These wintery loaf cakes are the perfect pick-me-ups in the cold weather

A loaf is seen as a more familiar partner that comforts us around the house, a day to day accompaniment in a lunch box or a pick me up or an cold winter’s evening.

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Food books that aim to boost health and wellbeing

These food books combine personal journeys, old staples, modern twists, versatile veggies and sources to boost the bodies health and overall wellbeing. Let’s take a look.

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Darina Allen shares some of her favourite recipes from a selection of cookbooks

Buying a cookbook this Christmas for your foodie friend this Christmas? Darina Allen shares her suggestions

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Top eight foodie gifts for Christmas under €10

THIS year it wasn’t difficult to find great food gifts for under €10. 

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The menu: Friday Night Lights

Almost a year has passed since Douglas Farmer’s Market made the inspired move to the concourse outside Douglas Shopping Centre in the heart of Douglas Village, bringing luscious foodstuffs to the local citizenry who have embraced the new location wholeheartedly, commerce and community in perfect harmony.

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Darina Allen reveals source of her new found Indian inspiration

We’ve had a charming new voice in food here at the Ballymaloe Cookery School recently, a young Anglo Indian girl named Maunika Gowardhan, whose simple, delicious, and authentic recipes have enchanted even Jamie Oliver. In 2014, she did a FoodTube video with Jamie on her butter chicken, writes Darina Allen. 

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Baking with Michelle Darmody: Savoury buns

This week Michelle Darmody brings you three tasty savoury bun recipes.

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Restaurant review: Where better to sit and ponder than the Coffee Shop in Union Hall, West Cork

Joe McNamee visits the Coffee Shop in Union Hall, West Cork, this week and leaves smiling and satisfied.

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Derval O'Rourke's fit foodie: Granola, lentil dal and a mug of winter wellness

Sometimes I think if people used one word to describe me it might be granola, writes Derval O’Rourke.

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Irish beef in a class of its own

It’s not often that anecdote is backed up by hard scientific fact, but those who claim that Irish beef is in a class of its own are on to something.

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Darina Allen on eating a little less meat

Former president Mary Robinson really put the ‘cat among the pigeons’ recently when she called on people from developed nations to consider eating “less meat or no meat at all”, due to the toll its production takes on the environment.

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Michelle Darmody: Eggs: The base for almost all tasty bakes

I  am often asked what my favourite food is, funnily enough my mind tends to equate this to a favourite meal rather than a specific food. Eating and enjoying what you eat has so much to do with sharing and being in a special place at a special time.

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Derval O'Rourke's fit-foodie column: Granola bars and beating the cold

This week I refuse to listen to people telling me the weather is too cold or it’s too dark to get out. When it comes to being active I’m all about finding solutions so I’m talking visibility and functionality of outdoor gear in my fitness section.

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Restaurant review: The Ramen Bar Okoro Bento, Dublin

Leslie Williams reviews The Ramen Bar Okoro Bento, Dublin.

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Wine: The independent importers under threat thanks to Fine Gael

I wrote recently about the difficulties facing small wine shops given the predatory pricing in the supermarkets and chain stores. This week I want to focus on the companies that supply many of these shops, the independent importers.

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Real bread: The reasons why you should make and eat this quality staple

Valerie O’Connor opines on the wisdom of using one’s loaf — and suggests forgoing ‘Satan bread’, the chemically-treated ‘pseudough’ product implicated in gut, allergy and other serious health problems.

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Top 8 cookbooks of 2016

I recently used an old copy of Georgio Locatelli’s Made in Sicily and cooked the most delicious pasta dish and some pork meatballs.

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Michelle Darmody: 3 recipes for baking with vegetables

* Beetroot brownies
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Courgette loaf
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Parsnip buns 

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Derval O'Rourke's fit-foodie column: Simple dishes to make in big batches

November has closed in and with that comes my need for comfort food, says Derval O’Rourke.

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The benefits of food grown in season is glaringly obvious

Seasonal food will give you what you need for the particular season in which it grows — simple really, says Fiann Ó Núalláin.

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The menu: Wine & Whiskey Discovery Weekend, Dingle

 

When The Menu heads to Dingle en famille he regularly stays at the very family-friendly Dingle Skellig Hotel.

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Thinking about what bottles to pick up for Christmas? Here are some suggestions

The dreaded ‘C’ word is fast approaching so if you can be disciplined (or can lock the wine away somewhere) it is good to begin picking up some wines or at least thinking about what you will need.

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Restaurant review: Idaho Cafe, Cork

Ask ‘the man/woman in the street’ to describe globalisation in local action and they may well point to their current location, particularly if it is a certain recently gussied up thoroughfare in Cork city centre. 

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Darina Allen: Here are some 'real' breads recipes

* Shipton Mill Rock Salt and Rosemary Focaccia
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Shipton Mill Courgette, Potato and Mint Tart
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Shipton Mill Burger Buns 

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Derval O’Rourke's fit-foodie column: Keep focused over Christmas!

I find November a funny month. People are starting to get into the Christmas spirit and often being fit and healthy seems to be the last thing on people’s radar, writes Derval O'Rourke.

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