From roadside stalls to supermarket shelves: The remarkable growth of Ireland's strawberry industry

From roadside stalls to supermarket shelves: The remarkable growth of Ireland's strawberry industry

Over 1,000 people are employed in the strawberry industry here and the message to consumers is to buy Irish to support local growers

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Twin ambition: The Happy Pear on life, love and lockdown

Twin ambition: The Happy Pear on life, love and lockdown

The Happy Pear have just launched their latest book, the ultimate teach-a-man-to-fish cookbook. They tell Helen O’Callaghan about lockdown gains and losses, about what it was like to turn 40, about how twin-ship can be hard on romantic relationships – and about what they’d love to do this summer.

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The Menu: From whiskey tours to secret trails, some great events happening around the country

The Menu: From whiskey tours to secret trails, some great events happening around the country

The great re-opening of the Irish hospitality sector continues apace as more and more restaurants, cafes and hotels across the country begin tentatively dipping metaphorical toes in the water.

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Tönnies took 50% of Ireland's cull sows before shutdown

Tönnies took 50% of Ireland's cull sows before shutdown

There was no change in Irish pig prices this week, with farmers receiving €1.64-1.68c/kg, according to IFA.

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Indian restaurant in Dublin forced to close after cockroaches found in kitchen

Indian restaurant in Dublin forced to close after cockroaches found in kitchen

Dera on Parnell Street was ordered to shut in June after live and dead cockroaches were found beneath a fridge.

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2 minutes with Irish chef JP McMahon – who loves a spag bol and has never cooked seal

2 minutes with Irish chef JP McMahon – who loves a spag bol and has never cooked seal

The chef and cookery author breaks down his culinary habits for Ella Walker.

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Marine expert warning: don't pick shellfish from shores to eat

Marine expert warning: don't pick shellfish from shores to eat

Marine experts are advising people not to pick shellfish from the shores for consumption after a spike in naturally-occurring toxins that can cause illness — and in rare cases, death — in humans.

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Darina Allen: Recipes to nourish your gut and stay healthy

Darina Allen: Recipes to nourish your gut and stay healthy

Today we celebrate World Microbiome Day, sounds a bit esoteric you might think but this is a subject that concerns each and every one of us uniquely.

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The Menu: Our restaurants are reopening - and we need to support them

The Menu: Our restaurants are reopening - and we need to support them

It’s no exaggeration to say the eyes of a very nervous nation are currently trained on the Irish hospitality sector, to see how those who have chosen to reopen will fare in the days and weeks ahead.

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Michelle Darmody: Three ways to try cheesecake

Michelle Darmody: Three ways to try cheesecake

Baked and no-bake cheesecakes have quite different textures, the addition of eggs and some flour change the consistency of the baked version.

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Derval O'Rourke: Get started on food and mood diary

Derval O'Rourke: Get started on food and mood diary

Writing down information has always worked well for me when I’m trying to get an understanding of my food intake or my exercise.

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The Currabinny cooks: How to make the most of a small garden

The Currabinny cooks: How to make the most of a small garden

When we were thinking about creating a whole article based around radish, we were a little daunted. Radish is rarely the main ingredient in any dish. We often used it, sliced very thinly as a garnish on salads, grated into a remoulade or pickled and preserved.

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Dairy sector has had to endure a 'whispering campaign' against milk

Dairy sector has had to endure a 'whispering campaign' against milk

The dairy industry has welcomed the Food Safety Authority of Ireland recommendation that milk is a key food for one to five-year-old children.

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Taste of summer: Eight strawberry ice creams put to the taste test

Taste of summer: Eight strawberry ice creams put to the taste test

Try out these ice creams for all their strawberry goodness this summer.

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Let's take it outside: Your guide to entertaining in the garden this summer

Let's take it outside: Your guide to entertaining in the garden this summer

Ciara McDonnell has the recipe for success when it comes to entertaining in your garden.

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Michelle Darmody: Easy recipes to help sustain us as we exercise more

Michelle Darmody: Easy recipes to help sustain us as we exercise more

With gyms shut, parks in our area have been full of people exercising, stretching and jogging.

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Currabinny's James Kavanagh and William Murray share their favourite salmon recipes

Currabinny's James Kavanagh and William Murray share their favourite salmon recipes

The farming and fishing of salmon on the island of Ireland has fallen far behind places like Norway, Scotland and even the Faroe Islands.

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West Cork teen launches food empire

West Cork teen launches food empire

Tim O’Driscoll, a 16-year-old transition year student from Skibbereen, has launched a baking mix business called Fastnet Foods.

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Food and Fun: Mind what you what you put in your body

Food and Fun: Mind what you what you put in your body

We are what we eat is a saying we’ve heard many, many times. And there’s a lot of truth in it. If we focus on nutritious meals and snacks, it will help our mental health too.

