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Darina Allen: A celebration of the humble spud

This week’s column is a celebration of the potato — the super versatile, super nutritious and super cool tuber often referred to as the humble spud. Somehow, despite its many virtues, the potato has ... read more

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To get an authentic taste of Ireland you’ll need to turn to inspired and passionate Irish cooking advocates like Darina and Rachel Allen. 30 Years at Ballymaloe: A Celebration of the ... a colonial ... read more

Dig around for the best-tasting potatoes

Darina Allen, from the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, grows a lot of the Sárpo potatoes. She is extremely complimentary about them generally and rates their favour highly. She is especially ... read more

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"I was asked to do something interesting about the humble spud. As usual, I said 'yes' and thought about ... Jenny is something of a cross between Darina Allen and Alice Taylor and likes to talk with ... read more

Darina Allen: Potatoes with Smetana and Dill

I’M ABSOLUTELY thrilled to read about big plans to give the humble spud a makeover, a €1m boost to be precise. This is big — a collaboration between Bord Bia, the Department of Agriculture, Ireland’s ... read more

A Sweet Solution For Dandelions: Eat 'Em To Beat 'Em

When searching for ingredients to cook with, Irish chef Darina ... she says. Allen's the founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School and an advocate of organic farming. She says that with a quick ... read more

Time for the first actual picnic at the Electric Picnic

Jess Murphy, head chef of Kai in Galway, will be one of a panel discussing kitchen equality along with Darina Allen and others ... are hoping to create the first ever communal picnic at the Electric ... read more

When it comes to festivals the French know their onions

The only significant exception to this is the humble ... spud, which is also routinely offered at roadsides. The sooner we have a Festival of the Potato the better. No doubt every chipper in the town ... read more

Andrew Taylor loses 50 kilos in a year on potato diet

Mr Taylor - who shares his journey on his Facebook page Spud Fit - took radical action as a way to break his dependence on unhealthy food by eliminating everything except the humble spud. 'Potatoes ... read more

Dietician says potatoes are better in terms of fibre than rice or pasta

Dietician Daniel McCartney presented the findings to the Irish Food Association (IFI) and Bord Bia (Food Board) to promote the humble spud. McCartney also acknowledged that potatoes contain more fibre ... read more

Humble spud goes signature for world-leading chef Clare Smyth

So you had to be good enough to be in that kitchen or you were gone.” This May Be the World’s Best Potato Farmer’s daughter Clare Smyth parlayed the humble spud into a signature dish that puts her ... read more



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