About Darina Allen

Darina Allen

Darina Allen is the owner of the famed Ballymaloe cooking school in County Cork, Ireland, which she founded with her husband in 1983. She's known as "the Julia Child of Ireland" and was named IACP's Cooking Teacher of the Year in 2005. A proponent of the slow food movement and a campaigner for local produce, Allen founded the first farmers markets in Ireland. She's also authored nearly a dozen cookbooks, including Forgotten Skills of Cooking.

Maple Parsnip Cake

Though not quite as sweet as everyone’s beloved carrot cake, this unpretentious parsnip version never fails to wow.

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Pan Boxty Recipe

Pan Boxty

A precursor to hash browns, pan boxty is shamelessly simple and flagrantly frugal. Can’t say as we’ve improved any on this Irish classic.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Spaghetti with Wild Garlic Recipe

Spaghetti with Wild Garlic and Herbs

This dish, filled with wild garlic (a real flavor booster) and herbs, including basil mint, and parsley, adds up to a simple and elegant weeknight dinner.

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Raspberry Fool

Raspberry Fool

We’ve no idea where this name came from, as there’s nothing foolish about conjuring a conversation-stopping dessert from just three ingredients. Nothing foolish at all.

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  • 10 M
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Spotted Dog Recipe

Spotted Dog

Basic Irish soda bread gets blinged up with raisins. It’s at its loveliest when served warm from the oven and slathered indecently with Irish butter.

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  • 4

Gravlax with Dill Mayonnaise

Gravadlax, also known as gravlax, is thinly sliced salmon infused with dill. And there’s no better way to ensure it’s just how you like it than curing your own.

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Pacific Oysters with Asian Vinaigrette

Pacific Oysters with Asian Vinaigrette

Utterly fresh, these oysters–drizzled with a sauce filled with ginger, soy sauce, and lemon juice–are best when just shucked. Do try for Pacific oysters.

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