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 […]

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 […]

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