Darina Allen: Food to fill the 'hungry gap' before summer

The Hungry Gap is the expression that is used to describe the six to eight weeks between the end of the winter produce and the beginning of the summer crops. 

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Michelle Darmody: Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect combination

Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. 

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Some wonderful wines to try from southern Italy

This week I want to tell you a little about the wines of Southern Italy. I use the word ‘little’ advisedly as you could write several books about the subject taking it region by region.

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Fit Foodie: Derval O'Rourke's top tips for staying healthy while 'dining al desko'

Last week, I shared with you my favourite fast ways to improve your health at work. I’ve decided to use this week’s column to continue the theme.

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Top 8 preserved tomatoes tested

Roll on summer! Now is the time to welcome the warm season and get ahead with some light tomato-based dishes.

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The fit foodie: Bounty bars, Cheesy Turkey burgers and oven-baked avocado fries

For this week’s column I’ve taken two food classics and given them my healthy twist. The first is bounty bars and the second is burger and chips, I hope you enjoy my take on them.

 

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Bake: Asparagus cheese muffins, wild garlic flatbreads and Smokey asparagus tart

At this time of year it is worth taking a little meander from sweet baking to savoury, to make the most of asparagus season, says Michelle Darmody.

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The menu: West Waterford Festival of Food 2017

Peter Mulryan will give a day long Gin Distilling Workshop at the West Waterford Festival of Food which takes place next weekend (April 21-23).

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Some fine wines to go with your roast this Easter Sunday

Easter Irish lamb will grace the dining tables of much of the country and at its best there is no finer meat.

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Restaurant review: Yew Tree Restaurant, Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney

This is the best hotel food I’ve eaten in many a long moon, says Joe McNamee.

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Darina Allen: A dedication to the magic and versatility of eggs

Happy Easter to you all, just one more day until you can break your fast and feel deeply virtuous, maybe you’ve given up ‘the drink’ or sweet things or sugar. 

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Maia Dunphy: We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Maia Dunphy was first diagnosed with irritable bowl syndrome when she was aged 16 and believes in speaking out about the condition.

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Easter cakes and hot cross buns to enjoy with your little bunnies

Christmas gets many of us into an absolute frenzy of baking but I love all the Easter specialities too, says Darina Allen.

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What to do when meat is murder and dairy is scary

Valerie O’Connor wades into a current debate on farming practice. 

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The menu: 2017 Galway Food Festival

FEAST FOR SENSES
Even the Easter Bunny himself will have no choice but to head west and join the party for the 2017 Galway Food Festival (April 13-17), which runs through the bank holiday weekend.

 

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Wine suggestions this week will all go well with seafood

The sunny weather in recent weeks has sent me to my fishmonger in search of decent fish to eat outside with a bottle of chilled white wine, says Leslie Williams.

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Restaurant review: Avenue by Nick Munier

Nick Munier is well known from various TV appearances but you will probably know him as the yin to Dylan McGrath’s yang on the RTÉ version of MasterChef.

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A large scoop of ice-cream is the perfect accompaniment for these 3 desserts

Making and serving a dessert in the same dish makes life much easier, says Michelle Darmody.

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The fit foodie: Pre-Gym Smoothie and Salmon Parcels

This week Derval O’Rourke is whizzing up a pre-training session smoothie and has stolen a recipe from her husband for a great midweek dinner.

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Top 8 Easter eggs tested

This year’s trawl of Easter eggs focused mainly on quality, and if that meant going smaller than usual, all the better.

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The fit foodie: Orange Juice with a twist and Fancy Toast

This week my recipes are more food assembly than cooking. And if you’re looking for a new fitness regime then you should definitely read on.

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Darina Allen celebrates International Carrot Day

Here are some of Darina Allen’s favourite ways to enjoy the under-appreciated vegetable, the carrot. 

 

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The menu: Street food classics

Cork city’s Sharp Knife street food posse saddle up and head west once more to Tot’s Pub (April 8) in Ballygurteen, just outside Clonakilty, and especially revamped for the night. 

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Restaurant review: Cask, Cork city

Cask is the hot new ticket in town and, on foot of apocryphal tales of huge crowds, we deliberately aim for Sunday evening.

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Some of the best wines to look out for in the week ahead

The factors that made a wine historically famous and desired were often as much to do with geography as flavour.

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Rhubarb meringues, Rhubarb yogurt brulée and Rhubarb orange blossom pie

Rhubarb has a clean, tart flavour and is usually eaten like a fruit, although it is technically a vegetable, says Michelle Darmody.

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Former American chef Trevis Gleason on dealing with life’s interruptions

Trevis Gleason used to work up to 18 hours a day as a chef in his native America but had to radically change his lifestyle after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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