Wines of the Week

I wrote last week about the need for a reduction in our excise duty on wine which is by far the highest in the EU and I don’t want to labour the point but do please mention it to your TD if you get the chance as budget day is looming. 

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Sheepless pie and other stories

Valerie O’Connor is struggling to come to terms with one of her boys moving out of home. Luckily this moreish ‘sheepless shepherd’s pie’, with lentils instead of meat, offers some comfort

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Derval O'Rourke: Planning your training sessions and making food to match

This week I’m chatting about planning your training sessions.

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Darina Allen: Food inspired by a recent trip to Sweden

Here are a few of Darina Allen’s favourite Swedish recipes

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Michelle Darmody: How to use figs when baking

Michelle Darmody shares some of her favourite fig-based recipes

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Upper crusts: Eight sourdough breads tested

Roz Crowley taste tests some slices of sourdough

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Darina celebrates National Bread Week with her favourite recipes

NATIONAL Bread Week is upon us and this gives me another opportunity to extol the importance of good bread and the magic of bread making.

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Restaurant Review: The Spitjack Rotisserie Brasserie Restaurant, Cork

The Spitjack Rotisserie Brasserie Restaurant, 34 Washington Street, Cork

Tel: 021-2390613; www.thespitjack.com    

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Top tips for baking with children

SOME of my fondest memories as a child were of helping my parents in the kitchen; weighing ingredients for a batch of biscuits or a cake and getting to lick the spoon afterwards, writes Michelle Darmody.

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Top french wines ahead of Public Health Bill debate

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is due to be debated in Dáil in the coming weeks with the Government determined to have it passed (or substantially progressed) in the Autumn session. The bill will introduce minimum pricing, health labelling (eg, calories), restrict advertising and sponsorship and force shops to separate alcohol from other products, writes Leslie Williams

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Here’s what going on this week in the world of food. 

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Introducing the World's First 3D-Printing Restaurant

Adavanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, as sci-fi writer Arthur C Clarke once said and it would be interesting to see what he’d make of the culinary wizardry at a new restaurant where you can ask the waiter to print out your dinner, writes Clodagh Finn

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Going back to basics with Darina Allen's new book

Darina Allen is on a mission. In her new 600-page book, she’s calling on us all to grow our own food, writes Ciara McDonnell

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Looking for some back to school food ideas? Darina Allen has you covered

What a crazy busy week it has been for the mums (and dads) of Ireland who have been dashing around trying to get the kids organised for the big back to school adventure, writes Darina Allen.

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Restaurant Review: Token, 72-74 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 1

A MISSPENT youth means different things to different generations. In the 1950s and ’60s in places like River City they had Trouble with a capital ‘T’, and that rhymes with ‘P’ and that stands for Pool!

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Like a Sourdough Cowboy making your own isn't that hard

It’s Sourdough September — if you’ve never tried to make your own, there’s no better time, writes Valerie O’Connor

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How to use ripening apples in the kitchen

A LOT of apples have ripened early this year. The ones growing near us are a shiny luscious red and almost drop into your hand on touch, there is no need to tug them from the branches. 

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Fit Foodie: Derval O'Rourke's fitness routine and healthy recipes

THIS week I’m cooking up a healthy basil pesto plus my take on a spatchcock roast chicken. I’m also sharing a quick squat circuit which I hope will get you moving this weekend.

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Wiine List: European wine harvest kicks off despite unsuitable conditions

The European wine harvest is in full swing but the late spring frost and hail and an extreme summer heatwave have not proved beneficial.

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Eight strawberry yogurts to put to the taste and nutrition test

LOW fat, no fat, full fat, organic, bio, Greek style — the new wave of yogurt takes a bit of surfing. And then there is the ocean of bacteria that turn milk into yogurt to consider.

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The delights of a meat-free food fest

Valerie O’Connor delights in meat-free feasts at restaurants in Kerry and Limerick that show you don’t have to go without taste if you decide to go without flesh in your diet.

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Restaurant Review: Toonsbridge Dairy Pizzeria, Toonsbridge, Macroom

Joe McNamee checks out the Toonsbridge Dairy Pizzeria

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream with Crumbled Honeycomb

Darina Allen discusses her favourite London eateries and offers up more delicious recipes. 

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The Fit Foodie: Soda bread and chorizo and cheddar mini muffins.

Derval O’Rourke dishes up bread with a gorgeous honey, blue cheese and walnut soda recipe plus some chorizo and cheddar mini muffins. 

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Michelle Darmody: A selection of savoury tarts

I WANTED to include a few recipes today that use the same base ingredients but can be adapted quickly and easily to make use of many different combinations.

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Power snacking - the foods that fuel your day

WE are a nation of enthusiastic snackers and, although the trend towards healthier treats continues, three in five Irish people still eat unhealthy snacks every day.

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