Restaurant review: Flanagans, 61 O’Connell St, Dublin 1

For some reason the great streets of famous cities are almost always a depressing experience. 

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Wines of Morocco can help banish January blues

If you are reading this page I’m assuming you are not on the dry for the month of January, a practice that rather baffles me given the depression that often settles on people in this darkest of months.

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The Menu: The legacy of Veronica Steele

One recent evening, towards the tail end of his annual Christmas sojourn in West Cork, The Menu purchased a little ‘dote’ of his favourite of all cheeses, Milleens, to enjoy by the fire with a fine vino, still intent on staving off the return to reality for another few days. 

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The fit foodie: Energy balls and embracing extra veggies

January has flown by so far. I’m really busy this month with loads of different projects, Christmas seems like a long time ago.

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Velvety hummus and crunchy falafels look good and taste great

Valerie O’Connor goes Middle-Eastern this week with velvety hummus and crunchy falafels that are simple to whip up at home

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Sizzling start: 8 top black puddings

THERE was no shortage of black pudding on the shelves at the end of 2016 when I went shopping for this survey. We tasted just about all I could find in shops (not butchers) in Cork.

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The Fit Foodie: January dinners and post-baby fitness

This week Derval O’Rourke cooks up some great dinners to get you through the cold January we’re having and she delves into post-baby fitness for new mums too.

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Burgundy wines to get your 2017 going

Welcome to 2017, the Trump Presidency is only weeks away and we still don’t know what is happening with Brexit but at least we have wine to get us through, writes Leslie Williams.

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Bake an Irish soda bread for any craving

Sweet or savory, Michelle Darmody has all your Irish soda bread traditions covered this week.

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The virtuous way to plan, cook and eat in vegan style

I’m not one to court controversy but my recent foray into eating more veg has led to gasps of “You’re vegan now?” from fellow foodies and passers-by.

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Restaurant Review: L’Atitude 51, 1 Union Quay, Cork city

I must confess, when L’Atitude 51 first opened in 2012, I thought it would soon become another swiftly-forgotten entry on the endless rollcall of hospitality failures. 

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This much I know: Garrett Fitzgerald, chef

Hilary Fennell sits down with Brother Hubbard chef, Garrett Fitzgerald, to see what makes him tick.

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: Student pop-up dinners sorted

A student pop-up dinner has become an established tradition on the three-month course at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, says Darina Allen. Here’s how to put your own together.

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The Menu: A look at the year ahead

Joe McNamee takes a look at the culinary scene ahead of us for 2017.

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Ireland's successful local food heroes continue to work hard to grow their businesses

From baby food to breweries, and steaks to sushi, small local producers are gaining support by producing quality goods. On the second day of the two-part series, Grainne McGuinness talks to some more local food heroes that have tasted success at home and abroad, but continue to work hard to grow their businesses

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Savouring success: Producers who found a winning recipe

The quality of Irish food is celebrated the world over. In day one of a two-part series, Grainne McGuinness meets some of the local food heroes who have turned their passion, vision and sense of community into successful businesses

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Darina Allen's favourite cookbooks from 2016

So what to do with all those Christmas book vouchers?

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Recipes to see you through 'Vegan January'

Valerie O’Connor is hitting the new year resolution theme with a vengeance and embarking upon a ‘Vegan January’

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The Fit Foodie whips up a breakfast bake and joggers stew

I can’t believe that 2016 is almost done and dusted. It’s been a year full of drama and surprises.

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The Munchies Part 2: Culinary heroes & achievements of 2016

The Menu’s annual accolades saluting the people and achievements that stood out in Ireland’s culinary calendar in 2016.

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Toast 2016 with these sparkling wine

It’s almost over. I’m not sure there will be many people mourning the passing of 2016 and there is nothing like a bottle of Champagne or decent sparkling wine to wash the bad taste of a year like this away.

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Homemade crackers and bread sticks with Michelle Darmody

During the holiday season it is always handy to have cheese, dips and patés to hand. Crackers are perfect vessels for these tasty treats and you can make them at home and store them for a week or so in an airtight box. 

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Restaurant Review: Hangdai, 20 Camden Street, Dublin 2

Leslie Williams sampled the food at themed restaurant Hangdai in Dublin. 

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Top 8 readymade pastries

READYMADE pastry is a terrific standby. Fill shortcrust with something savoury for an easy lunch, or with seasonal fruit for a quick dessert dish.

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Festive sides and leftover turkey dishes with The Fit Foodie

This week The Fit Foodie, Derval O’Rourke, teaches us how to make some very festive side dishes and what to do with the leftover Christmas turkey.

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The Munchies Part 1: Culinary heroes & achievements of 2016

The Menu’s Joe McNamee salutes some of the heroes and achievements in the culinary world this year.

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The best stocking filler wines for any budget

With Christmas just a few hours off, Leslie Williams has a guide to the best wine stocking fillers that will suit any meal over the coming days.

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Bake some Christmas nibbles with Michelle Darmody

This week Michelle Darmody shows you how to make some bite-sized nibble for the Christmas season, including brownies, sausage roll bites and stollen buns.

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Last minute Christmas dishes with Darina Allen

With the 25th just hours away, Darina Allen has a few last minute festive recipes to put the cherry on top of your Christmas Day.

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Restaurant review: The Field Kitchen, Ballycotton & Quinlan's Seafood Bar, Cork

This week Joe McNamee dined in both The Field Kitchen at The Blackbird, Ballycotton and Quinlan’s Seafood Bar, 14, Princes St, Cork. Here are his thoughts.

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Dietary requirements? We've got your Christmas dinner sorted

According to Clodagh Finn there’s no need to worry about hosting Christmas for family and friends with dietary requirements. She’s got you sorted!

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