Top 8 patés tested

IT’S NOT difficult to make paté at home and taking fuel costs into consideration can be quite economical if you make a batch of about a kilo. 

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The Menu: Plenty for foodies at Cork’s 26th French Film Festival

A fierce man for the moving pictures, The Menu is very much looking forward to Alliance Francaise de Cork 26th Cork French Film Festival.

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Wine: An excellent choice of natural wines

The buzz word in the wine world is ‘natural’. While many of the best wines are made with minimal interference, producers of natural wines are more rigorous.

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Restaurant review: La Pizzeria, Co Louth

Some chefs have reputations they don’t deserve; others definitely so.

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One list, five meals: Jacket Potatoes with Bacon and Leeks

8 medium baking potatoe
A dash of rapeseed oil
4 smoked back rashers, sliced

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Expert chef, David Rice, boils down art of cooking seafood

The Menu’s most recent visit to Kinsale was for the purpose of first broadening mind before waistband, at the newly opened Kinsale Gourmet Academy, in Ballinacurra House. 

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Wine: Support the Greek wine industry

Greece is in all the news bulletins as I write this and I suspect most Irish people have sympathy for the difficulties this ancient democracy finds itself in these days. 

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Restaurant review: Crawford Gallery Café, Cork

THERE are moments, just passing ones, but moments of real promise, at this time of the year when the hard, cobalt blue of the cold winter sky is softened by strands of viridian light, an energising, germinating light that promises that spring is coming on the next train; that the circle is indeed unbroken.

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One list, five meals: Kedgeree with smoked haddock

Basmati rice for four
4 tsp of mustard seeds
450g of smoked haddock, I used an un-dyed version

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Darina Allen’s Buttermilk panna cotta vinegar and honey

WE PACKED our bags recently and headed for the US ready to launch the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine in New York. 

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Restaurant review: The Linden Tree, Co Kildare

THERE’S a brilliant scene in Woody Allen’s 1980 movie Stardust Memories where he is sitting in a stationary train carriage, his companions doleful — harried refugees straight out of a Diane Arbus photoshoot.

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Choose from these French wine’s for your Valentines meal

This column tends to mention French wines quite often but I can be forgiven this week, given the day that is in it — l’amour and all that.

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One list, five meals: Squash with Quinoa and Mushrooms

2 medium butternut squash
1 small red onion, half of it sliced the other half very finely diced
rapeseed oil

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Try out Pam’s Valentine Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

DON’T we all need and love a little romance in our lives, so Valentine’s Day creates a welcome little flutter of excitement for everyone from nine to 90. 

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How to show your Valentine you really love him — get a Michelin-starred chef around to cook

Esther N McCarthy invited Michelin-starred chef Andy McFadden into her kitchen to pass on some of his expertise and, more importantly, help up her serve up a two-course delight for her beloved.

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The menu: Chocolate tasting in Clonakilty

Joe McNamee visits Clonakilty Chocolate for a seven-course chocolate-themed dinner.

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Spice up your Valentine’s night with these romantic meal suggestions

There’s nothing like a candlelit Valentine’s dinner prepared with love at home. Especially, says Fiann Ó Nualláin, if the chef pays particular attention to what spices they’re using

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The Burlesque Chef says ditch the guilt and fall in love with food again

Ethna Reynolds believes women need to fall back in love with food, writes Nuala Woulfe.

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Tasty recipes from Michelin-starred chef JP McMahon

CHEF OWNER, of Michelin starred Aniar restaurant in Galway, JP McMahon keeps a lot of balls in the air. 

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One list, five meals: Irish Stew with a twist

Buy everything on our shopping list and you have all you need to create five meals. Want to make just one of the dishes? Then follow Michelle Darmody’s colour-coded guide — for the Day One dinner, buy the ingredients marked with a red circle and so on.

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