Darina Allen: BBQ recipes to make the most of the summer weather

We’ve been having fun cooking on the barbeque. We fire up the grill at every opportunity. I have to say that even though the flavour of food cooked over charcoal or wood is far more delicious, the gas barbie is mighty tempting, particularly when you want to snatch a moment between the showers.

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The Fit Foodie: Derval O'Rourke has some food tips for you to take on the go

THIS week’s recipes are a little bit exotic sounding but are super delicious nonetheless. In keeping with the exotic theme, I’ve decided to share my top tips for how to stay healthy and happy while away.

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Restaurant Review: Rachel’s, 28 Washington Street, Cork

I’VE nearly tracked down a hen’s dentist by the time I procure a booking for Rachel’s but finally prevail, finding it rammed to the rafters on a Saturday night.

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South African wines to get you in that summer mood

There is a tendency among wine enthusiasts to constantly refer to the beauty of vineyards and wine regions, but some of this I think comes from the fact that we feel so at home in these magical places that produce our favourite sustenance.

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Michelle Darmody: Baking with apricots

APRICOTS have a luscious perfumed smell that can evoke the far away warm climates of their origin.

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Peas, please, for a quick and easy treat

Valerie O’Connor says peas are easy to grow — shove them in soil and give them something to hold, water them well, and watch them go

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Growing free-from market creating employment and opening up a rapidly expanding food sector

Free from food has gone mainstream so much so that 78% of Irish people who follow a gluten-free diet have not even been diagnosed as coeliac, writes Áilín Quinlan.

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What the top chefs like to eat at home

From pasta to sandwiches, chefs tend to favour simple food at home with their families, by Richard Vines.

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The Menu: Raise a glass to Indie Beer Week

You may have noticed a recent spate of TV ads, chockfull of ‘authentic’ beardy home brewers, as the Big Brewers attempt to pass off their own industrially-produced wares as somehow comparable or even superior to the new wave of genuine Irish craft beers. 

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Treat your dad to one of these wines for Father’s Day

Does wine have a gender? There was a time when tasting notes would refer to a wine as feminine or masculine — a delicate fragrant chablis might be feminine but a big fruity hermitage from the Rhone would always be masculine.

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Restaurant review: Roberta’s, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The idea of a ‘restaurant’ has changed a lot since the word was first coined in post-revolutionary France. 

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The Fit Foodie: Healthy burgers and cocktails

Is it just me or do burgers and cocktails scream summertime? This week I’ve decided to share my healthier take on them both.

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Michelle Darmody: Recipes in homage to Cottie Yeats, and her love for the kitchen

I had the great pleasure of combing through the archives of The National Gallery of Ireland recently.

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Top 8 takeaway tunas tested

A canned favourite, tuna is difficult to assess health-wise. Fresh, it has plenty of healthy omega fatty acids, but cooked and canned, the processing leaves it with far less and about half the amount of vitamin D.

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Açaí goes against grain of superfood narrative

Like quinoa before it, açaí has become a craze among the health conscious, says Jamie Lauren Keiles.

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Darina Allen's summery dishes of strawberry ice cream, risotto and broad beans

These summery dishes can be put together quickly and eaten family style, says Darina Allen.

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Some good value Italian wines recommended this week

This week I am returning to Italy with a scattered selection of suggestions that range from north to south.

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The menu: Summer food festivals

The summer festival season is already under way with more of the big guns readying themselves in the weeks ahead.

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Restaurant review: Kieran’s Kitchen at The Roadside Tavern, Co Clare

The Roadside Tavern is a good old-fashioned family-run Irish pub, hosting excellent trad sessions and Ireland’s first micro-brewery.

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The fit foodie: Chili Beef wrapped in lettuce and Carrot, Apple & Beetroot Slaw

Great tasting, healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, time consuming or bland, says Derval O’Rourke.

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Bake with Michelle Darmody: Lemons and their zest

I have included the recipe for lemon slices in this column before, but decided to add it again, says Michelle Darmody.

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WATCH: This video will make you an expert at making Crepe Suzette

Terry O'Donovan, student chef at CIT, shows us how to make Crepe Suzette.

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Granny's thrifty dessert recipes, from Michelle Darmody

Cookbooks are often passed from generation to generation within families, mapping out stories that can be traced through time, says Michelle Darmody.

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Six wines to get you in the mood for summer

I always feel I am tempting fate when I write about wines for summer in Ireland — I feel as if the weather gods are waiting to thwart me should I even mention the garden or the word barbecue.

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Miyazaki - the little Japanese takeaway luring top restaurant critics to Cork

Takashi Miyazaki tells Joe McNamee how his little Japanese takeaway in Cork became one of the country’s most celebrated eateries.

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Darina Allen's favourite summer dishes

We are coming into the most super exciting time of the year for both cooks and gardeners. The summer produce is ready to harvest at last, says Darina Allen.

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The Fit Foodie: Derval's top Irish walks - and her ideal summer picnic options

There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing — and when it comes to Ireland it couldn’t be truer, says Derval O’Rourke.

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Dynamic duo: Summer food from The Happy Pear

The Happy Pear share their favourite vegetarian recipes for summer with Ciara McDonnell. 

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The menu: Limerick International Food Truck Festival

The Menu is heading to beautiful Ballycotton, in East Cork for the annual Seafood and Shanties (June 3 & 4). 

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Restaurant review: Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has impeccable service and precisely executed food.

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Make the most of spinach and chard with these recipes

Valerie O’Connor has a garden full of green treasure and is working on recipes to use up a bountiful harvest of spinach and chard. 

 

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Ireland's top chefs reveal their favourite summer recipe

Four of the country’s top chefs share their favourite summer recipes with Joe McNamee.

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Lunch with Massimo Bottura, the man voted the number one chef in the world

Jeff Gordinier has lunch with Massimo Bottura, the man voted the number one chef in the world.

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Top 8 chorizos tested

One of the most versatile ingredients to keep in the fridge, Spanish chorizo is one of my rescue remedies.

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Coffee may reduce risk of heart disease, certain cancers and even dementia

Some frothy coffee confections can have as many calories as a meal, but health experts say little can beat a fragrant, fresh cup of Joe, writes Helen O’Callaghan.

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