A surfer  in Strandhill Co Sligo  – one of three non-Blue Flag beaches  on the TripAdvisor list. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Banna, Inchdoney, Strandhill ... Users of the website like their Irish beaches rugged

Tetyana Vysochan, breakfast chef; Tom Flavin, executive chef and Janet McNamara, pastry chef, perfecting their flipping action at the Limerick Strand hotel. Photograph: Alan Place

If frying stacks of pancakes isn’t for you, here is how to enjoy them without the washing up

 Ross Lewis, chef and owner, with Eric Matthews, head chef at Chapter One. Photographs: Alan Betson

From early morning deliveries to taking care of VIP guests, ensuring seamless service and a beer tax for chefs who make mistakes, (...)

Pickle restaurant’s Holi tiffin box

The latest food news from around the country

Marqette in Dublin Airport Terminal 1 serves up to 5,000 passengers and staff every day

Martin Shanahan recipes on the menu at Cork airport, while pop-ups may be just the ticket in Dublin

The Dine In Dublin Taste Tour bus takes to the streets from this Friday lunchtime

Great food deals in the capital this week, as Dine in Dublin takes to the streets, and you can get cut-price bubbly

Jordan Bourke: “This has been one of my favourite books to write. I hope it pushes people a little bit out of their comfort zone – in a good way.”

The Irish chef and writer’s latest book is all about getting people into baking and fermenting

Olive’s Room in St Anne’s Park

Food File: Supper in the park, souped up chicken stock, wild weekend in Connemara, joy of pulses

A bird in the hand ... Singer Mundy is the latest contestant to leave the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen

There is no chorus sung, but the singer definitely has the last word in the kitchen

Chef and co-owner Damien Grey (left) and general manager and co-owner Andrew Heron, at Heron & Grey restaurant in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Heron & Grey to start taking online bookings with empty reservations book

 Lewis Cummings of Kerala Kitchen

Indian cafe celebrated its first birthday, Audrey McDonald hits the road again, seaweed snacks, special interest breaks at Kelly’(...)

 Dine in Dublin, which will run on February 27th-March 5th, will be launched in the Mansion House today (Tuesday). Photograph: Andres Poveda

More visitors to the capital are in search of a good meal than a shopping spree or a pint

Not even  tips from patisserie expert Claire Clark could keep Evelyn Cusack in the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen this week. Photograph: TV3

Dessert week brings job offers for some and burnt toast for others

The Gin School at Listoke Distillery in Co Louth: classes last for three hours, cost €95, and can be booked online.

How about creating a tipple, going to a buffet disco or being sorted for Valentine’s Day?

Green gold ... extra virgin olive oil

Single estate, new harvest are the things to look for – and they’re made by winemakers, Irish restaurateurs and skilled enthusias(...)

Nadia Forde has become the latest contestant to exit Celebrity Masterchef. Photograph: TV3

In the latest episode, the amateur chefs were faced with a question - where is the beef?

Jess Murphy, chef proprietor at Kai in Galway. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

Plus a bash at Ballymaloe and vegetarian and vegan recipes for people who like meat

Make a spice bag at home with this recipe from chef Kwanghi Chan

To celebrate Chinese New Year, chef Kwanghi Chan has created a recipe for the takeaway favourite and internet sensation

Mei Chin and Kwanghi Chan are doing a hands-on masterclass in Chinese cooking at Cooks Academy in Dublin  as part of the 10th Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As Chinese New Year approaches, a Chinese food writer and chef duo living in Ireland aim to promote better Chinese-Irish relations(...)

One thing we learned from week two: Samantha Mumba has celebrity chef written all over her

Chefs JP McMahon and Ross Lewis will cook a 10-course dinner in Galway  next month. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Can’t get a reservation at Chapter One? Like to try Nathan Outlaw’s food without travelling to Cornwall ... read on

Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster, is being celebrated at a two-week festival of culinary, cultural, musical and sporting events in Dublin

Welcome the arrival of the year of the rooster with a rousing celebration

Some of the seafood featuring in the most expensive take away in Ireland

Dublin restaurant's dish is ninth most expensive item on Deliveroo delivery service; plus romantic food tours, chef moves, afterno(...)

