We’ve enlisted Derry Clarke (L’Ecrivain); Ken Harker (Lady Helen); Ross Lewis (Chapter One); Danni Barry (EIPIC) and Aoife Noonan (Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud) to suggest seasonal dishes with a twist for Christmas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What do chefs eat at Christmas? Anything – as long as it’s cooked by someone else. That’s the usual refrain from weary kitchen staff at the busiest t(...)

Morton’s family-run food store in Ranelagh, Dublin 6, is selling a “Christmas Trimmings” box with everything – except turkey

TAKING THE DRUDGE OUT OF CHRISTMAS DINNER   Anything that makes Christmas preparations easier is a good thing and, in the absence of(...)

The Sika’s diningroom. The restaurant is named after the sika deer

It’s quite the sight after a nose-to-tail journey on the N11. A line of gleaming vintage cars is queuing at the Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry. Ea(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

It ’s a topic that can be as hot as politics or religion. What is an Irish breakfast? Does it involve beans or mushrooms? Are you an egg man or woman?(...)