Theodora Fitzgibbon was a beautiful elegant erudite lady, well travelled. Born in London in 1918 of Irish parents, Theodora was educated in England and France and travelled widely with her father and husband, the writer Constantine FitzGibbon, living in India, the United States […]

Author: Darina Allen

The recent cover story on Time magazine was that butter is better so surprise surprise its official after all. Only two vitamins are water soluble, all the rest are fat soluble, so what does that mean? Well the reality is that unless you eat a little fat with the rest of your food the body […]

RecipesMorello Cherry PieAgen Prune and Armagnac Tart Pat Browne’s Almond Macaroons Prawn or Lobster Bisque with Chantilly Cream and Espelette PepperNo mistaking where I was – Bordeaux airport has grape vines planted close to Arrivals with a red rose at the end of each row to encourage bees to help with pollination. Even thought Bordeaux […]

The Dublin restaurant and café scene is really humming once again. Every now and then the Ballymaloe Cookery School team of teachers go on a research trip to see what is happening on the culinary food scene. Recently we […]

RecipesElderflower Champagne Claire Ptak’s Elderflower Cupcakes Elderflower FrittersGreen Gooseberry and Elderflower CompoteFor our May Slow Food East Cork event we returned to Sage Restaurant in Midleton to celebrate the local food of East Cork. Where better to choose than Kevin and Réidín Aherne’s restaurant which over just a few short years has become known for its […]

RecipesMaggie’s Beers Oyster Shooters Ottolenghi’s Saffron Chicken and Herb SaladAriana Bundys Cold Cucumber Soup with Plump Raisins, Walnuts, Mint and Spring OnionsRory O Connells Yoghurt and Lemon Cake with Raisins and Sherry  After months of build up and careful planning by Rory O’ Connell, Rebecca Cronin, Colm McCan and the Litfest team the 2nd event […]

Author: Darina Allen

Recipes Dilisk BreadWhite Soda Bread and Scones BROWN CRAB WITH PICKLED RED DULSE SEAWEED, CUCUMBER WITH SUMMER PEAS AND CORIANDER OILWe’ve gone crazy for seaweed in recent times; I’ve woken up to phenomenal variety of sea vegetables around our coast. We were always big fans (and still are) of carrageen moss and dilisk but that […]

If you’ve never taken the train from Dublin to Belfast, put it on your ‘must do’ list immediately, it’s certainly one of the loveliest train journeys I have ever experienced, all along the North Dublin coast into Dundalk. […]

After months of exciting plotting and planning the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest got underway at the Grain Store in Ballymaloe last night. Cooks and chefs, winemakers, craft brewers, distillers, cidermakers, food writers, bloggers, food and drink lovers and bon viveurs converged on […]

The mere mention of Finca Buenvino creates a ripple of happiness and joy among those of us who have already discovered this hidden gem nestled amidst the sweet chestnut trees […]

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