Paul Walsh

And see what happens when chefs swap kitchens

Single-udder butter – the acme of artisam, or a food trend too far? Photograph: Alan Betson

Here are some of the winners and losers in the food industry crystal ball lottery

Donal Skehan’s version of Martha Stewart’s one-pan pasta, the most read recipe of 2016 at irishtimes.com

Top recipe at irishtimes.com earns 1.7 million views on YouTube

 US president-elect Trump’s private airplane meal of choice? A  bucket of KFC chicken

A selection box of surprising snippets, little known facts and tasty morsels

Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Chetna Makan’s unusual saffron meringue cake

A look back at the delicious cakes, biscuits, puddings and pies we’ve cooked – and talked about – this year

Donal Skehan’s harissa baked eggs

Cast off the cosy Christmas cocoon and invite a gang over for these tasty meals

Hampshire breed ham from SuperValu: the result of a project to produce “a superior meat”.

Mini-breakfast bacon cups from M&S and lemons, cream and butter may be handy

Sean Smith’s lobster bisque before the soup is poured on. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Crab claws with clementine, pomegranate and rosemary butter; Lobster Bisque; Auntie Maureen’s plum pudding and more delicious reci(...)

Donal Skehan, centre, whose latest offering Eat. Live. Go. Fresh Food Fast is highly recommended, along with four more of our suggestions for Christmas gifts.

A mixed bag of goodies, from Dublin cafe food to Indian recipes made simple

Taste of Success finalists waiting to hear who has won the €100,000 prize. Mentor Domini Kemp with her contestants William Murray and James Kavanagh and winning contestant Michele Kilkenny with mentor JP McMahon.

Meat pie sees off challenge from banana bread and earns its creator €100,000

Apple adds more than 100 new emojis, to include a wider variety of food, expressions and female characters

The line-up for the Irish version of Dancing With The Stars which will begin on RTÉ One on January 8th

RTE's Strictly-style reality show signs up 11 celebrities including Eva Orsmond and Katherine Lynch

Éabha Campbell,  has become Aldi’s youngest supplier with Éabha’s Muffins. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

National Junior Baker 2016 winner’s spiced fruit muffins go on sale in 128 shops

Butter: no reference to it in new healthy eating  food pyramid. Photograph: Getty Images

Vegetables and fruit replace bread, pasta, cereals and rice as foods to be eaten most

  Maria and David Flynn of Ballymakenny Heritage Potatoes, near Termonfekin, who grow unusual violet and red potatoes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Growers are tempting top restaurants with purple potatoes, microgreens and coloured beets

Sean Kelly has developed a unique method for ageing sirloin steaks for 56 days. Photograph by David Ruffles

Cheffy fad or real deal? How meat from elderly cows that’s hung for months caught on

Surfers on Rossnowlagh beach in Co Donegal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pristine beaches and offshore islands ensure our county tops list of must-go destinations

A white pizza has the distinct advantage, where small, messy, wandering fingers are concerned, of not having any tomato sauce on top

If you’re settling down with the little ones to watch the Late Late Toy Show, we’ve got the best food for little fingers

Michael “Jim” Delligatti the Pittsburgh-area McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac in 1967, has died aged 98.

The Pennsylvania franchisee opened 47 branches of the fast food store

Truffle ... love it or hate it? Photograph: Getty Images

Food Court: As Food Month comes to an end, Marie-Claire Digby and Lilly Higgins voice opinions for and against truffles, and contr(...)

Speciality drinks from the Christmas range at Insomnia

Post-coded raw honey, gluten-free pastry, festive coffee cups and a flavours market

What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving?

Healthy roasted roots curry chips from Piply will be on sale at Eatyard

You'll be able to give your verdict when a new street food market opens in the capital tomorrow, with a rotating selection of 10 t(...)

Chicken flatbread with tzatziki from Tang

There’s no price tag attached, but donations to Unicef's #CookForSyria will be welcome at the fundraiser at Tang yoghurt cafe

Ice and easy: Kevin Dundon shows off his Christmas cake.

The TV chef and owner of Dunbrody House in Co Wexford shares his favourite recipe

Pictured launching ‘Orchard in an Hour’ are Karen O’Donohoe, Paul Giles, Leigh McCann and Stacey Claffey, students from Salsian College Celbridge. GIY have teamed up with SAP Landscapes to donate fruit trees which will see 100 orchards simultaneously planted across the country on November 26th

Plan to plant 100 new orchards at 11am on Saturday, November 26th

Eimantas Zvirblis, one of the BIM Young Fishmongers of the Year. Photograph: John Sheehan

The inaugural BIM awards recognise outstanding performance in the Irish seafood sector

 Dr Jane Stout of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan steering group and Jim O’Toole, Bord Bia’s director of sustainable development, with an insect hotel that provides shelter for insects. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Irish businesses asked to support a campaign to halt the decline in the bee population

Norwegian cheesemaker Gunnar Waagen whose Kraftkar blue cheese was crowned world champion  2106

Cow’s milk blue cheese made on family farm beats more than 3,000 entries from 31 countries

The first “Week of Italian Cuisine in the World” takes place on November 21st-27th

Italian food week to be marked by 1,300 events in 110 countries

“You’re only as good as the last bit of steak you sold,” says butcher Michael McGrath, whose family has been in business since the 1890s.

