Michelle Darmody: Warm smells of cinnamon

Michelle Darmody: Warm smells of cinnamon

It is cosy to spend an afternoon in a warm kitchen surrounded by the smells of baking.

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MIchelle Darmody: Warm smells of cinnamon

MIchelle Darmody: Warm smells of cinnamon

Can you imagine Spanish churros, Moroccan tagines or even Christmas cakes without its fragrant taste?

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How to make delicious almond butter chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter brownies

How to make delicious almond butter chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter brownies

PEANUT butter and chocolate are an all-time classic combination.

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The ski is the limit in Andorra

The ski is the limit in Andorra

The idea of a skiiing holiday always left Michelle Darmody with a cold feeling. But an adventure in Andorra made her appreciate all it has to offer.

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Michelle Darmody: Pumpkin bakes

Michelle Darmody: Pumpkin bakes

Pumpkins and other squash are such a distinctive harvest vegetable that they are used as symbols for many of the season’s festivals.

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Michelle Darmody: Summer berry recipes

Michelle Darmody: Summer berry recipes

A summer pudding is an oldie but a goodie. It can include a combination of any soft summer fruits.

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Michelle Darmody: Spice up your plate with these recipes

Michelle Darmody: Spice up your plate with these recipes

Spices have been coveted throughout history, trade routes have been forged and at times wars fought in conquest of these pungent plants.

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Michelle Darmody: Baking with walnuts

Michelle Darmody: Baking with walnuts

I discovered a new refill shop near where I live. It is a great addition to the neighbourhood, you can bring jars or your own bags and purchase the amount of nuts, ...

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Michelle Darmody: Ice cream desserts to see out the summer

Michelle Darmody: Ice cream desserts to see out the summer

Heating ice cream may not seem like a clever idea but when it is buried beneath a warm, stiff, white meringue its genius.

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Michelle Darmody on how to bake with lavender

Michelle Darmody on how to bake with lavender

Lavender is most often associated with soaps and hand creams but, if used sparingly, it can be a nice addition to baking.

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Michelle Darmody: The burnt, bitter taste of treacle

Michelle Darmody: The burnt, bitter taste of treacle

I have always enjoyed the burnt, bitter taste of treacle. I remember the first time I tasted treacle toffee, I was hooked.

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Michelle Darmody's home made ice pops

Michelle Darmody's home made ice pops

Homemade ice pops are handy for many reasons, they refresh on a warm day, but also you know exactly what is in them; no strange colourings or preservatives.

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Michelle Darmody's tricks for perfect home made biscuits

Michelle Darmody's tricks for perfect home made biscuits

Tea dunking is not just for cosy winter evenings. Biscuits are handy in the summer months for picnics or to keep you going on long hikes.

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Michelle Darmody's summer berry recipes

Michelle Darmody's summer berry recipes

A summer pudding is an oldie but a goodie. It can include a combination of any soft summer fruits. The amount of sweetener may vary with the sourness or ripeness ...

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: Sunny apricots are in season

Bake with Michelle Darmody: Sunny apricots are in season

APRICOTS are in season in warmer European countries at the moment. This make them more prevalent on shops shelves in Ireland.

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Bake: Michelle Darmody's recipes for the perfect summer picnic

Bake: Michelle Darmody's recipes for the perfect summer picnic

PICNICS are a glorious idea but sometimes they are not so romantic in the, often cold, reality of an Irish summer.

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Making the most of Irish strawberries - Michelle Darmody shares her recipes

Making the most of Irish strawberries - Michelle Darmody shares her recipes

It is that time of year again – Irish strawberries are making a welcome appearance on shop shelves and on roadside stalls.

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Michelle Darmody: Baking with herbs

Michelle Darmody: Baking with herbs

Oregano, lemongrass, peppermint, basil, rosemary; there are many different and deliciously fragrant plants bunched together by the term herb.

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Baking with Michelle Darmody: Sherry - not just for trifle

Baking with Michelle Darmody: Sherry - not just for trifle

I HAVE just returned from a very wet and windy trip to southern Spain. The weather was so unexpectedly grey that we found ourselves indoors more than we intended. ...

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Michelle Darmody: Baking eggs for Easter

Michelle Darmody: Baking eggs for Easter

Eggs have been symbols of fertility and rebirth since pagan times and have also been used as an emblem of Easter.

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Michelle Darmody: Brown butter or beurre noisette in baking

Michelle Darmody: Brown butter or beurre noisette in baking

Brown butter is generally associated with a very traditional French style of cooking.

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Michelle Darmody: Different forms of almonds in baking

Michelle Darmody: Different forms of almonds in baking

Almonds are a very versatile baking ingredient, they can be used in cakes, cookies, and in pastry as well as sprinkled over desserts or made into soft marzipan.

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Bake: Delicious recipes with chocolate - the ultimate dessert ingredient

Bake: Delicious recipes with chocolate - the ultimate dessert ingredient

Michelle Darmody whips up some delicious desserts with chocolate - the ultimate dessert ingredient.

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Bake: Simple Yorkshire puddings and apple batter bake

Bake: Simple Yorkshire puddings and apple batter bake

Michelle Darmody whips up a storm with yorkshire puddings.

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