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Claudia Roden in Dublin, Aoife Ryan's great food blog, the food Book of the Week and Glenisk does Dawson Street - it's all in our weekly food roundup

There is such a thing as a free lunch – and an audience with the lovely Claudia Roden, too – when she visits the Instituto Cervantes in Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, next Friday, May 3rd, to talk about the food of Galicia. The lunchtime event is part of the Spanish-Celtic gastronomy series at the Institute and is free to attend, though you must register in advance. See, tel: 01-631 1500. Refreshments will be served. Start time is 1pm.

WEBWATCH Aoife Ryan, who writes this terrific food blog has been shortlisted in the food category of the Brilliance in Blogging 2013 awards in the UK, and is canvassing for votes. Best known for her luscious cakes, Ryan's blog is also peppered with useful tips and hints, and it's a good laugh too. In her day job, Ryan is a product specialist, which she described as someone "who sources great food and drink products for travel companies across Europe and beyond". These are her red velvet cupcakes with Swiss meringue buttercream.

Food for Friends , by Edward Hayden, published by O'Brien Press, €22.99 This is Edward Hayden's fourth book, and the best so far. There's plenty here to interest newcomers to cooking who might need a bit of a hand, and inspiration for good home cooks wanting to extend their repertoire. This gorgeous pesto and sundried tomato buttermilk soda bread is a cinch to make.

The former Apollo Gallery on Dublin's Dawson Street has been transformed into a pop-up shop selling sweet and savoury dishes made with Glenisk dairy products. The 10-week residency will also include supper clubs and food events. Prices are a keen €3.50 for snacks that will be served on rosemary and olive oil crostini from the Paris Bakery. The savoury offerings will include dishes made with Goatsbridge trout and Burren Smokehouse salmon, and the sweet treats will include the company's cheesecakes. See for more information.

The San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants is the Oscars of the food world, and if you just can't wait to see if Noma holds on to the top slot, you can watch the live streaming of the event in London next Monday night at 8pm online at