Darina Allen: A celebration of Irish produce

Ireland became a member of the European Union in 1973, within a short time a tidal wave of regulations swept over the country.

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

The Restaurant Association of Ireland’s FBD Insurance-sponsored Food Destinations 2019 competition is now accepting applications from any suburb, village, town or region that believes it has a unique food tourism offering and wants to shout it out to the world.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: The best pink sparkling wines and champagnes

Champagne is a drink that works all year round, as welcome on a chilly Christmas morning as on a hot day in June.

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Restaurant review: Cobh's Seasalt Cafe

I HAVE long wrestled with the conundrum that is Cobh, namely, why isn’t it one of the most feted of all Irish towns, for it is a multi-faceted jewel: elegant Victorian architecture in serried South-facing ranks runs down a steep hill to the waterfront, the towering gothic confection that is Cobh Cathedral casting an ecclesiastical eye over town and out to the magnificent harbour.

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The Currabinny cooks: Tasty treats with local strawberries and raspberries

OUR neighbour and very good friend Rob and his mother Lucille in Currabinny grow strawberries and raspberries in poly-tunnels on their land underneath the forest.

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Darina Allen is inspired by her stay at Coombeshead Farm for this week's recipes

A FEW weeks ago we flew from Cork Airport to Bristol, hired a car and headed for Devon and Cornwall.

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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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Food to grow: Junior lessons in nutrition

Helen O'Callaghan looks at a project to teach children all about plants.

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The Currabinny cooks celebrate the courgette

In the back of the seaside garden in Currabinny, the vegetable patch can prove fickle when it comes to growing certain things.

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Batch of Bandon Co-op butter recalled due to Listeria

A batch of Bandon Co-op butter is being recalled due to the presence of Listeria.

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Darina Allen: Cooking with gooseberries... The forgotten fruit

THIS evening we had compote of gooseberries with elderflower after supper with a few friends — a simple dessert, just stewed gooseberries really, but it blew everyone away.

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Restaurant review: The most exciting Irish restaurant opening this decade

So let’s begin with a statement, I think Aimsir might be the most exciting Irish restaurant opening in a decade.

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CIT research shows by how much children's restaurant meals exceed recommended fat guidelines

More than two thirds of children's meals in Irish and British restaurants contain more fat and saturated fat than recommended guidelines, according to new research carried out by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the University of Roehampton in Britain.

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11 food premises closed in May for breaches of food safety laws

The FSAI listed a variety of reasons for non-compliance with food safety laws, including evidence of rodent droppings in kitchen, bar and carvery areas and meat being cut in a room adjacent to the toilets

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Restaurant review: Everett’s, Waterford

THE MIGHTY and I are out for the night in his wonderful hometown of Waterford and before putting on the nosebag, we stop off for a swift one.

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Weekend Food with Darina Allen: 'Ruffage' treats to whet your appetite

AN exciting parcel arrived on my desk today, a present from a past student who wanted me to have a copy of her first cook book.

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Food to go: Meal prep companies are on the up and up

A growing number of companies are supplying a market for customers seeking healthy meals but who lack the time to buy or cook food, writes Sharon Ní Conchúir.

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The best food festivals this summer

Food fairs will spring up across the country over the next three months. Ciara McDonnell whets the appetite by looking ahead.

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Pallas Foods profits double

Pre-tax profits at the main firm of the country’s largest food service wholesaler Pallas Foods, more than doubled to €10.7m last year.

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McCain's hash browns recalled over possible presence of plastic

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced the recall today.

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Irish chefs unveil their favourite summer recipes

Where would our top chefs eat if they had the pick of the country’s restaurants and who would they dine with? Six of the biggest names in Irish food tell all — and unveil their all-time favourite summer recipe, writes Joe McNamee

ROB KRAWCZYK

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The best restaurants to book this summer

From brunch to burgers, fine dining to street food, Joe McNamee has the pick of the top dining destinations across the country.

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Restaurant review: Little Mike's Dublin

here was some sad news in the restaurant world recently with the announcement that Luna was closing its doors.

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Meet the migrant chefs revolutionising Cork's food scene

Izz Alkarajeh emerged from direct provision to open one of Cork’s most exciting new restaurants – Izz Cafe. Joe McNamee on our new migrant chefs, their respective cuisines and the impact on our native dishes

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Darina Allen: The meaning of sustainable food and where to source it

The word sustainable is quite the buzzword nowadays, endlessly bandied about in conversations about climate change, food security, the state of the oceans, farming and food but what exactly do we mean by sustainable food… and where can we source it?

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Gardening: Gooseberries offer many health benefits

Fiann Ó Nualláin tackles a thorny subject with gusto as he reveals the benefits of a nutrient-dense berry.

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Ballymaloe Cookery School back in black with modest return to profit

Celebrity chef Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery School returned to profit last year, recording a profit of €62,134 compared to a loss of €45,548 in the previous year.

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Humble spud goes signature for world-leading chef Clare Smyth

Clare Smyth is one of the world’s leading chefs. The centerpiece of the menu at her two-Michelin-starred restaurant? A potato. Richard Vines peels away her backstory.

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Feeding demand for less meat in diet

Vegan start-up Fiid aims to make the most of a flexitarian approach to food intake amid climate concerns, writes Trish Dromey.

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Restaurant review: Ristorante Rinuccini - Kilkenny

WE ARE on Easter holidays and have fetched up in Kilkenny and, though this terrific town offers splendid dining choices, we only have eyes for Ristorante Rinuccini, 30 years old this year yet overly long on my radar without so much as a shot across the bows.

