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 BrĂ­de 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 […]

  Can you believe it’s 25 years since my ‘Simply Delicious Christmas’ was first published, I had brown hair and red glasses and had just done my first Simply Delicious series on […]

Author: Darina Allen

Mutton – remember mutton!  now in reality an almost forgotten flavour.   So what exactly is the definition of mutton? It is simply the meat of older sheep. Just as beef is mature veal, so mutton is mature lamb. Spring lamb […]

Author: Darina Allen

RecipesAloo Tikki – Potato Fritters with Sizzled Tomatoes Just Raw Arun’s (Fat Free) MincemeatThyme & Pepper LozengesHave we Irish got a taste for spices or what!! Thirty years ago when I first started the Ballymaloe Cookery School garlic was still considered by many to be daring and exotic. It was ten years before most of us dared […]

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