Weekend Food: Darina Allen introduces you to some of her favourite Sri Lankan dishes

IT CAME as quite a surprise to many to discover that one of the several ‘hats’ I wear is Honorary Council General for Sri Lanka to Ireland.

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Playing with fire: Ireland's top chefs are ready for the summer BBQs

Ahead of National BBQ Week, Esther McCarthy asks Ireland’s top chefs for their favourite summer sizzlers

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From childhood bread baking to exploding seaweed, these are the Hairy Bikers’ food memories

The good-natured gourmets reminisce about their culinary careers.

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A sparkling reception: Interest in Prosecco bubbles up in masterclass

Prosecco may be Italy’s answer to Champagne, but is it a girly drink or a serious business? Ellie O’Byrne raises a flute at a masterclass at Ireland’s ...

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6 greener straws and stirrers for your drinks, as plastic versions are set to be band

With the phasing out of single-use plastics, drinks editor Sam Wylie-Harris scopes out how to sip and stir without harming the environment.

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Selina Periampillai: ‘People are so surprised by Mauritian food’

The self-taught cook chats to Lauren Taylor about her Mauritian heritage, slowing down in the kitchen, and eating bat curry.

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How to make Selina Periampillai’s Maldivian tuna curry

‘Dhon Riha’ celebrates two important ingredients in Maldivian cuisine: Tuna and coconut.

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How to make Selina Periampillai’s sunny-side-up egg, chicken and pak choi rice bowl

It’s all about the egg dripping through the rice.

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Thrill of the grill: 7 reds to fire-up the taste buds this barbecue season

Sam Wylie-Harris sources some top drops to enjoy outdoors with those meats and skewers.

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Making the most of Irish strawberries - Michelle Darmody shares her recipes

It is that time of year again – Irish strawberries are making a welcome appearance on shop shelves and on roadside stalls.

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: World Bee Day

May 20 is World Bee Day so I’m devoting a whole column this week to honey, nature’s most delicious, interesting and biodiverse sweetener.

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Michelle Darmody: Baking with herbs

Oregano, lemongrass, peppermint, basil, rosemary; there are many different and deliciously fragrant plants bunched together by the term herb.

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Curds and whey: Art of making sustainable cheese

Rather than flying in cheese from abroad, a couple with a passion for local produce opted instead for a spot of import substitution at their Co Cork dairy, writes ...

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Restaurant Review: The Butcher Grill, 92 Main Street, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Just like almost all of you reading this I have working molars and eye-teeth and I like to use them.

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Wine with Leslie Williams

Italy has been neglected on this page of late but I promise to make up for this in the next few weeks as I have two trips planned — one to Tuscany and one ...

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Here’s why you should be drinking citrus gins

And why oranges and lemons lend themselves so well to the spirit, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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As major supermarkets and brands pledge to halve food waste – here’s how to do your bit at home

The plan is to cut food waste by 50% by 2030, Ella Walker reports.

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7 vegetables even committed vegetarians should get to grips with

Want to branch out from your regular vegetable shop, but don’t know where to start? Here’s where.

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Part of this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival programme, Cocina Pública, a Chilean art project featuring a mobile kitchen housed in a shipping container, ...

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Restaurant review: The Wild Honey Inn

THE Wild Honey Inn is a former Victorian hostelry dating back to 1841 when well-heeled gentry regularly decamped to Lisdoonvarna to ‘take the waters’ ...

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The Currabinny cooks: Recipes with brilliant broccoli

IS THERE anything more elegant and beautiful on a plate than tender-stem broccoli? It serves to introduce a flash of green to any meal and goes well with almost ...

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Wine with Leslie Williams: Organic and natural wines

May is sustainability month in the Irish Examiner and last week I wrote about the challenges facing wine makers and wine drinkers as we all try to lower our carbon ...

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Hold the meat: Top 8 high-protein vegetarian meals

This week testers tried vegetarian options with attention to taste and protein content.

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Baking with Michelle Darmody: Sherry - not just for trifle

I HAVE just returned from a very wet and windy trip to southern Spain. The weather was so unexpectedly grey that we found ourselves indoors more than we intended. ...

