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Cherry pick your way to easy, peachy clafoutis

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It’s stone fruit season, with plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots and lots more in season right through to late September, writes Cliodhna Prendergast. Clafoutis is French dessert consisting, traditionally, of cherries, with a thick, flan-like batter poured over the top and oven baked. Clafoutis is a dessert that never really excited me and yet it is so much…

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Stepping into Spring

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Cliodhna Prendergast shrugs off winter layers – and sets about layering salads instead  A burst of spring sunlight has me wanting to make all kinds of lovely salads for a moment and then the sky clouds over and I feel my feet firmly stuck in winter again. What calendar do you go by, the one…

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Oxtail and Ale pie

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Too often neglected, this piece of meat is bursting with flavour It’s time! Time for roaring hearths, soups and stews, delicious comfort food that warms you from the inside out. It’s time for gutsy flavours, woolly jumpers, crisp days, and homely dinners. Oxtail is a cut that seems to be used less and less these…

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A taste of summer (even when it rains)

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Cliodhna Prendergast brews up a batch of meadowsweet cordial and jelly Rain jackets, tennis rackets, horse shoes, wetsuits, chicken pox and tonsillitis are some of the things that have featured heavily this summer in Connemara. But also blackcurrants, meadowsweet and dinners with friends; chilly barbecues, honeysuckle and gooseberries, piglets and muck. Laughter and rain showers,…

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The simple joys of Greece

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Every year for the past four years we have returned to Paros, Greece, for our family holiday, despite some of our more adventurous friends thinking we are boring. Over the winter we mull over a return and in the end we feel it’s just the easiest thing to do, and it works so well: the…

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You’ll kefir look back, I promise

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Kefir is an easily made, fermented yoghurt type drink that has huge health benefits, one of which is building up the immune system. It is made from kefir grains, which are composed of friendly bacteria and yeasts that happily coexist, unlike most other fermented milk starters. It is said to have originated in the Caucasus…

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