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(...)

It's Food Month in The Irish Times, and every Friday through November we'll be hosting an online Food Forum to help you with your food, drink and c(...)

Looking to build a career in food: Culinary arts lecturer JJ Healy of the department of tourism and hospitality in Cork Institute of Technology giving a demonstration to secondary-school students at the college’s open day

Who’d want to cook for a living? All over Ireland, a plethora of cookery schools – from the Dublin Cookery School to Ballymaloe Cookery School to B(...)

You’re going to see food explored from every angle; from how it’s produced, to how we buy it, sell it and consume it. Health issues, and how i(...)