Top 8 tea bags tested

IN Ireland we drink about three kilos of tea each year, most of it made using teabags. Tea is big business, worth over €130m.

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The menu: Tastes of Euro-Toques

The Leeside ladies Ali Honour of Ali’s Kitchen and Kate Lawlor of Fenn’s Quay head for the Big Smoke for the third in a series of dinners to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of Euro-Toques Ireland, all cooked by the chef-members themselves. 

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This pizza and roman chicken and chips are great comfort foods

For Irish people particularly, Rome immediately conjures up images of the Vatican and St. Peter’s square. 

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Stale bread need not go to waste so use it up with these recipes

READ has long been a major part of our food history and has an important cultural significance as well as a nutritional one. 

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These wines are making a debut appearance and are from independent importers

We are at mid-summer point now and the sunshine, up to now, has been rather absent.

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Restaurant review: The Café at Stephen Pearce Pottery Shanagarry, Co Cork

Some months ago, a great comrade, GB, steered me in the direction of what he promised was a mighty fine dining establishment indeed. 

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Here are just a few of the delicious foods Darina Allen tasted in Sicily

On our way to celebrate a very special anniversary with some friends in the foothills of Mount Etna, we snatched an extra few days to rediscover Sicily.

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The menu: Food tourism 2016

The Restaurants Association has changed the name of their former Foodie Town destination initiative, now calling it Foodie Destination 2016.

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Beer of the week: Eight Degrees Summer Days

Eight Degrees Summer Days Seisiún IPA, 4.5% ABV; 330ml — €2.30
Stockists: Bradleys, Molloys, Abbot Ale House, McHughs, Egans.

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Why more women should be running our restaurant kitchens

 

Women tend to dominate kitchens at home, yet they rarely become head chefs. A conference next week asks why. Joe McNamee talks to the women behind it.

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Hosting the hosts: Where our hoteliers holiday

They’re at the forefront of our hospitality and tourism industries and understand the value of a comfortable bed, a perfectly executed dish or a friendly face better than most.

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Restaurant review: Forest and Marcy, Dublin 4

I HAVE no anecdote for you this week, just another tale of a great meal and the best of all complaints — I now have to re-order my ever-expanding list of great places to eat. 

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Put your eggs to good use with these delicious and tasty recipes

* Paprika aioli

* Chocolate Swiss Roll

* Smoked haddock with potatoes and a poached egg

* Spinach and egg bake with tomatoes 

 

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Wines this week are from the new Irish Whiskey Experience shop in Killarney, Co Kerry

This week is all about the Celtic Whiskey Shop in part to celebrate its new bar/restaurant/shop called the Irish Whiskey Experience on New Street (just off Main St) in Killarney, Co Kerry.

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Top 8 choc ices tested

THE top of an ice-cream cone could be blown away in the wind we’ve had in the last few weeks, so a tidy choc ice is the safest option.

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Cider of the week: MacIvors Plum and Ginger Cider, 4% ABV, 500ml — €3.70

Macivors cider orchards were first planted in 1855 and are still in the same family. 

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The menu: Gender Balance

It crept up rather unnoticed on the inside post but The Menu believes the just-announced Athrú 2016 (18/19 July) will prove in the long run to be one of the more important gatherings in Irish food as leading female chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary figures come together in Galway to convene a conference aimed at empowering women working in professional culinary arts.

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Darina Allen: Lemon cake, Smoked Salmon and Pimentos de Padron

* Eurotoque Celebration Lemon Cake with crystallized rose petals and lemon verbena
* Graham Neville’s Organic Smoked Salmon, Clogherhead Crab, Granny Smith Apple
* Pimentos de Padron 

 

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Some quality Australian and New Zealand wines to watch out for this week

I suppose I had better just come out and admit it, I’m not a big fan of sauvignon blanc.

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Cherry tomatoes are in season and great to use in the following recipes

Cherry tomatoes are a smaller variety of the common garden tomato, they are generally sweeter than the larger fruits.

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