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Easter is a time for a chocolate indulgence: there’s nothing quite like cracking that brittle chocolate egg and selecting the perfect shard for your first bite, especially if you’re been a good boy or girl over Lent and have practically forgotten the taste of this rich brown food of the gods.

However, your easter eggs this year are likely to pale in comparison with a...

For some people, foods others take for granted can be a recipe for disaster, causing symptoms ranging from upset stomach to skin conditions, headaches and even joint pain and wheezy breathing.

Food intolerance begins when the digestive system is no longer able to process particular foods. The by–products can cross into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, creating a...

The tradition of the mobile sweet shop — pre–1980s country kids will know what I’m talking about — may have all but disappeared in latter years, but one Cork company has revived it with a twist, tailor–made for the 21st century.

The Sweet Cart Company from Glounthaune plies delicious wares at weddings, communions, confirmations, birthdays, anniversaries and...

One of the most popular dishes in the world, you don’t have to take a trip to your local Indian takeaway to taste a delicious, creamy, mild chicken tikka masala. It’s often noted that this dish — called “England’s national meal” — probably originated in the UK, but it’s based on a long tradition of Punjabi tastes and techniques. The yogurt helps...

Cork micro food producers will be showcasing their finest fare at one of the world’s biggest and most important food and drink industry events, IFE 2015, taking place in London.

The event brings together the crème de la crème of the global food industry, with more than 1350 exhibitors set to attend. The Cork participants will have a chance to rub shoulders with some...

Most people fancy themselves a little bit of a food critic, and now thanks to a Cork–based group of food lovers you have a chance to put your palate to the test.

The critics have developed a philosphy of introducing diners to new restaurants they might not otherwise have a chance to visit, enjoying a tasting menu and giving detailed feedback to the chefs. This month, Critic’...

One of Cork’s best–loved coffee houses has raised the bar at the Bewley’s Barista Jam in Dublin, winning two awards — including Best Coffee Outlet — outright and taking second place in the coveted ‘cupping’ category.

The Barista Jam sees an invited short–list of 30 baristas from around Ireland showcase their abilities across two days of...

In springtime, wild garlic appears all across Ireland in shaded woodland areas.  It is easy to recognize from its distinctive garlic smell.  There are two varieties: one has a long three–cornered stem and the other which has a large broad leaf.  The leaves can be harvested and treated like any salad leaf.  In this roast lamb recipe I use the unique garlic taste in a...

Contrary to popular belief, ‘sushi’ doesn’t refer to raw fish. In fact, the word sushi means ‘bitter’ and refers to the rice that often comes with the fish, which is cooked with vinegar. The fish itself, which is delicately flavoured and highly delicious, is called sashimi.

Very often here in the Menu pages we try to give you an insight into food you can at...

Once associated with Autumn, globalisation has ensured that berries are now available all year round. But some of the facts about these fruits might raise your eyebrows! For starters, one of the most beloved of all berries — the strawberry — isn’t a berry at all, but chances are you already knew that. But what if I told you that raspberries, blueberries and blackberries aren...

Brisket, which comes from where the chest would be if cattle stood upright, is rarely fatty but, because it’s responsible for holding the animal up and moving its front legs, usually very tough. That’s led to it falling out of favour a little in recent years, but as slow cooking makes a comeback it’s the perfect cut of meat for someone who’s got time and patience and...

The very beginning of spring is a time for rebirth and regrowth, but after a long hard winter you might be forgiven for thinking that not much is ‘in season’ just yet. Not so! Some members of the mustard family, like cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, can be particularly delicious at this time of year. Likewise purple sprouting broccoli, which is really only good right...

It’s still sniffle season, and lots of people in Cork are still complaining of stuffed noses and sore throats. One of the oldest salves for a scratchy throat is honey, and it’s not just an old wives’ tale, either.

Honey is an incredibly effective antiseptic, and is so good at inhibiting bacterial action that food buried in honey centuries ago, as well as ancient honey...

Clonakilty Gluten Free Cuisine, a selection of 26 gluten–free products, is now available at Scally’s SuperValu in Blackrock. The whole range is prepared in a dedicated bakery that is entirely free of wheat products, and has been independently tested and certified by Alpha Analytics as 100% gluten free.

Tom Scally, owner of Scally’s SuperValu, said “1 in 100...

Whether she's a baker or a cook, or just likes good food, here is a selection of foodie gifts that your mother will sure to savour. 

Butlers tapered box with 13 milk chocolate truffles, Butlers on Oliver Plunkett Street, €5...

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