Patricia Daly, left, and Domini Kemp: their new book, The Ketogenic Kitchen, reverses the food pyramid. Photograph: Joanne Murphy

Patricia Daly knew Domini Kemp before they met. In that two degrees of separation way they had a couple of mutual friends. But it wasn’t until 2013 wh(...)

Donal Skehan, The Irish Times Magazine’s newest food columnist. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘What’s he like? Is he really such a nice guy or is it all an act?” Long before The Mario Rosenstock Show’s send-up of TV presenter and food writer D(...)

Poached Thai Salmon and Mangos SaladPhotograph: Alan Betson
Papaya & avocado salsa

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and season well. If you like, add a squeeze or two of lime juice to loosen it up, though the juice from the (...)

Drop Egg Soup and Courgette Bread.Photograph: Alan Betson
Courgette bread

Preheat the oven to 180°C. You’ll need a food processor and a large bowl for this, and it couldn’t be simpler. In the bowl, mix together the dry ing(...)

Real Texas Chili and Classic GuacamolePhotograph: Alan Betson
Guacamole

In a blender, blitz together all the ingredients – except the avocados – until you reach a pesto-like consistency. Then dress the cubed avocado with(...)

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
Chia porridge

This is very quick to prepare. Brew the tea bags in the boiling water until it’s tepid, then remove them. Meanwhile, in a blender, blitz the dates/pru(...)

Walnut & sage cream

This is also delicious for vegetable “pasta”, such as spiralised courgettes.

Asian ‘Caesar’ salad

Wash and dry the Cos leaves. Make the dressing by putting everything in a blender or food processor and blitzing till smooth. Dress the salad just bef(...)

L - R Domini Kemp, Catherine Cleary and Jane Russell

“We didn’t used to be frightened of our food, but now people are terrified of food. It’s a total preoccupation,” chef Darina Allen from Ballymaloe (...)

Second-year students in the pastry class of the professional cookery programme at DIT Cathal Brugha Street. Photograph: Eric Luke
The chef shortage begins to bite

November is Food Month in The Irish Times   Ireland’s restaurant industry is thriving, but for how long? A shortage of chefs is really(...)