Kale farmer Christopher Keane: “We can’t keep it on the shelves. I think it was some model over in America mentioned a few years ago that she was eating kale and the next thing was, everyone wanted to eat kale.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Gwyneth Paltrow’s dietary whims were the last thing on Christopher Keane’s mind when he began growing kale after he left college many years ago. Back (...)

Two-piece navy suit, €239, Scott; tweed waistcoat, €69.95, Gibson; white LS T-shirt, €19.95, JackJones; navy tie, €20, Lloyd Attree Smith; tan brogues Gucinari. Glasses, stylist’s own

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The Rocket and Squash food blog scours the weekend food supplements in British broadsheets and compiles a “best of” for your reading pleasure

Comedian Dylan Moran aptly summed up the modern misguided obsession for gourmet food when he described the goggle-eyed 9-to-5-er planted firmly on the(...)

Is Jamie Oliver the king of Christmas?

By now you’ll have the presents all neatly stacked under the tree, wrapped in neatly ironed Fair Trade paper that you ordered last June and had per(...)

Oisín, David, Áine and Susan Keogh in their field of Brussels Sprouts near Macetown, Tara, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

We may whine about them and boil them into submission, but we are buying more Brussels sprouts than ever. Bord Bia figures show that sales of the ma(...)

Morrissey said he turned down the chance to deliver an alternative Christmas Day speech because he said he did not want to “be trading slaps” with the Queen over the festive period. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Morrissey has claimed he turned down the chance to deliver an alternative Christmas Day speech because he said he did not want to “be trading slaps” w(...)

According to whoever writes the internet, the term “hangry” – hungry and angry – was coined in 2005. Well, whoever writes the internet didn’t grow (...)

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

What do a disappearing wife, the driver theory test and a lot of wimpy kids have in common? They are among the subjects covered by Ireland’s most b(...)

Chef Donal Skehan who says part of the problem with Irish food is that it tends to favour convenience over quality, he says.

Despite a fondness for “a bacon sandwich in a white sliced pan”, TV cook Donal Skehan agrees with food writer John McKenna’s recent criticisms of w(...)

The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village. The restaurant  has a strict no-bookings policy and has many celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, U2 and Matt Damon

Some rock bands want to drink their dinner; others want to order breakfast at midnight; all want a place where they can hang out until late in mellow (...)