Darina Allen

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these simple but delicious recipes

THE Chinese celebrated their New Year last Monday, February 8, the second new moon after solstice. 

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Valentine’s Day recipes to keep the romance alive

Not sure how many Valentine’s Day articles I’ve written but I’m an incurable romantic so here we go again. 

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Darina Allen: It's time for a pancake party

SHROVE Tuesday is just around the corner again — a perfect excuse to have a pancake party. What fun that is. 

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Darina Allen: Dealing with overindulgence

BEFORE the holidays every magazine, newspaper, food programme and TV ad was shamelessly luring us into temptation, encouraging us to overspend and overindulge in a myriad of different ways. 

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Darina Allen: The tastes of Myanmar

I’M SITTING on the balcony of the View Point Hotel in Nyaungshwe overlooking the jetty where most of the skiffs and narrow timber boats leave for Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s biggest attractions.

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Darina Allen: Recipes inspired by a trip to Somerset

I’VE just discovered Somerset!

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Darina Allen: Food trends for 2016

With 2015 behind us, I thought it might be fun and interesting to have a look at food trends for 2016.

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Darina Allen: Cookbooks you might have found under your Christmas tree

THERE’s always a big flurry of new cookbooks published in time for the Christmas pressie market.

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Darina Allen: What to do with those Christmas leftovers

LAST week I was asked a seemingly simple question by a food writer – which do you love most – Christmas dinner or the leftovers? Well now, doesn’t that get you thinking…

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How to make brand new meals from that leftover Christmas food

Darina Allen whips up a turkey broth with the morsels left behind after the sandwiches have been eaten and cooks a pie that will fill those bellies on Stephen’s Day.    

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Darina Allen shows you how to make a traditional festive spread

It seems like most of our readers are total traditionalist because the requests have come flooding in for recipes for a time honoured Christmas dinner. Well here we are.

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Darina Allen's favourite festive treats

CAN you imagine I got my first Christmas card on the third of November, that has to be a record. 

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Darina Allen: Utilising cheeses in your recipes

I’VE recently been given a copy of Counter Culture, the Sheridan’s Guide to Cheese.

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So much to enjoy in the ever-changing Capetown food scene

JUST back from a hectic few days in Capetown, whizzing from one speaking engagement to the next.

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Darina Allen: New book from Trish Deseine offers unique perspective on Irish food culture

A REALLY posh new book celebrating Irish food and cooking has just arrived on my desk. HOME: Recipes from Ireland is Trish Deseine’s new book, and it feels like a love letter to her home country.

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Darina Allen: My trip to Chicago

I’VE just returned from a whistlestop tour of Chicago. The main purpose of my trip was to collect a iBAM award which I was indeed very honoured to receive.

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Darina Allen: Fiery Pumpkin Soup

HALLOWEEN in the US is almost as big a deal as Christmas, I’ve just recently come back from Chicago and although it was several weeks before Halloween, the celebrations had already begun.

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Darina Allen: Warm Roast Duck with Broccoli, Radishes and Anchovy

THE game season is in full swing and at last it is losing its reputation as a luxury food, eaten only in grand country houses. 

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Darina Allen experiments with the lingonberry, a weight-loss superfood

LINGONBERRIES grow in the Scandinavian countries, right? Well guess what they also grow very happily here in Ireland in the Bog of Allen in Co Offaly side by side with blueberries. 

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Darina Allen: Tomatoes with Wasabi, Mascarpone and Pine Nuts

ABERGAVENNY is a sleepy little town in South Wales with four or five charity shops, a few fried chicken joints, several Indian and Chinese restaurants, the usual estate agents and fashion shops and of course a Tesco and Aldi.

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Darina Allen: Potatoes with Smetana and Dill

I’M ABSOLUTELY thrilled to read about big plans to give the humble spud a makeover, a €1m boost to be precise. 

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Darina Allen: Korean Tofu Stir-fry with Kimchi

FERMENTATION, the hottest ‘new’ trend in food for the past few years is gradually becoming mainstream as the word gets out that fermented foods are one of the easiest ways to enhance our gut flora. 

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Darina Allen chooses her favourite recipes from the new edition of All In The Cooking

All In The Cooking is back by popular demand… I’ve just received a copy from O’Brien Press who had the foresight to reprint Part 1 which was originally published in 1946. 

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