Darina Allen

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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Here's a taste of what’s to come at the Litfest HQ in Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork

THINGS are really hotting up here at Litfest HQ, with plans advanced and bookings pouring in for events at this year’s Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine which Condé Nast Traveller has described as one of the top 10 ‘Best Festivals in the World’.

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Delicious recipes from José Pizarro with a Spanish flavour

CLAUDIA RODEN, one of the world’s best known and best loved cookery writers has just celebrated her 80th birthday. 

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Some great Moroccan recipe ideas from Darina Allen

There are few really exciting restaurants in Marrakesh perhaps with the exception of al-Fassia, a restaurant run entirely by women. 

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Here are some delicious dishes Darina's students made at the Ballymaloe Cookery School

HERE at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, we run three-month certificate courses every year for students who want to gain the skills to earn them a living from their cooking. 

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Darina's Imperial Stout Irish Cake has a very distinctive taste and keeps very well

FOOD Awards are two a penny these days. Some carry more cachet than others and all thrill the winners and provide much appreciated exposure.

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Darina Allen's recipe ideas for family lunch on Easter Sunday

WELL, Lent is almost over and if you are one of those virtuous souls who have been abstaining for the past seven weeks now is the time to feast and savour the rewards of your fasting. 

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Darina Allen: Discover the magic of spices with these Indian dishes

TAMIL NADU in South India, particularly the Chettinad area, is a ‘road much less travelled’ than many of the trendier tourist destinations like Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala but intriguing, particularly for those who have a penchant for temples, architecture and of course food. 

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Darina Allen's Hot Cross Buns

Nowadays Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten in Ireland on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday. This practice would have been frowned on in the past when these were black fast days and the people would scarcely have had enough to eat, not to mention spicy fruit filled buns.

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Imen McDonnell’s modern Irish recipes from The Farmette Cookbook

AS the whole world (it seems) gears up to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, have a good root through your cupboards and pick out your very best ‘greenery’ to don on Thursday next. 

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Try Darina Allen's traditional Irish bacon, cabbage and parsley sauce

Ireland’s national dish of bacon and cabbage is often a sorry disappointment nowadays, partly because it is so difficult to get good-quality bacon with a decent bit of fat on it. 

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Darina Allen's gives us her 'London list' of recipes to make at home

LONDON, just a little hop from any of our airports, has been one of the hottest food destinations in the world for more than a decade now.

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