Darina Allen

Chargrilled Achill Mountain Lamb with Labneh, Pomegranate and Fresh Mint Leaves

A READER struggling to decipher labels at supermarkets writes to me: “How on earth do I find food I can trust nowadays?”

More
Smoked Pollock

Darina Allen: How to smoke fish, chicken or duck in an old biscuit tin

When I go fishing, I love to bring a smoking box. It’s so easy to do; you don’t even need a special smoker.

More

Darina Allen: Gourmet Parlour Praline Cake

THE National Organic Centre in Co Leitrim is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

More

Darina Allen: Fish in Beer Batter with Chips and Tartare Sauce

WE are just back from another action-packed school tour. 

More

Recipe ideas for a family reunion weekend

NOWADAYS, in our busy lives, years can flash by in a hectic blur. Suddenly we realise that we haven’t seen or sometimes heard from favourite cousins or even aunts and uncles for years.

More

Darina Allen: Cherry Coconut Cake

WE’VE christened Itamar and Sarit from Honey & Co, ‘The Honeys’ — because they are just that. 

More

Darina Allen: Cucumber, Radish and Mint Salad

There was great excitement in Midleton on the Bank Holiday weekend. The Midleton Farmers Market was joyfully celebrating its 15-year anniversary.

More

Allegra McEvedy’s Broad Beans Braised in their Pods

This has been a wonderful week, I found myself giving heartfelt thanks to the good Lord and Mother Nature several times over.

More

Darina Allen: Garlic jam and Avoca multi-seed bread

WE’RE all still on a high from the Litfest. Apart from all the antics and stimulating talks, forums and panel discussions in the Grain Store and Big Shed, there was also a packed schedule at the Ballymaloe Cookery School with three and sometimes four events running simultaneously. This week I want to share some of my personal highlights.

More

Darina Allen: Foragers Soup

FORAGING. Beware, you can get hooked.

More

Rhubarb Fool with Cardamom Cream and Pistachios

There’s great excitement at Ballymaloe this weekend for the third Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, which by now is affectionately known as the LitFest, a mega two day celebration of great food and drink and food writing. 

More

Darina Allen: Honey & Co Prawns in Orange, Tomato and Cardamom

JUST a week to go to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine May 15-17, there’s a mouthful! 

More

Darina Allen: Violet Bakery Hazelnut Toffee Cake

THE most anticipated baking book of 2015 has just been published, it’s called The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak, whom Jamie Oliver described as “my favourite cake-maker in the world”.

More

Fresh Lemon Ice Cream with Crystallized Lemon Peel

HAVE you heard about the latest ‘U turn’ in nutritional science? America the land of the ‘egg-white omelette’ is in quite the tizzy about it all.

More

Darina Allen: A ’brutal’ breakfast

It’s always fun to see what’s happening on the food scene in New York.

More

Darina’s Easter Egg cake

EASTER is early this year so the milk-fed spring lamb will be even more juicy and succulent. 

More

Darina Allen travels to the heart of Turkish Cuisine in Istanbul

During our visit to Istanbul, Burcu of Unison Turkey told me about a particularly delicious marzipan made in Edirne close to the Bulgarian and Greek border, by a family who’d been in business since 1952.

More

Panna Cotta with Orange Blossom, Blood Oranges and Pistachio

It’s difficult to keep up with all the hot new openings in London – Over in W1 everyone is loving Primeur, which I only just managed to book partly because they only accept face to face or Twitter bookings.

More

Darina Allen: St Patrick’s Day cakes

St Patrick’s Day celebrations continue to gather momentum around the world. 

More

Baklava: An adventure in Turkey....

IT WAS STILL snowing hard in Turkey -— Istanbul on the Bosphorus was trying to come to terms with the unexpectedly heavy fall. 

More