Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen
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The BBC has described Rachel as an “Irish cooking queen” and Good Food magazine said she “has put Irish cooking on the map in recent years.”

Rachel Allen
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Cardamom Sour-Cream Cake

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Rachel Allen is a cookbook author, televison personality, and cooking teacher based in Ireland. She is the author of four cookbooks: Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home; Rachel’s Food for Living; Bake; and Rachel’s Diary 2009.


She has television series for RTE in Ireland and the BBC, which have been broadcast internationally. She is a frequent guest on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.


Rachel is a columnist for The Sunday Tribune magazine in Ireland and contributes to many Irish publications.  


She left home at 18 to study at Ireland’s renown Ballymaloe Cookery School, where she still teaches to this day. She is a practical cook who directs her attention primarily to the home cook. For instance, on her website she has a list of what every cook should have in his or her pantry. For example, she says oats should be available “for your porridge, for quick flapjacks” and pulses (legumes) such as “haricot beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, black eyes, butter beans. A great source of protein, a fabulous alternative to meat and so many ways to use them.”


Rachel lives in her seaside home in Ireland’s County Cork with her husband Isaac, sons Luka and Joshua, and their dog Buddy.

Latest Recipes

Chicken, Ginger and Cashew Stir-fry with Coconut Noodles

This delicious and easy stir-fry is very quick to prepare for both friends and family; it is a favorite of ours and makes a yummy and hea...

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Risotto Verde

This is a gorgeous, fresh tasting green risotto and is easy to make as it is baked in the oven.

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Cardamom Sour-Cream Cake

This is one of the most delicious cakes. It stays wonderfully moist and the flavor of the sour cream or crème fraîche with the cardamom i...

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Quesadillas are essentially the Central American toasted cheese sandwich! We make many versions of it at home, depending on what is in th...

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Chewy Seedy Oat and Apricot Bars

Pack these in lunch boxes, but always be sure to steal one for yourself to enjoy with a cup of coffee once the kids have gone to school!

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Baked Meringue with Peaches

A past student at the cookery school, Jo Jessop, who comes from South Highlands, Australia, gave me this recipe. It’s wonderful served wi...

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Vietnamese Crab Salad with Rice Noodles

This is a really gorgeous and substantial salad and I absolutely adore these sweet, salty Southeast Asian flavors.

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Homemade Pork Sausages with Colcannon and Applesauce

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Pork Chops With Caramelized Apples

I love this combination of flavor: when pork and apples are cooked like this, they make a perfect supper or big lunch.

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Tomato, Ginger and Chile Jam

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Bill Granger’s Banana Butterscotch Pudding

I absolutely adore this pudding from Bill’s book, Simply Bill. He made this when I appeared with him on Great Food Live, and as soon as I...

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