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Beer of the week: Arrogant Bastard Ale

Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale, 7.2%ABV; 500ml — €4.70
Stockists: Bierhaus, Bradleys, 21 Coburg, Galvins Carrigaline, McHughs, Drink Store

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Why more women should be running our restaurant kitchens

 

Women tend to dominate kitchens at home, yet they rarely become head chefs. A conference next week asks why. Joe McNamee talks to the women behind it.

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Hosting the hosts: Where our hoteliers holiday

They’re at the forefront of our hospitality and tourism industries and understand the value of a comfortable bed, a perfectly executed dish or a friendly face better than most.

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Beer of the week: Eight Degrees Summer Days

Eight Degrees Summer Days Seisiún IPA, 4.5% ABV; 330ml — €2.30
Stockists: Bradleys, Molloys, Abbot Ale House, McHughs, Egans.

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Top 8 choc ices tested

THE top of an ice-cream cone could be blown away in the wind we’ve had in the last few weeks, so a tidy choc ice is the safest option.

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Untreated, unpasteurised, raw milk helps with a range of health problems

Valerie O’Connor talks to Mimi Pierson and Owen Crawford about compassionate dairy farming and supplying raw, healthy milk to locals.

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Cider of the week: MacIvors Plum and Ginger Cider, 4% ABV, 500ml — €3.70

Macivors cider orchards were first planted in 1855 and are still in the same family. 

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Here's how bulletproof or buttered coffee can seriously improve your health

CAN coffee make you bulletproof? Well, not exactly, but Dave Asprey, the man who pioneered bulletproof or buttered coffee, has thought about that question more than most.

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Reach for the following nuts if you want a healthy protein snack

IT CAN be hard to get through the day without a snack or two, and all too often those snacks come in the unhealthy form of biscuits, cakes or crisps.

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4 top celeb chefs on their favourite summer recipes

From Paul Flynn to Martin Shanahan, our top chefs reveal their go-to summer recipes to Joe McNamee.

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Here’s to summer: Leslie Williams’ best summer wines

 

From cocktails to Rosés, and sparkling whites to chilled reds, Leslie Williams has some summer drink suggestions. 

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Cork's Holy Smoke head chef tells us how to spark up and cook the perfect BBQ

John Relihan, former head chef at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa BBQ restaurant, shows Joe McNamee how to fire up the perfect barbie.

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Gluten-free blogger Victoria Owens's recipes are all about the pleasure of good food

There’s plenty of gluten-free advice out there, says Claire O’Sullivan, but Victoria Owens has a blog with a difference. Her recipes are all about the pleasure of good food.

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Spirit of the week: Spirit of Dublin Irish Poitín, 52.5% ABV, 50cl — €34.99

A limited release Poitín from Teelings Whiskey Distillery in Dublin which opened in March last year in Dublin’s Liberties. 

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Top 8 sizzlin' sausages tested

A QUICK meal maker, sausages have plenty of finger-lickin’ flavour.

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Recipe ideas from Michelle Darmody: Baby carrots

Baby carrots are beginning to pop their orange tops through the soil. They are tender and sweet this time of year and look great kept whole in salads and other dishes.

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Cooking for a chef: What's it like when the spouse wields the spatula

A chef’s domain is his or her restaurant. But what happens at home when it’s the spouse who’s wielding the spatula, asks Arlene Harris.

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Recipe ideas from Michelle Darmody: What to do with excess vegetables

THERE are many reasons that you may have more vegetables than you need, left-over bits and bobs after a big family occasion, a glut from the garden or a good offer at a local shop or farm.

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Video: We explore the 'fifth taste' as Oonagh O'Dwyer takes us on a seaweed hunt

Seaweed, sea algae, call them what you will. Put them in a smoothie, pop them into the bath for silky smooth skin, sprinkle some into a healthy spelt bread, seaweeds are just really good for you. 

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Vegan brothers behind Happy Pear say make your healthy food delicious

AT first, it seems wrong to mention a sweet tooth to Stephen and David Flynn, the Wicklow twins who make up the phenomenally successful Happy Pear, but here’s the thing: kick-starting a health food revolution is not about denial, it’s all about making nutritious food lip-smackingly good.

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Top 8 salad bags tested

BAGS of lettuce — bags of flavour, bags of crispness. At least that’s what we should find when we pay anything from 89c to €3.99. 

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Beer of the week: O’Haras ‘Opsession IPA, 4.0% ABV, 500ml — €3.30

Seamus O’Hara’s Carlow Brewing Company celebrates 20 years this year and every few weeks they seem to be launching new beers. 

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Turmeric — perfect natural nutrition

Valerie O’Connor extols the virtues of the yellow root.    

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Uncle Ben’s healthy plate campaign promotes healthy meals and portion control

WHEN Uncle Ben’s asked us to be a guinea pig for its healthy plate campaign here at Feelgood, muggins put up her hand.

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Master chefs: The big names at this year’s Litfest

This weekend all eyes are on the Ballymaloe Litfest of Food & Wine. Joe McNamee meets the chefs – and discovers their favourite meals

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Gin of the week: Highbank Orcards Organic Crystal Gin, 40% abv; 70cl — €61.95

The Calder-Potts keep coming up with innovative products, from their wonderful organic farm in Kilkenny. 

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Put to the taste test this week ... éclairs 

We have to be content with the basic cream-filled and chocolate-topped éclair.

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Self-styled vegetable butcher Cara Mangini gives vegetables the chop

A VEGETABLE butcher? It sounds like a contradiction in terms, until you have to cut an armoured artichoke or a boulder-strength butternut squash, which need not only a butcher’s razor-sharp knife, but skill.

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Top 8 Parmesan cheeses tested

THE king of Italian cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano is also known as Parmesan, which it was called until 1951 when a small number of artisan producers worked to protect their product.

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Gluten-free is no longer flavour-free

WHEN chef Gearóid Lynch stopped eating gluten after being diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2013, the improvement to his health was rapid — and radical. 

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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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