Words: Aoife McElwain Photo: Mark Duggan
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. It's true that not all fruits can make the savoury to sweet cross-over, but melon is not one of those fruits.
This Father's Day treat your dad to some special pampering, starting with a killer breakfast.
Rising stars in the busy world of food blogging, Cliodhna Prendergast is a trained chef from Co Galway who writes Breaking Eggs, and Imen McDonnell, from Co Limerick, is the founder of the Farmette blog. Together they have combined forces on the Lens & Larder creative...
Most of us aspire to get a little fitter and more svelte come the summer months and many of you reading this will have taken a big first step by completing Monday’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.
Fish is something I'm not particularly confident about cooking, though I'm finding my feet (or fins, as it were) as I practice it more.
Three deliciously simple recipes for very busy people, by Natasha Corrett.
'I hope we get a good summer this year," said every Irish person, ever. I said this to my husband on an evening stroll recently, when the summer sun was cooling down over the city in pink bursts on the horizon leaving a crystal clear blue sky lingering above us for a little longer.
This is such a delicious twist on the classic. I've swapped traditional rice for buckwheat groats, which mirror the texture perfectly and pack in way more nutrients. The chorizo has incredible flavour which infuses the whole dish, along with garlic, paprika and, of course, saffron.
Simple yet satisfying seasonal recipes from Theresa Storey whose latest book, Fruit on the Table, is published this month
For many of us, summertime heralds busier schedules both professionally and personally. There are projects to implement and deadlines racing towards us. There are music festivals to plan for and family barbecues to instigate.
Indulge your sweet tooth with a healthier option.
These flavoursome aubergine fritters can be enjoyed as breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Of course a soft yeasty bun can be a wonderful thing, but at Violet we have never had enough space to work with yeasted bread doughs. They take up more room and need larger machines.
Until recently, I had fallen out of love with the stir-fry. To my mind, it had become synonymous with poorly thought-out vegetarian options in bad hotels, or with buffet platters in service stations, sweating under hot lights. Not good food associations to have.
Spruce up your egg and mushroom breakfast with some spinach, garlic and sesame seeds
Neil Rankin's new book is packed with tips for cooking fantastic meat. He recommends you turn down the temperature and cook slowly to get the best results without stress
The weather is most certainly calling for salads for supper. The summer seems to be creeping back into our collective consciousness, thanks to a sunny spell last week. It's always a surprise to find ourselves at the May bank holiday weekend, which marks the beginning of the summer months.
The announcement by Mars that it was recommending that some of its Dolmio sauces be viewed as an occasional treat to be eaten no more than once a week may have surprised some, but even a cursory look at the labels on many of the products on the supermarket shelves reveals a staggeringly long list of ingredients that goes into making an ostensibly simple sauce and worrying amounts of sugar and salt.
There is something inherently comforting in a gratin. Whether it's layers of potatoes covered in melting cheese or pockets of macaroni held together by a creamy sauce, it's immensely satisfying to grab a spoonful of a potato or pasta bake for supper.
Saturday morning TV favourite chef James Martin knows a thing or too about great BBQ food
This chicken dish is ideal for healthy midweek dinners or last-minute lunches
SMOOTHIES have enjoyed a major revival, with various smoothie bars and brands popping up on high streets and in supermarkets. Smoothies are a brilliant way to incorporate a wealth of goodness into your diet.
The flavours of the West coast come alive in these tasty offerings.
From risotto with an Irish twist to Malaysian-inspired chicken rice, Valerie O'Connor's food is real easy and real tasty
How to win friends and influence people: cook this steak. Invite people over you want to impress and they will be saluting you by the meal's end. The best part of this recipe is that the marinade is made up of ingredients that you're likely to have in your kitchen already. The sharpness of soy, vinegar, port, and chili permeate the meat, so each bite is packed with flavour.
This week Indy Power shows us a beautiful and nutritious spring dessert.
Easter fell quite early this year, which I think had an impact on the planning of lamb lunches. Lamb is readily available year round, of course, but spring lamb season is roughly from February to June. And if you're wondering what the difference is, it's simply that spring lamb...
