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Tofu has been an important foodstuff for 2000 years, but is only just starting to make inroads into the Irish diet. We’re all familiar with it: it’s a mainstay of Asian food from Korea all the way down to Viet Nam and Myanmar and, as it’s a protein–packed vegetarian option, it’s had an unfortunate association — in this part of the world, anyway — with...

We’re just about at the bleakest time of the year now, in that weird patch between Christmas and Spring where it can be hard to get motivated and easy to feel down. So, to combat those late–winter blues, here’s a great recipe for simple, traditional comfort food with a little bit of a twist! Our delicious, thick, creamy rice pudding is great on its own but for extra...

The Farmgate Café in the English Market has been named among the top ten places to stop for tea in the British Isles — and one of only two in Ireland — by the tousim blog GoEuro. The travel blog selected The Farmgate for the quality of its brown bread, lemon tart and people watching. “Definitely make a stop at the Farmgate Cafe for an afternoon tea” enthuses the...

A team of researchers from Spain’s national research council has set to work at the oldest herbarium of grapevine varieties in the world, in a drive to identify the varieties there — some of which are thought to no longer exist — through DNA testing.

The herbarium, created by Simón de Rojas Clemente y Rubio, consists of 186 different varieities of leaves and...

Mexican cuisine is truly a meeting of worlds. When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico they found a flourishing, advanced Aztec culture with its own distinctive culinary tradition, incorporating lots of maize, beans and chilli — three of the elements most associated with Mexican food even today. To this, the Spaniards added domesticated meat and dairy products, as well as herbs to complement...

Crepe day is rapidly approaching! We’re fond of pancakes here for one day a year, and then very often they won’t make an appearance again until the following Shrove Tuesday. Around the world, though, their cousins remain popular all year, and the top of the stack in the pancake family, the thin, brittle crepe, is an institution in France. February 2nd will see a celebration of the...

 It’s easy to forget that just a few short years ago the Irish palate for vegetables was limited, pretty much, to root vegetables, cabbage, and the occasional tin of peas with the Sunday roast. Times have certainly changed, and now we’re spoiled for choice with a huge variety of formerly exotic fruits and vegetables.
One of the rising vegetable stars over the past few...

With a name like Love Raw Kitchen you might assume raw salads and fresh juices are the only things on offer, but a visit to this Douglas West kitchen will pleasantly surprise even the most hesitant of healthy eaters. 

Love Raw Kitchen’s selection of over 30 fresh ingredients fills every inch of the 15-foot salad bar, highlighting fresh local cheeses, meats, sundries and...

We’ve had it all in Cork this week; frost and ice, snow, howling gales, driving rain…our mild 2014 Winter has become a raging maelstrom in 2015. This time of year puts a strain on all of us, as the cold saps our strength and can make us more prone to infection from all the bugs doing the rounds. Luckily, we have the perfect antidote: not only will this soup fill you up and warm...

If you’re anything at all like most of us here at The Cork News you’re not fully human in the mornings until you’ve had your first coffee. The beverage, a mainstay of waking up all over the world for centuries, is at the centre of a storm in a coffee cup Leeside at the moment, as you probably know, with Cork’s native roasters and coffee shops throwing down the gauntlet...

Cork’s newest Mexican restaurant, El Mercado on Rory Gallagher Square, is continuing to develop the Huguenot Quarter’s burgeoning reputation for great international cuisine allied with noteworthy value.

Located above the already–popular Burrito and Blues restaurant, El Mercado builds on the traditional Mexican cooking which has made its downstairs counterparts such a...

The “street food” phenomenon is gathering momentum in Cork, with the city’s food fans spoiled for choice when it comes to a wide range of exotic cuisine, served up quickly and cheaply and perfect for eating on the go. Tedo has joined the growing ranks of street food vendors, shoring up the Latin contingent with a wide range of tapas as well as light bites and other street...

Sticking with salads for a while until those Christmas pounds melt away? Try these ideas courtesy of Love Raw Kitchen on Church Road in Douglas to add a little more pizzazz and keep you coming back for more!

Love Raw Kitchen’s homemade honey mustard dressing

Ingredients:

  • Greek yoghurt 
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • ...

The “detox” bandwagon is a popular thing in January, usually involving a regime of healthy eating and drinking that consists of vegetables, fruit, lean mean, smoothies and lots and lots of water. Whatever your views on the scientific merits (or otherwise) of “detoxing” there’s no denying that packing your diet with low–fat, high–fibre, all–...

2014 was very much “the year of Aroi” in Irish cuisine. The Asian Street Food hotspot, which first opened in Limerick in March before realising the demand was too great not to open another restaurant in Cork just six months later, pulled in accolade after accolade in the first nine months of its life.

The stylish, modern restaurant, neighbours of The Cork News on Carey...

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