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How to enjoy a summer BBQ without feeling the heat of heartburn

How to enjoy a summer BBQ without feeling the heat of heartburn

Acid reflux doesn’t have to get in the way of summer fun. Liz Connor speaks to Dr Carol Cooper about how to feel your best this season.

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Flavour enhancers: Top 8 must-have standbys

Flavour enhancers: Top 8 must-have standbys

For this special edition, there are no marks for what are my essentials, in lockdown or release. Brands matter less than their contents, though I spend on local brands and in small local shops and markets wherever possible.

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Heineken to replace 100,000 stale kegs of beer, stout and cider

Heineken to replace 100,000 stale kegs of beer, stout and cider

Heineken said it has begun the process of collecting and refunding 100,000 kegs of beer, stout and cider sitting in cellars and dispensing taps of shuttered bars across the country, the equivalent of 10 million pints.

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Food and Fun: Keep it traditional and support local

Food and Fun: Keep it traditional and support local

We all know that Irish food is fantastic. We have the best, tastiest, freshest ingredients on our doorstep — we really are spoilt for choice.

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Jack Monroe’s recalibration supper recipe

Jack Monroe’s recalibration supper recipe

Throw all the veg you’ve got into this easy dish.

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Michelle Darmody's One list, Five meals

Michelle Darmody's One list, Five meals

In a time when our shopping and cooking needs to be efficient and easy, we are bringing back our One List, Five Meals recipe pages.

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Food & Fun: Lose the meat, not the taste

Food & Fun: Lose the meat, not the taste

Vegetarian diets have increased in popularity over the years but this page is not about trying to convince carnivores to ditch meat: it’s merely to show how versatile and delicious vegetarian alternatives can be. Losing the meat doesn’t mean losing the taste.

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Frozen Nutella loaf recipe

Frozen Nutella loaf recipe

Frozen Nutella loaf? Anything with Nutella is fine by us.

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Liquid gold: Eight low-cost olive oils put to the taste test

Liquid gold: Eight low-cost olive oils put to the taste test

Cheap doesn’t always have to mean nasty and with olive oil in just about everyone’s cupboards these days it’s worth seeing what the cheapest is like.

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Food and Fun: Take some time out for treats

Food and Fun: Take some time out for treats

Yes, many of us have succumbed to the ‘Covid stone’ and may be trying to lose it but we all need a treat from time to time. Our recipes here incorporate tasty fruits like blueberries, apricots and almonds while Derval’s lime, chocolate and oat biscuits are a delicious and yet healthy sweet treat option.

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Nando’s to reopen more than 90 restaurants in UK for delivery and collection

Nando’s to reopen more than 90 restaurants in UK for delivery and collection

Staff wearing PPE will prepare peri-peri chicken for customers at 54 more of its restaurants from today and 40 restaurants from Wednesday.

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Joe McNamee's Menu: Serving up the latest food news

Joe McNamee's Menu: Serving up the latest food news

There have been many mixed blessings during lockdown for the small and medium-sized producers of finest Irish fare and while many suddenly found their route to market either interrupted or sometimes ended altogether, a wonderful combination of determination and innovation found many finding alternative routes but it is good to report that one of the primary sources for the very best of Irish food

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8 stages of cooking a new recipe

8 stages of cooking a new recipe

Every time, you’ll get to the inevitable point when you realise you don’t actually have all the ingredients.

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Glenilen Farm: 'We’re saving the environment and money'

Glenilen Farm: 'We’re saving the environment and money"

Sustainability has run in the Kingston family for generations, the owner of Glenilen Farm, tells Clodagh Finn

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Food & Fun: Cooking in the great outdoors

Food & Fun: Cooking in the great outdoors

So the lockdown restrictions have eased somewhat and Ireland is slowly returning to a ‘different’ kind of ‘normal’ but a lot of us are still spending a hefty chunk of our time at home or — weather and work permitting — in the back garden.

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10 dishes to make with food on the turn

10 dishes to make with food on the turn

Give edible odds and ends a second life, says Ella Walker.

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Digital campaign to get shoppers buying local produce

Digital campaign to get shoppers buying local produce

Love Irish Food had a great line-up planned for the Bloom festival in Dublin during the June bank holiday weekend, but that has been cancelled as a result of Covid-19 It has instead started an eight-day digitally led, community-based campaign, which will continue until this Thursday with a view to getting the nation behind supporting Irish food during this unique time.

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The Menu: care packages, fresh bread and Turkish dining

The Menu: care packages, fresh bread and Turkish dining

Two of the doughtiest women in Irish food, sisters Hannah and Rachel Dare, of the very splendid Organico shop, cafe, bakery and health food store, in Bantry, have had a thriving online business for some time.

