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Why not push out the boat this year and indulge in some Irish spring lamb for a special Easter meal? Although I generally prefer to wait until the roasting joints are bigger, more flavoursome (and better value) later in the year, a very late Easter brings more choice of local foods as the season is more advanced - and, while very wet, the mild winter and early spring has allowed good growth recently and there may also be more early vegetables than usual to enjoy.
What makes the best of our young fishmongers stand out from the crowd? Marilyn Bright talks to Arnaud Lepricey at Wrights of`Howth, and finds that - while he may have arrived in this Howth fish shop by a roundabout route - fishmongering is truly the expert niche for him
Established in 1925 and now run by siblings Eoin, Natalie and Norma, who take pride in continuing the family tradition, McCambridge’s is first port of call for many food lovers visiting Galway.
The world's longest coastal touring route has just been unveiled – and it’s right on our doorstep. Pól Ó Conghaile maps the Wild Atlantic Way. Thundering surf. Epic cliffs. Cosy pubs, cracking crab claws and coastal walks that'll blow off the cobwebs and leave your Facebook friends drooling. The Wild Atlantic Way is the world's newest coastal touring route, and it’s right on our doorstep.
A light, buttery fruit cake with a double dose of home-made almond paste for your Easter table. Out come the tins again for the Easter baking. When I was growing up, a Simnel cake always featured on our Easter table. My grandmother was so addicted to almonds that she would split the Simnel cake in half and add an extra layer of almond paste. Perhaps there should be an Almond Addicts Anonymous?
This month Darina shares some of the culinary highlights from Lucknow, a place that turned out to be full of surprises on a recent visit to India
Rachel Gaffney, the famous foodie who’s flying the flag for Ireland in Texas, is turning her attention to other aspects of Irish culture - especially our historic buildings
Continuing her series all about craft brews, our expert columnist and food blogger KRISTIN JENSEN says “This pleasant, fruity, easy-drinking red matches well with food but, at 4.2% ABV, it would also hold its own as a session beer: a good all round red.”
This month Lucy Madden questions whether Irish food is really getting better - saying that, in rural Ireland, a good meal at a reasonable price is hard to find. It was a recycled wine bottle filled with a brownish liquid lurking on the table that alerted us to the fact that all was not well. We were a party of 8, meeting for lunch in a restaurant in the Midlands and, having pre-booked, arrived at the venue to see that we were the only customers there.
The luck of the crop rotation draw and bad design in my veg patch means that particular veg families tend to have what might be described as ‘off years’ depending on the area they are destined to spend their growing season in. There’s a particular part of my veg patch that is hampered by being simultaneously the closest to the garden perimeter and the lowest point in the garden.