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Weekend Food: Darina Allen responds to a reader's request for some simple recipes

A FEW weeks ago I got a letter from a regular reader from County Kerry — a busy ‘working’ mum, who tells me that she loves many of my simple recipes ...

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Why Ireland's top food awards are on a road trip - to Cork

Ireland’s top food awards are on a road trip — to Cork. Ciara McDonnell meets the team behind Backyard at the Blas.

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Top chef dishes advice on how to make Japanese food

It involves that trickiest of beasts: rice.

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Tried and tested: The new Starbucks cold coffees

Vanilla is the new coffee craze.

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Meet the people behind four Irish businesses setting the bar for sustainable food production

Joe McNamee meets the people behind four Irish businesses setting the bar for sustainable food production.

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Chef Asma Khan: ‘Women as collectives have the strength to withstand everything’

The restaurateur and cookbook author tells Ella Walker about the impact of a trip she took on behalf of Islamic Relief UK’s Ramadan appeal.

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Flower-power wines: 8 marvellous tipples to try now

You don’t need green fingers to uncork these fragrant wines, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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How to make Ben Tish’s Andalucían pork ribs with almonds and coriander

Worth getting in a mess over when eating them.

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How to make blood orange and saffron jelly with blood orange granita

A super vibrant pud.

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Want to know how to taste like a pro? We reveal the five basic stages of wine tasting

Surprisingly, the best time to taste wine is from 11am to noon, when your senses are at their optimum, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Wine list: Just how environmentally friendly is wine?

Sustainability has been a buzz word in the wine world for decades but just how environmentally friendly is wine?

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Michelle Darmody: I never tire of the first blossoms of elderflower

THE patterns of a year are beautifully mapped out by the growing seasons. I never tire of the first blossoms of elderflower, the white spray fanning out from the ...

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The Menu: Food fairs and festivals you won't want to miss

Food news with Joe McNamee

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The Currabinny Cooks: New potatoes herald the arrival of summer’s bounty

WINTER crops come to an end in early spring and by late spring the summer crops have yet to properly arrive. Spring staples like wild garlic, asparagus, spring onions ...

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Restaurant Review: Lucky Tortoise, 8 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

FOR many people Chinese food involves things like curry sauce and deep fried chicken balls but if you are reading this I suspect you know better.

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How to make Kay Plunkett-Hogge’s classic green chicken curry

And no, it shouldn’t be mild or sweet.

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Michelle Darmody tried to eat sustainably for a week - here's her diary

Michelle Darmody set herself a challenge to eat sustainably for a week. She shares her food diary, and the lessons she learned from the experiment

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Forget snooty chauteaux in Burgundy and Bordeaux – this wine resort is a real corker

Once a collection of abandoned buildings in the south of France, Village Castigno is now a thriving gourmet getaway. Jonjo Maudsley visits.

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Seven snacks you didn’t know were vegan

Did you know that these everyday foods were cruelty-free?

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Spotlight on shiraz: 8 things you need to know about this hugely popular grape

Wine styles come and go, but shiraz is a firm favourite – here’s why, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Simon Rimmer on the new Sunday Brunch Cookbook – and how to make his cauliflower biryani salad

Sunday Brunch chef and host Simon Rimmer talks recipes, dietary requirements, and that pulled pork claim…

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The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

There is really nothing in The Menu’s world to beat the breaking of bread with old friends, family, and neighbours and, equally, with strangers who might have ...

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Leslie Williams' selection of sunny-weather wines

Last week’s gorgeous weather got me thinking about rosé and the ripe fruity wines of the sunny South of France.

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Michelle Darmody: Baking with raisins

Rum and raisin ice cream always seemed to be the perfect combination of sweet and boozy, the soft raisins bringing a delicate delight in each bite. Raisins, like ...

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Weekend food with Darina Allen: Delicious dishes with organic chicken

There was a big fuss on RTÉ’s Prime Time recently when An Taisce’s Green Schools Programme with support from the National Climate Change Action ...

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O’Mahony’s: The new Cork restaurant everyone is talking about reviewed

In 2003, a bypass finally and forever diverted the bulk of traffic between Dublin and Cork from the infamous bottleneck that was Watergrass-hill.

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