Homemade gnocchi sounds a bit daunting but this one is surprisingly easy and so delicious - it has just two central ingredients. There’s no eggs, so vegans don’t have to miss out. The subtle sweetness of the sweet potatoes complements the nuttiness of the buckwheat flour,...
There really is a grand stretch in the evening these days, isn't there? Every winter, I seem to forget the spring will spring upon us once again. Don't get me wrong, I like cozy winter evenings that call for delicious comfort food. But I'm always glad to see those long, sunny...
Do you have plans to cook a leg or shoulder of lamb for Easter this weekend? I know I do, and I also know I'll be happy to have the leftovers for a speedy supper next week.
Though I think it's fair to say that St Patrick's Day has become more closely associated with drinking rather than eating, a St Patrick's feast is something that can be easily celebrated with minimum fuss. Traditionally, March 17 was a free pass to break Lent. You could reward yourself for your abstinence from chocolates, a drop of whiskey or whatever pleasure you were sacrificing, and have a few sneaky...
"At Ballymaloe, our free-range pork and bacon comes from Woodside Farm, Mary O'Regan supplies the organic chickens and ducks and we use Macroom oatmeal.
It's starting to feel a bit like spring, with a grand stretch in the evening starting to take hold. Spring makes me look forward to greens, and eating lots of them.
Mother’s Day is one of those days that has always meant a huge amount in our family. I loved to spoil my late mum, Vera, a little bit more on Mother’s Day. We all miss her each and every day, and will set aside a little time on Mother’s Day tomorrow for some warm,...
This Friday’s snowfall is the perfect excuse to spend the night curled up in front of the fire but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an occasion.
A bergamot is a fruit that looks a little like a large, yellow lime, but tastes like a sweet lemon. Its distinguishing features are its slightly pear-shaped body and its sweet flesh. You're probably more familiar with this fruit in its guise as the key flavour of Earl Grey tea, which is made using bergamot oil.
A takeaway Indian meal at the end of a busy day can be tempting, but often doesn't live up to expectations. It can be greasy, for one thing, with a calorie count that's likely to be alarming.
The tagine isn't so much a food dish as the dish it's served in. The name tagine comes from the earthenware pot in which meat and vegetables have been cooked in North Africa for hundreds of years. What results is a version of the stew, a dish which can be found in culinary cultures the world over.
Jerusalem artichokes are known by a few different names. In the USA, they're known as sunchokes, in reference to their family connection to the sunflower. Colloquially, among the initiated, they're also known as (and sensitive readers should turn away now) fartichokes.
A guilt-free fry-up and porridge with a twist - these breakfasts from Ella Woodward are sure to set you up for the day
Show your loved ones you care with these delicious chocolatey desserts.
Nothing says 'I love you' like a chocolatey dessert. Here's three to try from Victoria Glass.
I love a sweet crêpe, but I really love a savoury crêpe. There are so many options for fillings, apart from the classic ham and cheese. You could fry up some Irish Gubbeen chorizo paired with cheese and handfuls of crispy rocket. Or what about dollops of Irish-made...
These simple pancakes are just perfect for some indulgent toppings this Pancake Tuesday.
It comes as no surprise really that I am a big believer of staying at home and cooking a cosy meal on Valentine's Day. This year it falls on a Sunday allowing lots of time for a romantic walk followed by an intimate meal for two.
From leisurely weekend cooks to the quick and easy mid-week staples, we all have go-to dishes in our culinary repertoires that are guaranteed to satisfy the biggest of appetites. Here, some of the Irish Independent's writers share their signature dishes and the stories...
It’s World Nutella Day and an excuse to indulge oneself in scrummy recipes inspired by Ireland’s favourite chocolate and hazelnut spread.
Tuesday will see thousands of Irish people reprise their aprons and whisks for annual pancake gluttony and with a plan and pan in place it can be the best one yet. Whether you prefer French crepes or fluffy American style pancakes, it is easy and enjoyable to make your own...
Though last weekend's cold spell seems to have eased off somewhat, we are still most certainly in the midst of winter. That means our root vegetables, such as parsnip, turnip and celeriac, are the current kings of our pantries.