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Darina’s alternative festive feast

Even if you love all the razzmatazz, Christmas is certainly ‘a bit of work’ and can be a deeply stressful time for the cook or chef.

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Cook Christmas dinner for five people for under €25

No need to get in a sweat over the price of the Christmas dinner. You can feed five people a delicious three-course meal for just under €25. Cork chef Donal Hayes tells how.

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Why not have a 'crafty' beer or two this Christmas

Wine gets a lot of press in the run-up to the big Christmas feast, but who says you have to stick with those foreign imports? 

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Vegetable soup: The winners and losers

As the weather cools Roz Crowley casts her eye over some of the  vegetable soups that are on the market.

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Raise a glass to craft beer

To mark the Irish Craft Beer Festival this weekend, Joe McNamee gets a taste of the local brewing scene.

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Katie Sanderson and Jasper O'Connor in front of the converted boat shed used for the 'Dillisk project', a series of dinners held in a converted boat shed in Aughrusbeg, close to Cleggan, Connemara, Galway

Restaurant trends and 'food democracy' have changed the way we dine

From food tourism — holidays that are all about the restaurants — to annual pilgrimages to high-end eateries, the way we eat out has been transformed.

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Quantity counts more than quality

IT’S hard to say a bad word about organic food. When given a choice, who wouldn’t opt for a plate full of clean, locally sourced fruit and veg? Goodbye pesticides, good riddance chemicals.

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Homemade best: 8 top coleslaws tested

THE Oxford Companion to Food tells us the term coleslaw came from Holland when kool (cabbage) and sla (an abbreviation of a word meaning salad) came together to describe shredded cabbage mixed with mayonnaise.

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Joe McNamee celebrates the modern dinner party

Is the formal dinner party dead? Joe McNamee says it isn’t always easy to create the right mood as he knows from personal experience.

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