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Our daily crunch: Top 8 granolas put to the test

Our daily crunch: Top 8 granolas put to the test

GRANOLA – a handful makes a sustainable snack and a delicious summer breakfast. Oats are mixed with sugar or honey, sometimes with dried fruit, nuts and seeds and coated in an oil - often rapeseed or sunflower so it toasts in the oven to give it a cooked, crunchy feel.

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10 cooking techniques to master

10 cooking techniques to master

From poached eggs to soufflés, it’s a great time to improve your kitchen skills.

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Five minutes with... grime MC-turned-chef Big Zuu

Five minutes with... grime MC-turned-chef Big Zuu

Grime artist Big Zuu talks to Gemma Dunn about landing his own show on Dave, Big Zuu's Big Eats.

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Blood orange cake recipe with ricotta, polenta and olive oil

Blood orange cake recipe with ricotta, polenta and olive oil

This will make a change to your standard drizzle.

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Food and fun: dressing up our dishes

Food and fun: dressing up our dishes

This week it’s all about dressing up our food, taking something simple and making it delicious without much effort. You don’t need to be an expert to come up with attractive looking dishes — let our experts do the work for you!

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Darina Allen: New cookbooks in a time of Covid-19

Darina Allen: New cookbooks in a time of Covid-19

There are some people who can rattle off a book in a few weeks. For most, it takes months, often years to write a cookbook and in some cases the end result is the culmination of a lifetime’s experimentation.

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Michelle Darmody: Baking with elderflowers

Michelle Darmody: Baking with elderflowers

Many of us will have an elder tree growing within our two kilometre radius.

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Michelle Darmody's food mission: Why we need to teach our kids to cook at school

Michelle Darmody's food mission: Why we need to teach our kids to cook at school

We’ve all gone back to basics in recent months, and Covid-19 has really exposed how many of us are missing vital life skills — like cooking.

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The Menu: A bulletin board for Irish foodies

The Menu: A bulletin board for Irish foodies

The Menu is delighted to continue to bring glad tidings of innovations from the Irish food world as businesses seek alternative routes to market during these challenging times.

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The Currabinny Cooks: reinvent cupboard staples and treat yourself

The Currabinny Cooks: reinvent cupboard staples and treat yourself

In times of crisis, our tendency is to react by effectively battening down the hatches, focusing on essentials and casting off any ‘unnecessary’ luxuries. Indeed, our focus in our recent dealings with food and feeding ourselves have all been about ‘making do’ and economising.

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Darina Allen: Cooking from the Pantry

Darina Allen: Cooking from the Pantry

On a similar note, last week I had several requests for store cupboard recipes — now that we have more time on our hands we’ve been digging deeper, ransacking our cupboards and finding some long forgotten, weird and wonderful stuff.

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One list, five meals: Michelle Darmody helps you cook a week's worth of food

One list, five meals: Michelle Darmody helps you cook a week's worth of food

In a time when our shopping and cooking needs to be efficient and easy, use our handy One List, Five Meals recipes.

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The Menu: A bulletin board for Irish foodies

The Menu: A bulletin board for Irish foodies

For the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, The Menu continues to offer his weekly column as a community bulletin board for the Irish food world.

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10 baking challenges to take on

10 baking challenges to take on

What better time to whip up the perfect croissant or macaron?

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Chicken tonight? Top 8 takeaway curries

Chicken tonight? Top 8 takeaway curries

Cocooned, self-isolating, looking for a treat, in this improving weather a chicken curry can be light and just right. Easy to make, there are plenty of recipes online and in cookbooks .

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Food & Fun: Recipes to keep it healthy while you're in lockdown mode

Food & Fun: Recipes to keep it healthy while you're in lockdown mode

Being confined to barracks can have a devastating effect on our waistlines. But a little forward planning can help.

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The Menu: A bulletin board for Irish foodies

The Menu: A bulletin board for Irish foodies

For the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, The Menu’s weekly column is a community bulletin board for the Irish food world.

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One List, Five Meals: dinner sorted for the week

One List, Five Meals: dinner sorted for the week

In a time when our shopping and cooking needs to be efficient and easy, we are bringing back our One List, Five Meals recipe pages.

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Ainsley Harriott’s lamb steaks recipe with artichokes, rosemary and honey

Ainsley Harriott’s lamb steaks recipe with artichokes, rosemary and honey

This recipe comes from the TV chef’s latest book, Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook.

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Michelle Darmody: Using up fruit in Easter baking

Michelle Darmody: Using up fruit in Easter baking

It is a strange way to spend Easter, at a distance from people we love. For some of those sheltering inside, baking is proving cathartic. There is a pace to baking that helps me relax.

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Three Irish food businesses served with closure orders in March

Three Irish food businesses served with closure orders in March

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has served three closure orders, two prohibition orders, and a prosecution order on Irish food businesses last month.

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Fun & Food: The family that cooks together...

Fun & Food: The family that cooks together...

Seeking inspiration for all that extra time at home? Use it to discover the art of cooking and baking with your children.

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