A decent chowder — fish-flavoured and bulked up with vegetables — makes a hearty and healthy meal, says Roz Crowley.

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Restaurant review: The Puffin Cafe, Co Cork

Should we get a heatwave, I’ll become a permanent fixture in The Puffin Cafe, says Joe McNamee.

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: A variety of recipes for bundt cakes

Bundt cakes always look impressive at a party and are best eaten the day they are baked, says Michelle Darmody.

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Here are some of Darina Allen's favourite pancake recipes

Pancake Tuesday is just 10 days away. I love, love, love pancakes, bit fat juicy ones, thin crispy lacy ones, teeny weeny pikelets, soft spongy crumpets, blousey Dutch babies…

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The fit foodie: Spinach and Pepper Frittata and fuss-free pasta

Every week when I write this column I have a moment where I think “people want something fancier” but the reality when I talk to people is that the simpler and easier the cooking the better. 

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The menu: Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair

The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair takes place on Feb 23-25 in the Dublin Convention Centre, and features some of Joe McNamee’s his favourite local tipples.

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Wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France

This week I’m taking a snapshot of the Languedoc-Roussillon, easily the most unwieldy wine region in France and arguably the world.

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: Veronica Steele and Milleens cheese

I want to write a little tribute to Veronica Steele, an extraordinary woman who unwittingly started the artisan food movement in Ireland. 

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Celebrity chefs dish up their most romantic recipes for Valentine's Day

Staying in this Valentine’s Day? Some of our top cooks share their extra special dishes with Ciara McDonnell.

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Valentine treats. Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than chocolate

Valerie O’Connor goes for dark beans, dark chocolate and decadent truffles on lover’s day.

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The menu: Food service exhibition, RDS Dublin

Catex — Ireland’s largest food service and hospitality exhibition — returns once more to Dublin’s RDS, on February 21-23. 

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Restaurant review: Piglet Wine Bar, Dublin 2

Piglet is an authentic Italian wine bar with profoundly good food, excellent wine and a warm welcoming atmosphere.

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6 Pinot wines for you to try out for the weekend

This week I was going to talk about New Zealand but I want to do some more research in finding some wines to recommend in the under €15 category.

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: 3 brownie recipes

Brownies are an American invention and gained popularity because of how easy they are to make, eat and store.

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The fit foodie: Tomato soup, spicy chicken pitta and simple snacking

This week I’m making soup and a sandwich my recipes of the week. It’s hard to beat the soup and sambo combo! 

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: Recipes for Valentine's Day

Get all loved up and celebrate with Darina Allen’s suggestions for Valentine’s dinner at home.

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Living the dream: A day in the life of a master chocolatier

 

While other kids bought football stickers, Stefan Bruderer collected chocolate wrappers. He was born to be a master chocolatier, says Esther McCarthy.

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Top 8 romantic treats tested for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day may have become an excuse for commerciality and excess, but there is worse these days than having a day that celebrates love in whatever form.

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Our dining tables would be a lot poorer without Independent off-licences

It is awards season in the movie industry and elsewhere and so too in the drinks world.

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Restaurant review: Filter, George's Quay, Cork

Filter is Cork’s epicentre for serious coffee drinkers.

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Baking with Michelle Darmody: Dried figs

There are lots of left over dried fruits in my cupboard after the Christmas baking. 

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: How to grow your own food

I wonder how many of your New Year resolutions you’ve managed to keep so far?

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The fit foodie: Green smoothies, roasted kale and cous-cous salad

This week I’m jumping into the world of green smoothies. 

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Ordinary things now taste really amazing after a month of being a vegan

Former carnivore Valerie O’Connor  revels in new tastes after ‘Veganuary’.

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