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Top 8 gravies tested

IN response to a reader query, gravy in its many forms is our topic for today’s survey.

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Treat yourself to some delicious nettle soup

Valerie O’Connor serves up some delicious nettle soup to give a bit of positive PR to a much maligned plant.

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Annabel Karmel's new cookbook is ideal for busy mums

BESTSELLING cooking author Annabel Karmel is one of those exceptional people who managed to turn the awful tragedy of losing her first child at just 13 weeks into something positive.

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Beans and greens will make you a fighting fit machine

Fiann Ó Nualláin explains how home grown green peas and beans can play an invaluable part in our diet.

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Balancing act is key to the presentation of food

Valerie O’Connor sings the praises of asparagus which, despite its unseemly olfactory side effect, is a wonderful addition to your kitchen.

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Top 8 fruit cakes tested

THERE are a lot worse snacks than fruit cake. Made well, it will include fresh eggs, butter, and good quality fruit which could sustain us for a few hours.

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These 5 chefs put their most inspiring food ideas between the leaves of a good cookbook

Even as the rest of the global book publishing marketplace contracts, our appetite for cookbooks grows year on year with publishers responding by increasing the number of cookery titles and the productions budgets allotted to those titles because they are very, very big business indeed. 

 

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Social media star, James Kavanagh, launches food brand Currabinny

SNAPCHAT star James Kavanagh’s infectious enthusiasm goes into overdrive when he starts to talk about food. 

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Top 8 chilli sauces tested

SWEET chilli sauces and condiments are part of Roz Crowley’s rescue remedy armoury.

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Beans are a fantastic source of energy which greatly boost your gut flora

Valerie O’Connor says that beans have a versatility that makes them perfect for many recipes.

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Let nutrition be your life mission

NUTRITIONAL therapist Karen Ward doesn’t like to dwell on the horror of her Crohn’s disease diagnosis in 2009 and the operation that followed, just two months later, when the right side of her colon was removed.

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Top 8 hot cross buns tested

ON Good Friday, a traditional day of penitence, when Catholics ate fish and no sweet treats, hot cross buns were intended to be some kind of sacrifice.

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In honour of Mother’s Day, 5 chefs reveal their favourite childhood recipes

Our top chefs pay tribute to their mums, and recall some of the childhood meals that inspired their future careers. Joe McNamee reports.

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Recipe ideas from Michelle Darmody

Bell peppers in the United States, capsicum in Australia or more simply peppers here in Ireland, whatever you like to call them they are a colourful addition to the dinner plate. 

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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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