Brilliant, cleansing bread soda

Valerie O’Connor gets spring cleaning with simple ingredients like lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil, and lavender.

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Restaurant review: UpDown BBQ Grill Restaurant

Perhaps it was last year’s broaching of the summit, hitting 50 and then the subsequent vertiginous tumble down the far slopes and into the ‘Valley of Dotage’ or maybe it was the recent passings of Bowie and Wogan, two great if very differing iconoclasts of a long-gone youthful landscape, but this reviewer appears to have taken rather a nostalgic turn of late.

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Wine: Off-Licence of the Year Awards

The results are in and the 2016 National Off-Licence of the year is a shop that features regularly in my stockist list — Baggot Street Wines.

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Livers, mushrooms and bacon

Mushrooms do two great things in cooking, they add a wonderful earthy flavour but they also absorb other stronger flavours and allow them to blend and create new distinctive tastes.

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The Menu: Pre Greenshine concert meal, Douglas Farmers' Market, White Glove Afternoon Tea and Barry Tyner’s pate

FEED THE LOVE
Flowers, chocolates, wine, romantic dinners? It can only mean one thing, Valentine’s Day is upon us once more. 

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Valentine’s Day recipes to keep the romance alive

Not sure how many Valentine’s Day articles I’ve written but I’m an incurable romantic so here we go again. 

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Darina Allen: It's time for a pancake party

SHROVE Tuesday is just around the corner again — a perfect excuse to have a pancake party. What fun that is. 

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Recipe ideas from Michelle Darmody

Chillies add spice and flavour to cooking.

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The Menu: A knees-up in Dublin with Irish craft beer

The second outing for Wise Traditions Ireland (February 6-7), in Thomond Park, Limerick, offers another intriguing look at health and nutrition issues around food and their effect on conditions such as diabetes, weight loss and compromised immune function.

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How to prepare no-sugar-crash cakes

Valerie O’Connor happens upon a handy, sugar-free cake by accident and offers a few more options besides. 

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Restaurant review: Bastible, Dublin 8

Bastible, 111 South Circular Road, Dublin 8; tel: 01-4737409; www.bastible.com 

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Top 8 peanut butters

Roz Crowley finds out where to get the best peanut butter.

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Restaurant review: Bad Boys BBQ and The White Rabbit Bar & BBQ, Cork

Bad Boys BBQ and The White Rabbit Bar & BBQ, 30 MacCurtain St, Cork, 021 4503706, www.badboysbbq.ie 

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Recipe ideas from Michelle Darmody

Tins of tomatoes are very convenient store cupboard staples and can be used in a variety of ways.

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Wine: January is a month for experimenting

January is a month for learning new things and many off-licences are offering wine courses this month and early next month.

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Sirt Food Diet consisting of wine, chocolate and coffee sounds like a dream

A new year brings a new diet and the first out of the blocks this year is the Sirt Food Diet, which focuses on a group of high-performance everyday foods including wine, chocolate and coffee, says Sharon Ni Chonchuir

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The Menu: Getting a caffeine fix in Cork

The Menu couldn’t be happier than to hymn the praises of the Cork Coffee Weekend.

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Wine: Tackling 'dry January'

There has been a lot of publicity about the new UK alcohol guidelines and much discussion about the benefits of a “dry January” these past few weeks. I’m not convinced.

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Recipe ideas from Michelle Darmody

If you have any leftover dried fruits from your Christmas baking, there are many ways to use them up, in savoury as well as sweet cooking. 

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