Good tasting wines to try before the summer is out

The Dog Days are over to quote Florence and the Machine (who will be at Electric Picnic this year, as will I - of which more next week).

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Restaurant review: Iberian Way, Cork

SOMETIME around 1982 or maybe 1983, just after Felipe Gonzalez Marquez became Spain’s first socialist prime minister after Franco’s dictatorship ended, two of the venerable picadors of old Cork met on St Patrick’s Street. 

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One list, 5 meals: Sausage and Garlic Pasta

Penne pasta for four
A dash of rapeseed oil
4 shallots or 2 onions, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped

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Top 8 mustards tested

Made from a plant of the cabbage family, mustard is not only a great addition to our storecupboard, but to our first aid kit too.

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The Menu: Food festival frenzy

One of the great ironies of the ‘Edible Erin’ calendar is that the arrival once more of a new school year coincides with the busiest time of the year for food festivals, the season really beginning around now.

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Wines from family-owned importers and wineries

The wine industry in Ireland used to be a bit of a boys’ club but times have changed.

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Restaurant review: The Lime Kiln, Co Meath

You really have to wonder about what spurs on business people and associated creative types (that is, chefs who wish to make a true mark) to develop a new restaurant/gastropub without coming anywhere close to crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.

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One list, 5 meals: Buckwheat noodles with prawns and red pepper

Buckwheat noodles for four
A dash of sesame oil
A thumb size piece of ginger, peeled and copped

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Darina Allen: Soft Yoghurt Cheese - Labneh

We had our annual Long Table Dinner in the glasshouses a couple of weeks ago. 

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Pros and cons of a vegan diet

Vegan diets, once considered extreme, are becoming more mainstream, but the jury is out on health benefits, says Sharon Ní Chonchuir.

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The Menu: The Big Grill Festival, Dublin

Those beards will certainly need a liberal dousing in flame retardant as The Big Grill BBQ & Craft Beer Festival (Aug 13-16) returns once more to Dublin’s Herbert Park. 

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New World wines in the Irish market

The dominance of New World wines in the Irish market has led many consumers to focus on particular grape varieties so this week I’m encouraging you to look at blends.

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Restaurant review: The Wild Honey Inn, Co Clare

JUST as Muhammed Ali’s great physical beauty, charisma, intelligence and wit once helped to disguise a pitiless prize fighter determined to take the purse, the scale and magnificence of the Burren in Clare is so very breath-taking that sometimes you can’t see the wood from the trees.

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One list, 5 meals: Quinoa with Miso Vegetables

4 large handfuls of quinoa
A dash of sesame oil
4 banana shallots
2 cloves of garlic

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Darina Allen: Cimi di Zucca — Courgettes, Leaves and Flowers

WHAT a wonderful time of the year, I know the weather hasn’t been great but the garden is bursting with produce.

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Tips on what to eat when pregnant

THERE is no shortage of nutrition advice for mums-to-be. In fact, says nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton, there is almost too much information.

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My favourite wine importers

I have written in the past about the difficulties faced by small wine importers given our draconian wine taxes. We are around 650% higher than the EU average and more expensive for wine than countries such as Sweden and Finland.

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Restaurant Review: Terra Madre

You’ll be delighted to know (finally, perhaps) that there is method in whatever passes for madness these days.

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French connection: 8 top covetable croissants

WHEN is a croissant not a croissant? When it has no butter perhaps? When it has nothing like the short list of ingredients in the traditional croissant — flour, yeast, water, butter, a little sugar and salt, and instead a long list of cheaper non-hydrogenated fats and oils, emulsifiers and acidifiers, dough enhancers and antioxidants.

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