US food and travel website The Perennial Plate is making 10 short films about Ireland’s food culture

Snail farmer Eva Milka of Gaelic Escargot

An acre of land under snail cultivation can generate potential profit of €20,000, according to Ireland’s snail-breeding pioneer

Karl Whelan (front right) and Will Dempsey (back) co-owners of Hang Dai Chinese restaurant on Camden Street, Dublin, with head chef Bibo Yang. Photograph: Terry McDonagh

From an idea four years ago to opening this week, friends Karl Whelan and Will Dempsey have realised their dream of their own f(...)

Fiona Falconer of Wild About (left) will be demonstrating the versatility of her range of cordials, condiments and preserves at the BITE food festival.

Meet the new Irish Michelin star restaurateurs, drink wine with John Wilson, and listen to chef Catherine Fulvio talk about her (...)

Francesco Mazzei  will be cooking a five-course menu from his cookbook, Mezzogiorno, at Charlotte Quay in Dublin  on November 23rd

Aldi launches impressive kitchenware range: big pans, roasting tray and stove-top kettle

Gather, the new cookery book from Gill Mellor, is prominently displayed on stand, but the couple have not fully adopted the River Cottage chef’s wild food ethos. “We forage in Fallon & Byrne, you can find it all in there.”

A peek at the room where Currabinny chefs prepare their organic goodies

Detail from Irish competitor Anjali Tambde’s decorative flowers cake topper that was voted Best in Show at Cake International

How do you get a Bake Off worthy showstopper to an international cake competition in Birmingham? You bring it with you on a Ryana(...)

Domini Kemp will be sharing insights into building a food business at a Dublin Book Festival event on Friday morning. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Domini Kemp, Rosanna Davison and Garrett Fitzgerald share the secrets of their success at a free seminar in Dublin

Lucky Khambyle, Aissatou Sow and Ellie Kisyombe,  staff at Our Table at the  Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. Photograph: Allen Kiely

Actor Stephen Rea opened Our Table cafe in Dublin, where asylum seekers cook and refugees gain work

Fried chicken wings: They can be bathed in buttermilk, or spiced up Korean-style

We've got you covered: snacks – from fried chicken to chocolate chip cookies – and themed cocktails to see you through an all-nigh(...)

Euro-Toques young chef of the year finalists: Glen Sutcliffe; Killian Crowley; Chris Fullam; Marc McWilliams; Maeve Walsh and Gary Doyle. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Six chefs are competing to be named the country’s best young culinary talent

Anthony Bourdain: “While it is a laudable ambition to prepare the best risotto in the world, that doesn’t mean shit if your guests are sitting around with their stomachs growling.”

The globe-trotting American has brought out a family cookbook laden with advice

United BusinessFirst service: the airline flies direct from Dublin to Washington Dulles airport year round (except January 10th-March 1st, 2017).

With elections looming, Marie-Claire Digby discovers more than Capital Hill politics

Rachel Allen’s new cookbook, Recipes From My Mother, is sure to have some  really interesting dishes

Philip Brazil’s Christmas cooking seminar and Rachel Allen’s mother inspires new cookbook

Five evening masterclasses in regional Spanish food and wine for €125

Learn about, and taste regional Spanish food and wine at a series of five masterclasses

Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, with Mary Morrissey, Senior Manager Food and Beverage at Bord Bia, launching a series of farmers’ market training workshops. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

‘The world is your lobster’ – and with the help of these masterclasses you’ll be able to sell them too

LitFest director Rory O’Connell with Darina Allen and Rachel Allen at the Ballymaloe Cookery School

Food festival to place new emphasis on sustainability and responsibility rather than literature

Nüdest: the pouches are filled with fruit puree, Greek-style yoghurt and wholegrains

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Patrick Whyte, UK editor of Skift, a travel industry intelligence platform, will speak at the conference in Croke Park.

Global forum in Dublin attracts industry leaders in food, tourism and culture

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the Savour Kilkenny food festival later this week. Photograph: Pat Moore.

Bank holiday weekend food festival has big plans for its 10th birthday celebrations this week

Hereford stripoin from SuperValu took bronze at the World Steak Challenge in London

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news

“The jar is transforming into an aerobic environment, it is producing carbon dioxide, it is allowing good bacteria to dominate,” says Reynolds.

