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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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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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