A cluster of pots filled with culinary herbs. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Is there any group of culinary plants more useful than herbs? I can think of nothing else that has that near-magical ability to transform the most mun(...)

The absolutely delightful thing about natural wines is that they are great with food. Photograph: iStock

Since learning about wine from Colm McCann as part of the Ballymaloe Cookery School 12-week course, I’ve always been interested in the world of wine a(...)

Turmeric, winter roots, cabbage and lentil soup

The “holiday” mood has most definitely passed, and for many of us, the new year will have seen us fill our trolleys with vegetables, pulses and grains(...)

On The Fringe: there are lots of free activities at Litfest this weekend, and The Big Shed will be the place to meet, eat and drink, and make merry.

Going to the Ballymaloe Litfest can be a major investment – attending a three-hour cookery demonstration will set you back €100 (including a generous (...)

The good news, if you’re planning to attend the Litfest extravaganza at Ballymaloe (May 19th-21st), is that there are tickets still available for all (...)

Some sugar is staring you in the face –  others  can be more tricky to detect

There’s no escaping it. Sugar is the bad boy of the food world, with all that implies. It’s naughty, exciting and irresistible – so much so that respe(...)

Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the Conrad Dublin hotel

NEWS Lit up Tickets for this year’s Ballymaloe Lit Fest are officially on sale. The fifth annual celebration of all things food and literary takes pl(...)

The Inuit diet: low rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic disease. Photograph: Doug Struck/Washington Post

In the early 1900s, Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson lived among the Inuit for several years eating mostly whale blubber, some fish and meat, as (...)

Michael Kelly, founder of GIY, ahead of the Waterford Harvest Festival and the GIY Grow  next weekend.

Weekend of foodie festivities Thomas Haughton, who was the launch chef for Harvey Nichols when it came to Dublin and has also worked at the K Clu(...)

Fun on the fringe at Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

JR Riall is a pastry chef at Ballymaloe House. During last year’s Literary Festival of Food & Wine, he was called out of the kitchen by 92-year-ol(...)

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