Darina Allen

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.

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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.

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Darina Allen: St Patrick’s Day cakes

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

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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. 

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Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Pigeon Pie

ON A CHILLY winter’s night a few weeks ago, we had our first East Cork Slow Food event of the year.

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Darina Allen’s Buttermilk panna cotta vinegar and honey

WE PACKED our bags recently and headed for the US ready to launch the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine in New York. 

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Try out Pam’s Valentine Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

DON’T we all need and love a little romance in our lives, so Valentine’s Day creates a welcome little flutter of excitement for everyone from nine to 90. 

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Soft yoghurt cheese — labne

If you would like to learn how to make butter, yoghurt, labne, paneer and lots of simple cheeses, check out the Ballymaloe Cookery School website www.cookingisfun.ie for the next dates.

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Roulade

Delicious ways to enjoy your preserves

FRESHLY SQUEEZED orange juice — my eye! One of the most abused terms in the English language — the reality of “freshly squeezed” orange juice stretches from a tetra pack to a litre plastic container of juice that was squeezed days and sometimes weeks earlier, writes Darina Allen

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Darina Allen’s spring icecream recipes

SPRING, Skye Gyngell’s restaurant was one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in London for several years.

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Cauliflower Soup with a Hint of Truffle from ‘A Year at Silwood’

WHAT’S NOT to love about Cape Town — it’s just one long sleep away, a mere two hours time change so virtually no jet lag and a guaranteed instant hit of winter sunshine.

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Christmas desserts for the kids

SANTA is coming and the excitement has reached fever pitch in this neck of the woods. 

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Macaroons

Darina Allen’s edible gifts for Christmas

With only one-and-a-half weeks to go to Christmas, this week I am devoting my column to edible gifts, there are a zillion delicious suggestions I could make and you too can have fun in the kitchen, so why not decide to have a cooking party with a couple of pals.

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Light Christmas Fruit Cake

CAN YOU believe it’s 25 years since my A Simply Delicious Christmas was first published, I had brown hair and red glasses and had just done my first Simply Delicious series on television. 

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Delicious mutton recipes from Much Ado About Mutton

Remember mutton? Now in reality an almost forgotten flavour. So what exactly is the definition of mutton? 

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Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki Potato Fritters with Sizzled Tomatoes

AVE we Irish got a taste for spices or what! Thirty years ago, when I first started the Ballymaloe Cookery School, garlic was still considered by many to be daring and exotic.

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Mary Jo’s Waffles

ONCE a term on the 12-week certificate course, all the students pile into a bus. 

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Raw Kale Salad

MICHAEL KELLY and his merry team of GIYers are definitely ‘ change makers’. Similar to Slow Food, this movement was born out of frustration and indignation. 

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