Darina Allen

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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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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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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How to fill that lunch box with exciting yet nourishing wholesome food

* Derval O’Rourke’s Booster Bars
* Derval O’Rourke’s Posh Nuts
* Mix and Bake Brown Loaf
* Ballymaloe Simple White Yeast Bread (One Rising)

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Robin Gill’s Garden Courgette with Smoked Buffalo Milk Curd and Roof-Top Honey

On a recent visit to London I got to Palomar in Rupert Street in the heart of Theatreland.  I’ve been wanting to go for ages but could never get a table. 

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Darina Allen travels to the UK to visit organic growers, farm shops and farmers markets

* Roth Bar and Grill Lemon Curd Muffins
* Emily Watkin’s Dark Chocolate and Cherry Arctic Roll
* Dill Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche
* Beetroot and Raspberry Ice-Cream

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Darina Allen: Claudia Roden’s Konafa with a Cream Filling

I spent a few days recently on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, I taught a course here at the Cookery School entitled ‘A Taste of Istanbul’. 

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Darina Allen shares with us Sarah Cremona's favourite recipe for macaroons

JUST said au revoir to another group of 12-week certificate students who have truly put 110% into 12 full-on busy weeks here at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. 

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Here are a few of Darina Allen's favourite offal recipes

I’VE just tasted meringue, macaroons and brownies made from fresh pigs blood — is there no end to what I’ll do in the name of food research?

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This pizza and roman chicken and chips are great comfort foods

For Irish people particularly, Rome immediately conjures up images of the Vatican and St. Peter’s square. 

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Here are just a few of the delicious foods Darina Allen tasted in Sicily

On our way to celebrate a very special anniversary with some friends in the foothills of Mount Etna, we snatched an extra few days to rediscover Sicily.

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Darina Allen: Lemon cake, Smoked Salmon and Pimentos de Padron

* Eurotoque Celebration Lemon Cake with crystallized rose petals and lemon verbena
* Graham Neville’s Organic Smoked Salmon, Clogherhead Crab, Granny Smith Apple
* Pimentos de Padron 

 

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Diva Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake and other recipe's from Darina Allen

* Shannen Keane’s Diva Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake
* Smoked Irish Salmon with Cucumber Ribbon Salad and Mustard and Dill Mayonnaise
* A Plate of Gubbeen Charcuterie
* Smoked Ummera Chicken Salad with Ballyhoura Apples, Walnuts and Dried Cherries

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Lots of tempting ideas to try for delicious midweek suppers in The A-Z of Eating

A for almond, B for blue cheese, C for caramel, D for dumplings, E for eggs, F for fat and so on.

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Meals inspired by fresh produce

FOR those of us who love to grow some of our own food, this is the beginning of the bountiful season where each meal begins with an ‘oops’ in my tummy and a feeling of delight at the first radishes, first new potatoes, the first beets, the first fresh green peas, the first cucumbers, and most amazing of all, the first little cherry tomatoes, the earliest ever.

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So many great chefs on show at Litfest

THEY’VE all gone back to their respective countries now but it was such a buzz to have so many diverse top chefs from all over the world with us here at Ballymaloe for the Litfest.

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Here's how to make homemade mayonnaise in less than five minutes

SCORING a couple of nights in Inis Meáin Suites is as good as winning the Lotto as far as I’m concerned. 

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Highlights from the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

WELL, I’ve just put my feet up for the first time in several days. The Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is over for another year. 

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Don't miss out on the Litfest, one of the top 10 ‘Best Festivals in the World’

There are over 100 events in the jam packed programme. It kicked off last night in the Grain Store with a welcome party.

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Edible wild plants found along the roadside are added to all the following recipes

At last the countryside is springing into life once again. Wild garlic is in full flush all along the roadside here in East Cork. 

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Feast on these rhubarb and asparagus recipes to nourish and sustain you

WE ARE in the midst of a real crisis in food production. Increasingly farmers and food producers are being paid well below an economic level for their produce and the general public seem totally unaware.

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