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This year Darina – founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, Slow Food supporter and author of a shelf-full of inspirational cookery books – celebrates her 70th birthday. She talks about how we can all be healthier through growing and knowing our food



I come from a little village in County Laois, called Cullohill, the eldest of nine children. My mother loved to cook and knew how deeply important it was to feed us well: food was what kept us healthy, food was our medicine. With nine of us there was constant cooking going on. When we ran in from school there was always something bubbling on the stove or a tray of scones coming out of the Aga. You’d finish tidying up from one meal, and then it was time to start the next!


We had a vegetable garden, reared chickens for the table and had our own Kerry cow at home, so we drank warm milk every day. That was my norm, the way it was, and that probably set me on my path. We each had our little garden patch to grow things and were learning skills without knowing it. Mammy had a list of our jobs on the wall: feeding the hens, going to the water pump in the village to get spring water. The boys and girls all learned the same thing, there was no distinction.

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Ease into autumn with the October issue of delicious. magazine. Cosy up with Ottolenghi's simple comfort food, Debbie Major's satisfying sausage casseroles and the perfect autumn dessert – sticky toffee apple pudding. Follow the MasterChef finalists' guide to running your own supperclub and perfect your baking with our ultimate scone recipe and DIY garibaldi biscuits (aka squashed flies!). Our hearty vegetarian midweek dishes and main-meal soups will also keep you toasty and warm this month. Plus, don't miss all our fab foodie competitions and reader offers.

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