Food For Thought

Seaweed Song

By Lizzie Gore-Grimes. Underneath our very noses here in Ireland we have a rich culinary resource that goes largely untapped; and that gastro-goldmine is our sea vegetable-rich shoreline. From dillisk…

Gourmet Cooking Experience in France

By Jeanne Quigley. When I saw the ad ‘Places available for journalists on a Gourmet Explorer Cookery Course in France’ I jumped at the opportunity. Five days in the kitchen…

Christmas Cookbooks

Aoife Carrigy suggests a selection of home-grown Irish cookbooks from members of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild as the perfect Christmas gift for the foodie in your life… If you’re…

Sensational Sweetmeats

Lizzie Gore-Grimes enjoys sampling the variety of sweet treats that this time of year is synonymous with the world over… There may be wonderful roasts and succulent birds to savour,…

Famine Food

By Lucy Madden. It’s difficult to imagine, in this world of choices, a subsistence diet based on one foodstuff.  We have the privilege, although some might argue with the use…

Caraway Seeds in Abundance

By Marion Maxwell. They have been found by archaeologists at the bottom of  Swiss lakes and in Egyptian tombs. In Germany they were  placed under the beds of  restless children…

Cooking With Flavours

By Petra Carter. Take a spoonful of sugar. Take two. Or even three. Nice? Not really. But combine the sugar with something bitter (say coffee) and its sweetness is transformed…