The menu: Dingle delights

Neidín is already on the steroids getting ready to haul The Menu’s enormous carcass west to one of his most favourite annual food outings, The Dingle Food Festival (Sept 30-Oct 2) in association with the Blás na hÉireann National Irish Food Award.

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Tempting recipes from Paula Lambert’s cookbook Cheese Glorious Cheese

I’VE got a lovely friend in Dallas who also wears red glasses and makes amazing cheeses. 

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Recipes inspired from Galicia, in northern Spain

* Vegetable and lentil soup~
* Meatballs in a sweet tomato sauce
* Spanish tuna pie
* Santiago almond cake

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All of this week’s wines will benefit from some short- to medium-term ageing

This week I want to return to the idea of ageing wines at home and suggest some wine styles you might not think of as age-worthy.

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Restaurant review: La Cucina, Dublin 2

La Cucina opened in April and in recent weeks it has added Giorgio Casari as maitre d’ — former owner of the Unicorn on Merrion Row.

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Sophie White's new book is a genre-crossing gem mixing motherhood, mental health and cooking

Sophie White refreshingly explores topics from her life that are often seen as taboo in polite society. Clodagh Finn meets for a chat and finds out the recipes that helped her through motherhood.

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Homemade pasta recipes with Michelle Darmody

* Making fresh pasta
* All rounder tomato sauce
* Pea pasta with mint pesto
* Roasted pumpkin pasta with spinach and walnuts 

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Here's a few ways to have fun with edible flowers

* Lavender Shortbread
* Lavender Syrup
* Marigold Biscuits
* Willowzina’s Super Quick Cake with Rose Petals and Pistachios
* Pangrilled Mackerel with Nasturtium Butter

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Restaurant review: Star Anise, Cork city

Star Anise is an old-school classic with all the vim and vigour of the newest kid on the block.

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Selections this week are from Louis Jadot, plus some wines currently on sale

The words “Vintage Wine” often conjure up a romantic vision of a delicious elixir “cooled a long age in the deep delved earth tasting of flora … and Provencal Song” as Keats put it.

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Beer of the week: O’Haras ‘Opsession IPA

I’m pleased to see a steady increase in the number of lighter ‘session’ style beers from our better craft beer producers, crisp fresh flavours are often key, abv is usually around 4% and cans seem to be the vessel of choice.

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The menu: Mouth-watering Macroom

This year’s Macroom Food Festival (Sept 23-25) sets out under the thematic heading of ‘Blás na hÁite’, which is as it should be for the lovely Cork town and its glorious hinterland, heaving with some very fine producers, farmers, and growers, many of them great favourites of The Menu. 

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Be persistent with children who are reluctant to try new foods

HAS the word ‘yuck’ ruined more than one family mealtime?

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12 everyday foods that can help to cut your risk of developing cancer

CUTTING your risk of cancer could come down to what you put on your weekly shopping list, according to the Irish Cancer Society and other leading bodies.

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Restaurant review: The Saddle Room, Dublin 2

The Saddle Room at the Shelbourne Hotel is a steak and seafood restaurant with old-school classics like ham-hock terrine.

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4 interesting lentil recipes to try out this weekend

* Beetroot and lentil salad
* Red lentil dhal
* Spiced lentils with a fried egg and toast
* Blackberry and brown sugar tart 

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6 decent wines to get from the Lidl September French Wine sale

The Lidl September French Wine sale has established itself on the calendar by now, and once again they have a number of stand-out wines and a few famous names.

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Gin of the week: Blackwater Juniper Cask Gin, 46% ABV; 500ml — €42

I’ve praised Blackwater Distillery Gin here before and their limited edition Strawberry Gin was a highlight of my summer. 

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Ali Honour's easy recipes for students returning to college

As students return to college, Joe McNamee turns to chef Ali Honour for her failsafe recipes for beginners in the kitchen.

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Blackberries are super versatile, few fruits offer so many options

* Crème de Mure (Blackberry Liqueur)
* Blackberry Ice Cubes
* Wild Blackberry, Apple and Rose Geranium Jam
* Myrtle Allen’s Blackberry and Kirsch Soufflé Omelette
* Blackberry or Raspberry and Sweet Geranium Sugar Squares

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