Are you ready for the October issue of Easy Food? We hope you’re hungry…
1. Darina’s back!
Irish food superstar Darina Allen is back, reprising the role as Easy Food guest editor she first took on back in 2015. We’ve long worshipped Darina for her unfailing commitment to buying local, growing your own where possible and creating simple, real food at home. Her new book, One Pot Feeds All, is a true testament to home cooking, and we’re excited to share some of her recipes with you.
2. Comfort food
Despite mourning the end of the warmer weather, there’s always a part of us that rejoices at the return to cosy socks, roaring fires and — most of all — comfort food. We’ve taken a culinary trip around the world so you can soothe your soul with the heartiest of meals, whether you fancy braised Irish lamb shanks, spicy Korean stew or these delicious Polish pierogi.
3. Chilli night
There’s something special about a good chilli con carne, despite being such a cheap and cheerful option. We’re sharing our best basic recipe from the Test Kitchen, plus three tasty twists you can add once you’ve mastered the method. We’ve also pulled together a list of our favourite toppings so you can find your perfect flavour combo.
4. Roast chicken
Nothing beats a roast chicken dinner, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit. You’re sure to love our inventive takes on this classic: try our Indian-spiced chicken for an exotic twist, or lean all the way into autumn by serving your bird with a hearty combination of roasted squash, sage and barley.
5. Test your sweet IQ
It’s trick or treat time, and we’re putting your knowledge of Irish sweets, chocolate bars and crisps to the test with our fun quiz! We’re also got tips for keeping the kids’ sugar intake to a minimum this Halloween, ideal for any parent blanching at the prospect of a six-year-old on a sugar high.
6. Autumn bakes
Shannon’s been relishing the opportunity to whip up some warming, spiced autumn bakes, including the to-die-for cinnamon rolls on the magazine cover. Home bakers will definitely want to give these a go.
7. Butter is best
Deputy Editor Jocelyn continues to eat her way around Ireland with relish; this time round, the focus is on a very special farm in Co. Tipperary making some truly amazing raw milk dairy products. Nobody puts Irish butter in the corner.
8. Feel the beet
Beetroots are at their best right now, and they’re so lovely-looking that experimenting with them this month was as much fun for our photographer as for the food styling team. Look no further for new ways to prepare these purple beauties.
9. Easy family meals
As usual, we’ve got loads of ideas for your dinner table, whether you’re in need of meat-free Monday meal inspiration, an easy meal the kids will enjoy, a new experience for your tastebuds or simply something you can get on the table quickly.
If you’ve moved into a new place or are planning a renovation, head to our bumper section on kitchen interiors for plenty of tips for making the heart of your home shine — on a budget.
The October edition of Easy Food will be in shops from September 28th– make sure you don’t miss out!