Breakfast treats for mum: Eight fresh scones put to the taste test

A LOVELY start to Mother’s Day, fresh scones won’t tax the budget. Scones are a calorific luxury to be confined to treats, but what better occasion to indulge?

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Joe McNamee brings you the latest news from the Irish food world. 

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Fit foodie - Derval O'Rourke: Pre and post workout nutrition

This week I’m chatting about pre and post workout nutrition. It’s a question I get asked a lot! For my recipes, it’s my blueberry protein pancakes and red lentil dahl, both perfect for fuelling your busy life.

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Michelle Darmody: The swinging pendulum of January

In January I swing like a pendulum between my perceived new, healthier self and the more usual me. The me who wants to sit on the couch, eat comfort food, with a pile of books and films at my side, and wait for the evenings to brighten up before facing the world.

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The perfect recipe for those January blues

Suffering from January blues? Here’s the cure — a big pot of bubbling stew and even if you never cooked a thing in your life you can do this. 

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Chicken soup for the soul - eight broths put to the taste test

THE magical curative properties of Jewish penicillin — chicken soup — is the stuff of legend — and of Jewish jokes. And if we believe it, perhaps it works. There’s no doubt that a steaming mug of hot, tasty liquid, served with TLC makesus feel better, writes Roz Crowley.

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Taste of more: Doctor's diet allows you to eat carbs and chocolate

A diet that allows carbs and chocolate? We’re loving it already. Carolyn Moore talks to a doctor turned nutritionist about how to drop weight and keep it off in 2018.

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The Fit Foodie: Sifting through the tsunami of diet advice

This week I’m chatting about the tsunami of diet advice that is coming your way in January. 

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Darina Allen: Treats from the Ballymaloe ‘sweet trolley’

The Ballymaloe House ‘sweet trolley’ is legendary indeed. For over 50 years it has been wheeled around the dining rooms at Ballymaloe House piled high with tempting desserts to tantalise guests at the end of their meal. 

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Leslie Williams: Six wines that cheer me up on dark days

January is a time to look ahead in hope and my main hope for 2018 is that independent, quality wine shops can stay in business. 

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The menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Do, please, come in and sit down, 2018! Extend your palm thusly, that Mystic Menu might divine your path over the coming 12 months. As always, this Al-Menu-nac for the year ahead begins with a brief look at predictions delivered in January last year, the hits and the misses.

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Michelle Darmody: Baking with seeds and nuts

With every January comes the desire, for many, to undo all of the excesses of the Christmas season. 

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Claire Molloy

Resolution-free zone - Irish rugby star Claire Molloy

Rugby star Claire Molloy must be one of the very few who is trying not to lose weight in January, writes Clodagh Finn.

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Restaurant Review: Bewley’s Oriental Cafe, Dublin

Every city needs an iconic cafe, the kind of place that appears in guide books but is also frequented by locals, rich and poor alike, writes Joe McNamee.

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Focusing on fizz - Champagne this New Year's

New Year is just a day away so this week we are talking fizz with a focus on Champagne. Making Champagne or fine sparkling wine is not cheap given the complexity of the production process. Certainly a few euro is added for prestige purposes but this also happens with the best Californian fizz and with Cava, writes Leslie Williams.

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Michelle Darmody: Celebrate with cake

I find that this a lazy, hazy week where time goes slow and nobody is quite sure what day it is. It is the perfect time to bake something beautiful for the last and hopefully most fun party of the year. 

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The Menu: The Munchies 2017 - Part II

Welcome to Part II of The Munchies 2017, in which The Menu salutes some of the heroes and achievements of the culinary calendar.

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The Fit Foodie: Good, bad and ugly of 2017

This week I’m sharing my take on the good, the bad and the ugly of 2017.

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Darina Allen: Nollaig na mBan treats for all the hardworking mammies, grannies and aunties

I just love that the tradition of celebrating Little Christmas or Nollaig na mBan, as it was known, has once again become super cool. Why wouldn’t it? 

