The Menu: Gifts, cards and pop-ups

The Menu’s old Neapolitan pal Pasquale De Vivo has a most festive display and some fine edible ...

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Darina Allen’s edible gifts for Christmas

With only one-and-a-half weeks to go to Christmas, this week I am devoting my column to edible gifts, ...

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1. Turnip gratin with smoked bacon pieces

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
A dash of rapeseed oil

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Cook Christmas dinner for five people for under €25

No need to get in a sweat over the price of the Christmas dinner. You can feed five people a delicious ...

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Darina’s alternative festive feast

Even if you love all the razzmatazz, Christmas is certainly ‘a bit of work’ and can be ...

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Festive food without stress

THE plum pudding ‘scandal’ of 1989 still haunts Darina Allen some 25 years later.

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Restaurant Review: Sage restaurant, Cork

A graphically well-designed menu suggests cheering possibility like a well-dressed Christmas tree ...

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Give a decent bottle of wine as a present this Christmas

The key to successful present buying I believe is to find something that the recipient wants, but ...

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Restaurant Review: Spa Seafoods, Kerry

The time is coming up to 3pm, the day is Friday, and the following conversation occurs in Spa Seafoods ...

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Why not have a 'crafty' beer or two this Christmas

Wine gets a lot of press in the run-up to the big Christmas feast, but who says you have to stick ...

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The menu: Belfast’s Ox ticked everything in my box

Just weeks ago, The Menu remedied a grave ill of his own contrivance and returned to Belfast after ...

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Light Christmas Fruit Cake

CAN YOU believe it’s 25 years since my A Simply Delicious Christmas was first published, I had ...

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1. Blackened Plaice with Olive Salad

1 red small onion, very finely sliced
½ tbsp of cider vinegar
1 tsp of pink peppercorns, ...

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Delicious mutton recipes from Much Ado About Mutton

Remember mutton? Now in reality an almost forgotten flavour. So what exactly is the definition of ...

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1. Roasted courgette soup with Hegarty’s cheddar

250g of potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, lightly crushed

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The menu: Lettercollum book a recipe for old memories

Many moons ago, The Menu took great pleasure in regularly visiting a wonderful old period home, Lettercollum ...

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Restaurant Review: The Steakhouse, Kinsale, Co Cork

IF Percy French’s venerable sparring partners Abdul Abulbul Amir and Ivan Skavinsky Skavar still ...

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Wine: Some good Bordeaux offers for Christmas

Up until recently my favourite wine trivia question was “what is the world’s most planted ...

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Wine: Sales are up on Vintage Port

The rumours of Port Wine’s demise have thankfully been exaggerated. While the market is overly ...

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1. Pumpkin Soup with Maple Syrup

1 medium-sized pumpkin, about 600g after it is peeled and ...

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