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Cap’n’ Menu has been polishing his maritime metaphors and honing his seaborne similes the better to tackle a whole host of ocean-related events in the offing.

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The Currabinny Cooks: Crab dishes give a great sense of homely cooking

GROWING up in Currabinny, each neighbour seemed to have a thing that they made or grew which they shared with everyone else. This community spirit of sharing the ingredients to make good food but also the food itself would eventually inspire us to sell at markets, do food demos and write a cookbook.

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Shore thing - Many health benefits of seaweed

GALWAY chef JP McMahon thinks it should be a national food. Food experts estimate it could create up to 200 jobs in coastal areas. And earlier this month, the Slow Food Festival in the Burren put it centre stage.

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Weekend Food: Darina Allen introduces you to some of her favourite Sri Lankan dishes

IT CAME as quite a surprise to many to discover that one of the several ‘hats’ I wear is Honorary Council General for Sri Lanka to Ireland.

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Playing with fire: Ireland's top chefs are ready for the summer BBQs

Ahead of National BBQ Week, Esther McCarthy asks Ireland’s top chefs for their favourite summer sizzlers

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Selina Periampillai: ‘People are so surprised by Mauritian food’

The self-taught cook chats to Lauren Taylor about her Mauritian heritage, slowing down in the kitchen, and eating bat curry.

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How to make Selina Periampillai’s Maldivian tuna curry

‘Dhon Riha’ celebrates two important ingredients in Maldivian cuisine: Tuna and coconut.

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Thrill of the grill: 7 reds to fire-up the taste buds this barbecue season

Sam Wylie-Harris sources some top drops to enjoy outdoors with those meats and skewers.

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Fast food heiress opts for herbal teas over taco kebabs

Despite the relentless rise of Ireland’s coffee culture, we are still the second-largest consumers of tea in the world.

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: World Bee Day

May 20 is World Bee Day so I’m devoting a whole column this week to honey, nature’s most delicious, interesting and biodiverse sweetener.

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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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Restaurant Review: The Butcher Grill, 92 Main Street, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Just like almost all of you reading this I have working molars and eye-teeth and I like to use them.

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Cow & Gate baby food recalled after pieces of rubber glove found in jars

A batch of Cow & Gate baby food has been recalled from Boots after some jars were found to contain pieces of a rubber glove.

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Meatless burger firm hits €1.8bn

Impossible Foods, which makes a meatless plant-based burger and is backed by celebrities like Serena Williams and Katy Perry, said it has raised $300m (€267m) in the latest round of funding ahead of a possible initial public offering.

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Cork eateries among those honoured at Irish Restaurant Awards

Five restaurants in Cork have picked up awards at the 2019 Irish Restaurant Awards, which honoured the best of Ireland’s culinary talent at a ceremony in Dublin.

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Part of this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival programme, Cocina Pública, a Chilean art project featuring a mobile kitchen housed in a shipping container, is to set up in Cork’s South Parish community seeking local food heritage, including recipes and techniques, to bring the community together through theatre, food and eating.

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A taste of summer: Rory O’Connell’s latest TV show

As Rory O’Connell returns with a new RTÉ series exploring international cuisine, he returns to his local roots for a new food festival in Cork. Ciara McDonnell reports.

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Restaurant review: The Wild Honey Inn

THE Wild Honey Inn is a former Victorian hostelry dating back to 1841 when well-heeled gentry regularly decamped to Lisdoonvarna to ‘take the waters’ and restore ailing spirits with spa treatments, and was lovingly restored a decade ago by chef/proprietor Aidan McGrath and his partner Kate Sweeney, who looks after accommodation and restaurant front of house.

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The Currabinny cooks: Recipes with brilliant broccoli

IS THERE anything more elegant and beautiful on a plate than tender-stem broccoli? It serves to introduce a flash of green to any meal and goes well with almost anything.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: Organic and natural wines

May is sustainability month in the Irish Examiner and last week I wrote about the challenges facing wine makers and wine drinkers as we all try to lower our carbon footprint. I’m sure some people were aghast at my recommendation of wine in a bag as despite it having a lower carbon footprint than glass it just feels wrong.

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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. There was an up-side, we used the time to visit some wonderfully aromatic sherry bodegas, if I closed my eyes I felt as if I were sinking into a trifle.

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Weekend Food: Darina Allen responds to a reader's request for some simple recipes

A FEW weeks ago I got a letter from a regular reader from County Kerry — a busy ‘working’ mum, who tells me that she loves many of my simple recipes but complained that of late, the recipes were a bit ‘cheffy’ and not for the average working family with ravenously hungry teenagers returning home from college: “They want plenty of delicious, home-cooked meals, not tiny exotic dishes.”

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Mould growth and blackened beer taps among reasons for closure orders on food businesses in April

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported that six Closure Orders and one Improvement Order were served on food businesses during the month of April.

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Domino’s shares fall despite rising in UK and Ireland

Domino’s has warned of a loss in its international business this year, sending shares in the pizza delivery firm lower and eclipsing a rise in first-quarter group sales.

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Michelle Darmody: I never tire of the first blossoms of elderflower

THE patterns of a year are beautifully mapped out by the growing seasons. I never tire of the first blossoms of elderflower, the white spray fanning out from the stalks.

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The Currabinny Cooks: New potatoes herald the arrival of summer’s bounty

WINTER crops come to an end in early spring and by late spring the summer crops have yet to properly arrive. Spring staples like wild garlic, asparagus, spring onions and rhubarb keep us perfectly content in the in-between season.

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