Author: Darina Allen

On a chilly winters night a few weeks ago we had our first East Cork Slow Food event of the year. The title didn’t sound particularly appealing “How a Love Of Food And Literature Can Bring Your Life In A Different Direction” but eminent food historian Dorothy Cashman kept us riveted for several hours and […]

Recipes Oysters with Namjim and Crispy OnionsPacific Oysters with Asian Vinaigrette Fennel and Parsnip SoupRisotto with shrimpsChoccie Shortbread SweetheartsPam’s Valentine Chocolate and Raspberry CakeDon’t we all need and love a little romance in our lives, so Valentine’s Day creates a welcome little flutter of excitement for everyone from 9 to 90. Teenagers are in a […]

Author: Darina Allen

RecipesGoats’ Cheese Mousse with piquillo peppers and walnut powder (serves 4) Clams with ChorizoFree Range Duck with plums and Pedro Ximenez sherryBasque style monkfish, with parsley and mayonnaise Crèma CatalanaChef Owner, of Michelin starred Aniar restaurant in Galway, JP McMahon keeps a lot of balls in the air. He is culinary director of the EatGalway […]

Author: Darina Allen

  Not sure if St Brigid’s day is celebrated in every school in Ireland but many of our local national schools teach the children how to make the Crois Bríde or […]

Author: Darina Allen

  SPRING Spring, Skye Gyngell’s restaurant was one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in London for several years. Skye, whose […]

Author: Darina Allen

  What’s not to love about Cape Town – it’s just one long sleep away, a mere two hours time change so virtually no jet lag and a […]

Once again, it’s that time of the year when I make a ton of New Year resolutions that despite all the evidence to the contrary I’m totally […]

RecipesTurkey, Orzo, Pea and Spring Onion Broth Christmas Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Pistachio NutsSt Stephen’s or Boxing Day Pie  Cheddar Cheese and Ham Bread PuddingTostadasMincemeat and Apple Meringue Tart Serves 10-12   A wonderful Christmassy Tart and also a particularly good way to use up leftover mincemeat.   The pastry is made by […]

RecipesWatercress, Blood Orange and New Seasons Toonsbridge Mozzarella SaladSmoked Gubbeen and Pearl Barley, Cucumber, Pomegranate and toasted Almond Salad. Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Avocado and Roast Hazelnut Salsa Asian CevicheDressingDebbie Shaw’s  Raw Chocamoca Tart with Espresso SyrupDebbie Shaw’s Mini Christmas Plum Puddings Sweeties Medjool Dates with Crozier Blue Cheese  Even if you love all the razzmatazz, […]

Author: Darina Allen

  With only one and a half weeks to go to Christmas, this week I am devoting my column to edible gifts, there are a zillion delicious suggestions […]

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