Back to school, a busy and expensive time for so many families around the country and now there’s the challenge of school lunches. This week I’ll concentrate on packed lunches and in future columns I’ll have suggestions […]

Author: Darina Allen

  I’m just back from the MAD Food Symposium in Copenhagen, one of the craziest and most influential food events on the planet. It’s held in a circus tent in a wild flower meadow in Refshaleoum close to the centre of Copenhagen. […]

Apples apples everywhere, ripening faster than we can cook or eat them. So beautiful that we can’t bear to waste even the windfalls, so what to do? After we’ve shared with our neighbours and friends (that’s […]

Author: Darina Allen

  The hottest restaurant ticket this summer wasn’t in Dublin, Cork or even Galway. It’s  a little pop-up restaurant in Aughrusbeg out in the wilds on Connemara.   It’s in an old stone cottage which was used […]

Author: Darina Allen

  Wow, there’s going to be the hughest crop of blackberries this year so I am gearing myself up for lots of blackberry picking expeditions. We’re also planning a myriad of delicious ways to use them, not just the […]

For gardeners who grow vegetables and fruit, this is the time of abundance, a period of joy and frustration in equal measure. At last the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of all that digging and hoeing but often there are simply not enough […]

Author: Darina Allen

Every year we have a thanksgiving feast in the greenhouses towards the end of July – A Long Table dinner […]

Author: Darina Allen

  It’s a long while since I came across a cook book where I wanted to cook virtually everything in the book and it didn’t even belong to me, I  […]

Author: Darina Allen

RecipesThe whole weekend was wonderfully convivial with a variety of intriguing presentations on markets and market related issues including a fascinating insight into the behind the scenes in food markets in Russia, by Anya von Bremzen, author of six books including her latest one “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and […]

Author: Darina Allen

The ever more alarming obesity figures are spooking governments all over Europe, the US, India, China….. As yet experts can’t seem to agree about the root cause or indeed the remedy. Meanwhile, the public are completely bamboozled by […]

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