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The top eight coconut products to look out for

Coconut has trended well for the last few years. It’s an odd one as it is rich in saturated fats, often considered the undesirable fats.

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An international campaign fuelled by plant power

An international campaign is encouraging people to go vegan in January. But is it healthy to cut out all animal-based foods, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir.  

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Michelle Darmody: Christmas breads

If you have time for baking this weekend it could be handy to bake some bread. A nice loaf is a great way to use up leftovers.

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And the winners of this year's Munchies 2017 are ...

Welcome to Part I of The Munchies 2017, in which The Menu salutes some of the heroes and achievements of the culinary calendar. (Next week, Part II.)

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Fit Foodie: Moving and having a bit of fun over Christmas

This week I’m sharing a partner workout perfect for getting everyone up, moving and having a bit of fun over Christmas. 

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Comfort food from Christmas leftovers

ALL set for Christmas? I hope so but if you’re not, let me cheer you up… neither am I and despite all my good advice, I’m still whizzing around gathering up bits and pieces and trying to wrap some last minute pressies.

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Be prepared: Stress-free Christmas Dinner

READY, steady… stop. Before you hit the accelerator pedal and go full speed ahead into the festive season, take a word of advice from food writer Caitriona Redmond. “Christmas is a marathon, not a sprint,” she says.

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Who knew roasted hazelnut and chocolate spread could be healthy?

The recipe included here, for chocolate and roasted hazelnut spread, is a healthy enough version, writes Michelle Darmody.

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Check out the winners as we put festive mince pies to the taste test

BAKERS are on top form this year with the best mince pies ever to suit many tastes. Given the high standard this year, we had to leave out quite a few from supermarkets whose pastry was a bit claggy due to the use of ingredients added for longer shelf life, writes Roz Crowley.

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Here are the traditional foods Darina Allen will be preparing this Christmas

None of us want surprises at the Christmas dinner table – it’s all about tradition. From turkey to ham, spiced beef to Brussels sprouts, Darina Allen shares her perfect festive menu

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Review: A little taste of paradise in Michaels, Dublin

Leslie Williams pays a visit to Michaels restaurant, 57 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin

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The best gifts for the food lover in your life

Looking for gift ideas for food lovers? Strap yourselves in for a Christmas shopping spree with The Menu.

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Derval O’Rourke's tips for staying fit for Christmas

You don’t have to pile on the pounds over the festive season – Derval O’Rourke has some healthy alternatives

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Michelle Darmody's tempting festive treats

Our baking columnist Michelle Darmody whips up some delicious dessert options for Christmas Day, from mince pies to ginger chocolate stars

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Marking two decades of the Tannery with some festive recipes

As Paul Flynn marks 20 years of the Tannery, he shares his ideal Christmas menu with Vickie Maye

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Rory O’Connell and Darina Allen pay tribute to Christmas past

Brother and sister Rory O’Connell and Darina Allen recall their childhood Christmas memories with Marjorie Brennan

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The Menu's annual food awards

Joe McNamee has travelled the country reviewing restaurants for his Weekend column. Here, he pays tribute to the very best in his annual food awards

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The best drinks for the festive season

From the main course to the pudding, wine columnist Leslie Williams has the perfect drinks list for the festive season 

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Neven Maguire’s nifty festive tips

Want to serve up a stress-free Christmas dinner? Neven Maguire helps you get ready

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Maurice Allshire of Irish Biltong

The Menu: Eat Together, Cork Food Policy Council, Good Things restaurant & Irish Biltongs

If there is a case to be made for GIY being one of Ireland’s most progressive food activist organisations, then The Menu is always happy to testify accordingly, especially taken as he is with this latest initiative, a social eating programme for primary schools, called Eat Together, that begins to address the crucial issue of food education in primary schools.

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Eat & Move: Avoid the crowds by using Irish online companies

This week I’m sharing my favourite Irish online companies for Christmas shopping. Recipe wise, I’ve got my smoked mackerel pate and posh nuts, the perfect nibbles for any Christmas party.

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