Top 8 takeaway salads tested

BENCHES outside shops; tables and chairs outside cafés and bars, filled not just with smokers — and we know summer is here. It’s salad time!

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The menu: Mighty mussels

The Connemara Mussel Festival (May 1-3) picked up one hell of an accolade last year.

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Fresh Lemon Ice Cream with Crystallized Lemon Peel

HAVE you heard about the latest ‘U turn’ in nutritional science? America the land of the ‘egg-white omelette’ is in quite the tizzy about it all.

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One List, 5 meals: Summer salad with roast garlic, goats cheese toasties

2 whole bulbs of garlic
a small bunch of thyme, removed from the stalk and chopped

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Wines this week are a mixed bag

In my garden at the moment my plum and two apple trees are in full bloom and I am already anxiously anticipating a good crop of fruit.

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Restaurant review: Eden Bar & Grill, Dublin

LOOKS can be deceiving, that’s for sure. We have walked past Eden Bar & Grill so many times by this stage we have lost count.

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Spanish wines to look out for this week

This column is a massive fan of the wines of Spain. In my opinion, Spain currently offers the best value (price versus quality) of any wine-producing nation.

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Darina Allen: Fish in Pakora Batter with Spicy Wedges

I’VE got a whole stack of cookbooks on my desk to review, some since before Christmas when almost every post brought another title — so many it wasn’t possible to reach them all.

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The Menu: Dublin Wine Fest

THE UNION OF GOOD FOOD AND WINE

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Restaurant Review: Blairscove House and Restaurant

THE entrance to a person’s home says a lot. It is often a scream from the inner Edvard Munch. 

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Picking out some of Italy’s finest wines

In recent weeks, I have been praising Spain as a source of good value but this week I want to focus on Italy.

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Cut the crap to drop the weight

RUTH Field and her formidable alter-ego, the Grit Doctor, have made a name for themselves as tough-talking, no-nonsense kind of gals. 

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Wines for warmer days

I am writing this week’s column outside in the garden such is the weather at the moment. It is not just the Irish that are obsessed with the weather, however — talk to any grape grower or winemaker.

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Darina Allen: A ’brutal’ breakfast

It’s always fun to see what’s happening on the food scene in New York.

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One list, 5 meals: Bean stew with chorizo and tarragon

Buy everything on our shopping list and you have all you need to create five meals. Want to make just one of the dishes? Then follow Michelle Darmody’s colour-coded guide — for the Day One dinner, buy the ingredients marked with a red circle and so on.

 

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Green dreams: Top pesto brands tested

A VISIT a few years ago to a pesto maker in Genoa, where the thick sauce originated, showed the wonders of fresh basil grown especially for it. With a fresh, heady bouquet, it was magnificent. 

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The Menu: Camera-friendly food

There is no doubt modern technology has evolved a whole new dimension to the consideration and appreciation of the nosebag.

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Michelin & back again

Oystercatcher Bistro,

The Square, Carlingford, Co Louth

042-9373989; theoystercatcher.ie    

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Restaurant Review: The West End House, Killarney

KILLARNEY has more hotel beds that any town of comparable size in Ireland. It also has, according to www.Hotels.com , the most expensive. 

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The menu: Community food

The Menu gets greatly exercised about food security — ready access to delicious and nutritious food is a fundamental right. 

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