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Livers, mushrooms and bacon

Mushrooms do two great things in cooking, they add a wonderful earthy flavour but they also absorb other stronger flavours and allow them to blend and create new distinctive tastes.

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How to prepare no-sugar-crash cakes

Valerie O’Connor happens upon a handy, sugar-free cake by accident and offers a few more options besides. 

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Top 8 burgers tested

A FEW burgers in the freezer means we can create a feast in a few minutes.

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Recipe ideas from Michelle Darmody

At this time of year the selection of Irish-grown vegetables begins to dwindle after the plentiful bounty of autumn but brassicas are still in some fields and polytunnels during the winter. 

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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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The alternative Christmas dinner - with a fraction of the heartache

Joe McNamee ditches the big bird and the pig and considers some other dishes you can consider putting on the plate for your nearest and dearest this Yuletide.   

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Michelle Darmody's guide to sweet treats for Christmas

From mince pies to stout and chocolate buns, Michelle Darmody has the perfect Christmas Day desserts. What else could we expect from the owner of the Cake Cafe...    

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Four Irish foodies share their favourite healthy festive recipes

Fancy a delicious alternative to traditional festive fare? Vicki Notaro asks four well-known foodies to whip up a healthy banquet to rival the calorie-laden feast we normally consume at Christmas    

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Lovely recipes to try with lemons

Valerie O’Connor says life would lose its zest without the versatile citrus.

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Oranges and lemons to add tang to Christmas food

Valerie O’Connor peels away the secrets of oranges and lemons to add tang to festive fare.

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Spice of life: Top 8 chicken curries

CHICKEN curry is not a difficult dish to make. With the terrific sauces from Green Saffron or their dry spices, we can short circuit the grinding and frying without compromising taste.

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Top winter soups

A bowl of soup is just perfect for lunch but also as a base to make a substantial main course.

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Stiring it up in the kitchen with Kian Egan

GET Voice of Ireland coach Kian Egan talking about nutrition and he is an inspiration. 

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Forget low-carb, gluten-free diets, praise the loaf and celebrate National Bread Week

 

Many of us are turning our backs on bread. Joe McNamee spent National Bread Week meeting the bakers transforming the industry.

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The world's top chefs discuss the future of food at Galway food conference

Taking its inspiration from TED’s 15-minute talks, a bold new food conference has invited the world’s top chefs to Galway to discuss the future of food. Michelle Darmody meets some of the key players.

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Top 8 nut butters tested

IN Sicily nut butters and creams are added to many dishes to pep them up.

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Last year's winner, Irene Queally of Pip & Pear.

Behind the scenes at the judging process of the Blas na hÉireann food awards

Today the winners of the Blas na hÉireann food awards will be announced. Marjorie Brennan went behind the scenes at the judging process, which saw ‘sensory analysts’ at UCC put more than 2,500 products to the test.

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Retired athlete, David Gillick, goes back to basics with fuss-free recipes

RETIRED international athlete David Gillick realised something vital very early in his track and field career.

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Irish Cook, Fiona Uyema, on Japanese Food Made Easy

She once called Japan home. Now Fiona Uyema is bringing Japanese recipes to Irish kitchens with a new book, writes Margaret Jennings

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Top 8 olive oils tested

THE task I set myself this week was to find the best value in olive oils at the lower end of the market.

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Eat your way to a long life with Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook ’Everyday Super Food’

CELEBRITY chef Jamie Oliver wants to live to be 100. Though he doesn’t pretend to have the secret of longevity, he has no doubt that a balanced diet, rich in vegetables and fruit, will reel back the years.

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Top eight digestive biscuits

HEALTHY or not? The wholemeal digestive biscuit suggests some kind of health benefit — an aid to digestion, perhaps, with plenty of decent fibre.

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