Six months on whole-food, plant-based diet doesn't need to be boring

Valerie O’Connor has spent the last six months on a whole-food, plant-based diet but finds that eating in restaurants now has become really boring — though tasty options are straightforward with a bit of imagination.    

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Eithna's By The Sea

Restaurant Review: The Draft House & Eithna’s by the Sea

THE Foleys and I are abroad in Sligo. Reports from elsewhere confirm the national heatwave persists but we shelter under a silken parachute of luminescent cloud. 

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The Fit Foodie: Making the most of your food shop

This week I’m sharing my top tips for an efficient shop. The tricks I use help to keep it as cost effective as possible and to make eating well for the rest of the week child’s play.

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The Menu: Time for Tilara, Rob Krawczyk & Banquet by the Bay

BBQ for a great cause: Sage Restaurant in Midleton will host a Summer BBQ on Monday (July 24) as a fundraiser for the Time for Tilara fund. 

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: Honey baked granola

Following on from last week’s breakfast recipes, I thought it would be nice to also provide a recipe for homemade granola.

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Darina Allen: Recent recipes from Ballymaloe sustainable food programme

It’s such an exciting time in food and even though the figures for obesity and Type 2 diabetes continue to increase, there are real grounds for optimism as growing numbers don their Lycra and take to their bikes or run or swim or walk.

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Darina Allen: Recent recipes from Ballymaloe sustainable food programme

It’s such an exciting time in food and even though the figures for obesity and Type 2 diabetes continue to increase, there are real grounds for optimism as growing numbers don their Lycra and take to their bikes or run or swim or walk.

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Picking the right foods can help get you through the day in work

YOU know the ritual. It’s nearing slump o’clock on a workday afternoon and you find yourself rooting around in your pocket for change for the vending machine.

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Darina Allen: Little bites for the summer months

Three times a year we offer a tapas course, it’s always oversubscribed as is the canapé class. We all love little bites of something tasty and delicious - such a lovely way of eating.

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Restaurant Review: Wa Café, 13 New Dock Street, Galway

THE actor Tom Murphy who died tragically young will long be remembered for his role in the Laurel and Hardy junkie movie Adam and Paul and for his Tony award-winning performance in Druid Theatre’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: Long lazy weekend breakfasts

I love a long, lazy weekend morning, pottering in the kitchen, with the back door open to the breeze and music on. 

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Choosing the right South American wine

I have rather neglected South America in recent weeks which is unfair given how popular the region is in Ireland. Chile is by far the biggest seller in Ireland but this week I’m focusing on Argentina and Malbec.

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Love me tender: Top 8 BBQ sauces

TENDERISING and adding flavour makes for a good double advantage in a sauce. When barbecuing, marinading is used to keep food moist and will ensure maximum tenderness and introduce interesting flavours.

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: Ice cream Sandwiches

The summer months call for ice cold, sweet treats. Ice cream sandwiches work really well for most occasions. 

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Wines to try that are new to the country

This week’s column is all about the new as none of the wines below are in the country more than a few weeks. There are two from Lidl and four Spanish wines from Wines Direct who have a knack of ferreting out interesting wines.

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Restaurant review: Knox & Shell’s Café in Sligo

Joe McNamee gives the verdict on two Sligo eateries. 

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Wake up to a crunchy quinoa breakfast

HOLIDAY memories of eating freshly caught fish served with just-dug potatoes would later inspire Erica Sheehan to set up her own successful food business.

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Darina Allen: Vegan recipes for the growing life style

RECENTLY, I’ve had several requests for vegan recipes as the interest in a vegan life style gathers momentum.

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Fit foodie - Derval O'Rourke: Healthy eating doesn't have to be bland

This week’s recipes are as delicious as they are nutritious and further demonstrate my belief that eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up the things we love; it just means being a little bit more creative and making small swaps where you can.

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Chef Ross Lewis launched a splendid publication celebrating the speciality food producers of west Cork at Cork County Hall. 

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Wine for the summer

With summer holidays rapidly approaching I’m focusing on the Loire this week, given that so many of us will find ourselves in France in the coming months. 

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Baking with raspberries

This is the perfect time of year to feast on summer berries. They are at their optimum and also are at their cheapest. Berries are not only extremely tasty, especially in baking, but also very good for you.

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The perfect sausages to wake up to this summer

It’s hard to resist a decent, well-flavoured sausage in the summer. Packed with protein and flavour, they do not need to be part of a big breakfast where further fat is added by rashers and black pudding.

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Ditch the takeaway and go for fakeaway with Chef Adrian

Clodagh Finn meets the irrepressible ‘Chef Adrian’ who is on a mission to steer the country away from a costly dependence on fast food by showing us how to cook healthier, cheaper alternatives.

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Restaurant review: Wilde’s at The Lodge at Ashford

Wilde’s at The Lodge at Ashford, Cong, County Mayo. Telephone: 094 954 5400; www.thelodgeac.com

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