Phil Vickery is rather enjoying the pause lockdown has inadvertently offered us. "It's like an enforced holiday," says the chef and telly presenter, noting how, alongside the stresses, traumas and sadness, it's also meant we've been able to hear the birds sing. "You know that frenetic pace of life? Everything seems to have calmed down."
During this challenging time, certain foods can be hard to come by. For this reason, and to follow a more sustainable diet, it's important to focus on foods with a longer shelf life, as well as those that are in season. This will also help you to visit your local shop less, reducing your need to leave your home.
Looking for quick, tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes? As many of us will be doing more home cooking than usual, why not try these tasty suggestions from the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland which will serve as great inspiration for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even treats.
For those who are, during the isolation period, missing the ritual of going out to eat, Chris Rees, Head Chef at The River Room at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort, has shared two of his favourite recipes that will challenge your culinary skills and allow you to enjoy the taste of fine dining from your own home.
Blogger-turned-cookbook author Dan Toombs may not have Indian heritage, but he has spent the last 30 years cooking and falling in love with food from all over India and Asia, with a particular passion for curries - the kind you get in a British takeaway, as well as more regional dishes full of flavour and colour.
Until recently, most of us had never heard of Suzie Arbuthnot. But what a difference a few weeks can make. Because after her phenomenal success on the BBC's Best Home Cook earlier this month, the Lisburn mum and 2020 champion of the primetime show has joined the ranks of Northern Ireland's famous faces.
Around 350,000 people worldwide have almost completed Veganuary, switching to a vegan diet in January and following in the footsteps of stars such as Ariana Grande, Joaquin Phoenix and Chris Packham. Linda Stewart asks three Northern Ireland people why they’ve decided to abstain from animal produce.
It's easy to get stuck in a rut with your vegetable choices - peas with everything, carrot sticks at every opportunity, avocado brunches on repeat. But between New Year health kicks and talk of 'veganuary', as well as guideline recommendations swerving from five portions of fruit and veg-a-day to a whopping 10, you can be forgiven for finding the veg aisle a bit stressful. So, to reinvigorate your culinary possibilities in regards to the green stuff, and get 2020 off to a positive - but still very tasty - start, take a little inspiration from these plant-heavy cookbooks...
Whether it was making jam with their grandmother, coming home from school to the smell of stew on the stove or a homemade apple pie in the oven, the residents of one Co Antrim nursing home have delighted in sharing their food memories with the celebrity chef Jenny Bristow.
This Saturday (May 18) is World Whiskey Day and Irish whiskey will be firmly in the spotlight as part of the global celebrations. The good news is that to join in, all you need is a bottle of whiskey to share with some friends.
During the past few months, the owners of Northern Ireland's oldest and most beautiful properties opened their doors to reveal their fascinating histories in our special Weekend magazine interview series. Now, they share with Lorraine Wylie a slice of their culinary past by revealing some favourite family recipes
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