Darina Allen

Radish Leaf Soup

The trend towards people growing their own food has sprung from a desire to eat healthily.

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Theodora Fitzgibbon’s Café Liegeois

THEODORA FITZGIBBON was a beautiful, elegant, erudite lady, well travelled.

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Pan grilled Mackerel with Parsley and Lemon Butter

THE recent cover story on Time magazine was that butter is better. So surprise, surprise, it’s official after all.

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Pat Browne’s Almond Macaroons

NO mistaking where I was — Bordeaux airport has grape vines planted close to arrivals with a red rose at the end of each row to encourage bees to help with pollination.

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Brother Hubbard’s Middle Eastern Breakfast Plate

THE Dublin restaurant and café scene is really humming once again.

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Elderflower Champagne

FOR OUR May Slow Food East Cork event we returned to Sage Restaurant in Midleton to celebrate the local food.

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Weekend food

AFTER months of build up and careful planning by Rory O’Connell, Rebecca Cronin, Colm McCan and the Litfest team the second event came and went in a whirlwind of exciting workshops, debates, lectures, tastings, demos.

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Brown Crab with Pickled Red Dulse Seaweed, Cucumber with Summer Peas and Coriander Oil

WE’VE gone crazy for seaweed in recent times; I’ve woken up to phenomenal variety of sea vegetables around our coast.

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Ardkeen Nettle and Wild Garlic Soup

IF YOU’VE never taken the train from Dublin to Belfast put it on your ‘must do’ list immediately; it’s certainly one of the loveliest train journeys I have ever experienced, all along the North Dublin coast into Dundalk.

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Lilly’s Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Pomegranate

After months of exciting plotting and planning, the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest got underway at the Grain Store in Ballymaloe last night.

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Maggie Beer’s Salmon with Sorrel Butter

THE excitement is really mounting, it’s just a week to this year’s Lit Fest at Ballymaloe, May 16-18.

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Roast Fillet of Beef with Béarnaise Sauce

I GOT a wonderful letter today beautifully hand-written by a woman who described herself as an octogenarian.

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Finca Buenvino Mini Tortillas

THE mere mention of Finca Buenvino creates a ripple of happiness and joy among those of us who have already discovered this hidden gem nestled amidst the sweet chestnut trees and cork oaks of the Sierra de Aracena in Andalusia.

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Ramen is the ultimate comfort food

So what new trends did I see in the US this time? Well as ever there’s lots going on and New Yorkers are always on the lookout for the new ‘big thing’.

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Roast Leg of Spring Lamb with Sea Salt and Mint Sauce

Roast Leg of Spring Lamb with Sea Salt and Mint Sauce

GREAT excitement here, we have just hatched out a clutch of fluffy chicks in time for Easter.

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Seaweed Crackers

OUR guest speaker at a recent Slow Food event was Sally McKenna, author of Extreme Greens, a book about the magic of seaweed.

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Blathnaid's Chocolate Cake

Weekend food with Darina Allen: Blathnaid’s Chocolate Cake

I’VE ONLY just discovered how Mother’s Day came about.

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Lucknow Chicken Korma

Lucknow Chicken Korma

WHAT a surprise the Indian city of Lucknow was.

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Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle

THE iconic sites of Petra, Niagara Falls, the Tower of Piza, the Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids — these, and scores of other iconic buildings and monuments across the world, will be illuminated bright green on St Patrick’s Day.

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Onion Bhajis

Weekend food with Darina Allen

ANOTHER postcard from India, a country of 1.5 billion people, a land of extremes which is truly intriguing to visit.

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Basic Pancake Batter and good things to serve with it

SHROVE Tuesday reminds us of pancakes, almost the world’s most versatile recipe with a myriad of interpretations.

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