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The menu: Enjoy! Food You’ll Love by Sheila Kiely

Several years ago, while raising six offspring and also working with husband Denis in their shared business, Sheila Kiely found the time to write (and photograph!) her first cookbook, Gimme the Recipe, and the follow-up, Enjoy! Food You’ll Love (Mercier Press) has hit the shelves.

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The Menu: Food for the future

For a spell, the gastronomic reputation of the lovely seaside town of Kinsale appeared to be succumbing to a certain flabbiness of practice but recent years has seen the arrival of some sharp new operators raising standards across the board. 

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The menu: Fundraiser BBQ at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

The Menu is delighted to bring tidings of an excellent fundraiser BBQ (May 13) at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in aid of Syrian refugees, in particular, the West Cork Island to Island fund, with musical entertainment on the night from John Spillane.

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The menu: Start-up stalls in the English Market, Cork

The Menu recalls a time, a few decades ago, when the English Market was on its uppers, seemingly in terminal decline. 

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The Menu: Asparagus feast in Pilgrim's Restaurant, Cork

The Menu wrestled with his conscience as he was dearly tempted not to advertise at all a Slow food West Cork dinner (April 27) in Pilgrim’s Restaurant, in Rosscarbery, and instead snaffle up the tickets himself, for it is an asparagus feast, a tasting menu based around the sublime green spear, which is just now coming into season.

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The Menu: Spudlove

There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth several years hence at the perceived loss of national sovereignty on foot of the bailout.

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The Menu: The Farmette Cookbook by Imen McDonnell

It takes a special kind of cookbook to earn a mention in The Menu and The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes & Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm (Roost Books), by Imen McDonnell, is certainly such a tome. 

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The menu: Slow food Ireland

As well as being a wonderful restaurateur, running two fine Dublin-based establishments, Cake Café and Slice, The Menu’s weekly colleague Michelle Darmody has always operated above and beyond the base requirements of the industry.

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The menu: Galway Food Festival

Freshly returned from a splendid sojourn in Galway where he ate and drank for every single man, woman, and child in Ireland, the City of the Tribes being an especially fine place for putting on the nosebag, The Menu would dearly love to be making a return trip for the Galway Food Festival (running until March 28). 

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The Menu: Slow Food West Cork 'Pick and Plant' event

Slow Food West Cork host a delightful ‘Pick and Plant’ event (March 20) at Nick’s permaculture smallholding in Rossbrin, near Ballydehob.

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The Menu: St Patrick's Day lunch at Fleming's Restaurant, Cork

Having sprayed the Bould Neidín a fetching shade of green, The Menu is hitting the road once more in search of festive Patrick’s Day frolics. 

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The Menu: Irish Food Writers' Guild

The Irish Food Writers’ Guild announced the annual selection of the best of Irish producers and food heroes.

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Beer of the week: Notorious Red IPA

O’Haras Notorious Red IPA; 5% ABV, 500ml — €3.39

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The Menu: Culinary stirrings at the 2016 West Waterford Festival

 

First stirrings from the Dungarvan HQ of the 2016 West Waterford Festival will start from April 15 to 17.

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The Menu: Wine Producers’ Weekend in Co Mayo (Feb 26-27)

The bould Neidín is hardly a very wet week back from his winter sojourn in St Tropez and The Menu is saddling him up once more, this time for a gallop of the west coast to Knockranny House Hotel, for the Wine Producers’ Weekend (February 26-27). 

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The Menu: Shane Ryan and FEED provide food for the soul

Whenever The Menu finds himself down in his cups, gloomily pondering the future of the planet, it is invariably an encounter with youth that restores his moral equilibrium and faith in humanity.

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The Menu: Pre Greenshine concert meal, Douglas Farmers' Market, White Glove Afternoon Tea and Barry Tyner’s pate

FEED THE LOVE
Flowers, chocolates, wine, romantic dinners? It can only mean one thing, Valentine’s Day is upon us once more. 

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The Menu: A knees-up in Dublin with Irish craft beer

The second outing for Wise Traditions Ireland (February 6-7), in Thomond Park, Limerick, offers another intriguing look at health and nutrition issues around food and their effect on conditions such as diabetes, weight loss and compromised immune function.

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The Menu: Irish-caught tuna

Attention, Class! 

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The Menu: Getting a caffeine fix in Cork

The Menu couldn’t be happier than to hymn the praises of the Cork Coffee Weekend.

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The Menu: Bringing doughnuts to the nation

In the dark days of January, The Menu is often tempted to take the ursine option and opt for a bear-like hibernation until the Irish culinary calendar begins to once more throw up attractive options. 

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The Menu: Talking stock

Time once more for Mystic Menu to ponder a culinary year ahead and, appropriately, for his first glimpse into the future, he is not taking stock but talking stock. 

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