Dearbhla Reynolds’ book features kombucha, kefir, kimchi and other live culture delights

Catherine Fulvio: She will talk about her new book A Taste of Home at a supper club at the Itsa cafe in Dundrum.

A fresh food offering in Dunnes; dining with the stars at Itsa; and say goodbye to Thornton’s

The Liberties Whiskey Peach ’n’ Keane cocktail at JT Pim’s bar in South Great George’s Street in Dublin (€11)

Seventy venues taking part in competition, reflecting explosion of interest in distilling

Garrett Fitzgerald: “For me, it is about creativity and enjoyment, enjoying the end result but actually enjoying the process of cooking too.”

Garrett Fitzgerald says food should be ‘designed to offer nourishment and pleasure’

Sarah Gough of Mileeven FineFoods. Her Wonderful Honey range will be stocked by Sainsbury’s in the UK.

The latest food news from around the country

For National Potato Day, we find some of the best Irish Times recipes for the humble spud

Recipes for those who say it’s not dinner if there’s not a spud on the plate

Danni Barry, chef at EIPIC in  Belfast, retained her Michelin star: “you have that pressure... it was more relief than anything.

A Michelin star is the pinnacle for many chefs – but often there is a price to be paid

On the Heron and Grey menu the night a Michelin inspector dined at the restaurant: asparagus (above left), liver parfait (above right), langoustine, pork, strawberries. Photographs: Marie Claire Digby

Blackrock restaurant with a reputation for creating unique dishes was open just four months when ‘the man in jumper’ paid a visit (...)

Amandip Uppal: “I combine the way both of my parents taught me to cook.”

Amandip Uppal’s first cookbook offers a bright, modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes

Aine Kinsella and Niamh Duffy. Photograph: Andres Poveda 

Cheese to crumble for, yummy fungus and Belfast appetite

InishBofin has a feast in store for its food festival visitors

The latest food news from around the country

Tim Daly, Executive Chef at  Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort and Eamon Bourke of Kilmullen Farm

The latest food news from around the country

Ciaran Cummings, manager of Elbow Lane Brewery and Smokehouse, at the Start-Up Stall at Cork’s English Market, where the makers of Smokehouse Sauce are running a 24days24ways initiative during their guest trader residency

Businesses invited to showcase their products at the market’s new stall

Sinead Hennessy, left, Fáilte Ireland food tourism officer, with US filmmakers Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of The Perrennial Plate, at Food Connect in Slane. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Food conference hears that the US filmmakers behind ‘The Perennial Plate’, which has more than 10 million global viewers, are to m(...)

Chef Rob Krawczyk of Brabazon restaurant at Tankardstown House, Slane, Co Meath, pictured in his smokehouse. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Enthusiasts across the country are experimenting with pork, beef and even buffalo meat

Diana Henry's pappardelle with cavolo nero, chilli and hazelnuts, from her 10th cookbook, 'Simple'

Northern Irish chef and food writer Diana Henry lives in London and has just written her 10th cook book, ‘Simple’. She shares some(...)

Chickpea empanadillas, piquillo pepper salsa and lovage oil

Chef JP McMahon marries Irish food with Spanish cuisine in his Galway restaurant, Cava. Here, he shares the secret to making tapas(...)

Pat Whelan (right) with Tom Carton at James Whelan butcher’s shop in Avoca, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The latest food news from around the country

Nathan Outlaw, chef proprietor of the two Michelin star  Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall, is coming to Ireland to put young chefs to the test

Inspiration is the theme for a competition to find the best new culinary talent in the country

Michael Flatley with an array of sandwiches and pâtisserie inspired by his artwork

The former ‘Riverdance’ dancer’s paintings – which sell for up to €340,000 – are the inspiration for a new afternoon tea in a Dubl(...)

Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats with  John Farran (left) of the Guild of Fine Food  and Michael Ward of Harrods after he won the top Great Taste award in London on Monday

Hannan Meats first company to win top prize for a second time as Dunnes Stores sticky toffee pudding takes Republic of Ireland(...)

Sean Smith, head chef at the Cliff Townhouse, giving an oyster masterclass

The latest food news from around the country

  Patrick Ryan of the Firehouse Bakery with his sourdough loaf. Photograph: Eric Luke

Baking bread can be fuss-free and fast, plus it’s an ideal staple for school lunchboxes

James Kavanagh  and William Murray’s Curabinny will be at  the Spirit of Dublin summer craft fair in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin 8.

Currabinny at Teeling Distillery, River Cottage at Airfield and pottering about

 John and Sandy Wyer at their home in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I get very bored easily, but I always love a bit of glamour’

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