Jamie Oliver

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The spectre of Christmas presents: Think about who you’re buying for and ask if it is worth it. If not, contact them and suggest a joint embargo – in a light, jolly way – and chances are they will be delighted. Photograph: Getty

Advent: ’Tis the season to be Christian – or at least that is what Advent is supposed to be. It has been hijacked by everyone from Homer Simpson to Pe(...)

 Majella Gallagher (front, centre) with her friends celebrating Christmas in the early 1990s: back, left to right:  Jean Fuller, Bridí McNerney, Ria Dunne, Helen McDonagh, Eimear Holmes; front left: Eleanor Ryan

The Saturday night before Christmas was the high point of our festive celebrations. A group of long-standing friends, we used to meet in Slatterys in(...)

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I was reading a copy of the Lady magazine recently – “for elegant women with elegant minds” – when my eyes fell upon the results of one of those ridic(...)

Patrick Freyne gets a one-on-one cookery lesson from Donal Skehan in the latter’s house in Howth. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donal Skehan and his Swedish girlfriend, Sofie, are shelling nuts in the kitchen of their Howth home. Skehan is wearing a blue-and-white- striped a(...)

Food poverty: ‘It is never just about cost. Access is a big issue too: access to food and access to shops and information’

On September 30th, an article in this newspaper outlined the difficulty some families have feeding their families. One woman who featured in the artic(...)

Dear students: we know you’re not great with money, so we are writing to you with some tips to help you keep your spending under control until you start working in four years’ time

Dear students of Ireland, Congratulations on getting into college. The Leaving was a nightmare, wasn’t it? Still, it’s in the past now and, aside from(...)

Last year I tweeted a picture of my hospital dinner which, on the menu, was called “Baked potato and Filling”. On the plate before me were four egg-si(...)

Sales of celebrity cookbooks in Britain rose 250 per cent in 2012, with Jamie Oliver the second biggest selling author ever in any genre in the UK, trailing only JK Rowling, according to research by Ocado.

The last of the considerable strawberries in the garden were shouting to be picked, and the destination of choice for them became the largest pot in t(...)

A file photo of  a child enjoying a packed lunch at a primary school in Cambridgeshire. Photograph: PA

A review of school food has called for schools in England to ban packed lunches and cut the price of cooked dinners to promote healthy eating.The rev(...)

The British & Irish Lions training in Perth. The city has changed a lot in the last 12 years. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In its own inimitable way Perth is the antithesis of Hong Kong. An ultra clean city (you wouldn’t find a stub on the ground, much less a piece of pape(...)

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